With tons of dog-friendly restaurants, dog parks, and puppy playgroups, Hudson County is a great place for dog owners. There are a bunch of awesome dog trainers in and around Hoboken + Jersey City who can help your dog feel more comfortable and calm in social settings. Whether you just adopted a new puppy or have had your four-legged friend for a few years, dog training can help at any age. Keep reading to discover some of the best dog trainers to use in the Hudson County Area.
Dog Life Hoboken | Hudson County Area
Dog Life Hoboken focuses on “force-free, positive reinforcement training.” The company was founded by life-long animal lover and Hobokenite Vera Murri. Vera and her team offer a variety of services including virtual training, in-home and outdoor training sessions, behavior modification training, and 4-week obedience training courses for puppies. Plus, once training is complete, your dog can join one of their puppy playgroups. Despite the fact that ‘Hoboken’ is in the name, this trainer also serves Jersey City, Union City, Bayonne, Weehawken, and beyond.
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Furever Friends | 1026 Hudson Street, Hoboken
Owned by Will Ferman, a dog walker of 13 years in Hoboken, Furever Friends is a boutique dog walking company offering care for large breed dogs. Furever Friends recently hired its first trainer, Lara. Lara has always had a passion for dog training — particularly because she’s always had dogs in her life and they’ve brought her so much joy. She has 7+ years of experience working with dogs.
Hudson Barks | Hoboken, Jersey City, + Weehawken
Hudson Barks offers in-person group training classes and workshops for dogs and their owners — because let’s face it, many of us also need some training when it comes to caring for our dogs. This is a great way for new puppy parents to connect with other dog friends in town while helping the pups socialize. Offerings include Puppy Pre-K and Adult Dog Obedience classes plus leash-walking and anti-jumping workshops. Private in-home and in-school training sessions are also available.
My Positive Pup | Hoboken
SNL set designer and certified dog trainer Ken MacLeod runs a dog-training academy in Hoboken. Instead of using fear, e-collars, or slip leads, Ken and his team utilize positive reinforcement to train their pups. Training classes are available virtually, in studio, outside, or at your home. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your first session.
Puppy University | 523 22nd Street, Union City
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Dogs as young as 10 weeks old can start training with Puppy University. This Union City-based training program starts with an assessment so the team can determine the best curriculum for your dog. Obedience and good behavior training and skills development courses are offered one-on-one or in group settings. Puppy University offers dog walking, grooming, and daycare, too.
Supreme K9 | 1414 New York Avenue, Store #2, Union City
Supreme K9 can help socialize both calm and more aggressive dogs. The team specializes in helping owners learn how to effectively communicate with their dogs. Private lessons, group classes, and board + train programs are just some of the training services Supreme K9 provides. These classes are designed to cover everything from potty training to helping soothe anxiety. Plus, once training is complete, you can bring your pup to a “Pack Walk” to connect with other dog owners and brush up on leash skills.
The Canine Cure | Hudson County
This New Jersey-based dog training company was founded by Mary Jean Alsina, a certified dog trainer and author of Dogs Are People Too: The Practical Guide to Understanding and Training Your Dog (because you’re more alike than you think!). Mary Jane and her team of experienced dog trainers offer both in-home and virtual training sessions. They even offer pre-pet counseling if you are considering adopting a dog and want a deeper understanding of what pet ownership involves.
Vicky Ortiz Dog Training | Jersey City
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Jersey City-based Vicky Ortiz says it is her mission to help dog owners relate to their pets in a positive way. She originally opened her dog-training business in Ecuador before moving to New Jersey. Vicky starts each training with an evaluation to determine exactly what your pet needs are. Unlike some other training services, owners are required to attend these sessions to help them learn how to communicate with their dogs. Vicky can be reached at email@example.com or 347-603-2290 if you want to learn more about her dog training services.
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Wags and Wagons | Hoboken + Nearby Areas
Wags and Wagons provides dog training in Hoboken and the surrounding area. One-on-one puppy courses cover a variety of commands including sit, stay, and leave it. For older dogs, you can contact the team about more basic training. These classes can be tailored to your unique concerns or needs to ensure your dog is getting the attention + care they deserve.. And if you’re short on time, “Walk and Train” sessions are a good option. These walks are led by certified trainers who use positive reinforcement to teach your dog essential commands while also letting them get some exercise.