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GoodPup - Private Dog Training At Home

‘21 Certificate of Excellence

GoodPup's mission is to help every dog and dog parent live their best lives together - so we created training that is effective, affordable, and rewarding. Each week of GoodPup training includes: * Weekly, private video calls with your trainer * A custom training plan built specifically for your pup * 24/7 chat with your trainer and our behavior and medical team * Illustrated practice guides to quickly reinforce new skills Your first week is FREE, so you can make sure GoodPup is right for you and your pup. GoodPup has worked with 50,000+ dogs and is the top-rated dog training app in the App Store. The best trainers from across the US: * We work hard to find and develop the best dog trainers, behavior specialists, and veterinary experts from across the country. * Our training programs are based on positive reinforcement methods backed by the AVMA. It's the most effective and humane way to train. Kait Hembree VTS (Behavior), CVT, KPA CTP, GoodPup's Head of Training, and her team designed our training program using the latest science-based research. Kait's career in animal behavior and medicine spans decades. She has extensive experience working with behavior modification in veterinary practices and animal shelters and regularly consults as a dog behavior expert across the country. Accessible private training, on your schedule: * Flexible scheduling with sessions available from early morning to late evening * Skip weeks, reschedule sessions, and pause your subscription at anytime * For $29 a week, you get private training with 24/7 support

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What do you love most about your job?

We love helping dogs and dog parents learn to communicate and bond to build a better life together! Our collaborative community of trainers loves helping each other as much as they love helping dogs. We have a diverse array of trainers with different expertise so we can find the perfect match for you and your pup.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Our story starts at the humane society, where our co-founder, Lisa, saw families struggle with their new pup's behavior.

Training is tough, and it can be hard to fit in between work and family. Private trainers are expensive. Group classes are inconvenient. Both leave you without any support once you get home.

Lisa wanted to find a better way to train.

So, she started GoodPup. Our training is convenient, affordable, and gives you access to our training and medical team all day, every day.

The results speak for themselves: over 50,000 dogs trained and a 4.8 rating on the app store.

Why should our clients choose you?

We've found a better way to train. Training at home over video calls is better for both you and your dog. Your dog is able to learn at home, where they are most comfortable and distractions are limited. For you it’s affordable, convenient, and flexible. Not only do you get the personalized support of a private trainer but you get help via chat whenever you have a question of problem.

Can you provide your services online or remotely? If so, please add details.

Yes! We are fully remote - and have been since we were founded in 2016 - because it is the best way to train.

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

Our offering has always been remote and our employees all work from home.

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Making sure your pup is trained properly really matters. Without the necessary groundwork, you’re risking your dog’s wellness and security, as well as the safety of any other dogs it comes into contact with. It’s also important your dog is trained so that it can integrate properly with you and your family. Keeping it out of trouble will save you a lot of hassle (and potentially costly repairs too).

Making sure your dog listens to commands is very important. Not only will handling it be less stressful, but it can stop dangerous conflict with other animals. Furthermore, if your dog doesn’t want to listen to you, situations such as dealing with traffic can potentially become fatal. On the upside, having a well-trained pup enables you and your pet to socialise properly with other dogs and their owners.

Having a dog that is obedient means that life around the home becomes plain sailing. With good manners, your dog will be able to tell the difference between right and wrong behaviour, while being able to foster good relationships with other members of your family. These connections can help to build a fruitful relationship with your pet as part of the family. Time well spent together will allow you to both grow together, sharing experiences and creating the type of memories that make having a pet so worth it.

How about becoming an authority figure yourself? Although your trainer will help your dog get up to scratch, they will also teach you a great deal about the fundamentals of dog training. This includes not only how to handle your own dog, but principals that you can use to understand and better interact with other dogs too. Being able to help out less-informed dog owners can be a wonderful gift to have, and something that you can take further if you enjoy it.

Having a well-trained dog also means that taking your pet to the veterinarian will be a lot easier than it would be otherwise. Considering the nature and volume of work that they have to do, being a vet is tough, let alone dealing with an uncooperative pet in their surgery. In some cases, dogs can become violent when approached by a vet – definitely something they don’t need. By having your dog properly trained, you can avoid injuries – for both your dog and your vet – as well as unnecessary embarrassment upon visits.

When hiring someone to train your dog, there is plenty to think about. The needs of both you and your pet have to be considered and so taking some time to sit down and work out what is important to you is a must. Down below are a few of the questions you might ask when it comes to finding the right dog trainer –

Should I go for group or private training? Each comes with pros and cons – those with a brand new dog can expect their pet to socialise and start to develop relationships with other dogs.

Does my dog need generalised training or would training in a specific area suit it better? One example of this is if your dog has an issue with barking, or separation anxiety. In these cases, someone that can specialise in tackling these issues would be optimal.

Do I need long-term training or do I need a quick fix? Goals such as conditioning your dog for agility or developing a routine will need more time with a trainer.

You should also take care to see what type of strategies your trainer uses. There are a wide variety of techniques that can be applied in order to change your dog’s behaviour – but not all of these involve kindness and care. It’s good to talk to prospective trainers about the ways in which they choose to teach your dog, including methods of both discipline and praise. Techniques such as positive reinforcement are very beneficial for dogs and are particularly powerful, while being enjoyable for them.

While your dog is your priority, how you communicate with your trainer is important too. Your trainer’s should be able to translate their understanding into constructive advice. A good trainer can tell you both what is working in terms of training your dog, and what isn’t. This includes passing on insights of what to do to correct certain issues, while conveying these ideas in a constructive, friendly way. In order to do this, a trainer needs to not only be able to express themselves clearly, but also be diplomatic and observant.

There are various ways in which you can choose to train your dog. Some owners opt for private lessons, while others will put their dog through group daycare.

Group sessions are valuable not only because they are more budget friendly, but also because they are better as a long-term option. This is because your pet will have time to get to grips with a wider variety of commands. However one-on-one training provides your dog with lessons that are specially tailored to their needs, helping them learn in the best way for them.

There are also the various levels of obedience training to take into account. As well as classes specifically for puppies, there are basic educational classes, adult training, agility and advanced tutoring. Which of these you go for can affect pricing, as well as how quickly your dog learns (depending on its needs and comprehension).

Yes! You might be surprised to hear that dog training can be done remotely, through online video platforms like Zoom. They can take the form of group sessions or one-to-one classes to tackle certain individual behavioural issues. Many customers prefer online dog training for all sorts of reasons, like saving on travel time and costs.

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4.96/5.00

based on 481 reviews

The average rating for Bark Dog Trainers in Boston is 4.96, based on 481 reviews.

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