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Laurels

Best Dog Trainers
in Durham
2020

Why These Dog Trainers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored dog trainers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best dog trainers in Durham, NC.

Reviewed Curated Top Picks 58 39 12

Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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All Breed Dog Training

Located in The Villages, Florida, All Breed Dog Training has been serving dogs and their owners for over 40 years. With a thorough understanding of canine psychology, the business uses proven handling methods from classical and modern dog training. The dog training is individualized and offered in-home, at local parks, or other places that are common problem locations for pets. There are several program packages offered to meet the behavioral and financial needs of each client and every training results in basic obedience commands that dogs will be able to use at home, in public, and while traveling. The experienced trainers never use any form of negative punishment and strive to produce optimal, timely, and lasting results.

Durham, NC 27713

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All Dogs Allowed

Located in Cary, North Carolina, All Dogs Allowed offers several programs for dogs and their owners to improve behaviors including small-group classes, private training, and seminars and events for owners on relevant topics. For convenience, services are offered at the training center in Cary or in-home depending on the needs of the dog. Dogs of all sizes, ages, and breeds are welcome whether they be social, fearful, have special needs, or were rescued from a shelter. All of the classes and training focuses on modern, positive reinforcement with the goal of strengthening the bond between dogs and owners within a safe environment.

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Canine Coaching Services LLC

Canine Coaching Services LLC is located in Pittsboro, North Carolina and is a dog behavior training business serving pets and owners in Wake, Harnett, Moore, Randolph, Guilford, Alamance, Orange, and Durham counties. The business specializes in solving problem behaviors as well as teaching basic obedience skills. It provides several methods for training and education relating to dog behavior and does not believe in using choke chains, prongs, or electric collars. Lead coach Valerie has been working with animals for almost all of her life and has been running Canine Coaching LLC for nearly 10 years. Her team keeps up with the latest education concerning dog training and strives to maximize effectiveness in helping people and their pets live better together.

Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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Chapel Hill Boarding Kennel

Chapel Hill Boarding Kennel is a quiet kennel located in North Carolina on New Hope Creek. With a state-of-the-art kennel room, a 1,000 square foot indoor activity room, and four separate outdoor exercise and play areas, dogs will enjoy the variety of spaces to let out their energy. Owner Gene Lonsway has worked with thousands of clients to provide boarding, daily obedience training, and in-board training. As a Certified Professional Obedience Trainer for over 30 years, he has developed an expertise in caring for and properly training dogs of all sizes, ages, and breeds. Past clients speak highly of the effective training classes, saying that they are no longer embarrassed to take their dogs out in public.

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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Cheery Dogs Dog Training

Cheery Dogs serves dogs and their owners in the Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina areas and comes recommended by local veterinarians and shelters. Owned and led by Jane Marshall who has been training dogs for over 30 years, the business is dedicated to helping families train their dogs as well-behaved members of the household. With programs ranging from new puppy training and private in-home lessons the services offered by Cheery Dogs address a variety of behaviors including socialization, separation anxiety, house training, aggression, and leash reactivity. Past clients speak highly of the excellent guidance and support provided by the trainers and feel that their dogs have an improved quality of life as a result of their training.

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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Dog Academy of North Carolina

Dog Academy of North Carolina serves dogs and their owners in the Durham area and was founded nearly 10 years ago by Sandra and Michael Ward. Their goal is to make everyone, both humans and dogs, feel at home while they spend time at Dog Academy. Their property and facilities have lots of space and integrated distractions that will teach dogs to behave appropriately in busy settings. They offer a variety of programs including a two-week boarding school program, day school, and private lessons. Additional training service can be added to these programs including teaching retrieving skills, basic agility training, and treadmill walking. Michael and Sandra love all breeds and believe no dog is too old to be trained.

Durham, NC 27703

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Packman Dog Walking and Better Behavior

Located in Durham, North Carolina, Packman Dog Walking and Better Behavior is a dog training company serving all of the Raleigh-Durham areas. It specializes in not only dog behavior modification but in teaching owners how to train their dogs for long-term success and a better relationship, and has specific expertise in leash reactive dog training. As a certified canine behavior consultant, owners will leave will receive a concrete foundation to help train dogs and address a variety of behaviors including separation anxiety, fear and confidence building, leash issues, food and toy guarding, and socialization. Every team member is committed to the success of both the dog and owners and believes that dog training is a team effort.

Durham, NC 27703

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The Chapel Hill Dog Trainer

The Chapel Hill Dog Trainer is owned and led by Nicole Sheyko, a professional dog trainer who has a passion, love, and dedication for dogs and is based in North Carolina. Nicole believes that the most successful dog training begins in the pet’s home and to achieve the best results she encourages the entire family to participate in the training. She begins every client relationship with a free phone consultation to learn more about the dog and answer any questions the owner may have. Her in-home training lessons address a variety of areas including puppy training, house training, obedience commands, leash work, jumping issues, excessive barking, socialization, and nutrition and canine care.

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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The Durham Dog Wizard

Located in Durham, North Carolina, The Durham Dog Wizard is committed to training dogs to be obedient, trustworthy, and calmer companions for their owners. Its specialty is in providing training skills to families that can be transferrable to everyone in the household regardless of age, size, or strength. Dogs and their owners can find training services that address a variety of behavioral issues including socialization, separation anxiety, aggression, retrieving, rescue rehabilitation, and problem solving. All of the trainers at The Dog Wizard are knowledgeable and skilled in all proven training methods and can educate owners on the pros and cons of each method in order to provide a professional recommendation regarding which one will achieve desirable results.

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Top Dog Training & Resort

Top Dog Training and Resort is located in Hillsborough, North Carolina and is a school, training and fitness center, spa, and boarding resort for dogs. By providing structured and challenging activities that are overseen by trained professionals, dogs learn skills that will transition to their lives at home too. Offering day school training, grooming services, and private training sessions Top Dog is a one-stop shop that serves all of a dog’s needs, even offering a pick-up shuttle for maximum convenience. Past clients speak highly of the thorough and passionate care provided and comment on how well-behaved and good-natured their dogs are after the facilities.

Hillsborough, NC 27278

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Whole Dog Institute

Located in Durham, North Carolina, Whole Dog Institute is owned and led by Sue McKinney, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed who helps dogs understand how to communicate more effectively and solve basic behavioral challenges. Dogs and their owners can find a wide variety of classes from basic obedience and agility training to nose work and outdoor games. Private lessons and chiropractic care are also offered. Whole Dog Institute’s goal is to help people train calm, well-behaved family pets that can be enjoyed for a lifetime and past clients comment on how the classes have enabled them to communicate better with their dogs and build confidence in managing their dogs’ behaviors.

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Yay Dog!

Yay Dog! is located in Durham, North Carolina and operates with the mission of helping people live successfully and happily with their dogs. Owner Clare Reece-Glore believes that it’s important for owners to understand what their dogs are trying to communicate and that in order for dogs to be happy in the real world, training should take place in the real world. Clare’s services include private training sessions, owner coaching, adoption assistance, service dog training, group classes, dog care info sessions, and staff development for working in the pet industry. With multiple strategies available to help solve behavior issues clients can find training methods that will meet whatever needs their dogs have.

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