'Woof'mark These: Dog Trainers For Difficult Puppers and Doggos

It can be really hard getting your precious furball to sit, heel, stay, and stay well-behaved. While there re tons of dog trainers out there, getting a trainer who is firm, yet gentle, and knows how to control your doggo without threatening him can be rare. In a world of electric collars and punishment-induced training, you can trust these empathetic trainers with your doggo's wellbeing... And yours, too!

Rohini Fernandes

Rohini Fernandes

A very well-known name in the pet circuit, Rohini Fernandes will have your pet go from ‘I-will-eat-your-furniture’ to a well-behaved pupper. She has twp kinds of sessions - Naughty Boys, which is for difficult, aggressive doggos, and Pawfect Classes, for canines that need basic (but necessary) training. She also offers packages which are personalised (LOL) for your doggo.

Price: INR 10,000 for 4 sessions  

Tanya Patel

Tanya Patel

Tanya Patel is based out of Khar and deals with dog aggression, behaviour modification and obedience training. If your dog has been exhibiting a behavioural change of late, give her a call. She also makes sure she trains your doggo using game-based training, and not treats-based. She also provides pet sitting services, so get in touch!

Price: INR 1,500 per session (1 hour)

Rajvi Mariwala (Citizen K9)

Citizen K9

Rajvi Mariwala is a revered name when it comes to dog obedience. She teaches general obedience commands, moving onto advanced levels of training. Her speciality is training the dog to be your true companion, being able to travel, sit in a cafe, or in your local pub. Good behaviour inside and outside the house, as well as working on behaviour and aggression issues.

P.S: She gives discounted sessions to indie dog owners, which we think is pretty awesome!

Price: INR 1,700 onwards.

Mitali Salvi

Mitali Salvi

A renowned trainer and behaviourist based out of Cuffe Parade, she will help you with everything from breed consultation to puppy training. She also deals with aggressive and disobedient dogs. She enjoys training dogs for agility and also teaches them advanced tricks.

Price: INR 1,800 upwards.

Shirin Merchant

Shirin Merchant

Celebrated as one of the best canine behaviourists and trainers in the country, Shirin is the only person in Asia (that's right) to have gained an accreditation from the Kennel Club of England's Elite KCAI. She now runs Woof! magazine, runs several courses and training programs, and has also been awarded by the President of India for being a trailblazer in the field!

She now has a team of trainers, so reach out to them through her website.

Price: On request

Moe's Canine Training, Santacruz East

Moe's Canine Training

Santacruz East, Mumbai

Based out of Santacruz East, Moe deals with canine aggression, behaviour, regression and even training for special needs. Gifted in communicating with difficult dogs, Moe uses gentle techniques, and doesn't use treats as a motivator for her training. She also makes sure your dog is well adjusted to other animals in your home, irrespective of species - birds and cats, included!

Price: INR 1500 and up