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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 Oro Valley dog trainers
Beverly S.
Tally is a gifted dog trainer who helped us take immediate steps to help our timid, sweet dog gain confidence.
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Maggie H.
Jaime was a godsend when it came to training my dog. We came to Jaime with Dahlia to train her to be my service dog. Dahlia had extreme fear and anxiety, Jaime corrected her issues and moved onto service work. Jaime trained Dahlia how to do basic commands along with tasks needed for my disabilities. We continue to work on scent training. I am so glad I came to Jaime with my girl. You couldn’t ask for a better trainer
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Melissa C.
My husband and I weren't really sure what to expect and we were both pleasantly surprised. The training was not at all what we were used to, it was performed in a series of games and activities and both of our dogs picked up on it really quickly. Over the course of our training we noticed that our dogs were a lot more responsive, attentive and happier to be doing what we wanted. As soon as I would get the treats and start the at home follow up from our training sessions our dogs would be smiling and wagging their tails. For this type of training, the more you put into it the more you and your dogs will get back. I would definitely recommend Jaime and Play Your Way Obedience
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Marcie P.
Cat is an excellent trainer and is helping me with some behavioral issues like pulling with my dog. I would highly recommend her.
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Sarah J.
Jamie is an exceptional trainer and has a vast knowledge of doggie behavior. She really made us feel welcome and taught us not only confidence when training our new dog, but also how to have fun while we do! Would definitely recommend her to anyone in need of doggie training.
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Thumbtack Customer
He was on time, very knowledgeable, and made us feel comfortable in the training experience. We now feel hopeful about our dog changing, whereas before we felt desperate and at a loss. I would recommend this trainer to anyone looking!
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Lynne P.
This was the best money I have ever spent on dog training. We acquired these unhousebroken dogs as adults. I have never had trouble housebreaking dogs before but these guys had us stumped. Bruce spent 2 hours tweaking our current efforts and the results have been miraculous. He called a week later to follow up, which was great too.
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Thumbtack Customer
I met with Jaimie and after watching their behaviors we came up with a plan. She has a very unique training system. I was surprised how quickly my dogs picked up the new behavior
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Elizabeth C.
Jamie is extremely knowledge and really understands what different dogs need. I have noticed vast improvements and positive changes in my dog. I really like that the training is all done through games, my dog is much more motivated by that! Jamie provides the tool, but you will be required to put in quite a bit of work outside of scheduled appointments. You will be responsible for daily "homework," be sure you can make the time commitment. Trust me, it is worth it!
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Rufina M.
Jamie is an excellent trainer. Prince, my dog, was very receptive to her training and I felt really comfortable leaving him in her care for three weeks. I really liked that she was very knowledgeable and very easy to understand. Prince and I even did follow up classes when I got back. I highly recommend her. Thank you Jamie!!!!!!
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Candace P.
We were very pleased with Bruce. He gave us many ideas on how to handle Bella's barking. He spent 2 hours with us. It was well worth the time and money. We have seen improvement already. We found Bruce very knowledgeable about dog handling and training. I would highly recommend him.
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Shane F.
Bruce says it right in his description, he's not after your money. First off he travels from Phoenix to Tucson (FYI) so don't pass him up thinking like I did, (crap he's located in Phoenix)! Secondly, if what Bruce showed me doesn't work the way it's needed he says he will come back the second and first evaluate how I've been doing the tools he gave me and if been doing em right, he'll show some new ones and the training is free. But seriously I'm using the tools I want out of the ones he gave me most importantly how to correctly get your dog used to being on a leash when other dogs are around. My German Shepherd is friendly but I couldn't stop her from getting all wound up when nearing other pooches so we resorted to where"the perimeter". My visit with Bruce was. Sunday, today is Tuesday and not only have I noticed the difference which is truly all that matters but other dog owners here have noticed.
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