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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.

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 Carson dog trainers
Keeb G.
Angela is an excellent Dog Trainer she help me with my puppy gave me numerous tips & strategies on how to solve some of the most common puppy problems, with focus on behavior and obedience. Angela takes her time and is a very caring trainer, explaining to me and my wife certain dog & puppy behaviors and how the animals interact with humans and what they are trying to communicate. I would highly recommend Angela to anybody that’s the need of a dog trainer. Great trainer & excellent price. Angela gets a 6 out of five stars in my book that’s how much I believe she was the right Choice for our family after looking and calling numerous Dog Trainers. She made my training educational, fun & very easy.
Angellily Pet CareAngellily Pet Care
Kenneth L.
“The Dog Master” was amazing with our Labrador dog “Sailor”! Tony training and discipline for our dog was nothing but outstanding! Tony picked up our from our home in Los Angeles from his resident which is over 1 1/2 hours from his home. Tony first meeting with our dog was very educational and Tony has this love and respect for dogs. You can see immediately how he handles dogs and how they attach themselves right away. He has loving and firmness to handle the dog and we loved it! We had Sailor our dog on 4 week training and obedience. Tony was always well informed with his videos daily of what went on with Sailor’s training. We loved this! We learned so much from Tony and we always asked questions and Tony was very prompted and attention to detail of providing information. I’m Fact we went to his home to drop of some medicine for Sailor and I and my wife were so impressed with Tony dog accommodations with the dogs in a well vented and air conditioning garage with clean kennels and Tony attention to all dogs. Tony value his training and the love for dogs. We also like how Tony involves his young daughter in the training for the dogs. Family is always a plus for us, because we are a family! Tony brought our dog back home and gave us great and value information about part of continued training our dog to be successful in the dog’s way of understanding and performing the task which will be part of their normal life after 1 year or more to adapt their dog skills of what they learned. Since our dog, Sailor is 7 months puppy, we knew we had challenge especially each dog has a mind of their own. Tony really did what we expected and more some. Our Dog came back being the same dog, but is more calmer and more respectful to our commands and much easier to train. We see so much improvement on his behavior. It is less stressful for us. Tony taught us to be in control of our dog and we be the leaders and our dog be the follower and not give into our dog...meaning don’t let our dog teach us what he wants and not to show our downfall of our confidence and nervousness. Tony is highly a true professional and his trust in training our dog was superior and outstanding! We would use Tony again! People don’t look at the price or let it scare you, it the value and dedication and love for the dogs Tony has overall. We have made a good friend and Tony has always opened his family and his knowledge to us anytime we need to ask or need answers about our dog training. Tony will always be there for us. I’m fact I was so impressed with Tony professionalism and dedication and love for the dogs. I want to train with him and so I can be a dog trainer like him after I retire in a couple of years. Tony and family, thank you from the bottom of heart and your student Sailor for the best and outstanding dog training. We are very happy and pleased of the results from such a caring and thoughtful man who really love dogs. he put them first like they are his family! One more thing Tony fed my dog real fresh boiled chicken and now we will continue on his meal and feeding schedule because of Tony! Sailor enjoyed his schooling and treats and best of all the chicken! God Bless Tony for his service and professionalism, Top Notch #1 Dog Trainer here in Los Angeles. Highly recommend him and his services! you won’t go wrong with him! Sincerely, Kenneth and Hulya Lopez and Sailor Pumuk Lopez
Kelly n.
Rebecca has been so helpful since day 1. I have two dogs (1 puppy and 1 elderly) that I could not control when we would go on walks. They would constantly pull on their leash, bark at other dogs, etc. With consistency and weekly training for the past month or so I finally have got a hold on their behavioral issues and leash reactivity. I highly highly recommend her training services!!
Rebecca Benedict K9 TrainingRebecca Benedict K9 Training
Aaron S.
I needed help with a rescue puppy. Great dog overall, just had a couple of rough spots that needed to be worked out as well as wanted to have her crate trained but wasn't really sure how to go about it. Kaii and Gen are great instructors, and really spent most of their time training me and how to train my dog which was really what I wanted. Their Hands-On approach is fantastic and they really worked hard on figuring out exactly what it was I really needed. So yeah, highly recommended. I don't think I could have googled this and did it myself.
train my k9train my k9
Sherry R.
We needed help with our 4 month old English bulldog. She came in the same day we made contact and gave us great tips and pointers from food, vets, and training. She was really patient, kind and professional. She knew what she was talking about and is perfect if you are looking for a local dog trainer. Thus far we have met just once but I highly recommend her and we plan on having her back to our home for additional training.
Angellily Pet CareAngellily Pet Care
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