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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 Fullerton dog trainers
Jennifer P.
John is an excellent dog trainer! I highly recommend him. He helped me understand what motivates my dog and how to use that to train her. Our high spirited Beagle is so much more fun and easy to handle thanks to John's help. He's a dog trainer, AND a people teacher. I learned as much as my dog during our sessions! :)
Thumbtack Customer
John was awesome with training me and my dog. John took the time to get to know our needs and current situation and also helped us with dog socialization. John is very knowledgable and offered great expert advice. He also helped us with introduction to a dog park and helped me to understand the things to look for when introducting my dog into a new environment such as a dog park. I would highly recommend John to all my friends family and anyone else. He definitely helped with positive reinforcement.
Thumbtack Customer
John is an incredible trainer! He's helped me create an entirely different an positive relationship with my dog. His methods are love and respect, not using choke chains (as our previous trainer did), and making all the learning very accesible - easy to understand and repeat. Thanks John!!
Emily M.
Angela really accommodated what I want in first hand training. I was able to get my puppy to listen to my commands better all thanks to her. Totally different doggy after only a couple sessions. If you want to be involved in training your dog Angela is the way to go! Thank you so much!
Angellily Pet CareAngellily Pet Care
Geno R.
I sent in a 6month old puppy to be trained, asked for a couple specific things to focus on and even added an extra couple of weeks because the owners recommended she needed it to be fully trained. After 3 weeks, my puppy came back home doing the exact same 3 commands she learned with me prior to using this service (yet the owners try to take credit for it). The only thing different my puppy does now since she spent 3 weeks in a little crate at this Train My K9 backyard, was she learned how to barks at everything now, chews on her crate and pees wherever she wants (she peed on the pads just fine prior to her visit, now she does anywhere. I had asked that they try to curve her excitement pee problem and they did that by neglecting my poor puppy of water throughout the day) she won’t eat her regular treats or food any longer because the owners of this company gave her unlimited hot dogs and God knows what else for treats, which caused her to develop issues with her anal glands (in the 6 months I’ve owned her, never once was there an issue, since picking her up from TrainMyK9 she’s had to make 3 vet visits for stomach issues including one while at the training facility, poor girl.) I would like a full refund, this place is a complete waste of money, don’t use them! You’ve been warned! My poor puppy is so much worse off now than she was when she went in. Also, for several days at a time, I would ask questions to see how she was doing and either got ignored or “she’s doing great” generic reply, only time video or photos came is towards the end of the 3 weeks to make it look as if my dog was an actual focus, when in actuality it was obvious she was not and just locked in a backyard crate all day. The one photo shown here is whatever the heck they tried to teach my dog, she knew sit and stay prior to her stay at this place then they taught her this, literally made my puppy progress go backwards. I want a full refund ASAP.
train my k9train my k9
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