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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.

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 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
Michael W.
Serious about dog training, consumate professional
DeeCee’s Dog HouseDeeCee’s Dog House
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Raquel to help correct my dog's aggression. The session was mind blowing. She doesn't just train your dog but she trains you too! The impact on the dynamic between you and your dog is amazing and immediate. Couldn't be happier!
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent trainer. She knows how to speak to dogs and human.
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
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
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
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
I was recommended to Raquel through my friend who found her on Thumbtack. She was amazing!! Everything my friend said she could do, she did. I had a terrible issue with potty training and manners in general especially jumping. Whenever visitors came or playing too rough with the kids. She stopped both our dogs immediately from jumping and not listening, it was magical to watch the dogs react to her. But more importantly she taught us how to get the same respect from our dogs. The dogs are completely different and we waited a month to post our review because one day dog training seemed impossible to believe. It's been over a month and the dogs continue to improve using her techniques. Potty issues are finally resolved after four trainers and a board and train program. Raquel was right, the only reason they get naughty is if we don't use the techniques and are not consistent. We even experimented and yes, if we slacked so did the dogs. Do yourself a favor, don't waste your time and money on anyone else like we did . This trainer is great and really cares about you, your kids, and your dogs
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
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
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
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
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
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
Thumbtack Customer
My 2 lovable but unmanageable dogs were driving me crazy. I realized that they were causing me a lot of stress. I was yelling at them all the time to stop barking and to stop jumping on people. They wouldn't come to me or listen to me. I have had dogs my whole adult life and have been able to train them with basic obedience training....but not these two! My neighbor texted me all the time about their barking. Because I had a bad fall a few years ago while walking them. On walks I have had a hard time controlling the aggression of my male dog toward other dogs, As a result, I rarely walked them. I was at the end of my rope! I started searching for dog trainers in my area and found several good choices on Thumbtack. After reading the reviews I was most impressed with with what I read about Happy Paws Dog Training. The reviews almost sounded too good to be true. Most said that their dogs were transformed in one session. After speaking with Raquel I was convinced that she was the trainer I needed. I Iiked the idea of basically one intense training session. My training session was a week and a half ago. Today, thanks to Raquel, I can walk my dogs on a leash without them pulling, I am able to stop their barking, which has become almost non-existent. They listen to me now and I have great tools and techniques to use to control a variety of their bad behaviors. Raquel teaches you about the way dogs think and to understand their body language so you can stop unwanted behavior before it starts. She also teaches you....who you have to be to command the respect from your dog. Not only have my dogs behaviors changed, but I changed as well. I leared how to interact with them and speak to them in a more powerful way. The bottom line is you have to be consistent and committed to the training. Both you and your dogs benefit. The things I learned from Raquel have made the training so much easier to mainntain. It's only a week and a half and I am amazed every day about how much my dogs have progressed. My life is much less stressful? Raquel is one of those rare indivuals who has a special gift and insight into animals. She is Magical! I would highly recommend her and have already told all my friends with dogs about how fantastic she is. The proof is in the transformation of my formerly unruly dogs! I am so grateful to Raquel for her help and guidance. She is the best!
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
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
Thumbtack Customer
Was a fantastic experience for my daughter and her dog Nova. Hired Rachel after a phone conversation since I live in a different city than them. She said exactly the things I was looking for in a dog/owner trainer and proved to be even better.
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
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!!
Santa Monica Paws Pet ConciergeSanta Monica Paws Pet Concierge
Avery A.
My dogs are both older and have never been trained a day in their life. Raquel immediately took control of the situation and taught both me and my dogs how to work towards our goals. She truly does get results, and better yet, it's obvious that she CARES about helping dogs and owners. I would highly recommend her to anyone that's serious about bettering both their and their dogs' lives.
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
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