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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Poway dog trainers
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We hired Beth for some training with our new rescue pup, Benny. Specifically we were looking for someone to come to our home and do some general obedience training and also provide guidance on how to best introduce our new pup to our existing cats who had never been around dogs. Beth was more than we could have hoped for! After only a few sessions, we felt we had all the tools we needed to set-up our pup and our cats for success. We get compliments from our friends, family and strangers about how well behaved our pup is for only being 4 months old. We will continue to seek Beth's expert advice should we run into any issues in the future and I would highly recommend her for anyone looking for a top quality trainer.
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Angela K.
Our little guy is full of anxiety and fear, Paula put him at ease and in the first visit he began to break down that fear. She makes herself easily accessable to us to help in a moments notice and is giving us hope that our little guy can live a peaceful life with the tools she is teaching us. If you have a dog that has aggression I would absolutely recommend her to you. She is kind, consistent, patient and respects your animal. Update 12/20/18: Paula has been working with us for about 5 months now and Ollie is making huge strides, she has been patient with us as we are learning how to provide the best environment for Ollie to be successful. When we began our behavior therapy we would have daily dog fights and human aggression/bites. We were afraid of our dog! He wasn't happy and we weren't happy. I knew that we were the only home he could live in as he was a danger to others so rehoming wasn't an option and any rescue would put him down. We felt like prisoners in our own home. Over time, with lots of patience and a few setbacks, he is becoming a much happier dog and we are no longer afraid of him. When we began he was afraid of every little sound or movement so walks were torture for him, now he LOVES his walks and prances when we are on his outings. He used to bite when we tried to leash him, now he gets excited and runs to the door to go. He had NO verbal cues and I honestly didn't think he had the ability to learn. Now, he knows and consistently responds to several commands. He now asks for affection and we know his polite social cues to let us know he's done. I think the biggest key to getting your pet to become the pet you want them to be is both patience and commitment. Paula has been so committed to our success and so very patient when we falter. Change doesn't happen over night and we know that but I know its happening. My daughter came home from college after being gone for 2 1/2 months and she said that she has seen a significant amount of change in him. That meant the world to me! Paula knows what she is doing and offers not just training to your dog, but continued education. She is constantly pursing knowledge and passes that along to her clients. If you have a troubled pup that needs help or if you have a puppy that you want to start off right please call her!
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