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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.

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.

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 Mountain View dog trainers
Karen H.
After interviewing several dog trainers, we decided to work with Dan due to his philosophy and the ability to train in person. It has been a wonderful experience and Winston is now able to execute commands such as "sit", "down", "leave it" "stay" and "come here". Dan is really teaching us how to handle the dog and techniques to drive the behavior outcomes we want. He even hosted a dog social with his small dog clients to help socialize them which has been tough in this COVID-19 time. I also love how Dan incorporates the whole family into our sessions and patiently answers all our questions. I have really learned a lot and am so pleased with our progress. Stop looking and call Dan!
The Pup SchoolThe Pup School
Christine B.
Tammy is amazing! We have a one year old rescue who struggles with debilitating anxiety. After reading a lot of reviews and having a phone consultation with Tammy, we felt she was the right person to work with. Our dog did a three week board and train, and Tammy sent us videos and updates on his progress. He was so calm and compliant with her, like a different dog! Since he has come home, we can see a difference and improvement. He knows more commands and seems to be calmer and less anxious. It’s also amazing that Tammy does free follow up sessions to train us as owners and to help carry over skills from the board and train to the home. Additionally, Tammy welcomed us to text her if we had any questions, and she has been an incredible and responsive resource and guide for us. We feel so much more equipped to support and train our dog because of Tammy. We love her approach and it is apparent our dog loves her too. Thank you so much Tammy!
Alpha-Zen K-9 AcademyAlpha-Zen K-9 Academy
Arianna L.
Derreck was amazing! Our otherwise sweet 8 month old pup was having serious resource guarding issues that was draining us mentally and emotionally. We had a monster underneath the bed in real life. After a quick phone consultation I knew he’d be able to help us due to his significant experience and education on aggressive behavior modification. He arrived right on time and familiarized himself with the dog and situation. He quickly found a really simple solution for correcting the behavior that worked immediately and it didn’t involve hitting her or traumatizing her. He explained everything really well and answered all of our questions. After doing the correction on my own, it was night and day with my dog. She used to snarl, lunge, and threaten to bite if you got near her while she had a sock or was under the couch, but after 5 minutes of training, all aggression disappeared. It really sounds too good to be true but it genuinely worked and I’m so thankful!
Bad Dog SolutionsBad Dog Solutions
Rosanna C.
Stacey is an excellent trainer. She literally took command of Makai our 1.5 year old poodle/border collie dog within seconds of stepping into our home. In just one session, she taught us how to follow in her footsteps and take command of Makai showing him we are his pack leaders. My Mom and I got to practice reclaiming our territory (front door foyer, kitchen, couch, and bed). It was so gratifying and hopeful to see immediate results and a real confidence booster having clear instructions and concrete homework assignments. I really appreciated Stacey’s approach which includes understanding why tone of voice, facial expression, and body language is essential in getting your dog to obey you. I’m also so grateful for her help in getting my mom and brother to better understand the necessity of boundaries for pups. Lastly, I felt safe enough to disclose in our preliminary call that I was feeling anxious about being exposed and criticized (clearly my own insecurities and pride). She reassured me and normalized my fears. I feel more empowered after our initial session and can already tell today’s lesson will have ripple effects into other areas of my life. Thank you SO much Stacey!
Heavenly HoundsHeavenly Hounds
I want to say first of all that I am not writing this review out of spite, but I want to save anyone else time if they are in a situation similar to mine. I have been using positive reinforcement with my puppy since I adopted them. When I reached out to Dan, I wanted help with specific issues. He offered 2 packages, a 4-class package ($300) and a 10-class package ($700). He texted me and offered to let me try a session before deciding which package I wanted, because I wasn't sure which one was the better fit. After the session, I still felt the 4-class package would be better for me. After this, I felt the interaction became unprofessional. He told me that he didn't think cost was an issue for me and that he had given me the same treatment as all his paying customers. I had a few issues with this message. At no point did I say cost was not a factor for me. I don't think he should have assumed cost wasn't a factor. He seemed to want to know every part of my thought process, which I am not obligated to share. Second of all, I think he should be giving the same treatment to all his clients, because that is how you get more clients! I don't think you should treat clients differently just because they may want a smaller package. I think it's common decency. After replying that I still wanted the 4-class package, he requested payment and then said he no longer wanted to work with me and my puppy. I felt like I tried to find a trainer that was right for me, and I feel I have wasted my time, because the session he gave me was essentially an introduction to positive reinforcement which I had already been using. If I had known that he would cancel the rest of my sessions because I chose to go with a smaller package I would not have booked the first session in the first place. I think a better way to have helped me was to work with my needs instead of imposing what he felt like we needed. I needed help with specific issues, instead his session was mostly about positive reinforcement training, which is already widespread with resources on the internet/Youtube. To be fair, there is some benefit to someone coming into your home and helping you work with your puppy 1-1, which is what Dan does, but this has definitely put me off using a trainer and I will be training my puppy by myself in the future. However, Dan's sessions are also only 30 minutes, while others I have seen charge the same rates - $700/10 sessions, but their sessions are an hour long. If $700 is no issue for you and you don't want to do any research into positive reinforcement on your own, then this might be a good match for you. But be aware that even if you agree to selecting a package together, he can choose to cut off training with you. If you're like me, do some research into positive reinforcement and get a trainer who will work with your needs. I have many neighbors with dogs, but I will definitely not recommend Dan to any of them. Edit: I was asked by Dan to include the following details in my review: - Dan provided 2 hours of training (I didn't keep time, but this is what he said), although I had paid for 1 hour. - He messaged me after the first session asking which package I wanted and I asked for a few days to decide - I said I would reply Saturday evening, and messaged him back on Saturday at midnight. I told him the reason my responses were slow was because I was busy with work - he described this as "putting off communication".
The Pup SchoolThe Pup School
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