Dog Trainers in Austin

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What is Wag!?

Wag! is the nation's fastest-growing network of pre-screened and insured dog walkers, sitters, and trainers. In less than 15 minutes you can book a nearby dog sitter, daycare provider, or dog walker, who'll take complete care of your loved one - at their place or yours.

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Carissa HAustin, TX

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Hi, I'm Carissa, an animal lover and artist. I have been walking dogs in the Austin area since 2011 and started training dogs in 2019. I have experience with small and large breeds, administering medications, and am certified in pet first aid and CPR. I am the proud owner of a ten year old English bulldog! As a pet parent, I know how much peace of mind a trustworthy, reliable, and good-hearted person can bring when our lives get busy and we can't be there to care for our pets.

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

Evan CAustin, TX

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Hello, my name is Evan. I have raised dogs my entire life. I love the positive energy dogs can bring into someone's life.

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Marissa PAustin, TX

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Hello! I am Marissa! I am the proud parent of a staffordshire/collie rescue and can't get enough of puppy love. I've grown up with dogs my entire life and always loved training, walking and just being with them. I have experience with boston terriers, puggles, pitties, german shepherds and mixed breeds. I'm the crazy dog lady that all my friends call when they need a puppy sitter :) I am looking in to becoming a professional dog trainer and love dedicating my spare time to animals. I would LOVE to walk your dog and get him/her the exercise they need and deserve!

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Christa EAustin, TX

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I have lived in Austin for a few years and love the dog friendly environment that this city has. I do also work for a local pet company that has given knowledgement of how to care for not only my pet but others as family members. I tend to go hiking or long trails with my pup on days off to explore new areas. I can't wait to meet you and your pup and go on our adventures.

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Senior dog care, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Stephanie NAustin, TX

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“let’s go for a walk!”

I specialize in meeting dogs where they are and guiding them peacefully and happily through our walks. My goal is to provide a safe and fun experience on every walk. This means tons of yummy treats during our walks! I have been training dogs professionally for over three years and I am certified as a Professional Dog Trainer. I have an in-depth understanding of dog behavior and training principles and have worked with a wide range of dogs with a wide range of personalities and behaviors.

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

Steven RAustin, TX

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I’m a business professional that has the passion for pets and dogs. I run a business in commercial real estate and I love what I do. Something else that I do is get along with almost all pets. It has always come naturally to me and something I was put here to do. I would love to help solve a problem by giving your pet the undivided attention it needs during your busiest time. This will save you hassle and allow you to know that your favorite furry friend is in the best hands possible.

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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

Leah BAustin, TX

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Hi pup parents! My name is Leah. I have had experience with dogs my entire life. I am a proud dog mom of one. I love being outside and with animals. I have experience dog sitting and dog walking. I am comfortable with working with any size your pup happens to be!

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Nathaly CAustin, TX

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“Every dog has its day!”

Hello! My name is Nathaly and I’m recent college graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio and new to Austin. I live a pretty active lifestyle and love all dogs, big and small. Currently own a goofy and adorable American Bulldog and hope to be able help you take care of your own fur babies!

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

Cozette DAustin, TX

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I spoil my dogs beyond measure! And I adore every dog I meet and would adore giving your fur babies some love and attention as they get their needed exercise! Check out my Wag! instagram to see pictures and video of all the lovely fur babies I’ve had the pleasure of walking @WagWalker_Cozette

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Zoya BAustin, TX

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“Pawesome adventures are a click away!!”

I’ve been a dog caregiver for over 7 years and have loved every minute of it!! Dog sitting is my specialty; whether it’s in your home or mine, your dog will be loved like family. I studied the behaviors of dogs and understand how to make a nervous or anxious pup feel at home. I’m a regular at Auditorium Shores, Zilker, and Redbud. My condo in Tarrytown is walking distance to Zilker and WestEnfield Park. I hope to meet your dog soon!!

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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

About Dog Training in Austin, TX

Training Fun Fact #1:

Why do dogs bark? Your buddy might bark for many reasons. Dogs often bark when they sense danger. You might know the mailman poses no threat, but your doggo probably doesn’t! A good way to prevent excessive barking is to remove the stimulus. For instance, if your dog barks indoors when they see people passing by, close the curtains, or move your pooch to another room.

