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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.

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 Anaheim dog trainers
Mohamed M.
It's been a great experience working with David. From our first consultation, he provided me with a lot of insight and equipment that I should order for our training. The process wasn't just for dog training, but also great training for every owner to understand their dog's behavior better. I went for the mobile training package so that we can begin training on-site, which I wouldn't normally do with how my dog was behaving outdoors at the time. From the first day, he was able to train me and the dog on the proper way to get my dog to pay attention and sit. My dog usually pulls whoever is holding his leash, but on Day 1 after our initial consultation, he was already starting to listen in places with less distraction. After every lesson, my dog was becoming more and more responsive to commands. And the following lessons would be reinforcing the same and new commands with more distractions. We've been to the park several times for training and it went very well every time! Next up, retail stores! For anyone looking for a genuine dog lover that is also really good at dog training (and dog owner training), David is definitely your guy. He's patient, caring, and provides a lot of value! Thank you David!
Heightened Instincts Dog TrainingHeightened Instincts Dog Training
Daisy R.
Just adopted a new dog and I went from being afraid to loving her dearly and that’s thanks to the great training she has received. Both, my dog and I have learned a lot since our training .
M.E.T.A Canine AcademyM.E.T.A Canine Academy
Michael M.
The old phrase "a teacher is born not made" is how best to describe Trena Teachers need to know their subject matter well; Trena is truly a dog whisperer. She understands the foibles of different breeds and also their strengths. Our dog was incredibly stubborn and after a year and 3 month of potty training was still insisting on defecating indoors. He also didn't respond to basic commands and we were unable to take him off-leash. This was after a year and 3 months of food-based training. Trena is an astute dog psychologist and unlike other trainers works without using treats or bribes. She was able to get our dog to immediately trust her and learn basic commands and to finally get 100% potty trained. Our dog absolutely loves her. Trena truly has the gift for training dogs and I am happy to highly recommend her with no reservations.
24 Hour Dog Care24 Hour Dog Care
Paije V.
I would recommend Trena to train your dog. She helped us with are 8 month old lab. There’s great improvement walking on a leash. Teaching commands with emphasis on interaction with people. Also understanding dog behavior by instructing us on dogs boredom and how to stimulate his mind.
24 Hour Dog Care24 Hour Dog Care
Jesse V.
Nick was incredible to work with! You can tell he cares and has the knowledge to really make an impact. It was obvious from the phone consultation Nick was the perfect trainer for my dog and I. He reassured me he would be able to make big changes in mu dog and explained his training style. The way he handled my dog My dog Gizmo on day 1 was exceptional and I knew I made the right choice! Gizmo was very reactive towards people and other dogs and was a nightmare to walk. He is such a sweetheart with our family, but when it comes to strangers and dogs he’s a menace, lunging and barking constantly. It was stressful situation to say the least. I was a bit worried Gizmos issues were going to be too much to deal with. On the very first training session he was able to make huge progress with my dog. Gizmo was listening to commands and Nick was actually able to remove his muzzle and pet him! This was incredible! He was able to give my dog so much confidence. A session or two later Nick showed me how far my dog has come by bringing Gizmo near a dog without him reacting/going crazy! I really couldn’t believe it. Astounding progress was made! Then a few sessions later my dog was able to happily and calmly walk alongside Nick’s dog without any bad behavior. I was floored. Nick is an amazing trainer and person. As I said before you can really tell he cares about you and your pooch. He’s very patient and answers any questions or concerns you have right on the spot. He took the time to show me how to properly handle my dog and how to correct the unwanted behaviors while reinforcing the good behavior. This was not only training for my dog, but training for me. This gave me confidence and in turn my dog feeds off the confidence and I can tell he is a much happier and less stressed out/reactive dog. Before I trained with Nick Gizmo barked like a madman and was very leash reactive around other dogs, but with his help my dog now understands how he should behave. I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to have such peaceful walks with my dog. I would purposely avoid other people and dogs on our walks because of how much my dog reacted and honestly, it was embarrassing. Now I look forward to our walks! Gizmo heels, doesn’t pull on his leash, and is very obedient. Nick gave me the tools and knowledge to continue working with him on my own. A few days after our last session I went to walk my dog and he actually made a dog friend at the park, something I never could have imagined. Suffice to say I’m super pleased and satisfied with everything Nick did for my dog and I. Thank you Nick!
M.E.T.A Canine AcademyM.E.T.A Canine Academy
Thumbtack Customer
Daniel is super nice and great to work with. He is very knowledgeable about dogs and their behavior. We have only had 2 sessions so far but I have already learned so much. I am training one of my dogs to be a therapy dog so he is giving me a lot of information to help me be successful.
David G.
We were looking for a dog trainer because we had some behavioral issues with our male Aussie. My boyfriend and i were a little nervous but we felt comfortable reaching out to Chris and Sasha. Sasha was able to squeeze us in last minute. We are extremely grateful and happy that Chris came out that same day. He was at our house for about 2-3 hours and worked with our dog and us. He didn’t leave until we both grasped the information and made sure we understood everything that was going on, (what caused his anxiety, behavior issues and how we can fix it or improve them). The next day, it was as if Chris made a miracle happen because our dog was very different. I absolutely love the change and we are going to continue the work. Chris and Sasha are amazing people. I love their work but also who they are as people. You can definitely tell the love they have towards dogs. Definitely recommend them to anyone.
Klutch K9Klutch K9
Adriana G.
I really highly appreciate how I came across with you guys and was able to speak to you about my dog’s condition he’s was a rescue animal. How he was aggressive tores people you helped me with this attitude and he before animal control came and put him down but we didn’t allowed it. I really highly recommended your your service 100%. Thank M.E.T.A Canine Academy for all your help and support and and I was able to trust you for the training of my furry baby German Shepard & golden retriever #dog mom
M.E.T.A Canine AcademyM.E.T.A Canine Academy
Trang T.
YUKI LOVES HER AND WE LOVE HER TOO She is the best!! We recently rescued Yuki from a high-killed shelter. He was dumped by previous owner and had been living in the shelter for 3 months or so. After we decided to take him, we started to search for a dog trainer immediately and we found her! About Yuki, he has trust issues due to his past problems. Just like other huskies, he has a lot of energy and he loves to jump on people. He doesn't know how to listen too. He only does what he wants. When we talked on the phone, first of all she asked me about Yuki's behavior: how he acted after we got him home, is he being aggressive toward anyone or anything, his age.... Afterwards, she lemme know the price and recommendations that she thinks it maybe best for Yuki and us. She also guided us what to do while waiting for our appointment. We finally met her in the afternoon. When we met, she asked us his behavior one more time, his health and then our concerns, what we want him to improve... She was able to teach not only Yuki but also us how to bonded with each other. Her training goes step-by-step, she explained everything she did to us as well. She emphasized that the most important part is we need to change our behavior toward Yuki and let him do the same thing to us, remember to practice--it helps both. She gave us some treat recommendations that she thinks it might be best for our dogs as well. After she left, we practiced and thank to her, Yuki stopped being too hype and stopped jumping when he sees people. It just our first day and Yuki is still over energy right now but the good thing is my husband and I are now able to control him!! We can't wait to see her again next week. Hopefully Yuki have better behaves by then. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED HER AS A TRAINER!
Angellily Pet CareAngellily Pet Care
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