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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 Ontario dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
John is calm, confident and professional. He is amazing! Dog training is as much about training the owners as it is training the dog. He explains how dogs think and how we communicate with them. Best money I've spent in a while. I'd highly recommend this trainer!
Nancy C.
Mrs. Kim Caldwell is a dog trainer and she's helping me with my dog Rocky, she is a pleasant person to work with and learn to teach my dog, lookin forward to continue working with her. Satisfied costumer 😊👍
Canine Companions Family Pet ServicesCanine Companions Family Pet Services
Valerie V.
Great training experience. Very informative and helpful. Our dog is doing amazing. 1 lesson is all Theo needed or should I say 1 lesson is all "we" needed 😊 thank you!!
A-WAGS Pet ServicesA-WAGS Pet Services
Deborah S.
My experience with this trainer was absolutely horrible, and no I'm not one of those people that likes to complain. I feel like I wasted my money and left my dog for no reason. 1. I never got any type of update on what was going on with my dog. I was told that I was going to get "updates." That was a load of crap. I had to reach out to get any sort of feedback. I reached out every 3-4days and only got very short answers. Kaii told me that she posted updates on Instagram since Thumbtack doesn't allow them to. My dog was there for 3 weeks and she only posted 1 short video of her. I had no idea what was going on with my dog. 2. I originally signed up for the 2 week training program. By the end of the 2 weeks, I was ready to pick up my dog. Kaii suggested I pay for an additional week, but I declined. I was upset by the way she was running "the training." She then went on and offered me a 3rd week for free. I should've picked my dog up after the 2 weeks... My dog can't follow simple commands like sit or stay. When I asked her for help, I didn't get any. She gave my brief responses and offered no help at all. She said she was going to send me videos on how to use the hand commands and I never received them. I'm extremely disappointed and overall sad, I wasted my money and time. 3. My dog pees and poo's in her crate now!! LIKE HOW?!! It's as if she got used to peeing in pooing in there. Prior to her going to this so called "training", she NEVER went in her crate. She would cry to let us know she had to go to the bathroom. How the fuck does she go in it now?? It's as if they left her in her crate to go. It's sooo disappointing to see. I take her to use the bathroom outside and she'll hold it until she gets back in her crate then goes in her crate. Dog's normally don't go in areas that they sleep. AND no before they the excuse of "you have to keep up with the training at home" no there never was any training. It should take 3 week to learn basic sit and stay commands. If they supposedly knew them while at the training she should also know them at my house. DO NOT take your dog here!! I don't get how the fuck these people have so many good reviews!! My experience was horrible and I feel robbed. I'm a business owner myself so I know what the importance of good customer service is, and these people are lacking that big time!! Hope this review saves some of you money and time!! Find another trainer!!
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