A note to our community regarding COVID-19. Learn more
Find a dog trainer near Oakland, CA

Find a dog trainer near Oakland, CA

4 near you

Find a dog trainer near Oakland, CA

4 near you

Give us a few details and we’ll match you with the right pro.

Zip code

Top 4 Dog Trainers near Oakland, CA

Dog Trainers Cost Guide

  • $
  • $$
  • $$$
  • $$$$

Q & A

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.   

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.

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.

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 Oakland dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Logan is terrific. He approaches my giant-breed dog with ease and confidence. I know a lot of experience and training goes into being as good as he is, but he's so natural about the way he works with my dog that it seems intuitive. Moreover, he makes the training fun for my furry friend, and fun for me, too.
Dog's Gone Mild dog trainingDog's Gone Mild dog training
Sharleen H.
Instead of just training the dog, Pete trained me and my two boys how to get the behavior we needed from Cocoa. He didn’t require a certain amount of sessions; our scheduled meetings were “as needed.” His rate was well worth his training expertise.
Pete's Dog Behavior TrainingPete's Dog Behavior Training
Patty P.
Tierney explained everything so that I could understand the reasoning behind her training and my dogs behavior. She’s been terrific to work.
Unleash the Beast - Training for your Wild DogUnleash the Beast - Training for your Wild Dog
Kim R.
We had a great meeting with Pete. His style is much more about training the owner than the dog and his approach is practical and feels very doable. Looking forward to seeing progress with our pup!
Pete's Dog Behavior TrainingPete's Dog Behavior Training
Mike W.
Maj has a way with dogs. You see this within a few minutes of her interacting with your dog. She assesses, makes a connection, and starts training. All while she is talking with you about what she is doing. We have a 7 month old boxer collie. Maj zeroed in on areas he needs to improve such as being calm when interacting with strangers, coming on command, etc. She leaves you with a training plan which she assesses and builds on during the next visit. Highly recommend Maj!
Majyk Paws Dog TrainingMajyk Paws Dog Training
Gina C.
I needed to have my 2 adult dogs re-programmed on potty training. Amelia did a great job explaining the different methods that I could use to help me teach my dogs to stop using pee pads and to eliminate outside. Her methods were constructive and specific to my lifestyle. I would definitely recommend her.
All EarsAll Ears
Alexandra T.
I can’t recommend Heavenly Hounds enough! My dogs behavior has improved significantly after just 1 session. I'm looking forward to seeing how he does after I put more of this training into practice.
Heavenly HoundsHeavenly Hounds
Eve B.
Pete is a very good trainer. He is honest with you that success relies on you putting in the work after the session. (True of any trainer you choose!) I have been successful with some of the tactics he gave me, though not everything (yet). But overall my relationship with my dog is already improving because Pete gave me the tools for addressing some of his more annoying habits. If I had one suggestion I'd say I would have preferred to do multiple, shorter sessions over a few weeks rather than a single 2-hour session. I was a bit overwhelmed by so many new practices to implement at once.
Pete's Dog Behavior TrainingPete's Dog Behavior Training
Ready to find a pro?

See more reviews, compare prices, and hire your favorite pros all with Thumbtack.

Why hire professionals on Thumbtack?
Free to use

You never pay to use Thumbtack: Get cost estimates, contact pros, and even book the job—all for no cost.

Compare prices side-by-side

You’ll know how much your project costs even before booking a pro.

Hire with confidence

With access to 1M+ customer reviews and the pros’ work history, you’ll have all the info you need to make a hire.