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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 Moorpark dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
My two Golden Retrievers (the "boys) were not very social with other dogs. Robert is extremely knowledgeable and uses a rewards-based approach to training the boys. Training with Robert has given me the ability to handle distractions and be safe around other dogs while walking with them. Robert treats my dogs with great love and is amazing about making sure that I understand the proper techniques to train with my dogs outside of our lessons. I highly recommend Robert to help with any training issue(s) or behavior modification problem.
Weatherwax Dog TrainingWeatherwax Dog Training
Phyllis M.
Robert Weather wax is a highly effective trainer who is OUTSTANDING with dogs and with people. You will be glad you chose him!
Weatherwax Dog TrainingWeatherwax Dog Training
Jessi L.
I helped my friend find this trainer for her dog that was required to have training sessions by animal control. She was extremely honest and up front about how much work the training requires especially from the owners side. That said, she has been extremely accommodating and working with my friends dog for a couple sessions now, and she is doing an amazing job. I have seen huge improvements already, and the dog and my friend seem sooooo much happier in their relationship and life altogether! Too bad I don’t live in California, because I would hire her to come work with me and my dog in a heartbeat.
The Trained CanineThe Trained Canine
Debby K.
We rescued a 75 lb 2 yr old boxer mix (Rocky) and were having challenges trying to train him not to jump on people, pull when walking on a leash, and to listen to basic commands. We hired Robert to come to our house for 2 hours once a week and work with Rocky and us. He was amazing. After 2 visits Rocky was doing much better on a leash and was beginning to listen to commands such as stay, sit, and come. After about 4 visits we thought we had a new dog! We also like the methods Robert used in training Rocky. Reward and praise being key. Robert also spent time 'training' us and we learned why what we were doing before did not work. We would definitely recommend Robert as he truly understands dogs and how to work with their owners too.
Weatherwax Dog TrainingWeatherwax Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
We have two French Bulldogs that over the years had developed very bad behavioral issues. The worst being excessive barking and aggression. The issues were so severe I had gates throughout the house and was fearful of walks. I am amazed at Roquel's success and talents. She truly transformed my dogs within one session and gave me the tools and information I need to continue the changes. Both us and the dogs are happier and calmer. The greatest test was when my daughter and her boyfriend arrived they could not believe the changes and my daughter said the entire energy had changed. I cannot thank Raquel enough. She is a miracle trainer and I highly recommend her, especially to those who believe change is not possible because I am proof it is.
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
Thumbtack Customer
All I can honestly say about Raquel, is she is amazing. The minute she came in our home, from the time she left.. there was such a difference with our mixed corgi Kygo. She has such positive energy, and out of everyone who responded to me when I needed a trainer, she was the one who really did everything she could to get in touch with me. She genuinely cares, and I felt that when she was helping us with our pup. Raquel was my last hope for our dog, he had food aggression and was really nasty to my daughter, but after meeting with Raquel, and realizing what I was doing, what we needed to do as a family, my last hope was answered. After two days, there is such a big difference. If you are looking for someone to help with your pup, then look no further. Caring, hope, honesty, happiness, and knowledge, you will find with Raquel.
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
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