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Your burning questions: answered

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 Irvine dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
His great he have so much love and care for our dog since his training my dog I can sleep every night with no worries
Thumbtack Customer
He's awesome! We just had 2 lessons and my Toby is a changed dog. I had other trainers before and didn't get the results we needed for Toby on how to behave . Looking forward to more lessons.
Happy Dog Training, LLCHappy Dog Training, LLC
Sarah c.
I have been searching for over a month to send my rescue dog to a professional trainer but had no luck finding one available ASAP. I contacted Tony and he responded right away and took my dog the next day. She was attacked on the streets before coming to the rescue so she has trauma and confidence issues. She was very reactive on a leash and I didn’t know how to handle those situations. Tony helped her socialize with other dogs and gain confidence. She is doing a lot better and knows basic commands. She still has some things to work on and Tony has been helpful even after the program. He genuinely cares for the dogs and is available if you have any questions/concerns.
Chae L.
I have a 4 year old dog named Danchu who is the sweetest dog to me and my family, but notorious in the neighborhood for barking and growling at everyone (or anything) who approaches/gets near her. We had Danchu ever since she was born, and we tried many methods ever since she was 3 months old in order to socialize her. However she had some bad experience, including being chased by a big dog that wasn't leashed. I felt helpless and embarrassed every time Danchu barked at our neighbors, but nothing that I tried worked. After 4 years of trying and failing, we decided to find a trainer for Danchu. I read through and researched about many local trainers, and after careful considerations of various training method, I decided to call Eric. He was very prompt and responsive. Before we made an appointment, we talked over the phone about Danchu's problems and Eric took the time to answer all of my questions with patience and professionalism. On the day of the training, Eric came to our house to examine the reason behind Danchu's hostility towards strangers. He correctly saw that Danchu is not aggressive, jut scared and anxious. He taught me and my mom some simple ways to set boundaries in the house. We also had the chance to walk Danchu in various settings (around other people and dogs). Eric provided us with tools to help Danchu focus on walking with us , instead of leading the walk and barking at everyone. It was so amazing to see how easily we were able to communicate to Danchu to keep her focused on the walk instead of barking and pulling towards our neighbors. And all of this was done in an hour and a half long training session! Eric also gave us homework to work on. After Eric left, I tried walking Danchu using the methods he taught me. It was amazing to see how Danchu walked right next to me. We passed by two dogs, and both times, she didn't bark or act scared. When we passed by our neighbors, Danchu just kept walking! Our neighbors were so surprised because they've seen Danchu for a long time. It hasn't even been a day since Eric came, and we are already seeing very promising results. I am confident that if I stick to what Eric taught us, Danchu will be a polite and confident dog that everyone loves ❤ Thank you for all your work Eric :)
The Dogtor K9 TrainingThe Dogtor K9 Training
Jamila B.
Daniel is a fantastic trainer. He really knows his stuff and has an amazing connection with animals. We have really enjoyed learning from him and just in 4 sessions we have seen a big improvement in our rescue pup and in the way we handle him. Our 8 yr old son is even feeling more confident with walking the dog since we now have relief from pulling thanks to Daniel's techniques. We appreciate all his guidance and highly recommend him!
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