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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

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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.

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 old should a puppy be for training?

Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

What is a dog boot camp?

A dog boot camp is basically a board and train program that focuses on training your dog or puppy. The trainers will work with your dog to curb unwanted behavior, teach them basic skills and show them how to walk on a leash.

Dog boot camps and training programs might differ when it comes to their services, so it’s always a good idea to do your research and ask them to explain exactly what they offer — and how much they charge.

How long does it take to train a puppy?

Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

Which dog training method is best?

The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behave as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

  • What type of training methods do you use?
  • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
  • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?
Reviews for Mesa dog trainers
Angie D.
You do not train dogs correctly as I gave you Over a 1000.00 dollars and all you trained me to do was walk my dog in the house you are not a real trainer my dog knows how to walk k on a leash
Blanche C.
Quickly responded to my request for dog training services!
Russell B.
He never train the dog he tell you very little and take your money this a is scam dog trainer and should be air on new 3 as a scam true that and should be put in Jail by the police
Bruce Lincis Dog TrainingBruce Lincis Dog Training
Lee M.
I really appreciated the quick response! We are in need of some dog training and I didn’t know know where to start in finding a trainer.
Stacey N.
Immediate responses! Can’t wait to get to work, & get my dog trained with them!
Amy S.
Had an immediate response from k9katelynn and within minutes i have my first dog training session with her scheduled! Can’t wait.
Valerie R.
K9kayelynn was very prompt in responding to my inquiry for dog training. I'm looking forward to our evaluation to see what is the best direction for my pup.
Patricia H.
We have been pleased with the interactions and progress that we have made with our dog. Kim is knowledgeable and works to make owners confident in the training methods.
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Suzanne H.
After only one session we saw massive improvements in our dogs. We are very happy with our ongoing training! We are excited to keep learning in our continuing lessons.
Michelle T.
I am looking forward to my morkie Snoops to finally stop some bad behaviors and I am so excited to start soon. K9katelynn was the only trainer that promptly replied especially when I needed assistance soon and to know there is dog training services available. Thanks again for your promptness.
Lauren G.
Very nice man. Spent two hours with me and my pup ($60/hr). When I expressed some undesirable behavior my dog was expressing he basically brushed it off. My dog digs at my couch trying to get his ball underneath. When I asked how to train him not to do it the response was “get up and get his ball.” Also completely disregarded when I brought up my dogs propensity to dig. Very expensive or what we got out of it with no follow up. Overall disappointing professional experience but again nice guy.
Bruce Lincis Dog TrainingBruce Lincis Dog Training
Kathleen R.
Met with Tom and he went through and asked us what we were looking for in the training. Our German Shepherd Roscoe who is three and 1/2 responded well to Tom. I am hopeful that as long as we do our part with Toms assistance we will be able to have Roscoe at the dog park with no issues.
Thumbtack Customer
Great Experience! Fast response and appointment. Our new nine month old shelter rescue refused to walk on a leash was even scared of the leash/collar. He would sit down and refuse to move. We travel a lot so leash training is imperative when staying in hotels! Bruce's training skills are exceptional, whether the training is for the dog or myself worked! He had my little puppy walking on a leash/wearing the collar within one session.. this is after one month of me trying to train him myself. Every day since he's been walking with a collar and a leash with no problems.... of course he still get scared here and there of other digs or people but is doing so well! We felt that Bruce's skillful and gentle approach really helped our little Kingston. Highly recommend. Thanks Bruce!
Bruce Lincis Dog TrainingBruce Lincis Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
I adopted a 7 year old cocker-poo 2 years ago. Since I have Parkinson's, there was a need to train her in basic commands. Easier said than done! Stubborn and strong! I was not aware of the dogs history. Time to call the pro. Kimberly has been here daily to work with her-still a strong willed child. We've made a lot of progress. but Kim refuses to stop until Sandy conforms to my needs. Still a work in progress. Best part - Sandy sits at the door anxiously awaiting her buddy Kim
I love your Dog Pet ServicesI love your Dog Pet Services
Laura T.
I want to be honest and say I never worked or used this trainer and there was good reason. I placed a job on Thumbtack and this was the first business that reached out to me. They said that they gave a free service but had to charge 35.00 for gas and car. I’m sorry, your business is to travel and I should not have to pay to fill up your tank or pay for an oil change. I was told that my significant other had to be there which is fine. I set up the appointment then was asked to give a review about their prompt service and response. Why? I haven’t even completed any service. You run a’re responses should be prompt. You don’t get a 5 star for just responding. You get a good job when I’m happy with my completed service. All I can say I read reviews! I started to read reviews and understand why they ask people to rate their good response. It’s to counter the bad reviews that people give when they complete their service. I wouldn’t have given a review, but figured most people could spare the terrible and expensive trainer for their dog. There are better trainers out there. Don’t go with the person who responds the quickest. Majority of these bad reviews are from actual customers. Proof is in the numbers!
Thumbtack Customer
DO NOT GIVE THIS GUY ANY $!!! I hired this company for pet training for my 2 dogs. I have had 3 sessions already and paid $500 and the owner Tom has not worked with my pets 1 time yet. He has so far only had me write down notes and tips in which I could have googled myself on the internet. He makes you pay by cash or check only and prior to services being performed. I now know this is because he has had history with people disputing charges on credit cards. When you pay with a check or cash you cannot get your money back. He makes receiving payment his number 1 priority rather than doing any training. He has insulted me and my children many times. On the last visit, that is when I was fed up. He did nothing but ask for his check, only stayed 30 minutes and kept rushing to leave. He asked me if I had memory problems and accused my son of lying and being unreliable. This is absolutely unacceptable. This guy is a scammer and extremely abusive. I looked up reviews on him and there was the proof, he does the same thing to everyone else. I have no clue how this guy is still doing this. He should not be customer facing at all. He belongs in an office collecting/cashing checks and not dealing with humans or animals or the public at all. Do not believe that he is going to train your pets. He will take your money and you will be doing everything on your own!!
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