Dog trainers in high demand from the pandemic puppy boom

KAPOLEI (KHON2) – Some say life is better with a furry friend, and during the pandemic when people were working from home, many families adopted a new pet.

Maria Hagood is the head trainer for Island Dog Obedience, who said her business has picked up speed since the pandemic began.

“Having a puppy 24/7 is a big job on top of everything else,” said Hagood.

Hagood says she offers different packages depending on what her clients want, along with in-home or virtual lessons.

She said that for many people who work from home, a common request is to teach a pet to sit quietly during Zoom calls.

“Now if you are on the phone or have a Zoom meeting and your puppy keeps barking, jumping, scratching and biting your feet, you can’t get any work done,” Hagood said.

Hagood says that a well behaved dog is a happy dog, and with dog trainers in great demand right now, she had to expand and hire new trainers.

Hagood says they specialize in leash obedience, obsessive barking, separation anxiety, and more.

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