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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 Modesto dog trainers
Jenissa B.
Review Stacy is the real deal!!! She is a dog whisperer!!!!She is a blessing from God. I had a difficult Miniature Pinscher who was the boss. He would bite, bark uncontrollably 24/7, pee in crate and throughout the house. Not anymore. Stacy came over took control and did her thing and my dog is literally a well behaved dog. She trained our family to be pack leaders and visually showed us in our own home what to do in different situations. She is amazing. The best part is the price.. She is so worth more than what she charges… Stacy coming to your home is so convenient and she trains your dog in your dogs home which seems so much beneficial for the dog and us.. If you read this Stacy. Thank you so much. Your an angel..
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Maddison F.
Hiring Stacey was one of the best decisions we have made, especially for our dogs. After our newest rescue attacked our little dog twice, we had almost lost hope but, Stacey came to our house and immediately taught us what WE were doing wrong. She has trained our dogs AND my fiance and I. My once aggressive dog has become a submissive pack member after ONE session! She truly understands dog behavior and has exceeded any expectations my finance and I have had. We have had two sessions so far and I can not recommend Stacey enough!
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Abby S.
We hired Rui to help us with our pitbull who is almost a year old. Our dogs name is morty. Morty is a very hyper and loud mouth ( barks at everything) and has the attention span of a squirrel. Rui has given us the proper commands and techniques to assist in walking our crazy pup. We have learned alot and are very pleased with Rui. Rui is very attentive to mortys needs and what will work best for him rather than one guide or rule for all the dogs. Morty warmed up to Rui instantly. Definitely will recommend this trainer for friends and family.
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Kimberly C.
Stacey was so amazing when she showed up to help my dog Selene. She walked right through the door and started right away and the results were immediate! I saw so much improvement just after the first session! It is definitely going to be work but the methods for training that she applied for us worked! Can’t wait till my next session!
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