Dog Training in Virginia Beach, VA

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It’s not magic.

It’s dog training done right.

There’s no question that dogs are our best friends, but all wonderful relationships take serious effort. Dogs aren’t born with a built-in sense of how to behave; it’s up to us to show them so they can live confidently and happily in our homes. However, sculpting dog behavior requires extensive knowledge, skill, and time. The Dog Wizard is dedicated to providing dog training in Virginia Beach so pet parents and pooches can live happily ever after.

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Our passion for helping dogs and extensive experience in the field can help you get the most out of your relationship with your fur baby. Call us today at 757-695-9654 for more information.

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Dog Training Available in Virginia

We provide a variety of classes so we can help our clients develop an unbreakable bond with their pooches, no matter what their schedule looks like. We split our classes to ensure that puppies and dogs get the most out of training.

  • Puppy training: When you bring a new puppy into your home, it’s too easy to focus on all the exciting aspects of being a dog owner and neglect the essential training steps that are required. Unfortunately, if you don’t take care of training in these formative months, your furry friend is likely to experience behavioral problems later on. It’s more challenging — although entirely possible — to train an adult dog. In these on-leash training sessions, we teach basic obedience, socialization, housebreaking, tethering, problem-solving, and object socialization. We can deliver private training with you at your home or in our facility and also offer the option of 7-day, 14-day, and 21-day boarding and training programs.
  • Private lessons: Private lessons provide a unique opportunity for you to work closely with us to deliver on-leash training for puppies between the ages of eight weeks and six months as well as on- and off-leash training for adult dogs. Freedom classes for adult dogs help them to get better at following commands, channel hyper energy, and moderate separation anxiety.
  • Long-term training experiences: Sometimes, five private lessons aren’t enough to make the changes necessary for your pooch to actively make good choices. We offer training packages where your pup or pooch stays with us for one, two, or three weeks. With the two- and three-week courses, you get a couple of sessions of home training to ensure you can maintain the work we’ve done long term. All programs give you access to our amazing Facebook community and continued weekly support classes if your dog graduates.
  • Support group classes: When you join classes at The Dog Wizard, you become part of our family. Even when the training is finished, we continue to invite you to weekly group support classes so you can continue to develop and refine your relationship with your fur baby.

What Behavior Can The Dog Wizard Help With?

Our classes address a range of behaviors, from basic commands to rehabilitating rescue dogs with complex needs. Whether you’re a first-time pet parent or you’ve had dogs in the past, our Virginia Beach-based dog trainers can help you build a better bond with your pooch. We use a range of tactics, including positive reinforcement and a fine-tuned marker system. Finally, the use of gentle pressure based on consistent, clear communication and mutual respect and trust provides the basis for obedience training.

Some of the other ways our classes can transform the behavior of your furry friend include:

Puppy Training

The first six months of a canine’s life are the most important for its future development. If certain aspects of early-stage training are missed, you can end up with a behavioral problem when your dog becomes an adult.

Obedience Training

All of our classes focus heavily on obedience, which, along with socialization, forms the basis of all excellent training programs. For you to have a great relationship with your pet, and for them to feel confident in all situations, it’s important that they listen to you. If the dog ends up calling the shots, it ends up with poor problem-solving behavior. This is mainly because it’s too much responsibility for the pup to handle. Basic obedience commands include:

  • Off
  • Down
  • Walking on a loose leash
  • Place
  • Sit
  • Come

Socialization

Correct socialization is a key to good dog behavior that many people underestimate. It’s not enough to introduce your furry pal to close friends and a few selected dogs and other pets. To prevent them from resorting to fear or aggression around new dogs and people, consistent and thorough socialization is necessary.

Separation Anxiety

Many people’s dogs suffer from some degree of separation anxiety, which stems from the pooch’s lack of confidence outside its native life as a pack animal. Aside from the sadness, this generates for you and your pet, it can also lead to destructive or aggressive behavior. Luckily, it’s possible to train this self-confidence into your pup so it feels safe and secure when left alone.

Problem-Solving

Jumping, biting, barking, chasing, and chewing are just a few examples of unwanted behavior that dogs display. It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that they’re being willfully disruptive, but this is almost never the case. The Dog Wizard team can help you to get to the bottom of what’s causing bad behavior so you can correct it. Consistent communication, patience, positive reinforcement, and structure all help pooches to feel relaxed and comfortable.

Rehab for Rescue Dogs

If you’ve brought a rescue dog home, you should be incredibly proud. These poor animals have often been through terrible experiences such as abuse, neglect, or abandonment. As such, their behavior is often less than perfect — and with good reason. Luckily, it’s possible to rehabilitate a dog, even if it’s been through a tough time.

Rehab for Aggressive Dogs

Aggression is as stressful for dogs as it is for their owners, it doesn’t feel good and it sets off a domino effect of negative responses from the external world. Dogs don’t use this type of behavior because they’re unkind; it’s usually a response to challenging emotions. Territorial instincts, possessiveness, and fear usually drive a dog’s aggression, but it’s possible to heal all these wounds using tried and tested training methods.

Why Choose Us?

We are the best dog training specialists in Virginia Beach because we go over and above to help you and your dog develop a lifelong bond. Our core values set us apart from our competition:

  • Teamwork
  • Patience
  • Acceptance
  • Care
  • Integrity

When we got our German Shepherd she was a MESS; she couldn’t walk on a leash without trying to pull and run, barked at everything and everyone because she was so fearful, and was chewing up our molding and walls. Now she can walk OFF LEASH! She regularly goes to Home Depot with us and will sit and stay on command even if we walk away in public. We can finally love her well and she is much happier.

Rachel H.

Phillipi is one of the best dog trainers that I have ever had the privilege to meet and learn from. Anyone on the edge of their decision to trust their dog with this company should know no matter who the trainer is, your four legged best friend is in fantastic hands!

Scott T.

We sent Obi-Wan for a two week board and train. Phillipi and Don were extremely communicative and transparent about the whole process and we felt like our puppy was very important to them. At the end of training they set aside time to thoroughly explain the training techniques and how to properly apply all of the training. 10/10 recommend that all dogs get trained by Phillipi at Dog Wizard VB

Paul T.