Find a Dog Trainer Near Me

Sometimes the right professional dog trainer is hard to find in your own backyard. Finding the right dog behavioral trainer with the right experience may take you a little further from home than you first imagined. Travelling up to an hour for the right personal dog trainer might be time well-invested. Consider, though, that consistency is key when meeting with a dog behavioral trainer. Missed lessons can cause delays or regression in behavior.

Convenient Dog Obedience Training Options

Dog owners can explore a couple of options to keep their sanity without sacrificing their dog obedience training progress.

In Home Dog Trainer

In this case, the trainer comes to your home to work 1:1 with your dog in your home. Though typically more expensive than in-facility alternatives, this format saves you time in travel and keeps you accountable to your training schedule. Additionally, because the personal trainer comes to your environment, it’s particularly effective for dog behaviors that are triggered pr worsened at home.

Board and Train Program

Board and Train programs are intensive residency obedience training programs. These professional dog trainers can give you a fully-trained dog in just a few visits to a facility: drop-off, pick-up, and follow-up. Canine Academy even offers in-home service in conjunction with board and train programs. 

The Best In-Home Dog Trainer Should Be Able to Proudly Answer:

Not all in-home dog trainers are created equally. Here are some questions that you should ask your in-home obedience training provider.

Our current trainers have graduated over 1000 dogs from Canine Academy in the last 3 years alone. They’ve each worked across all breads and dispositions and have proven results across the spectrum. Additionally, our proprietary Positive E Collar Training Method was developed over 30 years of dog training experience – across all breeds and temperaments. There’s not a behavioral concern that we haven’t seen.

Canine Academy’s philosophy is that while training is lifelong the e collar is not. Our trainers will teach you a simple collection of basic obedience commands. Then, they will teach you how to use those commands together to lead your dog through any situation. With diligent training habits over 90 days, your dog will be able to “graduate” from daily use of the collar. Instead you’ll use it only as you would a leash – in high distraction situations.

There’s no doubt that a good dog behaviorist can teach your dogs new commands and even consistency. But all of that work is no good to you as a dog owner if you don’t know how to communicate with your dog. At Canine Academy, your dedicated trainer will work with you for the full 90 day new-habit adoption period. This allows you to become a confident dog handler, and helps you to address any new situations that might come up over those months.

If you’re still not confident after 90 days, we also offer a lifetime of support. Join our free group classes to learn new skills and refresh on old ones. Or give your trainer a call during office hours to troubleshoot new challenges. It’s all included in the tuition.

It can be a challenge to safely interact with new dogs via in-home private lesson training. Our trainers can arrange to hold one or more lessons at your favorite nearby park. There, they can coach you through safe dog-dog interactions. Additionally, because our group classes are free for all graduates to attend, you have a built-in opportunity for additional support.

In the span of a few short weeks, you could never experience all of the tests that you and your dog will encounter. So how do you make sure you get all of your questions answered? Our private lesson program is built with that in mind. We schedule follow up appointments with you during a full 90 day period, so that our dog trainers can help you troubleshoot new behaviors. Also, we host weekly group classes at the farm. They are free for all graduates to attend – for the life of your pet! You’ll always be welcome back to learn a few new tricks or brush up on the old.

The Best Board and Train Providers Should Be Able to Proudly Answer:

Not all board & train dog trainers are created equally. Here are some questions that you should ask your board & train obedience training provider.

Many board and train providers do excellent work to train your dog in basic obedience. Many hours are invested into each dog to make sure that they successfully perform commands. But all of those hours are wasted if you, the dog owner, don’t know how to communicate with your dog like a professional trainer.

Our trainers are committed to teaching you how to become a master dog handler. When you come to pick your dog up from its stay at our campus, you’ll have a lesson with your trainer to teach you how to use the collars and commands. Then, you’ll have a follow-up lesson 7-10 days after you go home, to give you an opportunity to ask plenty of questions and troubleshoot your transition back to the home environment.

Finally, our support doesn’t stop there. Included in tuition are several additional telephone follow-ups during the course of your 90-day new-habit formation period. And from there you’ll have access to our group classes or trainer office hours – for the life of your pet.

Canine Academy’s philosophy is that – while training is lifelong – the e collar is not. Our trainers will teach you a simple collection of basic obedience commands, and how to use those commands together to lead your dog through any situation. With diligent training habits over 90 days, your dog will be able to “graduate” from daily use of the collar, and instead use it only as you would a leash – in high distraction situations.

Your dog’s board and train experience is about far more than the time they spend in the classroom. Proper exercise and affection are also critical components of your dog’s learning and wellbeing. We work around the clock to ensure the safety of your dog, and our Team has a passion for making every dog’s day fulfilling and fun!

Morning

7:30 AM: Breakfast! Our dedicated care team arrives bright and early to feed each dog their preferred food, dispense any required medications, and start everyone’s day right with their morning constitutional.
8:00 AM: Hit the trails. Each dog on our campus gets an individual morning walk through our private nature trails. Hot sniffs and doggy curiosity abound when our Care Team is at the other end of the leash.
9:00 AM: Play time! For dogs that can’t wait to see their doggy friends, a nice long opportunity to run free and chase toys is as fun as any day at the dog park. For dogs that have a more solo style, individual enrichment and extra ear scratches are on the menu.
10:00 AM: Time for work. Your dog will form a strong bond with their trainer as they work together to learn to communicate and gain confidence from our praise-driven methodology. While your dog works hard, so does our Care Team; each kennel is fully cleaned each day, and dogs are provided with fresh food and water bowls.

Afternoon

11:15 AM: Nap time. All that mental work is exhausting for your dog! Our kennels provide a nice quiet place to get some R&R and ready their brain and body for more afternoon learning.
1:30: Play time! Another walk or playgroup is just the thing to wake your doggo back up, get their blood moving, and energize them for another round of class.
3:00 PM: Afternoon training. Whether in our fields, on the trails (now trying to resist those same new friends and hot sniffs), or at your local hardware store, our Training Team works to make sure that your dog is accustomed to expectations in many environments.

Evening

4:30 PM: Another opportunity to snooze and let their new skills marinate!
6:00 PM: Dinner is served, along with any required medications or supplements and plenty of time for a potty break.
7:30 PM: An admittedly lower-key affair, evening field time on the farm includes more sniffing and exploring than running and chasing.
10:00 PM: Time to get tucked in. Potty breaks and plenty of bedtime belly rubs before our Care Team leaves our sleeping dogs in the hands of our on-site manager each night.

While dog play groups are a party for some, other dogs prefer the company of humans or even solitude. Our Care Team can accommodate any preference. If play group’s not your thing, a nature walk on our private trails or a game of fetch is on the menu!

Starting from the day you leave your dog on our campus, you’ll get updates from our Care Team every day. There’s too much fun at the farm not to share – you can expect a picture and a message about how your dog spent playtime.

Additionally, our training team is committed to keeping you abreast of your dog’s progress toward training goals. You can expect to hear from them every 2 days during your dog’s stay.