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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.

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.

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.

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 Anaheim dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Out of all the trainers I've met, Mark had to be the best. Not only was he very informative, but you can tell he has a passion for training and cares for dogs. I appreciate that he took the extra time to explain his training process and actually did a training session the first day we met. I'm looking forward in continuing our training together and very excited to see the results of it all!!
Honor K9Honor K9
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.
Catherine A.
Cassie responded very quickly and was able to work with me and my doggie at her earliest convenience! I needed help quickly and she was able to provide me the help I needed! (My dog was leash pulling and being aggressive even toward humans after our relocation to Anaheim) She allowed me to think about a package that I was comfortable with. Instead of recommending a muzzle or training collar, her solution was a better approach! Protect him, love him, thank him! (That is what I got from our session, amongst other games and training tips!) I am more confident with my dog, we can go out and walk around now and am excited to see her 2 more times to get feedback on our progress! Very happy with the 3 hour session! Some trainers have a 45-1hr session each time but I don’t think that’s enough for the first time to get a good sense of a dog and the owners style. I highly recommend Cassie!
Cassidy's Pet AssistanceCassidy's Pet Assistance
Thumbtack Customer
We were looking for efficient, knowledgeable help with our two young huskies who have been wild and difficult pets. Sweet dogs but super A.D.D. and no listening. Very different personalities. I reviewed Raquel's customer reviews and her work of a single intensive day seemed great for our busy families. We gathered our family of 4 together to learn. Raquel was fantastic - firm but incredibly confident and knowledgeable. She taught us language, understanding of dog structures (pack etc), and worked with us and our dogs for a few hours. Our dogs did things I never expected - lay quietly in obedience, walk with us in specific posture and with rules. We needed some sort of order in our house and this was exactly what we needed. I was afraid when she left our house that we would not be able to do this without her there though. We are not a "consistent' family to begin with so being consistent with the dogs in ongoing learning - I knew would be tough. It has been a few weeks now and it is tough to be honest. Sometimes I don't want to make the dogs sit in place before food or potty or other things (we are trying to build patterns of behavior through consistent learning) but I recognize that is my issue and not the dogs or Raquels. Dogs are making progress slowly and so are we but the big ingredient is time and patience to stick to these patterns. The dogs are by nature mischievous or "sneaky" and so you have to be sharp and pay attention with them. Raquel gave us the tools and now we have to do the hard work. She did advise us to purchase outdoor vibration colors to reinforce outside behavior and so its not just indoor. These collars just arrived so we are eager to take our home training to the next level. I know I can call her anytime to get refresher tips and reminders for things we may have forgotten (but I did take lots of notes which helped the learning process). I do consulting work for professionals and one thing I know is that paying a higher price for finding the right person with the expertise - well worth it - Raquel is just that - my advice is don't waste time or money trying out various places to get the deal.
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
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