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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 Palm Desert dog trainers
Timothy C.
It pains me to say this as these are very good and likable trainers, but I cannot recommend. I couldn't potty train my new dog so I sent him to them. I picked her up 2.5 weeks later and was told she was poddy trained but id have to do a couple things to reinforce the training when I got home. I followed their instructions but my dog almost immediately relapsed into old behaviors a day later. I notified the ladies and they were very kind and respectful. But when I asked them what to do they gave me instructions on how to potty train my dog. If I wanted advice on how to potty train my dog I would have called someone to do an in home consultation (costs $100-150 around me) I paid for my dog to be potty trained, not to go to their place for 2 weeks and then have me train my dog at home. I'm sure they are great for grooming and boarding but when it comes to potty training I recommend you look elsewhere.
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Olivia B.
This training helped so much! She gave a lot of helpful tips to get my dog trained, and she also showed me all the ropes so I can work on the training myself. A lot of hands-on learning
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Joe S.
Valerie is very knowledgeable about how to train dogs and probably other animals. I was amazed at how quickly she was able to address my issue concerning barking and teach my dog to comply with directions.
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Cindy M.
My dog Gina is extremely animal aggressive. After only half an hour we were walking in the park along with her dogs. It was worth it to have her come to my house. Now 5 weeks of group training!!
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Linda B.
Beau and I have benefited from his training next is at the airport. I am totally happy with his service dog update.
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Phyllis K.
I really appreciate how this trainer work with both me and my dog. This was our first session and I most definitely will continue with her. I’m learning how to gain the control I need because my dog is a very aggressive breed.
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Ridge W.
Valerie is professional, and has the experience to back it up. Her co-workers are the same....calm and professional around animals. Results are immediate for general obedience work. She comes to your home and trains you and the dog.....YOU being the weak link in most pet/owner early relationships. Highly recommended. Ridge in Palm Desert
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Nicholas L.
Valerie responded to my inquiry within minutes. She was polite, knowledgeable, and giving of her expertise. She said that she was busy at the moment but still took the time to speak with me over the phone and gave me some valuable skills to work with on training my new Italian Greyhound puppy. I will be taking her course when my dog is old enough.
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