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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.

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.

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.  .

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 Rancho Cucamonga dog trainers
Denise K.
Tony was amazing with our rescue dog that had some behavioral problems. He trained the dog and us! I highly recommend Tony!
Kirstie M.
David was hands down THE BEST dog trainer I have ever met. His professionalism was fantastic and very confident in his profession. We felt safe leaving our dog with him for 2 weeks while they were doing the board training and the communication was great he sent pictures and updates of our dog. Overall we highly recommend this company and David. Thank you !
Heightened Instincts Dog TrainingHeightened Instincts Dog Training
Jennifer P.
David was fantastic! I have never professionally trained a dog before, so this was my first experience with a trainer and let me tell you it was the best! I was so impressed, David is patient, punctual, the communication he gives you is fantastic, he’s always available even after your training session, he really loves dogs and you can tell he really loves what he does! Smokey was always so excited to see him every Monday morning, and I know he is going to miss him! No doubt in my mind if you have a puppy to train or even a little bit older dog, David is your guy! If I ever get another dog David will be my first phone call! Thank you David! Smoky is amazing
Heightened Instincts Dog TrainingHeightened Instincts Dog Training
Katelyn V.
Chris is very knowledgeable, and had shown us how to control our dog. She was very much not liking him at first but after the first session she let him play with her, and that was a big accomplishment and im sure that there is so much more to come! Im very impressed with how much my dog has learned within just the first two sessions! 10/10 recommended for your personal dog trainer! We have had an immensely amount of training and guidance in this process so far! I am very pleased!
Klutch K9Klutch K9
Dionne H.
Tony, is an excellent dog trainer! He thoroughly kept us abreast of what he was working on with our dog; he also sent lots of video clips as well, so that we could see his progress. It was difficult for our dog to be gone so long from us( because we chose the 4wk boot camp version), but the change was refreshing!
Robert B.
They totally care about helping my dog and I become better trained! I certainly learn more than my smart little German shepherd Raven!
Better K9Better K9
Sharon W.
Where do I even start to say how overjoyed my husband and I are in regards to the experience we have had with Raquel! She’s more than knowledgeable, she’s a gift to our dogs and especially to our family. Raquel listens, takes time to understand both you and most importantly your beloved baby! Please, if you’re in need of the best stop here. She’s a great trainer but most importantly she speaks the language of dog❤️
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
Thumbtack Customer
Wendy's knowledge and expertise was invaluable! We had babied our dog without realizing we were letting him run the house until it was too late. Our sweet dog, Cooper, was beginning to show signs of aggression which alarmed us. Wendy helped us realize that not being true leaders for Cooper was leading to anxiety for him and negative behaviors. The best part of the Wendy's guidance was her patience with us as we learned to trust the process. She talked us through it when we doubted the process or ourselves and it was all so worth it. You must put in the work after she leaves but the results are AMAZING after only the first lesson! We are going to hire her again for even more training out in the community because we are so thrilled with all she can help us accomplish! We highly recommend her!!! You won't be disappointed if you are willing to put into place all she teaches you.
Leader of the Pack Home Dog TrainingLeader of the Pack Home Dog Training
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