Your Guide to Finding Dog Trainers in Fayetteville NC


In What Happens to Your Dog When You Divorce?, I told you about Rachel, a friend I hear from every so often. She was getting married for the second time. I declined an invitation to the wedding – not because I have anything against Rachel, or against second marriages. It’s just that I dislike going to weddings. I find something inherently offensive in the whole “white gown, sacrificial virgin” feel of big weddings, and honestly, I don’t like small weddings either. Weddings in general just bore me.

So, I was glad that Rachel had apparently made it through her wedding without missing me too much! I wondered why she was calling, though, since I hardly ever hear from her. Being a kind of “cut to the chase” sort of person, I just came out and asked, “Rachel, why are you calling?”

It turns out that Rachel and Hubby Number Two have relocated to Fayetteville, North Carolina. He’s working as a building inspector for the city, and she’s teaching grade school. She sounds pretty happy. Now, as to the reason she was calling, it turns out that she and Number Two have adopted a mixed-breed dog, and are having to work pretty hard to make time for him. They’re doing fine with exercise and playtime, but they’d like to have a professional take over the obedience training. So, did I have any suggestions for finding dog trainers in Fayetteville, NC?

I Am the Very Model of Self-Control

I refrained from saying, “Rachel, I hear from you once every few years; I live hundreds of miles away from Fayetteville; I don’t know anyone in Fayetteville and I don’t have any idea why you would think I might have a handle on dog trainers in Fayetteville, NC!”

Instead, I bit down on my tongue (no permanent damage, I don’t think), reminded myself that I do it all for dogs, and told her I’d see what I could find out and get back to her. I just can’t say “No” when dogs are involved.

Dog Trainers in Fayetteville, NC

I discovered that there are a number of good dog trainers in Fayetteville, NC and also in nearby towns like Raleigh and Raeford. They range from nationally-recognized facilities to small, privately-owned operations. Certainly, there seems to be no shortage of options. So here, in no particular order, are several of the best dog trainers (based on my research, not on personal experience) in Fayetteville.

1. Obedient K9 Dog Training Academy

Obedient K9 Dog Training Academy has been featured in newspapers and on TV, and the coverage has invariably been positive. Obedient K9 can train your pet dog for basic obedience, and if you’re looking for an even higher standard of training, you’ll be pleased to know that they have trained and sold dogs to various law enforcement agencies.

The Academy is located mere minutes from the downtown core, and predicates its training methods on the overall physical and emotional wellbeing of the dog. You can learn more (and also view a great video) by visiting their website, You can also reach them by phone at 910-802-0527.

2. Miss Belle’s Etiquette School for Dogs

Miss Belle’s is located in Raeford, and will train your dog on their premises or in your home. Owner Michelle Huntting is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and the Animal Behavior College.

Group classes are also offered, and if your dog has behavioral issues, this is a very good facility. You can learn more by visiting, or by phoning 910-476-2812.

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3. Kranenburg Canine Training Center

This is another Raeford school that focuses on behavioral issues. Kranenburg Canine Training Center will start you off with a free assessment, and then develop a program specifically geared toward your dog. Kranenburg is also one of the best dog trainers in Fayetteville, NC if the owner also needs a bit of training.

Several training packages are offered, and if your dog learns everything he needs to know but there’s still time left in your program, you can actually credit that time toward another program. To find out more, go to, or call 910-476-2812.

4. Blessed Oasis Pet Resort

If your dog needs a bit of spoiling, he can definitely get it at Blessed Oasis Pet Resort on Fayetteville’s west side. If he needs training, he can get that, as well. Joel Gutierrez is one of the best dog trainers in Fayetteville, NC, whether you just need basic training, help with potty issues, or assistance with behavioral problems.

Joel uses positive reinforcement, and custom-tailors each session to your dog. He’s been training for more than 10 years, and is certified by the Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers. Check out to find out if Blessed Oasis Pet Resort is right for your dog, or call 910-321-0001.

5. K-9trainer4u

K-9trainer4u can help you with behavior issues in dogs of all ages. Training is knowledge-based and predicated on what industry experts consider to be best practices. You and your dog can learn onsite or in your home.

K-9trainer4u also trains dogs for search and rescue, and can help you with adopting a rescue dog, as well. Visit their website at, or call 910-476-8052.

6. Paws in Training

Paws in Training is located in Raleigh, and focuses mainly on behavioral issues like inappropriate urination, aggression, anxiety and fear. This is one of the best dog trainers in Fayetteville when it comes to follow-up; you won’t just be kicked to the curb once you’ve finished with your group or in-home training. You’ll also benefit from email, phone and video support.

Paws in Training also offers training products and veterinary services. Learn more by visiting or phoning 919-896-2589.

7. Silver Run Dog Training

Silver Run Dog Training is located 10 minutes from the downtown core. Classes are held either outdoors, or in the climate-controlled indoor arena. To participate in basic obedience classes, your dog must be at least 12 weeks of age.

Silver Run Dog Training also offers agility training in the form of a four-week course for dogs and their owners. Boarding services are also available. To learn more, check out their website at, or call 910-483-9213.

8. Born to Lead K9 Academy

Born to Lead K9 Academy is among the best dog trainers in or near Fayetteville, NC if you want to immerse yourself in multi-stage training. It’s located in Raleigh, and head trainer Ryan Douglas teaches everything from basic obedience to off-leash work and even offers classes for humans on dog behavior and psychology.

Born to Lead is certified by the International Association of Canine Professionals, and claims to be the last dog trainer you’ll ever need. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, take a look at, or phone the Academy at 919-938-3353.

9. Tarheel Canine Training, Inc.

Tarheel actually specializes in training dogs for police work, so it’s a safe bet that they can also provide you and your dog with basic obedience training and more advanced training for behavioral issues. The facility is located in nearby Sanford, and uses positive reinforcement techniques at all levels of training.

Tarheel Canine Training also has a Pro Shop where you can purchase items that will help you when it comes to working with your dog. Visit their website at, or call 919-774-4152.

10. Sandhills Dog Training LLC

Sandhills is another of the best dog trainers in Fayetteville, NC when it comes to multi-level training. The facility offers group lessons, behavior modification and the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program in addition to basic obedience either onsite or in your home.

Most Sandhills programs last for anywhere from two to eight weeks, and dogs of all ages are welcome. Visit their website at, or get more information by phoning 910-673-0074.

There are several other great dog trainers in Fayetteville, NC, but I decided to stop researching at 10. I don’t want you to think, either, that some of the dog trainers in Fayetteville, NC that I haven’t included on this list are not necessarily as good as the ones that I have named; it’s just that Fayetteville looks to me as though it’s almost the dog training capital of the United States! I couldn’t possibly begin to name all of the outstanding trainers there, so to the dozens upon dozens who aren’t on the list, please don’t take it personally.

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The Final Word

Well, that’s my attempt at finding dog trainers in Fayetteville, NC for Rachel, who never calls, never writes and never visits.

No, I take that back. I didn’t do it for Rachel; I did it for Rachel’s dog! So I guess it’s time well spent.

Now, I’m going to go and do a bit of training with my own dogs. I’ve been trying to teach Janice and Leroy how to open the fridge, get me a beer, close the fridge and bring it to me without puncturing the can (or stealing leftovers!). It’s an uphill battle, and if I can ever make it work, maybe I’ll open up my own dog training academy! Surely, there have to be people out there who would welcome that type of training!