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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 Pacific Palisades dog trainers
Holly K.
We got our Pomsky (a mixed breed of pomeranian and husky) when she was 12 weeks old and after a month, we were overwhelmed with puppy naughtiness . We learned that our little pup is mostly Siberian Husky and 1/8 pomeranian, and after some research, we found out that because huskies are so smart, they are harder to train because they can be willful and stubborn. So we sent our little ball of fire to Karen who is like a dog whisperer, a real natural who understands dogs on a deeper level. The alpha dog mentality. What we got back was a well trained and mostly obedient dog with her"independent" spirit totally in tact. No small feat. Exactly what we wanted. Unlike some dog boot camps which can have large groups of dogs together, Karen's boot camp is more like a "boutique" approach, one-on-one with your dog, who still gets plenty of in and outside socialization with other dogs, an integral part of a dog's life. It sort of is akin to sending your child to summer camp for a couple of weeks and getting back a happy, more mature kid who learned a lot of new skills and had a blast doing it. We couldn't recommend Karen more.
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
Michelle V.
Theresa was fantastic! By the end of our consultation, she had armed us with leadership exercises, taught us how to get our newly adopted shelter pup to enjoy his crate, and respect our boundaries while we eat. She recommended videos and other tools to help us be the best dog owners we can be. If this is what we got from a simple consultation, we will definitely hire her for full-on training!
SMP Pet ConciergeSMP Pet Concierge
Luciana T.
I adopted a 4 1/2 month older dog sandy who had some trauma and I was having a hard time understanding her and how to help. I found Tobby and he came over listened to what we wanted for sandy and things we didn’t want to try such as crate training. He was very open with no judgement and worked with the issues like bitting, pulling and jumping without causing sandy to be afraid or sad for being corrected. After four sessions a lot of the behavior we wanted to correct had been worked through and sandy was so happy. Tobby would send detailed training recaps to me so that I could remember what went over. He made sure I was very hands on and showed me how to hold a leash, how to give positive reinforcement, and how to give affirmation to an object instead of sandy so she could learn without being afraid. I would hands down absolutely recommend SoCal K9 Consulting to help with your pets. Thank you Tobby and Sandy says hello :)
SoCal K9 ConsultingSoCal K9 Consulting
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