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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

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 Burbank dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
My boyfriends dog had him trained. I'm so glad Happy Paws stepped in. She trained my boyfriend how to train his dog and what an improvement! What I love is that she doesn't go straight in to fix the dog- that's easy. She fixes the people - that's hard. She spent more time training my boyfriend how to manage his dogs than she spent on the dogs. Saves you a lot of money in the long run that way. I wouldn't say the training is all done, we still have a long way to go, BUT I'm so happy we can have guests over without the dog biting them, and we can go out to dog beaches and parks and not worry about the dog attacking. Happy Paws was great and I only wish I had an excuse to use her again b/c she was so great!
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
Vanessa G.
Jesse was very warm and welcoming! She was informative and helpful right from the start, and made me feel confident about training my dog and keeping him on the right track! :)
Proud Paws Dog TrainingProud Paws Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
After only a couple of sessions with Karen, we were able to see a marked difference in our dog Winnie's behavior. Her suggestions and training tips were " spot on " in terms of some of the behavioral issues we'd been experiencing. Her loving, yet matter~of~fact approach was just what we'd needed and our Winnie already seems to be much more well adjusted and happier. We would highly recommend Karen and her Bow Wow Method of Dog Training!
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
Zoe C.
We just finished our first session with Sam, and it was such an eye-opening experience. Within moments of meeting our new rescue dog, Sam could already tell us about where his behavior stemmed from and the right way to address his specific needs. We will be continuing training with Sam as we could tell right away that our dog is in the right hands with him.
The Ranch Dog TrainingThe Ranch Dog Training
Tania l.
To all those pet lovers out there having troubles to understand your dogs and looking for a real solution, let me tell you my experience with happy paws dog trainning. I adopted a puppy just before the covid outbreak started, so he did not got a chance to socialize due to lockdown and walking the dog slowly turned into a nightmare: excesive barking, pulling the leash, aggresiveness with people and other animals, plus some neighbors complains, finally I gave up and stop walking the dog just keeping him inside, but the situation got worse when he bit my husband and never stopped barking, even inside. Thanks to Raquel, we took control of our pet at the end of the training session, we even were able to go outside and walk him again after so long, (we were really excited) Raquel explained the psychology of the dog and our impact on his behaviour in a very simple way, which was the basis of the success and definitively no other training would have solved our problems, or at least not so fast with such great results. All we need to do now is to be consistent with what we have learned, (because is our responsibility to do so) and surely we will never have this problem again. We are very greatful with Raquel to help us discover the best way to communicate with our puppy, so we can love him more than ever and enjoy the best version of himself. Thank you Raquel!!!
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
Thumbtack Customer
Wow, where do I begin. Immediately upon Raquel's arrival she began assessing and training our two barking, affectionate, hyper babies--a 10-year-old Silky Terrier and a 9-month-old Toy Poodle. Both of our dogs would start barking at the slightest noise and would "rush" the door. She set up an invisible line for them that they are not to cross unless we call them. Today when I ran out to the store I used Raquel's techniques and our Silky did not cross that "line" and was still waiting for me right there when I returned. No barking, no bolting. Our poodle would not walk on a leash. Raquel worked with her and we all took a pleasant walk around our neighborhood. Raquel worked on our Silky's food aggression issues and had unbelievable results. I could go on and on. Raquel gave us the tools we needed to continue training our two wonderful dogs. I have nothing but praise, admiration and thanks for Raquel. She truly is amazing!
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
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