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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does dog training typically cost?

The average cost of dog training ranges from $60 to $155 per hour. But, your dog’s training might cost more or less depending on a number of different factors. For example, you might pay less if you schedule group classes instead of private instruction. The type of training (aggressive behavior, basic obedience, off-leash training, etc.) could have different prices as well. 

Get an exact cost estimate by contacting several dog trainers near you

Learn more about dog training cost factors.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a dog trainer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Utilize as many digital means as necessary when setting up appointments or consultations with dog trainers near you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the best way to begin is by conducting a search for dog trainers online. Compare services side by side, and ask each dog trainer you contact if it’s possible to schedule a consultation or appointment completely virtually. During this time, you should also discuss strategies for completing training and payments through digital means.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a dog trainer when social distancing?

Current CDC guidelines state, “Do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household.” It also explains that more studies are needed to understand if and how animals could be affected by the virus that causes COVID-19 and how this might affect human health.

If you’re uncomfortable with hiring a dog trainer right now, you can reach out to dog trainers in your area to see if they will let you book an appointment in the future when social distancing guidelines are lifted. Or, ask if they offer virtual or remote services.

If you do decide to hire a pro to train your dog in person, limit any physical contact with the trainer. Stay 6 feet apart, sanitize items and surfaces, and use digital payments instead of cash or a check.   

Is dog training worth the money?

Dog training can be a highly rewarding investment for most dog owners. With dog training, you can establish a better, healthier relationship with your dog, who will learn to understand your commands and wishes. Your frustration levels may decrease, and you might be able to resume activities you’ve put off, such as having people over or taking your dog to public places (though, this is hard to guarantee because each dog is unique). 

Just remember that no amount of dog training will pay off if you don’t practice and follow the directions the dog trainer gives you. Consistency is the most important factor.

Is it ever too late to start training a dog?

It’s never too late to train your dog — “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a myth. Whether you adopt an older dog from the shelter or simply want to have a better relationship with your elderly dog, hiring a dog trainer can be a good investment.

What do professional dog trainers do?

Dog trainers can perform a range of activities, ranging from training law enforcement dogs to working with therapy dogs or search-and-rescue dogs. However, most people hire dog trainers for obedience training. This is largely a process of training the human — much of how a dog interprets our behaviors, commands, tone and body language is counterintuitive at first. The trainer will typically come to your home to observe your relationship with your dog, teach you how to train a command and give you guidance for reinforcing it.

Can I use digital payments to pay for dog training?

Many professional dog trainers accept digital payments instead of cash or check. One effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it is encouraging companies and services to onboard digital platforms like PayPal, Zelle, Google Pay, Venmo and Square Cash as a means of curbing virus transmission risk.

When you contact dog trainers near you, ask if they’ll accept digital payments. This information is also typically available on their online profiles.

Do dog trainers offer remote or virtual services?

Although dog training is traditionally performed in person, the COVID-19 pandemic may have caused some professional dog trainers to move to remote training and virtual services. You can contact dog trainers near you to ask about the possibility of remote or virtual services. Also, ask whether all aspects of the process can be digital, including payment.

How can I find out if a dog trainer is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Guidelines on essential services are constantly being updated by local and federal government agencies. To see which services qualify as essential COVID-19 service providers, start with your city or state’s government website.

A reliable list of federal guidelines is available on CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.  .

Does a dog trainer need to enter my home?

Depending on the type of dog training you need, a dog trainer may need to enter your home. Many behaviors that need to be corrected are associated with the dog being in the house. However, some types of training can take place virtually or even outside while observing safe social distancing practices.

Start by asking dog trainers in your area if they’ll perform a video consultation instead of an in-person one, and ask if they need to enter your home.

Reviews for Fayetteville dog trainers
Marcia b.
Work on the issues I requested. My dog came back, after a week in training, MORE aggressive. At the time my dog was “being trained”, there were 9 dogs and only 1 trainer. The hours claimed working with my dog doesn’t add up. I believe my dog spent the majority of the week in his kennel. I feel I threw away$600+ What I paid for is a stranger to lock my dog up in a cage. I’m extremely disappointed! Called trainer, he blamed me, the dog and the environment. He agreed to have a 1 day follow up appointment at my home. The trainer was shocked to see how aggressive my dog was which leaves me to believe he didn’t spend any time with him. EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED!
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Svea T.
With 4 lessons Zeke completely changed mine and my dog’s life. He was so incredible with my dog and so informative. If you are looking to train your dog for any reason, Zeke is your guy!!!
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Mary H.
I was pleased with my experience. As a senior citizen, I needed more training than my dog. Zeke was patient with both of us. We should be on track now for better behavior in the future.
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Melanie T.
Thank you, Zeke! We saw results after one lesson, and if you are consistent, your dog will be changed! I never thought off leash walking would be an option until now. I also learned how to continue training with my dog after our lessons, and Zeke is very willing to answer any questions you may have.
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Margie N.
I could not be more pleased with Zeke’s work. Before when I’d walk Sampson and we’d pass another dog, my dog would lunge and bark. He was too strong for me and pulled me to the ground several times. Zeke worked with him for a week and Sampson is a completely different dog now. He walks beautifully on a leash and exhibits none of the previous offensive behavior. When I went to pick him up, it made me happy to see how much Sampson liked Zeke, trying to get in Zeke’s truck and go back with him instead of coming home with me. At the end of the week Zeke spent time with me and Sampson, basically teaching me what to do keep Sampson well trained. I also have two more sessions available with Zeke should I need them. I highly recommend this young man as a trainer.
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