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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 Napa dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
He came to Napa and did a combined dog training lesson with my sister and I. He was very good with the dogs and got her crazy 6 month old puppy to learn to lay down within minute. I will be recommending him to anyone looking for a dog trainer.
A Better Dog TrainerA Better Dog Trainer
Paige D.
Great training. Our dog is already responding after one session!
Majyk Paws Dog TrainingMajyk Paws Dog Training
Martha B.
She was wonderful. Great to work with for my dog and knew her job training. Would hire her again *****
Debbie Port Dog TrainingDebbie Port Dog Training
Dan M.
I'm disabled and drs. have recommended a service dog as they felt it could really help me. So for the past 11 years we've tried but without success. We found a breeder who breeds Giant Schnoodles (standard poodle with giant schnauzer) and they have turned full litters into service dogs. Being disabled it's impossible for me to do the training he needed, the structure, repetition, and so many tasks. We couldn't walk him without being pulled where he wanted, his barking was non stop, his excitement was uncontrollable, his jumping/bounding, was like a deer jumping a fence, and he was always into everything. The garbage, pots & pans on stove, butter dish, sink, anything he could reach, or thought he could. To the point of if he wasn't in eye sight it was time to go looking. Anytime someone came home, a delivery, post man, people walking by created a bronking bull that barked, jumped, and bounced off the furniture, our front window, and anything else he could launch off of. In desperation I reached out to Unleash The Beast to see if they could break our wild animal. Originally It was scheduled for 6 weeks but they kept him for 8 at no extra charge. He needed the work, it took a bit longer, but other than her checking if they could keep him nothing more was asked of us. I provided his food, flea, tick, and heart worm medication and a small blanket with my smell on it. They were able to tell me when they gave his meds, how he was on food, and returned his blanket. Drop off day involved training myself and family but he had a grooming appointment that morning. To prevent him from seeing us prior to being able to work with him she dropped him off at the groomer waited around over 2 hours and picked him up! Then spent almost 3 hours training us. Tierney & her team is AMAZING!!! We are using a prong collar to let him know when he's working and a bark collar when he's outside to help quiet him. When the collars come off and he gets a release command, he gets to be a dog (that doesn't bark, and has his manners). He's been home 2 weeks and is almost off the prong collar, the bark collar gives a tone, then vibrates. The first time he was outside I heard 1 bark and nothing sense. Now the bark collar is by the back door but is not needed. Now if he trys to test a verbal correction makes him immediately stop. He was tested as a opossum was in our yard and I had to go out to him but after a verbal correction he just watched in fascination. He obeys commands, heels, sits, down, when we cook and eat he is placed on his cot and doesn't move until he's released. In the last 2 weeks he's been to the store, bank, post office, medical facility, pharmacy, outlet mall, and yesterday the beach. Follow up classes were listed as group sessions once per month but Tierney saw the need and comes to our house every weekend to add additional tasks as we identify them or she thinks of tasks that never crossed my mind but are absolutely useful. She sent daily updates of his progress, pictures, and outings. They even provided a dog cot, personal fan, lavender infused aroma therapy, soft jazz music, a snack, and dim lighting after a day of work. In her years of experience this helps them to relax and they retain the training better. I joked with my wife he's going to want all of this coming home. Before his stay I couldn't get him on a bed, blanket, or couch to snuggle or sleep before he left. Once he got home and his cot came in, I opened it. He came over rubbed all over it, me, and insisted that he help put it together. He absolutely loves it and we will be adding another one shortly. She and her team turned our out of control dog into a very well behaved dog that listens and now lives by my side. She absolutely loves him and says he's one the top 3 dogs she's ever worked with. We're working on having him retrieve items for me, blocking people from my disabled areas, distracting me, comforting me, and many other tasks. Tierney made my dream come true! She's easing my life, helping me find my way, allowing me be independent, and to function on my own for the first time in 11 years!! Now I have a companion who listens, is attentive, and is learning to sense my needs before I even realize them. Nights are rough and now he's either on the bed at my feet or right next to my side of the bed. He follows me everywhere at night. If I'm up, he's up, and by my side, even curls up with me when it's bad. She's turned him into exactly what I needed. I CANNOT thank Tierney enough and I would recommend Unleash The Beast to any dog owner for any issues. The work they do is unbelievable and he loves her just as much as she loves him!!! He gets super excited when she comes for training, but minds his manners. They have a special bond and between the two of them they gave me back a part of my life that I thought I had lost! There are no words to express what they've accomplished for him, for me, and I will forever be grateful!!
Unleash the Beast - Training for your Wild DogUnleash the Beast - Training for your Wild Dog
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