Sometimes Fido can seem like a handful, but PetParent is here to help! We’ve compiled a list of the best dog trainers in St. Louis for your convenience.
No Leash Needed has now trained over 1,000 dogs in the St. Louis area, and comes highly recommended by local veterinarians, current clients, and others training specialists in the industry. Depending on what your dog needs, they can arrange for private sessions and/or group classes. They offer not only obedience training, but also puppy training, kennel training, and leash training. When you become a client of No Leash Needed, you’ll gain access to their online resource center which has plenty of videos, course outlines, tips, and an “ask the trainer” feature for any and all of your training questions or concerns! They also offer advanced classes on dock diving and agility for dogs and owners looking for a fun outlet!
At Dog Star Training, their mission is to give you and your dog the tools you need to better understand each other. They believe in the positive reinforcement reward based system of training and their techniques are based completely on the science of how dogs learn. They offer both private sessions and group training options. Private sessions are held in your very own home and this option is often chosen by PetParents struggling with behaviors like housebreaking, improper behavior with children or other animals, crate training, and more. Topics covered in group classes include but are not limited to puppy training, basic manners with clickers, tricks, and nose work. For pricing and schedule information, check out their website here.
3. Bark Busters
Bark Buster’s is St. Louis’s premier choice for in-home dog training! You will work directly with a dog trainer in the comfort of your own home using methods that are tailored to fit your’s and your dog’s needs. Their training fosters a positive relationship between dog and owner, and is ideal for PetParents struggling with aggressive behavior, basic obedience, chewing and destructive behavior, barking, separation anxiety, and more. Bark Busters also offers guaranteed lifetime support, which means you’ll always have a training partner throughout your dog’s life. In addition to great training services, their website is full of tips and information life with your dog.
For 30 years, Gary Abelov has been helping stressed out pet owners with their dog’s behavioral issues. In order to start training with Gary, you’ll need to set up behavioral consultation. These normally last for about 1-3 hours and are done at your home; you must have a rabies vaccination form at your house in order for him to perform the consultation. After the consultation, Gary will create a personalized training program for you and your dog. All sessions take place in your home and cover topics spanning from puppy training to intermediate obedience training. Gary also offers an option where he takes your dog on a full or half day hike which is great for dogs that need a little extra attention!
The Greater St. Louis Training Club is a volunteer-run training organization that offers the highest quality of training and education for the public. This non-profit group is highly endorsed by the local St. Louis veterinary community and offers classes covering puppy manners, basic dog obedience, behavioral correction, and agility and competition training. Prior to beginning classes with GSLTC, you must complete the Just For You training seminar. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, they also offer special seminars, workshops, and more! Check out their website for a full list and schedule of their classes!