Guide to Finding the Perfect Dog Trainer in El Paso


A little over a year after getting a puppy, we realized we needed to hire a dog trainer. As a mom, there is nothing more important to me than keeping my child safe. When my son was born, we had two very well-trained dogs who welcomed our son into the home with open arms (or paws, in this case!). We lost one of our dogs shortly after our son was born, and our other was getting old, so we decided to get a puppy when our son was almost two years old. 

Finding a good dog trainer can help build the bond between human and dog.
Our son and his puppy

Everything was going great until we realized our puppy was resource-guarding and became food aggressive with our toddler. As a mom, my first instinct was to get rid of the dog to keep my home peaceful and my child safe. But after some thought, we decided to enlist the help of a professional dog trainer. 

Dog training is so much more than just teaching tricks or correcting behaviors.

It’s about healthy discipline and strengthening the bond between your family and your dog. There are many different options for dog training in El Paso and the route you choose depends on the time you have to commit to training and what you are looking to get out of it. (We are a busy family, so we opted for a board and train program where our dog would quickly learn the fundamentals). Keep in mind–dog training is a commitment, no matter which type of training program you choose. Repetition and consistency are crucial!

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Do your research to make sure the trainer you hire aligns with your goals and that you are comfortable with their methods. Also, most trainers will provide a free evaluation and consultation so you can see how they interact with you and your dog before moving forward!

 Guide to Finding the Perfect Dog Trainer in El PasoTo help you get started on the path to finding the perfect dog trainer, we compiled a list of dog trainers and programs in and around El Paso!


Petco locations offer a variety of training classes for puppies and adult dogs. The cost ranges from $179-$409 depending on the package you select. They also offer private lessons if you need a little additional help!


Petsmart offers classes from beginner to advanced for dogs of all ages. Petsmarts accredited trainers teach fun classes using positive reinforcement. The cost ranges from $149-$355 depending on the package you select.

Good Dog Training El Paso

The trainer has over 35 years of experience and uses science-based positive reinforcement methods. She offers group and private lessons for a variety of ages and skill levels. Learn more here.

K9 Fun Works

Dina, K9 Fun Works trainer, is a certified instructor through the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors. She offers group and private obedience training, as well as a 6-week board and train program. Learn more here.  

Valkyrie Strategic K9

Valkyrie offers obedience and behavioral modification training, personal protection, bite work development, detection training, and tracking. They offer private lessons and a 15-day board and train program. The trainers do not believe in the use of just one technique and adjust to the training needed to complement your dog. They also offer a military discount! For more info, visit their website here.

Canine Domain

Canine Domain is an indoor/outdoor facility where they help shape misunderstood dogs. It is a one-stop shop for dog training needs from socialization to boarding. They offer board and train programs as well as day training. Learn more here.

A Dogs Life

A Dogs Life uses modern dog training techniques. They offer group classes, private lessons, day training, and a board and train program. Find out more here.

Do you know of any dog trainers or facilities in the El Paso area that we didn’t list? Email us at [email protected] so we can add it to the list!

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