Big Dog Academy
Big Dog Academy

Big Dog Academy

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Introduction: I am a certified dog trainer with success working with hundreds of dogs. Big Dog Academy is committed to giving you and your dog the relationship each of you deserve. Our goal is 100% satisfaction from you and your dog. Please look at our webpage and also my personal Facebook page as well Wayne Ogden for more details... I will pick up your dogs at your home and bring the dog back to you. When finished I will spend twenty to thirty or more mins having you video me on all that we have done with your dog. This will ensure success in your new relationship with your dog. Prices are based on your individual needs. All dogs and all situations are different. I understand that and am willing to speak with you about exactly what you want to accomplish! We let your dog be a dog while at our Academy! All my training methods are love and praise based. We do not treat train or use shock collars (e-collars). Our program is designed to love your dog, teach your dog how to follow consist leadership.

Hired 1 time

Serves Koosharem, UT

14 employees

2 years in business

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This pro accepts payments via Apple Pay, Cash, Check, and Credit card.

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

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Customers rated this pro highly for value, work quality, and professionalism.

Exceptional 5.0

6 reviews


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Stacy N.
Oct 24, 2020

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Wayne is the best dog trainer I have ever had the privilege of working with!! He has a love for animals that radiates off of him. We have a very, very, hyper Weimaraner. Duke really needed training, but we couldn't afford what a lot of other animal trainers were charging. Not only did Wayne work with us to make training affordable, it was obvious that Wayne was trustworthy, honest and passionate about what he does and his love for animals. Duke was 10 months old the first time he went with Wayne. Duke was with Wayne for 3 weeks. Wayne sent daily/every other day updates. He sent pictures and videos, he called and text us about Duke's training progress and how much fun he was having. Wayne also picked up Duke and brought him back to us. This was so convenient, not having to spend two days traveling. Wayne was very honest about his training and background. He answered all the questions we had, without hesitation. Wayne is so transparent and wants the animals owner to know every detail. He let me know that Duke had got a small cut from a barbwired fence. Even though that cut would have been healed and unnoticeable by the time we got Duke back, he wanted us to know. Duke came back a completely different dog, in relation to his manners. He followed the commands that Wayne had taught him. Wayne spent about an hour teaching us the commands and how to work with Duke, when he brought him home. Duke went to Wayne a huge, destructive, out of control dog. Honestly, we were not sure we would be able to keep Duke due to his behaviors. Duke came back from Wayne a(still huge) repectful dog that followed commands. He was way less hyper and no longer controlled us. Duke is still the same fun loving dog he has always been, but now he is calmer and responds to commands. Duke still gets excited and is crazy at times, only now he knows when it is appropriate to show his emotions. Wayne trains his dogs with praise versus treats. I love this, because Duke will follow commands for nothing but being told that he is such a "good boy". Duke went with Wayne for a second training session. Duke was so excited to see Wayne! This made my heart so happy. Wayne did a refresher course with Duke, but this time he was there for Shed training. Duke spent a month with Wayne. You can imagine how much we missed him!! I never once worried that Duke wasn't with the best trainer and person he could be with. I knew he was having the time of his life, all while learning. My son will be spending several days in the spring, with Duke and Wayne to further Duke's shed training. I really could say so much more and would be happy to answer any questions that someone might have. Wayne will always have a place in my heart for the way he has cared for Duke. I consider him a friend for life. Wayne is the only person that I trust, without a single doubt to care for Duke, for such long periods of time. I know that Wayne loves Duke like one of his own. Wayne is also very flexible and understanding and would take Duke on a moments notice, for any reason. Thanks Wayne!! You truly have gained our love, trust and respect. P.S. Duke misses you and all his friends!! Thanks for everything you've done for us!

Details: 1 - 2 years old • Large (41 - 70 lbs) • Private lessons • General obedience training • Chewing • At the pro’s location

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Amanda G.
Oct 23, 2020
Wayne did a fantastic job giving our 6 1/2 year old sheepadoodle some new skills & behaviors. She’s only been home a few days and we already see huge differences. It’s like having a new pet because she’s way more calm, listens better and doesn’t bark nearly as much as she used to. Wayne took really good care of her, took her to the vet when she had fox tails giving her a sore paw, and even made sure she came home all cleaned up after her time training in the mountains of Utah. I’d recommend Wayne with Big Dogs to anyone!
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Tiffany K.
Oct 22, 2020
Wayne did an amazing job with out 2 Golden doodles. I highly recommend his dog training services. He treats the dogs like they’re his own and are truly loved while they are away from home!
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John C.
Oct 21, 2020
Wayne us a great trainer. In my opinion he is the best I have ever seen. He loves dogs and people. Plus he is fair and has integrity.
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Mccall H.
Oct 22, 2020
I sent my two dogs to Big Dog Academy and they have been different dogs since being home. They have been so well behaved along with listening and following commands. I’ve learned so much about what we need to do at home to make sure their good behavior continues. Thank you!


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I’m both reasonable and in most cases far less than most trainers. Not all dogs are the same, I can and will customize things with my customers.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    To talk through their desires for the dog and the issues they are having. Want to talk by phone, so I can fully understand what they are looking for?

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    4000 hour certification through the US Department of Labor as a dog trainer. There are very few trainers with any real educational certifications.

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