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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 Folsom dog trainers
Leslie S.
We’ve only had one training session with Stacy and she was awesome! Our dogs are responding very well to her training methods and a lot of positive things are happening for us. She is very good with both the dogs and the people! I would highly recommend her.
Heavenly HoundsHeavenly Hounds
Jamie N.
I started working with Kevin about 4 weeks ago with my two 2-year old Pug/Lab mixes. They had some very basic puppy training and were generally housebroken, but it was a struggle trying to train two dogs alone as a single person to get them to be the well mannered pups of my dreams; in comes the secret weapon, Kevin. While I agree with other reviewers that he is quite the accomplished "dog whisperer", with his assistance he has helped ME become more confident to show the leadership needed on my part to effectively train my pups and have it STICK. His explanations to help gain an understanding of WHY dogs do what they do and demonstrations of how to mitigate the negative behavior while reinforcing the positive have been life altering for us and our human/dog relationships. In only three sessions I have seen a marked improvement in their behavior and overall happiness, and have experienced a significant decrease in my own stress. My favorite thing about Kevin is the way he teaches; he will demonstrate a technique as many times as you need, is willing to adapt to what your limits are as far as what you want to accomplish with your dog, and has a kind manner that is highly informative without ever becoming condescending. While private training is definitely more costly than the group glasses offered at the big box stores, working with Kevin has achieved more in three weeks than several of the 6 week puppy sessions I have taken with my pups, and the training is tailored to what THEY need, without having to adhere to a set class agenda that may or may not be effective for the way they learn. I highly recommend Kevin and ForrestGlenn Kennels without reservation; hiring Kevin is a worthy investment into your pups and relationship with them, and worth every penny.
ForrestGlenn KennelsForrestGlenn Kennels
Thumbtack Customer
Hello, About two weeks after purchasing my puppy, I had a mental meltdown. I went online to look for a trainer. Kevin was able to come to my home the very day I looked for help. From the time he arrived, he had my puppy calmed down and listening to him. My experience with Kevin and his guidance has been wonderful. Anyone looking to have a really good relationship with their dog can count on Kevin to steer them in right and satisfying direction. Sincerely,
ForrestGlenn KennelsForrestGlenn Kennels
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