North Carolina Dogs

NC Dogs offers professional dog training using reward-based training methods for families and their pet dogs in Wake County and surrounding North Carolina areas including:

Apex, Cary, Raleigh, Durham

Morrisville, Chapel Hill, and Holly Springs

If you are in another NC location, we would be happy to discuss whether we could help with your specific dog behavior and training needs.


Training with North Carolina Dogs:

  • Better understand your dog

At each consultation we’ll discuss dog learning, motivation, behavior, and body language supported by animal behavior science. We’ll help you sort through dog training myths, so you can really understand your dog.

  • Training methods

We use the most advanced, family-friendly, reward-based training techniques that are truly humane and effective. Our training focuses on achieving the results you need while providing for your individual dog’s well-being.

  • Building the strongest bond possible with your dog

Positive reinforcement training can enhance your communication and help you form a special bond with your canine best friend. Our training is geared to help you achieve your dream dog.

  • Make life easier and have fun

Dogs are fun, but we understand their behavior can be frustrating and stressful to people at times. We can help you teach new behaviors, so you can have more freedom to enjoy activities with your dog again.

  • Follow-up support

We want you to be comfortable with your new behavior/ training knowledge and skills after you’ve worked with us, therefore we provide email and phone support. Your success is important to us.

Want to learn more about our behavior and training services? Contact us today to get answers to your questions.



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Dog and Puppy Training

Obedience and Behavior Problems:

Common obedience goals include sit, down, stand, come when called (also known as a recall), stay, wait, go in crate, leave it, and loose leash walking – to prevent pulling on leash.DSC00442

We also work on solving behavior problems such as house training issues, chewing, digging, food stealing, barking, jumping up, play biting, submissive urination, fence
fighting, fear and aggression, and others.

Puppy Socialization and Training:

Socialization consists of introducing your puppy to new people, dogs, places, and things, and making sure he actively enjoys them. This is a crucial step toward preventing future fear and aggression problems in your puppy.

The socialization period is limited in puppies, ranging from about 3 to 12-18 weeks of age. In addition, we teach obedience behaviors, house training, crate training, and chew training.

Shelter and Rescue Dogs:

Training can help your shelter or rescue dog adjust to your home, and learn new rules and behaviors, such as house-training and manners.

We have extensive experience working with shelter dogs of different breeds, and can help your new dog make a smooth transition into your home and family.

Kids and Dogs:

photo(6)We teach dog manners and provide coaching instruction to help kids learn to be gentle with dogs. Our management techniques ensure everyone in the family is safe and happy.

All of our training methods are safe for children to use, and work well with dogs of all ages including puppies and various breeds.

Fear and Aggression:

These behaviors can be very serious and potentially take longer to modify. If your dog exhibits signs of fear or aggression, we highly recommend seeking professional help from a positive reinforcement trainer, such as NC Dogs. Using aversive, harsh dog training techniques or corrections can cause or make fear and aggression problems worse, and DSC05052should be avoided at all costs.

Fearful behaviors can include fears of sounds, objects, people, other dogs, and separation anxiety (afraid of being left alone). Some dogs also avoid or dislike being touched. Body handling exercises using proper training techniques can help with avoidance or aggression related to touch.

Other aggressive behaviors that can be improved with training are reactivity/ on-leash aggression, resource guarding (protecting toys, food, locations, or certain objects/ people), and dog-dog aggression (play problems, bullying, or fighting other dogs).

All training lessons come with:

  • Email and phone support
  • Customized training plans
  • Dog training and behavior article handouts



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Enrollment for September-October classes will start soon. Please check back for updates.

Upcoming classes: Puppy Kindergarten, Dog Manners, and Canine Good Citizen.


Class Location:

Durham:    5420 NC-55, Durham, NC 27713 (ZoomyDogs)

Class Notes:

Students will NOT be allowed to bring or use choke chains, prong/ pinch collars, shock collars, or flexi-leads to any class.


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“I have been around dog trainers a long time, and could not recommend Dan Raymer more highly.  He is a superb technician, with a stellar grasp of the intricacies of assessment, behavior and procedures and how they fit into the big picture of helping clients live successfully with their dogs.  On a par with all this is his ethical compass.  Dog training is still unregulated and there are pockets without qualified practitioners.  Not so in Wake County, whose dogs and their guardians are in the best possible hands.”

Jean Donaldson

Founder, The Academy for Dog Trainers

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“Dan is a superb trainer with a solid understanding of animal learning and a commitment to using modern science based methods. He is skilled in assessing behavior and his user-friendly instructions will make the training process easy for owners to understand and follow. I highly recommend Dan, no matter what the issue he will be able to help.”

Sarah Pennington

Coach and Mentor, The Academy for Dog Trainers

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“Dan is an incredibly knowledgeable trainer. Not only did our dog learn a lot in his class, but as new “pet parents”, we did as well! Dan  took the time to customize his teachings for each participant. He was a great resource for us in training our puppy. Not only did he come up with helpful training strategies, but he helped us understand the canine behavior behind what we were doing.”


Bob, Robin, and Finn, Raleigh, NC

“Dan worked with me and my dog Maggie on her anxiety issues.  She is a very shy anxious dog who is afraid of strangers and terrified of men.  Dan was incredibly patient with her and over the course of our sessions together she warmed up to him.  Maggie and I are still working on her anxiety, but Dan encouraged us to keep at it, and we are making progress!”


Sarah and Maggie, Chapel Hill, NC

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Contact Us

North Carolina Dogs

Phone Number: 910-336-1316

Email Address:

Class Locations:

ZoomyDogs, 5420 NC HWY 55, Durham, NC 27713

Service Locations:

Wake County, Apex, Cary, Raleigh, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Durham, Chapel Hill, and nearby locations.