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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

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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.

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 old should a puppy be for training?

Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

What is a dog boot camp?

A dog boot camp is basically a board and train program that focuses on training your dog or puppy. The trainers will work with your dog to curb unwanted behavior, teach them basic skills and show them how to walk on a leash.

Dog boot camps and training programs might differ when it comes to their services, so it’s always a good idea to do your research and ask them to explain exactly what they offer — and how much they charge.

How long does it take to train a puppy?

Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

Which dog training method is best?

The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behave as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

  • What type of training methods do you use?
  • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
  • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?
Reviews for Pasadena dog trainers
Gabriel B.
Complete TRANSFORMATION! A little background; I have a 4 year old male German. Boy what a handful he was before training. Barking at everyone and everything. Took him to petsmart training (fail) at 1y/o to learn basic commands but obeys when he wants to. Couldn’t really take him on walks because he’ll pull/drag me to sniff around and chase. Never finished his food, had poor appetite, and finally the worst was when he bit a man. So happy I found Or! I read his reviews, background, contacted them, and they responded immediately. Took him in for an evaluation and I immediately knew I came to the right person. I chose to have my dog board and train for 4 weeks with private sessions and when I saw my dog at 3 weeks for a session WOW! No more pulling on leash; I can finally walk him! He obeys commands, has great appetite, and no more barking. My dog loves him. Or really has a passion and love for dogs and knows about all the breeds to be able to train them accordingly. He only uses positive reinforcement to train. His facility is huge and well maintained. A place a dog can truly act like a dog. Finally I brought my dog home and he’s happy, I’m happy, my family and neighbors are happy. If your dog needs any kind of training, I highly recommend hiring Or to train your dog. A TRUE PROFESIONAL.
K9 Pack Dog TrainingK9 Pack Dog Training
Daniel C.
We are extremely impressed and happy with Lucy’s training service for our dogs. She was very professional, thorough and polite while giving us instructions and training our dogs. We have a senior dog who is somewhat depressed and chill and a 5 months old puppy who is super energetic. Our main concern was their interaction and some behavioral concerns. She addressed each and every concern of ours very carefully in a very positive and constructive manner. We are super satisfied and excited to follow her recommendations for our dogs. Two thumbs up!!
Lucy and Lady Dog PsychologyLucy and Lady Dog Psychology
James M.
My dog was super wild, and very reactive to other dogs, as well as stubborn. OneStopK9 helped with his basic commands as well as a great base to help with modifying his behavior. He’s super communicative while having your dog and send constant updates! Great dude, pretty happy with the training- ESPECIALLY the leash manners!!!
Matthew B.
Jocelyn is an experienced dog trainer who uses ABA methods to change, modify, correct, and encourage behaviors. ABA is a humane and frankly the only way to change any animals behavior. Jocelyn knows what she is doing and knows how to execute this methodology. She approached my dogs aggressive behavior with kindness, compassion, and expertise. She was very professional and most of all, personable. I enjoyed our lessons with Jocelyn and always left feeling like a more confident dog owner. I noticed a change in my dogs behavior as well. My dog and I became a unit and started to move and work together. We learned how to carry out alternative behaviors whenever a challenging behavior arose. Thank you Jocelyn for your time and sharing your knowledge. Pongo (my dog) says so too. Ruff!!!
Muttineer Dog TrainingMuttineer Dog Training
Kelly G.
I will extend my review upon completion of work, but Karen is top-notch, communicative and extremely helpful just via the first phone call. I’m so impressed. I realize my dog and his issues may not be something which can be fixed, per se, but that is not a trainer issue. It’s also much to do with the pet owner, too, (meaning me).
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
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