Dog Training in Durham, NC

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It’s not magic.

It’s dog training done right.

There’s nothing quite like the joy of introducing a new dog into your home. You can spend a full day going on walks, playing fetch, and just cuddling on the couch together. However, all that fun comes with responsibility. It’s common for new puppies to have behavioral issues, such as play biting or socialization problems. Some of these behaviors can disappear with age, but others might develop into more serious issues down the line. 

While you might be able to teach your dog some basic obedience commands, more advanced obedience training is a lot more difficult to master. At The Dog Wizard in Durham, North Carolina, our team of certified professional dog trainers knows just how to connect with your dog and is willing to teach you those skills. We work with both pets and pet parents to establish a sense of trust and persuade your dog to be the best dog it can be. 

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If you’re ready to enhance the bond between you and your beloved pup in the most practical way possible, click the button below to complete an evaluation, or call The Dog Wizard Durham, NC today at 919-453-5169.

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Dog Behavior Problems and Prevention

We help clients and their furry loved ones identify and overcome a variety of preventable behavioral issues.

We Love Helping Pet Parents!

Our dog trainers don’t just know how to train dogs, they also love doing it. At our Durham, NC, dog training service, we encourage better behavior through a combination of teamwork, patience, and acceptance. We work side-by-side with dog owners, teaching them how to best connect with their pets and how to encourage their dogs to trust their voice over anything else. We never push a dog past its boundaries, and we accept that every dog is different. That’s why no two dogs will receive the exact same training program. 

As we work with your dog, we’ll take notes about their learning process and personally tailor our services to meet their needs. This may mean moving at a slower pace, taking breaks, or adjusting our training methods. Ultimately, we don’t just want your dog to be obedient — we want them to be happy while they’re learning. 

In addition to the Durham area, we offer our training services to these regions and the surrounding areas: 

  • Durham
  • Chapel Hill
  • Cary 
  • Hillsborough
  • Raleigh

What Does Dog Training Include?

Just what do The Dog Wizard training packages include? The answer depends on your individual needs. While we conduct each of our training classes with positive reinforcement and a happy attitude, the exact services you receive depend on what you’re looking for. 

We offer private training and group classes, both of which are designed for problem-solving and behavior modification. Our private lessons provide more attention and can take place in the comfort of your home, while our group classes encourage socialization and let you form friendships with other pet parents. We also offer puppy training specifically for young dogs, as well as daycare for working dog owners. Our trainers can assist with a range of behavioral needs, such as separation anxiety, leash walking, and nose work. You can learn more about our services through our site. 

While no two training sessions are the same, you can expect professionalism, dedication, and enthusiasm from each of our trainers. We know that training dogs is a serious business. It can be the difference between your dog running away or returning home at your call. However, we also want every dog to remain happy during our sessions. The happier your dog is about learning, the more likely they are to retain information. At the end of the day, we’re only happy when your dog is. 

Our Programs

We still have a hard time believing the transformation of our dogs. We have 2 rescues who were very well behaved with everything other than interacting with the outside world. They had leash aggression issues and didn’t like strangers in our house. It was a very stressful task to walk them or have company over. However, working with Robert for a very short amount of time totally changed our dogs. Walking them is now FUN! Fun for us and fun for them. I remember thinking we could never take them off leash and now they are off leash all the time. Even at crowded events. It’s just not an issue anymore. They also now accept visitors to our house which is a huge relief. This is some of the best money and time we have ever spent. Plus, the continuing education classes on Saturdays are a wonderful way to continue working with your dogs and practicing. Robert is wonderful with dogs – he makes the training fun for you and for them. We can’t recommend him highly enough.  We wish we had done this program years ago.

Erin O.

About a year ago I adopted a small adult terrier mix with a big personality from the Shelter. He turned out to be a powerhouse although he weighed less than 20 lbs. After months of struggling with trying to control him on the leash, I finally called the Dog Wizard. My biggest issue was his aggression with other dogs on the leash. I had tried other trainers with no luck. Robert took Cyrus and I under his wing and changed our lives. Cyrus is a dynamo, full of energy and tricks and now he listens to me! Most importantly, I have gained so much confidence in my ability to handle Cyrus. The ongoing weekly classes and interaction with Robert’s other clients, both dog and human, are invaluable. Cyrus and I look forward to these classes and I feel like I have Robert’s support for any dog issues that may arise. If you need help with your dog, call the Dog Wizard.

Susan R.

Robert was our third dog trainer. We always thought that Desi’s problems were purely aggression: leash aggression, aggression toward other people and dogs, you name it. We couldn’t have anyone over to our house and going for walks was a nightmare. We called The Dog Wizard out of desperation – either this would work or we would have to consider drastic measures. Robert met Desi confidently, firmly and fearlessly and immediately shifted our thinking. Desi was not so much overtly aggressive as anxious and possessive of us. He began training us to deal with these things and the change was rapid and profound. More people than I can name have said “Wow, she’s a different dog” and they’re right. Desi is much more relaxed now, easy to manage, a real joy. We can have people over to our house with no problem. We can walk her and know we’re in charge and can handle anything. I look forward to meeting other dogs on walks, since it gives us the opportunity to practice our skills. Desi feels proud of herself after these encounters, it’s clear. Robert changed our lives. We will be forever grateful.

Heather L.