Doggos are man’s best friend but, at times, they can be tricky to understand and bond with. These dog trainers in Hong Kong can help you understand your pet and vice versa.
Training your pet can be difficult even for seasoned pet-owners. This can especially be the case if you’ve adopted your furry friend. Luckily, these dog trainers in Hong Kong can help and have your pooch going on staycays and playing in parks with you in no time!
Best dog trainers in Hong Kong
1. Hong Kong Canine
Director James Leung worked as an environmental consultant in Hong Kong for over 15 years. He specialises in search and rescue, service and therapy, tracking, canine scent detection, protection, and police K9 units. Group classes are once a week for six consecutive weeks and last approximately an hour. Popular classes include basic and advanced obedience, socialisation, agility, and scent detection (many dogs don’t know how to maximise their nose-work!). New pet owners can also sign up for the puppy class and pet nutrition classes.
Hong Kong Canine, 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, p. 9411 7975
Want your doggo in trusted hands? Deb, the owner of DogManGoWoof, holds a diploma in canine behavior training and a certificate in pet psychology. DogManGoWoof handles everything from basic puppy care and beginners training, to advanced obedience commands and behavioural and social issues. As Deb has volunteered at Hong Kong Dog Rescue before, she knows first-hand what a lot of dogs go through physically and mentally after being rescued. The first lesson is usually one-on-one with the dog and the owner to assess and discuss the issues first-hand. Following that, you will be matched with either individualised intensive courses, weekly lessons, or single one-off lessons, depending on your pet’s needs. Locations of the class are flexible.
Find out more on how to book classes here.
Operating since 1921, SPCA is well-known in Hong Kong. This non-profit organisation actively rescues animals and fosters them until adopted. Plenty of rescued pets have faced trauma and at SPCA, they can guide you through it all with their dog behaviour and training courses. The sessions will discuss obedience tips and tricks, and steps on slowly letting dogs go off the leash. The classes are held at different centres during the week (find schedule here), with specialised prices if the pet is adopted from SPCA or if you’re a member.
Find out more at SPCA.
4. Dogs, Inc.
Clare Benson is a certified professional dog trainer residing in Sai Kung and she offers a range of training programs for doggos in the area. All services are tailor-made to suit the needs of furry, friendly companions and their owners. Dog training is split between pups and older dogs, either in a group setting or one-on-one. Also, if you’re travelling, Clare will happily be a temporary paw-rent in her fully licensed facility. For socialising (for yourself and your dog), Clare organises adventure playdates! Dogs are matched based on personality for adventures at nearby parks, beaches, and trails around Sai Kung.
Read more about Dogs, Inc. online.
5. Pawsitive Training
Yonnie Kwok has had a soft spot for dogs since a young age, which led her to become a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed), and Fear Free-certified professional dog trainer. As some dogs may easily feel intimidated in a new setting, Yonnie will hold her private session at your residence and it’s all tailored to the needs of the dog and family. In addition to training, Yonnie also offers dog washes for pooches who are scared of water, and pet photography and videography to capture that billion dollar smile!
To get in touch, you can contact Yonnie via WhatsApp at 9360 0531 for more information.
6. Pet Behaviour HK
Dr Cynthia Smillie from Pet Behaviour HK was a full time veterinary surgeon at SPCA, and then served as the SPCA’s Deputy Executive Director. Cynthia’s passion has always been in animal welfare, and through her work she became aware that one of the main reasons owners surrender animals to shelters is because of behavioural problems. She became a full time dog behavioural specialist to explore the link between human behaviour and its influence on undesirable animal behaviour. She trains both cats and dogs in the comfort of your home. It’s recommended for all family members, including domestic helpers, to be present during her consultation and the in-depth analysis can initially take two to three hours.
Find out more about Pet Behaviour HK.
7. Petworld Resort
Like the name suggests, it can feel like a resort for you doggo (after all, there are two pools). Petworld Resort offers day care services – for which pets will need to pass a behaviour test – and pet grooming. And to have your pooch on their best behaviour, the staff also train dogs, be it potty training, learning a sport, or learning good manners. If you want private sessions, they’re held at Petworld Resort or at your home. Petworld Resort is also one of the few places to offer hydrotherapy to keep your canines active and heal from muscle soreness.
Petworld Resort, 351 Shui Mei Tsuen, Kam Tin, Yuen Long, Hong Kong, p. 2470 6968