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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 Los Angeles dog trainers
Tamar A.
outstanding dog trainer who really GETS the dog and the owner
Lucy and Lady Dog PsychologyLucy and Lady Dog Psychology
Juan V.
Maria is very professional and very knowledgeable of dog training, my dog learned a few tricks in such a short time. Thank you!
Maria’s K9 LegacyMaria’s K9 Legacy
Jayson H.
This trainer explained her method of training unlike others who hide their "magic". More importantly, it all made sense. Immediately, I recognized Karen's training method goes deeper and she understands dogs and how to create an even stronger and healthier bond between dog and family.
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
Mathieu G.
Rebecca is an amazing trainer and extremely good with dogs. She made my dog getting much better in as short as 2 sessions and keeps very good track of training and what needs to be done. Very responsive as well if you need. Highly recommend :)
Rebecca Benedict K9 TrainingRebecca Benedict K9 Training
Rhodora A.
Rebecca is such an awesome trainer! She understands dogs very well and our Sunny just loves her. Rebecca is the dog whisperer. She provides great advice on potty training, and insights to what our Sunny is thinking. Sunny learned a lot quickly after the first session. We highly recommend Rebecca for puppy training.
Rebecca Benedict K9 TrainingRebecca Benedict K9 Training
Nick M.
It takes a lot for me to take the time to write a review for someone but after just one absolutely transformational session with Lucy I had to give her this kudos immediately after! She not only is a great dog trainer but a human trainer as well. Rather than training your dog in a silo, she empowers you and gives you the confidence to be a great trainer yourself and to build a great, healthy relationship with your pup. 10/10 service!!
Lucy and Lady Dog PsychologyLucy and Lady Dog Psychology
Jisoon j.
She’s very accurate and kind. My dog loves her and she’s always communicate with me for plan of training.
Muttineer Dog TrainingMuttineer Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Karen is an amazing trainer. After just 1 session, the behavior of my 4 dogs changed for the better. It is amazing how quickly they learned. She does work in a way that dogs understand, but it might seem counter-intuitive to humans. She talks about how your dog can read your mind. Don't worry, she knows what she is doing because the dogs respond to her energy immediately. I have used many dog trainers: I felt her prices were affordable, and she was able to accomplish my dog goals quickly. Highly Recommend!
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Julie is a highly skilled, professional dog trainer. My rescue George did very well (as did I) under her guidance and I'm looking forward to having a well trained pup!
JulieRobinsonK9JulieRobinsonK9
Thumbtack Customer
Dave was such a great help to us in training our dog (or us, really)! He really took the time to explain the process and work with Sadie to overcome her fearful reaction to other dogs. She's made great progress & we look forward to more training sessions in the future. Highly recommended! Oh, and Sadie absolutely LOVES HIM.
EveryDogEveryDog
Shareen s.
I'm so happy I found an affordable training service in LA. I love the convenience of the dog pick up and drop off. I was nervous sending my dogs off the first day, but Lauren sent updates while they were gone and I was glad to see them doing well. My reactive/anxious dog is making quick progress via the pack training, which is so beneficial to her because she didn't get much socialization due to the pandemic. Most importantly, Ivan and Lauren are so loving and kind towards my dogs and genuinely enjoy spending time with them and training them.
Woof WagonWoof Wagon
Thumbtack Customer
Top notch trainer. She got my dog to listen to her in less than 7 minutes, and then went through the motions of teaching him (and me) a variety of commands, effectively. I have met dog trainers before, so my nose developed with time as far as their effectiveness is concerned. Julie impressed me greatly.
JulieRobinsonK9JulieRobinsonK9
Christina h.
Isaac was GREAT. 1st session I learned effective techniques to curb unwanted dog behavior. My dog responded 1st session as well. Very knowledgeable and personable. I will be continuing my training with these guys and also exploring other Dog services that they offer. Highly recommend.
I&I K9 TrainingI&I K9 Training
Jeremie B.
Karen is a great dog trainer, she knows how to communicate with dogs and their owners. She explained a lot of our dog's behavior issues, answered all our questions, and walked us through real-life situation action items that we started applying. Results were immediate.
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
Olivia P.
