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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.

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 Culver City dog trainers
Juliana B.
We loved working with Rebecca! She is quick to respond, always on time, and I super knowledgable with dogs. After just 2 training sessions, our 80 lb puppy has great leash manners and recall (which were the two specific things I asked Rebecca to work with us on). We felt she trained us more than she trained the dog so we could learn to have affective communication with the dog - which worked wonders! Would definitely recommend her to any and all dog owners!
Rebecca Benedict K9 TrainingRebecca Benedict K9 Training
Thumbtack Customer
I had a private training session with Dee Cee, and it was worth every penny! She has a real passion for training dogs and she is very respectful, clear, thorough and effective. My dog Gubi has behavior problems and Dee Cee came up with methods that immediately worked! She also gave me great tools and tips to use in the future. I was so impressed with Gubi's progress in just a day and I feel like I know my dog much better now. Thank you Dee Cee!!
DeeCee’s Dog HouseDeeCee’s Dog House
Victor F.
Petra is amazing! She also offers various services aside for strictly dog training, and I always feel like my doggo abbi is sun great hands.
Rolan H.
Our timid & somewhat reactive dog, Jasper, immediately took to Ivan (his driver) & the rest of the woof wagon crew. In just over a month of pack training, he’s become much more balanced & well-adjusted towards strangers & now socializes well with other dogs. It’s so sweet to see his tail go up when the woof wagon rolls up!
Woof WagonWoof Wagon
Angela K.
I inquired about the pack training mobile daycare. They answered all my questions and put me at ease about their trainers and what the service was meant to accomplish. I was all set to start letting them take our Husky to the outdoor park but unfortunately it was the same week as an intense heatwave so I decided to delay trying them out. All communication with them was great and they were super understanding about me wanting to wait til cooler weather for outdoor pack training for my dog who has a very thick coat. Can’t wait to try them out soon.
Woof WagonWoof Wagon
Thumbtack Customer
To say that my husky/shepherd puppy had become a problem around my place would be an understatement. It had reached the point where I could barely study in my own place and I'd rarely have guests. Nonstop barking and biting had been the biggest issues, along with the damage he had done to my chairs, doors, and walls. Initially, I expected a long term plan that I would have to employ to shift my puppy's behavior using techniques Raquel was going to provide. To my surprise the major change occurred in a matter of hours. My puppy was basically a new dog by the end of the session and that I owe entirely to Raquel. While I still have to enforce the rules of the house, I now have an amazingly obedient puppy and would love to recommend Happy Paws Dog Training to anyone struggling with their dog's behavior.
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
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