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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 Oceanside dog trainers
Edward G.
My dog responded immediately to the training from Inspire and Paula. Im so pleased with the training and how effective it has been! I would highly recommend this to any pet owner!
Inspire... Canine Behavior Counseling & TrainingInspire... Canine Behavior Counseling & Training
Morgan B.
Most amazing dog training experience ever! Kim and Monika have changed our lives. My dog is a new dog he is more calm and attentive. They are so kind and loving towards my dog. I am seeing immediate results, it is jaw dropping! I cannot thank them enough!
Real Life Dog TrainingReal Life Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
I met with Mel for the first time last week and I'm very happy that I've decided to work with her. I've got an older dog that hasn't had much formal training, so I was worried that maybe there was no hope for her leash anxiety on walks. But Mel understands that both the dog and the person need training help, and I'm excited to learn alongside my dog Bella. We just might get to take a relaxing walk at the beach this summer!
Dogpanion Dog TrainingDogpanion Dog Training
Karla S.
Nick and Jayda know and love dogs. We had private lessons in our home for our two rescued Chihuahuas who are approximately 2 years old. The training and results are absolutely excellent. Not only incredibly knowledgeable with an obvious passion for dogs but, equally importantly they are excellent communicators and very reassuring and patient with both dog and owner!
M.E.T.A Canine AcademyM.E.T.A Canine Academy
Sierra P.
We have had a few trainers work with us all promising they knew what our dog needed- many emphasizing on the “alpha” type of training or “reward” type but none of them really seemed to pay attention to her social quest that even I noticed. They told me to push her to follow my lead, to push her to be around more dogs to be “socialized” to use punishment to gain what I wanted and all it’s done it break our trust in each other. Paula has re-educated us, and Ruka- who is normally shy and cautious of strangers, loves her. I could see trust forming between the two of them. There was communication between two species without very many words being spoken, there was no demands made from Ruka and yet she willingly walked along side Paula (she normally pulls), made eye contact (she normally hides her face) and would repeatedly ask for attention from a stranger when she normally wants nothing to do with other humans. It was only an introduction but I’m so excited to better understand how to communicate With my dog instead of AT her. We are so so so impressed by the amount of information she brought with her, the folder she had or us at the end, and the care she put into Ruka. I feel hopeful she will help me help myself reconnect with my dog and let her know she doesn’t have to be scared of people or dogs. Thank you so much Paula! You’re already part of the family. We can’t wait for our next session.
Inspire... Canine Behavior Counseling & TrainingInspire... Canine Behavior Counseling & Training
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