Best Charlotte, NC Dog Trainers By Location

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Best Charlotte, NC Dog Trainers By Location

Hello and welcome to pet parenthood in the Charlotte, NC area! Whether you’ve recently adopted a pet or recently moved to the Charlotte area, you’re in luck! Charlotte is a pet-friendly city with lots of resources to help raise your happiest, healthiest pet. 
If you’re looking for the right dog trainer for your pup, there are a lot of things to consider. Luckily, there are also a lot of Charlotte NC dog trainers to consider too! Here’s a list of our recommendations for dog trainers in Charlotte NC and surrounding areas. 
These rankings are rated according to the quality and types of training services and are split into regions so you can find the trainer that is the best fit for you and your furry friends. All dog trainers have at least a 4.5-star rating through Google reviews.

In the Charlotte Metro area:

Understanding Our Dogs LLC is run by Lena Skov, a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior, with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. She does both in-home and boarding training throughout the greater Charlotte area and creates fully customized training programs for your unique pet and their unique psychological needs. She does both companion training to refine the people skills of adult dogs, and puppy training to help establish a lifetime of good behavior. 
All Dogs Unleashed also offers in-home and boarding training, with a variety of training goals to choose from. They not only train dogs in basic obedience and leash training, but they also provide specialized training for protective dogs and service dogs. Check out some of their compelling testimonials on their website. 
Canine Scholars use a variety of modern training methods and are also equipped and staffed to train your dog in American Kennel Club programs like the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program, the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program, AKC Trick training, and AKC Therapy Dog training. They also offer standard obedience, leash, and off-leash training for puppies and adult dogs. 
The Dog Wizard of Charlotte seeks to keep as many pets as possible out of shelters and improve your dog’s quality of life with highly-effective obedience training. They offer several different individual and group training programs and even offer special training for aggressive or anxious dogs, therapy prep for future therapy dogs and handlers, and even classes to help prep pets for the arrival of a new baby.  
Star Dog Charlotte is owned and run by Andy Bunn, a dog-training professional with more than 25 years of experience. He offers obedience training and daily boarding for pups in their 26,000-square-foot facility designed for dog learning and play. Their day camp is designed to help urban dogs develop their best socialization skills. Get in touch for more information. 
The Dog Knowledge offers “over 2 acres of doggy heaven in the heart of Charlotte,” with an indoor agility training site and outside play yards. The Dog Knowledge is focused on building community among Charlotte dog owners and also offers a human lounge area. They are AKC certified to train Canine Good Citizen (CGC) dogs and can train and title therapy and working service dogs as well. They offer three training packages that range from basic to advanced.

Northernmost trainers:

Happy Dogs Training will train your dog through positive reinforcement, whether they’re a new puppy or a big handful. Then, they train you to continue reinforcing obedience training at home, so everyone’s on the same team working toward the same goals. They offer basic obedience courses, and both individual and group training for intermediate obedience and agility lessons.
Bark Busters of Lake Norman offers all kinds of obedience training, including barking, leash training, OCD and destructive chewing, bathroom habits, and separation anxiety. They will train your dog in your home, where they believe your pet is most at ease. Bark Busters has been in business for more than 28 years and uses only positive reinforcement methods.

Southernmost trainers:

Mariah Hinds Dog Training is located at 14812 Karina Falls Court Charlotte, NC. Mariah is a certified dog trainer through the Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT) and offers in-home obedience training for your puppy or adult dog. She also offers boarding and training as well as therapy dog training. With more than 18 years of experience, Mariah also believes in only positive reinforcement in her training methods.
Sit Means Sit Dog Training in Indian Land, SC is just across the border and might be worth the visit if you’re in the southern parts of Charlotte or Charlotte suburbs. They offer a huge variety of service types, including day boarding, 5-day boarding, and up to 21 days of boarding and obedience training. If you want to try training yourself, they also offer video visits to help teach you which methods work best, and how you and your pet can best understand one another. 
Keen Dog Training is located in Fort Mill, SC, but they also offer virtual training and videos on demand! They also offer both one on one and group training for basic obedience and leash training. Their team members are highly-trained and qualified to even train PTSD-related service dogs.  

In the West:

Perfect Pet Dog Training offers “private lessons, day training, and behavior modification training in Gaston County, York County, South Charlotte, and surrounding areas”. They offer private lessons, daycare, and day training to all breeds and all ages. They do in-home (or public play area near you) training and have a facility in Gastonia equipped with agility and other training tools for group classes, or for rent! Make your appointment today.

Who did we miss?

Are there any more great dog trainers you think should be on this list? Get in touch and let us know, or check out our blog for helpful tips and tricks to start training your pup at home, including “How to Leash Train Your Puppy” and more.