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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 Huntington Beach dog trainers
Valerie K.
OMG can’t say enough about this dog trainer! She went above and beyond to find me another trainer for a last minute photo shoot that we had planned for our dog. Super personable and professional!!!
24 Hour Dog Care24 Hour Dog Care
Felipe R.
Kevin is an amazing trainer! Very knowledgeable and helped us train our two dogs. He went above and beyond! Must hire! Great pricing!
Bark Busters Home Dog TrainingBark Busters Home Dog Training
Melissa S.
Nick has helped my dog (Ollie) become a much happier pup! He helped Ollie overcome anxiety and has been training us on how to use the correct tools and training methods to get him there. He’s a very good people person and dog trainer. I feel very comfortable, and more confident walking my dog without the fear he might be reactive. I’m happy knowing my dog isn’t going to live a stressful, anxiety ridden life. I definitely recommend Canine Academy!
M.E.T.A Canine AcademyM.E.T.A Canine Academy
Thumbtack Customer
Dave is top notch. He cares totally about you and your dogs, he's wicked smart and is up to date on the best way to solve any problems with the dogs. And his training style is SO simple and effective. I have realized (as do most people, I think) that it is YOU he is training. Once the owner gets it, so does the dog!
Kat H.
Kevin was a great trainer! He was very attentive and took the time to explain how dog's brains work and how we can utilize that knowledge to our advantage. Our dog responded very well to the training even in just one session. I would definitely recommend Bark Busters!
Bark Busters Home Dog TrainingBark Busters Home Dog Training
Stephanie K.
Daniel has professionally has executed the masters plan in training our 3 yr old pit bull - in a 15 minutes or less Cash ( our dog) started to listen to his commands and seemed very comfortable with other dog( before he has some aggressions toward other dog). I highly recommend Daniel!!!!
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Micah K.
Trena was absolutely amazing and made my boxer a whole new dog. It got to the point where my wife said either get this dog some training or he is gone. So I found Trena and 8 sessions later my wife and Flash are now buds! Thank you Trena!! And I recommend Trena to anyone looking to have a good dog.
24 Hour Dog Care24 Hour Dog Care
Thumbtack Customer
John has been such a help in teaching about potty-training my puppy, and now we are working on the fun stuff. I want my dog to grow up being well-trained so that others may enjoy him as much as I do! John is providing that path and I am so glad I found such a knowledgeable trainer!
Cassie G.
Very unprofessional. Talked down to me about my dog training knowledge and decided to not respond in the middle of a conversation about the service I was trying to book with her. Do not recommend
24 Hour Dog Care24 Hour Dog Care
Kathleen L.
Dan has been working with me and my dog, Chaco, for two sessions now. Chaco used to be like a wild animal when I took him out for walks, but now he is calm and controlled. It is obvious that Dan has a deep understanding of dogs and dog behavior. Chaco loves training with him and is sad when he leaves. Dan follows up each session with additional information and encouragement via email. A great experience so far!
Galyn M.
Working with Daniel was great! He responded quickly to the requests that we needed. He was wonderful with our 10 month old goldendoodle puppy. He gave us some great training techniques that our dog responded to in just 2 sessions. He was able to also teach our kids to do some of the on leash training. We have to keep up the work, but it gave us a great start.
Ig: @EZdogtrainerIg: @EZdogtrainer
Tanya N.
Sole person for company that works hard. Do not get upset if no response within 24 hours. Offers a 30 minute consultation for $100 possibly will choose to evaluate dog. Other reviews says a great trainer. No face to face contact yet to confirm or agree with other reviews.
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