Training Fun Fact #2:

Some dogs suffer from separation anxiety. Destructive or otherwise “bad” behavior as a result of separation anxiety most often occurs when the owner isn’t present. Examples include pacing, attempting to escape, excessive barking, and chewing or scratching at door frames, windows, and furniture. If your dog does these things while you’re present, it may be an indication that they need to brush up on their obedience training.

Training Fun Fact #3:

Did you know police dogs begin specialized training from the age of one year to 15 months? There are two types of police dogs: patrol dogs and detection dogs. Patrol dogs are trained for search-and-rescue and finding evidence. Detection dogs learn how to detect bombs and narcotics. Some dogs are trained for a single purpose, while others can do both jobs successfully. Specialized training takes 8 to 14 weeks and requires a solid foundation of obedience.

Average Cost of Dog Training in Austin

How much do Austin dog trainers charge on average for in-home training sessions? It depends on the type of training, how old your dog is, and how many sessions you book. Average prices range from $120 to $175 per session.

Group obedience courses range from $150 to $195 and last between four and six weeks. Specialty agility training could cost anywhere from $100 to $200 for a four-week program, depending on your pup’s previous training and skills. Other board-and-training programs in Austin start at $1,500 and can cost over $2,500.

Of course your doggo is worth every dollar. But if you’re looking to save some money for treats and toys, or you need an alternative that works for your busy schedule, Austin dog trainers with Wag! have got you covered. Not only can you choose a trainer and chat with them right in the app, but you can also pay securely and plan your session — all for a flat fee of $60 per session.

Going Off-Leash in Austin

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the dog parks! That’s why it’s important to keep an eye (and an ear) on your pup at all times. It’s not just a standard safety measure — it’s an official dog park rule according to the City of Austin. The city’s parks department also advises owners to ensure their dog responds to behavioral commands. Because most off-leash dog parks in Austin are open from 5 AM to 10 PM, you might want to visit in early morning or late evening if it’s your pup’s first time at the dog park.

If Scout is a little shy, West Austin Dog Park might be a good place to start your off-leash adventures in Austin. This fenced park covers just three-tenths of an acre, so you’ll have no trouble keeping tabs on your fur-baby.

Ready to expand your horizons? Red Bud Isle Off Leash Dog Area is an off-leash island and a treat for water dogs. The trails, the fields, the wooded areas, the lake — it’s all fair game when it comes to off-leash freedom. Although Rufus is sure to find the waters of Lake Austin refreshing, they’re also pretty murky. That’s why it’s super important to brush up on your dog’s recall skills before letting your pup take a dip here.

Not ready to go off-leash yet? Work on your buddy’s behavior and obedience training with an Austin dog trainer and you’ll be letting loose at Lake Austin in no time!

Dog Training in Austin

What do dog trainers in Austin get up to outside of class? Many of them lend a helping paw at Austin’s dog shelters and humane societies. Did you know that the city’s No-Kill Implementation Plan requires a 90% minimum survival rate in Austin’s municipal shelter? Thanks to its commitment to its four-legged citizens, Austin is one of the largest no-kill cities in America! As the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a fur-child. (Or, in Austin’s case, more than 15,000 fur-children each year.) That means there’s always a need for volunteer dog trainers in Austin who can teach basic obedience and good behavior.

What kinds of dogs will you find living the good life in Austin? Move over, Labradors and Golden Retrievers — mixed breeds are the most popular here! Dog trainers in Austin are truly kept on their toes when working with the city’s large population of mutts. Every mixed breed has different traits and temperaments. Dog trainers in Austin use the parents’ breed standards to determine general skills and traits. From there, they’ll assess your pup’s unique personality to create custom lessons.

When it comes to pure breeds, the beagle takes center stage in Austin. These natural-born hunting dogs can be destructive and will tear off after an appealing scent if left to their own devices. While these social butterflies love being around other pups and people, they also have an independent streak. This makes beagles a little difficult to train. But with a little positive reinforcement and a lot of patience and exercise, you can break your beagle’s bad behaviors.

Got a headstrong hound at the end of that leash who could use a little extra help? Book an in-home session with an Austin dog trainer to sharpen their skills.