Dog Trainers in Philadelphia

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Aixa OPhiladelphia, PA

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“Dogs are my favorite people~ R.D. Anderson”

Hello my name is Aixa. I am a huge dog lover and currently have 3 beautiful fur babies that range in ages from 18 yrs old, 6 years old and the baby is 4 years old. I love spending time with and being around dogs. They really do make my day complete. Walking, drop ins and dog sitting, You can request me directly if you would like.

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Elizabeth RPhiladelphia, PA

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Hi there! My name is Elizabeth and I’m a dog lover and dog mom to my 14 year old beagle/black lab mix Kairu, and always had dobermans growing up. I love working with all different types dogs and it is a joy for me to be around them because they are so loving and funny! I look forward to treating your doggo like my own!

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Jenny GPhiladelphia, PA

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Hi, I'm Jenny! I have experience in everything from walking, feeding, training, and administering medication. I used to work for a pet resort and volunteer at an animal shelter. Currently, in my free time, I volunteer at a zoo and train service dogs. I am certified in CPR and first aid (for humans). I am an all around animal lover, and would love to get to know your dog!

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Emily LPhiladelphia, PA

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Hello! My name is Emmi and I have been passionate about dogs since I can remember. In middle school, I began walking and sitting neighborhood dogs on a daily basis. Once I turned 16, I started volunteering, working with dogs of all sizes and temperaments, at ACCT Philly. A few years later, as soon as I moved into my own apartment I began fostering dogs for various shelters and rescue groups. I have had 12 amazing foster dogs in the last two years who are all living happy lives with their forever families! Hanging out with your dog will never be a job for me, its a passion.

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Leah JPhiladelphia, PA

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Currently, I work at the animal welfare association as the kennel lead. The animals safety and satisfaction level is the most important to me as well as the clients view on myself. I am very skilled in reading dog body language and being able to repspond calmly in a problem.

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Karen FPhiladelphia, PA

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“Hi welcome to my profile page.”

Hi, I am looking to help you to feel comfortable about leaving you pets at home while you are away. I am a certified dog trainer. As your dog trainer, sitter, or walker I look forward to playing with your dog, and helping him/her to stay strong and healthy through exercise. My services will allow your pet to have all his/her needs meant, whether it be tossing a ball, going on a walk, dog training or tons of belly rubs. I look forward to working together with you and your dog.

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Lauren RPhiladelphia, PA

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“A tired dog is a good dog”

Hi, I’m Lauren! I have owned dogs ever since I was a little kid. One of my favorite activities has always been taking long walks with my dogs. It’s such great exercise for them and is a relaxing, refreshing break for me! So book a walk with me and I’ll make sure to help your dog get some great exercise so when you get home they will be in the perfect mood to snuggle up on the couch with you and relax! Rest assured I’ll treat your dog as if they were my own!

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Bree CPhiladelphia, PA

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“I believe in the power of Pawsome!”

As a person and a caregiver I am easy going, patient and empathetic, three traits that are critical in a top-notch pet sitter. I am extremely active and make play and exercise a priority for both myself and the dogs. I have a ton of energy and express love for the dogs through sharing that energy in every healthy way I can. I am a full time pet sitter so my schedule is open and dedicated to pet care. Learn more about me by searching The Collar Club!

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

About Dog Training in Philadelphia, PA

Training Fun Fact #1:

Did you know that herding dogs are some of the best canine athletes out there? Dogs who have a natural gift when it comes to rounding up sheep, cattle, and in the case of urban homes, the odd cat or two, can use their skills of turning on a dime in doggy sports. Imagine a dog maneuvering quickly as can be over an agility see-saw. Picture a pooch pushing the ball into the net in a game of treibball. Does your pup have the lineage of a herder? Give them a chance to show their athletic prowess!

Training Fun Fact #2:

Dogs can sometimes have a gloomy day just like humans can. The best way to bring them out of a slump is to provide mental and physical stimulation. Getting outside in the sunshine is the perfect way to perk anybody up — and that’s humans and dogs alike! Teach your furry buddy to run alongside your bike so they can open up to the world around them and catch a ray of sunshine. Is your dog too small to run while you pedal? Show them the joy of having the wind in their ears by popping them into your bike basket!

