Dog Trainers in Virginia Beach

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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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Holly MVirginia Beach, VA

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Hi! I’m Holly and have trained eight dogs for blind people, in addition to having a few dogs as pets. I love all the dogs. Every single one! I’m grateful to take care of your darling too.

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

MaryBeth SVirginia Beach, VA

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Hi! My name is Mary Beth. I love dogs and I’m returning to school in the fall so I thought it would be a great fit to walk dogs part time to get in shape and spend time with my favorite beings. My own dogs are Isa and Charlie who are 11, and Harry, who is my 2 year old baby. I can’t wait to meet your dogs and take them for a fun walk.

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About Dog Training in Virginia Beach, VA

Training Fun Fact #1:

Dogs can mourn and feel a sense of loss, just like humans can. When a companion passes away, whether human or canine, doggos can easily slide into depression. What are the signs? Lack of interest in food and water, reduced interest in humans and pets in the home, and no desire for physical activity. What can you do about it? Be patient above all, keep up a routine, and take them on outings like trips to the beach to swim and splash the blues away.

Training Fun Fact #2:

Does your Burmese Mountain Dog sometimes forget that their best buddy is a Yorkie that can’t always be a part of the roughhousing at playtime? If you’ve got that problem, it will help to remember that large and small dogs each have needs specific to their size. Be inventive with this one - take your big dog on a long run beside you as you bike and let your small pooch see the sights from the doggy basket.

Training Fun Fact #3:

Dogs with double coats present unique challenges when it comes to grooming. Thick coats protect your dog from both the heat and the cold, and shouldn’t be shaved in the summer or allowed to become too thick and unmanageable in the winter. What is the happy medium? Regular bathing and brushing during every season will keep the shedding on track and prevent mats in the fur. Always brush the fur when dry and use the appropriate brush for the best results.

Average Cost of Dog Training in Virginia Beach, VA

Prices for in-home, private dog training in Virginia Beach can vary and will depend on what kind of classes you are looking to put your pooch in. How much training your dog needs is also a factor, as is whether you intend to continue to other levels. Often, courses continue on to advanced levels. Paying upfront for a series of classes may save you money. Prices range from $100 to $125 per hour in Virginia Beach, and there may be additional fees for travel time if the distance warrants it.

Board and Train is a popular option. The dog trainer will pick up your four-legger and take them to their home or boarding facility for classes over a period of weeks. Four-week classes average $2600 in price, and a one-week course can cost about $800. Dogs are kept with the trainer and instruction is given at specific periods throughout the day. 

How much do group classes typically cost? Levels will be offered starting at puppy basics and can go up to advanced. $150 should get you a class running around six weeks long. Once you and your pooch have completed a  few levels and your dog has the basic commands down pat, consider fun clubs like agility and rally. If your woofer has a heart of gold and a calm demeanor, therapy dog training is an option, too.

You’ve got a budget, no doubt, and a busy schedule to boot. To line up training for Fido that ticks all the boxes, look to in-home instruction. For just $60 per one-hour session, a local dog trainer with Wag! can bring the classes to you. Download the Wag! app, chat with a vetted and knowledgeable trainer, and soon you will be teaching your dog everything they need to know.

Going Off-Leash in Virginia Beach, VA

Ready to take your pooch on an adventure in the off-leash parks of Virginia Beach? Start the day off on the right paw by taking an early morning excursion to Woodstock Community Dog Park, where energetic doggos congregate to run and play. A fence surrounds one acre of land, so it’s a popular spot. However, there are rules to follow. If your pup is under 4 months old, they have to wait a little longer before playing here. Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated, too, and ID tags are a must.

In the mood to hit the trails? Head to Seashore State Park for an afternoon of exploring wetlands and marshes. You can enjoy spotting wildlife (remember to keep Fido on a leash at this park), but do not allow your furry buddy to swim. It’s forbidden here; however, that doesn’t mean you won’t have fun walking the boardwalk over the marshes. 

When you go back into town, remember to have your dog on the leash in public spaces. Registering with the city for a dog license and showing proof of the rabies vaccine is a must as part of responsible dog ownership. Have these few details in order, and your pup will be welcomed to stroll about Virginia Beach, ready for whatever fun comes their way.

Dog Training in Virginia Beach, VA

Although the state dog is the Foxhound, the top dogs of Virginia Beach are the German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, and Beagle. All four of these dogs love a job to do and excel at using their brains – and their noses!

The Beagle and the German Shepherd are often trained in scent detection work. The Beagle is a member of the scenthound family and is expected to have a super-strength nose. The German Shepherd is often known more for their skills in the field of search and rescue and police work.

The Labrador Retriever has used their nose in the past to aid hunters who need help retrieving downed fowl and game. This affectionate pooch loves to be home just as much as in the field, and their friendly nature serves them well as therapy dogs.

Are you ready to help your pup show off their special traits and skills? Virginia Beach dog trainers on the Wag! app are waiting to hear from you. Set your dog up for success today.