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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.

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.

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 Escondido dog trainers
Yu-Wen C.
Beth has been working with me and my two dogs. It’s been great! I recently got a big puppy and had been having issues with obedience and leash pulling. The moment Beth walked into the house on the first session i could see a very quick change in my dogs’ attitudes and obedience. A lot of the issues that i had with my new dog have gotten so much better since we started the training sessions. Definitely recommend her for anyone looking for a great trainer who knows how to correct a misbehaving pup!
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Tanya R.
I can’t say enough good things about Beth. She is so knowledgable and our dog really responds to her. She works with us, too, so we can help our dog achieve the goals easily. I am so thankful we found such an amazing trainer.
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Malory P.
Beth is amazing! We have had two sessions so far and our Blue Heeler has drastically changed. The best part is that she trains us, the owners, so we know how to properly handle our dog. She gives great constructive criticism and is so informative! I have already recommended her to my friends and family with dogs. You will not be disappointed if you hire Beth. Great prices, great service, great training! Thanks Beth!
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Jen M.
Beth is fantastic. She was quickly able to see my dogs' problem behaviors and address them in a way that I could implement change right away. She provided great explanation and instruction on how to correct my dogs' problem behaviors. After one session, I was walking my two large dogs with ease. During our second training session, Beth helped me fine tune a few things and we worked on addressing the next problem behavior. I left knowing exactly what I needed to do to improve one of my dog's semi-aggressive response to other dogs. I highly recommend Beth! She is easy to communicate with and is very flexible with scheduling sessions.
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Bill C.
We recently purchased a new puppy and have experienced several challenges in socializing him in our home and with our other dog. Not bad challenges (at all), just puppy-behavior challenges. I’ve always had very good results working with a dog trainer, and my wife and I both felt this occasion warranted doing that again. I really cannot say enough about Beth and her approach. She asked us about our concerns, desires for him, then She spent a few minutes just observing Bentley and his interactions with us and our other dog, SweetB. She then put together a plan on what we should work on, then she TAUGHT US how to train him. The tips she’s giving us work so well, you’d think we’re using hyperbole - but it’s true: they work with immediate results. Our enjoyment of Bentley has increased immensely. His interactions with SweetB have improved dramatically. Her methods are loving and firm (NOT harsh). She is articulate and compassionate. She tailors the training to our needs and wishes (we want to eventually get Bentley into a children’s hospital Therapy Dog program) The best thing about Beth? She trains the owner, not the dog. And, that approach is incredible. Bentley’s confidence has sky rocketed, and our interactions with him have become so much better and so much enjoyable. We’ve begun learning that It’s really true: so much of a dog’s behavior stems from the quality of interaction with their owner - and Beth knows how to eke out that quality of interaction. Thank you, Beth!
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Candice P.
Beth is amazing and worked her magic with our Australian Shepherd. Our guy is a bundle of nerves and there were behavior issues on a leash and barking at the door. Beth was great and my dog responded immediately. She provided us with the necessary tips and tricks to continue the training on our own. There were many bad behaviors that we had learned to deal with and Beth helped identify the issues and provide solutions. I would highly recommend Beth if you are struggling with pet behavior issues.
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Ashley T.
When I asked David how much the sessions cost he told me it was $130 an hour, that I didn’t have to do the expensive service of a board and train or a larger package. He doesn’t have anything on his website so I couldn’t check regarding the price. I went with him because that’s what I could afford. Then when he came to give my dog a training, at the end he said it was $1,500 and that I could pay half or one hour at a time for six sessions. I could tell he didn’t want to be paid hourly. I was surprised that it would cost $250 for the hour. If I had heard that upon our first meeting, I wouldn’t have accepted the work because I had others I was talking to. It happens in business where there’s a misunderstanding. But, the way he handled it left me feeling really badly, for days. I had mentioned afterwards in text that I saw on thumbtack that it was $130 and even took a picture and circled it. He never responded. I’m a physician, I work in a beautiful, heart felt community and have a nice practice. If one of my patients came to me afterwards and said, oh, you said it was this much… I would have worked with them and honored my word or let it go, because I actually give a shit about peoples feelings and repeat customers, referrals and building healthy business relationships. If this guy has any intuition, and can feel how it made me feel, then he’s obviously someone who only cares about money and not respecting his customers. I feel like I wasted $120 and it’s a shitty feeling, more so because he blew me off than anything after I brought it to his attention, which sucks.
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