Training Fun Fact #3:

Have you ever been told, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Well, that saying is just not true. Senior dogs can, indeed, learn new tricks, and most older dogs are eager to put their brains to the test. Your mature mutt may need to have the lesson repeated more times than a puppy will. Still, studies show that logic and reasoning tasks are where the senior set performs the best. Keep your old dog’s brain feeling young by teaching them a new trick. Have them close the door behind them when they come in for a useful and fun task.

Average Cost of Dog Training in Philadelphia, PA

Are you looking to train your dog in Philadelphia? While there are plenty of options in the city, you have to consider what your pooch’s primary needs are and how best you can start them off on the right foot. 

For private, in-home training expect to pay between $125 and $150 an hour. If you are looking for an in-home tutoring scenario where sometimes the dog is solely with the trainer and other classes involve you, you can pay over $2000 for a 6-week session. Board and train packages compare close to the same in price, averaging $1900, but that’s only for only one week. In Philadelphia, group classes run on average at $140.

But does a weekly group scenario work for your schedule? Can you make it to class on time and every week? Details like that mean a lot to how well the training session goes, so it is something you have to keep in mind. Not all training clubs have the staff on-hand to accommodate the need for make-up classes. 

Take advantage of a flexible option with a competent trainer by looking to Wag! for affordable and fun sessions for you and Fido right at home. Philadelphia dog trainers with Wag! are happy to work with you at your convenience, so that you can enjoy every minute of training.

In-home training is just $60 per lesson and is easily booked within the Wag! app. Find the best local dog trainer for you and chat in-app to set up your personalized session, at a time that’s best for you and your pupper.

Going Off-Leash in Philadelphia, PA

You’ll want to have your dog all ready to strut their stuff through the City of Brotherly Love by having them fully vaccinated, in possession of a current dog tag, and on 6-foot or less leash at all times when in town. 

This dog-friendly town can also be noted as the City of Doggy Love. Why? Canines can be walked anywhere on Parks and Rec property as long as you have your furry companion under the control of their leash.

If you are looking for a bit more freedom, off-leash enjoyment for Fido can be had at a large number of Philadelphia’s beautiful parks. Work on honing your pup’s obedience skills with a dog trainer with Wag! and practice heeling on-leash on your way to Passyunk Square Dog Park. Close to the main downtown area, this graveled park enclosure is a favorite of locals. It’s often busy and filled with dogs, allowing you to socialize your pooch.

The Mario Lanza Dog Park is an off-leash haven that every dog wants on their beat. It’s fully fenced and pristine (remember to do your part and pick up after your pooch) with organized clean-ups every week. Spike, prong, and pinch collars are forbidden at this park, as are unlicensed and unvaccinated dogs. It is a high-traffic doggy destination making excellent manners a must.

To enjoy yourself on every outing with your dog, brush up on your knowledge of canine behavior by learning from a savvy instructor. Taking one on one training sessions at home is a surefire way to learn the ins and outs of your doggo’s personality and how to make it shine.

Dog Training in Philadelphia, PA

What would you like your four-legger to learn? How to come when called and sit when instructed are the basics, but how about behaving at the dog park or dropping an object when you command it?

All Philadelphia dog trainers on the Wag! platform are vetted and ready to give you the time and attention needed to have an all-star pooch when it comes to obedience. Whether you are looking for 60 minutes or multiple sessions, dog trainers with Wag! are enthusiastic and ready to work with you and your dog.

What is the most popular pooch getting trained these days in Philly? German Shepherds are a favorite among pet parents in the city, and that’s no surprise. These clever canines are highly trainable, loyal, and determined. They are happiest with a job to do and love the opportunity to compete in a tracking or Schutzhund competition

The tiny Yorkshire Terrier is on the list, too. While the German Shepherd is a dog that stands tall, proud, and poised, the feisty Yorkie can hold their own, too. They are adventurous and high energy and do require consistent training to learn the rules around the home.

Don’t forget the Rottweiler and Siberian Husky; these headstrong canines made the list of Philadelphia’s favorite breeds, too. Both love to work and will make excellent companions for someone always on the go. Is that you?

Find a dog trainer with Wag! and you will soon be the owner of the best-behaved dog in the neighborhood. Work with your in-home trainer to customize a plan that suits your schedule and your pupper’s unique needs.