Getting a new puppy can be a huge step and adventure. But, it’s also a lot of work, as fur babies require more than just love and cuddles. Whether you choose to adopt, dogs, like people, are born with distinct personalities, fears, and behaviors that can sometimes be difficult to navigate. Dog training can be a valuable tool in allowing a dog to overcome fears and destructive behaviors, creating an ever closer bond between human and dog. Even an adult dog can benefit from training during periods of adjustment, such as moving into a new home or welcoming a human sibling. There are several places in the area that can help your dog overcome behavioral challenges, so check out our list of where to find dog training in Essex County below.
Bark Busters Home Dog Training | 92 Cummings Circle, West Orange
One-on-one, at-home dog training is the basis of this training company’s model. Services include puppy training and management, at-home dog training, dog training classes, and a program for delivery and service organizations to reduce dog bites on employees. There is also a free, online dog behavioral quiz that allows potential students to understand their dog’s behavior before joining a program.
This Essex County business offers in-home dog training for both dogs and puppies. The team also specializes in fear and aggression, using modern techniques to help dogs that display those behaviors. And, if in-home training isn’t an option, Canine Dimensions also offers a board and train service, so a furry friend can take a staycation and come back feeling refreshed and trained.
Cover K9 Training | 291 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
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Founded in 2018, Cover K9 combines basic, companion-based dog training with advanced/professional training for best results. Positive reinforcement is at the root of founder Justin Nielsen’s program. He believes in confidence, ability, and strong bonds between owners and dogs, and manages a team of dog trainers and dedicated owners.
Fernando Camacho has over 10 years of experience in the dog training industry and has published books and other media resources, sharing his knowledge across the country. His services include puppy behavior training as well as private behavior consultations. And, for those looking to walk in his footsteps, he offers dog training courses and dog business consultations.
Hal Wheeler School for Dogs | 1126 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove
Established in 1947, this school does a bit of everything. There’s a free, no-obligation consultation to start, where a pet owner has the option to explore the programs that work for owner and pet alike. Hal Wheeler’s offers three options: a program where owners learn how to train their dogs at home, group training classes, and a six-week private instruction and lesson program.
Pups @ Play Montclair | 85A Walnut Street, Montclair
Pups @ Play is a one-stop-shop for pets that offers veterinary services, dog boarding, and dog sitting, as well as dog training. Private and group training classes are available, where pups can learn basic commands, potty training, and be directed away from anxiety behaviors and destructive behaviors alike. For more challenging cases, Pups @ Play offers in-home consultations.
Smart Paws Dog Training | Montclair
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This local business can help prospective dog owners prepare for a new pet, help with new fur sibling introductions, or assist in training for concerning behavior. With a unique, individualized approach, Smart Paws helps pet owners learn what communication styles work best and how to strengthen bonds with pets through training. Services include in-home private training and day training.