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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Mesa dog trainers
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
Dog TrainingDog 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.
K9katelynnK9katelynn
Danielle C.
Cheri has been really helpful in helping me train my dog Echo, and in better understanding what she needs and how she's feeling. In a couple of sessions, I feel like I now have the knowledge to keep up with her training by myself. She is very affordable and knowledgeable about training dogs.
Families and AnimalsFamilies and Animals
Sue M.
My dogs loved Sam from the minute they laid eyes on her. She is patient and has a gift for drawing the best out of an animal. My dogs responded to her training as did I. We are a much happier family with dogs that behave.
Stellar PupsStellar Pups
Amy S.
Had an immediate response from k9katelynn and within minutes i have my first dog training session with her scheduled! Can’t wait.
K9katelynnK9katelynn
Thumbtack Customer
I couldn't be more pleased with Nate's services. We saw a significant improvement with our dog after only one session, and Nate continues to provide fantastic guidance and advice on how to address any behaviors. After a horrible experience with another trainer, we were so relieved to find Nate's positive reinforcement techniques and style. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking dog training, and will forever be a better dog owner after all that I have learned from him!
Nate Dog TrainingNate Dog Training
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.
K9katelynnK9katelynn
Thumbtack Customer
Roxann from endless pawsibilities is a wonderful trainer! She truely loves what she does and is so good with not only my dog but with my schedule! We haven't even completed training yet and I notice a huge difference with my Mia! I would highly recommend her.
Endless Pawsibilities LLCEndless Pawsibilities LLC
Laura C.
We had our first meeting with Fur Babies and you can definitely tell she knows and love dogs. After our session we were left with some great information and tools to help us better understand and teach our dog. We look forward to our next training session.
FurBabies & FriendsFurBabies & Friends
Michelle P.
Cheri was very professional and it was clear she has a passion for dogs! We had her come over for an evaluation and she taught us methods to work with our dog Colby whom we just adopted. He is a stubborn but loveable 5 year old German Shepard Husky mix. We have followed her advice and we’ve seen a lot of improvements. I recommend Cheri, her prices are fair and she will give you the tools you need to train your dog.
Families and AnimalsFamilies and Animals
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.
Dog TrainingDog 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.
K9katelynnK9katelynn
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 lol...it 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!
Dog TrainingDog Training
Jen H.
Let me start off by saying that I rarely write reviews. I diligently read every review for any good or service I’m interested in but I just never seem to write a review about my experience. That being said, we received several responses from different trainers in regards to my inquiry. Sam from Stellar Pup responded quickly and provided a great price. I spoke with her on the phone and immediately felt comfortable with her service and price so I booked her for a training session in our home. I was upfront and told her I was interested in the package for 6 visits but wouldn’t make that commitment until our first session was complete. She arrived exactly at the time we set up and immediately went to work on our main concern which was biting (we have a goldendoodle and she was only about 12 weeks old at the time). Sam has been such a great trainer and our Mayzie is just in love with her. I highly recommend hiring Sam from Stellar Pup for any and all of your dog training requirements.
Stellar PupsStellar Pups
Meghan U.
In just 3 weekly sessions, John taught me how to speak "dog". I had a very aggressive 1 1/2 yr old terrier mix who was nipping, barking, snarling, growling and lunging at pretty much everyone but me. Including other family members living in our house! He is now a happy, relaxed, well behaved family member who greets guests properly and loves on every family member. He even plays nicely now with our grandchildren ages 2yrs and 6 yrs despite their loudness and fast movements. I HIGHLY recommend Balanced Pooches and John for ALL dog lover/owners even if you don't have a big behavior problem like we did. This training saved Scribbles life - without it, he was destined to the pound as an "aggressive" dog where he would likely have been put down. I can't thank John enough for helping us save Scribbles and us from that awful fate.
Balanced Pooches In Home Dog TrainingBalanced Pooches In Home 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 business...you’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!
K9katelynnK9katelynn
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!!
K9katelynnK9katelynn
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