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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 Phoenix dog trainers
Dale G.
Great trainer, awesome with my dog
Fit Dog TrainingFit Dog Training
David B.
Bruce is the dog whisperer. He understands dogs (and people) to a degree that is amazing and rare. If you want your doggie trained and also to learn something important about dog training and human behavior, as well, call Bruce!
Bruce Lincis Dog TrainingBruce Lincis Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
He definitely is NOT a positive dog trainer. Very nice guy. Good with the pets. You can tell he has had no training and does not keep up with modern trends. He has just been around dogs a very long time and decided to call himself a dog trainer.
Bruce Lincis Dog TrainingBruce Lincis Dog Training
Amy G.
We inquired about dog training and their responsiveness was prompt!
Jacob B.
Dianne from Waggin' Tails responded to my request for a dog trainer immediately. She was very professional from the beginning and taught us a lot about our dogs. She trained us as a family and since her training our family is much happier and all 3 of our dogs are getting along wonderfully. She has tons of experience with all different breeds and can turn any situation that arises into a training exercise. I highly recommend Waggin' Tails to anyone in need of a trainer.
Waggin' Train LLCWaggin' Train LLC
Savannah M.
Promptly contacted me. With other dog trainers, I was put on the back burner, but Tom arranged a training evaluation within the week!
Aide R.
I reached out to her, trying to get info. On dog training, she replied within 20 min. Gave me plenty of info. And now, I cannot wait to meet her and get started on training my dog.
Thumbtack Customer
My family and I decided to hire a dog trainer when we adopted a 10 week old Labrador mix from a non profit rescue. We researched dog trainers and after reviewing we decided to contact Nate. Nate provided us with helpful tips for our new puppy before we made the decision to proceed with puppy training. Lucky is now 6 months old and Nate has showed us and demonstrated with Lucky several different training techniques to have a well mannered dog. If you are looking for a dog trainer look no further and give Nate a call you will be glad you did. Thank You Nate for all your hard work and dedication. Picture below is of my puppy during her 2nd training session with Nate.
Nate Dog TrainingNate Dog Training
Jesus A.
Taught me how to teach a dog with no structure how to potty train, saw results during the training and have seen a major improvement since. Thought the pricing was too much prior to training, that changed post training. Will hire again.
Fit Dog TrainingFit Dog Training
Ignacio N.
He calls himself a dog trainer but in reality he just sits there and tells you what to do. Like okay yes that’s great too but I thought there was going to be more “training” then talking. I paid 140$ for an hour and a half talking about stuff I already knew or sat there in silence. DEFINITELY NOT WORTH THE MONEY AT ALL. Definitely isn’t a dog trainer either.
Bruce Lincis Dog TrainingBruce Lincis Dog Training
Pat S.
We were very happy with Elisa’ training of both us, and our puppy/dog Bowie. Elisa is very knowledgeable, experienced and professional. Because of these qualities she is able to adapt her training methods to the dog. Bowie presented several challenges during his training and Elisa didn’t miss a beat. The training was progressive, thorough and successful. We have been able to stop unwanted behaviors and Bowie reliably follows our commands. Very happy and worth the money!
Fit Dog TrainingFit Dog Training
Teresa M.
In just the few sessions we've had our Skyler is a completely different dog! I would definitely recommend Fit Dog Training to anyone who needs their fur baby brought to their full potential!
Fit Dog TrainingFit Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Hes very informative and helpful in explaining things. Knows his stuff!!! Think he'll be a great choice to train my dog !!!
Alexandria F.
They responded quickly and professionally to meet inquiries! I can't wait to get started with them on finding the right training for my dog!
Toby P.
We had an amazing experience getting our new pup trained. As two people that can get frustrated pretty quickly, Kim was patient with us — and with the dogs — and made sure we were doing everything by the book. She's always been on time, brought amazing treats, and the dog is performing like a champ. He sits, stays, comes, and a variety of other things. Plus we have the tools to keep the training going. Our older dog was around during all the puppy training, too and has definitely picked up some new tricks.
I love your Dog Pet ServicesI love your Dog Pet Services
Brian D.
Elisa was fantastic to work with. She did amazing at teaching me the skills I needed to train my newest dog. She was flexible with her schedule and on time for all appointments. Very reasonably priced compared to other trainers as well. In just 5 lessons, my rescue from the Humane Society went from being unruly and destructive around the home, to a huge cuddle bug that has great manners and responds well to commands. You should definitely contact Fit Dog Training if you've got a pup that needs obedience training.
Fit Dog TrainingFit Dog Training
Carol B.
Elisa has been really great at training our dog! We’re not finished with the sessions yet, But we’re happy with the way things are going already.
Fit Dog TrainingFit Dog Training
Savannah M.
She was much more reasonably priced than other trainers. I couldn't afford to break the bank to train my dog, and I really needed help so my mother in law would be willing to come to my House!
I love your Dog Pet ServicesI love your Dog Pet Services
Annie P.
Bruce was FANTASTIC! He knows his stuff and was able to give me insight into my dog's behavior, and the interaction he has with my other dogs. Bruce was kind and patient and bonded immediately with Chapo (my dog). What I noticed about Bruce's technique is that he paid close attention to how I interacted with my dogs and offered pointers to get the most out of the training.
Bruce Lincis Dog TrainingBruce Lincis Dog Training
Matt Z.
Bruce is a great dog trainer and a dog lover. I think it is established intrinsically in his soul. I have a dachshund and just with few of his advices most of my problems with my gig has been removed. I really recommend him.
Bruce Lincis Dog TrainingBruce Lincis Dog Training
Tishin D.
I'm so happy to have found Roman. His gentle demeanor and patience helped me understand what I needed to do to make the circumstances better. He has transformed my dog in a way that I never could with his program and training. He helps guide you through the training process to gain more understanding of dog behavior that in turn helps you gain more control and peace. He's helped hundreds of dogs and owners, and thankful I found him.
Roman's Holistic dog TrainingRoman's Holistic dog Training
Sarah C.
Bruce was an excellent trainer. He accomplished all the goals I had set. I highly recommend his services to anyone in need of help with their dog.
Bruce Lincis Dog TrainingBruce Lincis Dog Training
Keira R.
Replied instantaneously and was very friendly. I was able to set up a date for a trainer to come meet my dog and I’m looking forward to seeing his improvement because I’m confident after researching a lot of trainers this is the best place to go
Shadeya N.
Had my dogs training on Friday for a few issues. He was very professional and helpful. After one day, I already see a significant difference in their behavior!
Bruce Lincis Dog TrainingBruce Lincis Dog Training
Mackenzie D.
We recently adopted a very fearful dog from a local shelter and we knew we would need help with him before we even took him home. I was referred to a dog trainer who insisted that our little guy needed to be "broken like a wild horse" and his training methods left me wary of other trainers to say the least. Next up, I found Roman. His approach is kind and incredibly effective. I was so relieved to hear that I didn't have to be my dog's "pack leader" or employ methods that just didn't feel right. Tucker progresses at his own rate and I am able to watch him make marked progress every time we work with him. Roman understands my dog and what he needs and adjusts his approach to get the best out of him. He is simply amazing and I would absolutely never use another dog trainer! Hire Roman and I promise you, you will not be disappointed. He will change the way you think about your dog and help you understand him/her in ways you never realized were possible.
Roman's Holistic dog TrainingRoman's Holistic dog Training
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