Karen has been amazing for my dog and I. She’s got a great perspective that really helped me better understand dogs and their behavior. My heightened understanding has really helped me better communicate with and train my dog. His behavior is improving every day! I have a very stubborn dog and worked with a few different trainers before finding Karen. Teds improvement over the past month is exponentially better than anyone else we ever worked with. She’s really affordable and cares! 10/10 would recommend for anyone with all types of dogs!
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Julie is a caring and dedicated trainer. My dog and I have learned quite a bit from her teachings. I highly recommend her if you are searching for someone who'll share efficient techniques for a well trained pooch.
JulieRobinsonK9JulieRobinsonK9
Laura B.
Karen is a dog whisperer! We got a new 8 week year old puppy that's now 4 months old and he was absolutely out of control. He had so much energy and was too smart for his own good. Karen helped us take control as the pack leaders and taught us how to be the Alpha Dog with him. She is more than a dog/puppy trainer, she is a people trainer too. She is extremely knowledgeable and helped us so much. Our pup now listens to us and is so much better on his leash, greeting guests, and finally potty trained! I highly recommend her to anyone in need of training for their sweet pup! :)
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
Darien A.
The team at woof wagon was a big help to me. They approach their training as an opportunity to train both the dog and the owner. They were very responsive and always made me feel comfortable throughout the process. Super appreciate all they’ve done to help!
Woof WagonWoof Wagon
Matt g.
Holly is an amazing dog trainer, and we are so appreciative for all she’s done for our family. Earlier this year, our stubborn dachshund bit our 1 year old when she was crawling towards her. We had no idea if we could keep our dog as part of our family. Despite it not being a usual time to accept new dogs, Holly made an exception for us and took our dog in ASAP. When our dog returned, she was a different dog in the best way, much more obedient and calm. Holly also gave us the tools to make the dog work within our family while keeping a safe environment for our baby. She definitely developed a customized program based on the needs of our family that we are continuing to work on now that our dog is back. She is incredibly attuned to the needs of dogs and their owners. We would recommend her hands down to anyone needing animal training!
Heel K-9 - Board & TrainHeel K-9 - Board & Train
Ty C.
Working with Marco was great. He gave me daily updates on how the training was going and made videos for me to carry on the training at home. My dog adjusted quickly to staying with Marco and seemed quite happy while there. I definitely recommend Marco.
MB-K9MB-K9
Jessica T.
Theresa and Brad are absolutely the best! In just a few sessions My dog Missy (a 9 year old pit very set in her ways) was a a completely different well trained dog! Because the training went so well, I enrolled her in Santa Monica Paws Doggy Daycare and it's amazing!! Thank you Santa Monica Paws for being amazing, trustworthy and just all around THE BEST!!
SMP Pet ConciergeSMP Pet Concierge
Cindy L.
It was my first time working with a dog trainer and I was scared there would be no solution to my dog's leash aggression and anxiety. However, just after one session, it became so much easier to take my dog on a walk. She seemed to be a lot more relaxed and calm being outdoors than before. Lucy taught me how to change the way I am around my dogs rather than focusing on changing them. Highly recommend Lucy to everyone!
Lucy and Lady Dog PsychologyLucy and Lady Dog Psychology
Lisa S.
Although my dog hasn’t gone through Troys program just yet, Troys professionalism and knowledge during our initial call, surpassed my expectations. He understands the psychology behind training animals and I can’t wait to get my dog Oscar started in his program!
Troys dog trainingTroys dog training
Kathy A.
I love working with Lauren and her team. The trainer has been amazing. She is the dog whisperer! In 2 sessions she's taught us 4 different commands to practice with him. Also, Ivan is terrific, he picks up Kobi on MWF and has helped lower his anxiety about being around other dogs. A huge plus is he comes home tired on those days and crate training is alot easier then! I would recommend them any day!!
Woof WagonWoof Wagon
Brian S.
The training was amazing and better than we could have hoped. She did more for our dog than we or any other trainer has done before. She set us on the best path to help our dog become confident and not so nervous and scared. We’ve already seen improvements and look forward to seeing her get more comfortable with strangers and being outdoors. We plan on working with her more in the future. I would highly recommend her!!!
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