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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.

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.

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 Riverside dog trainers
Connie L.
We acquired our little dog Gemini when our granddaughter couldn't take care of her. Not having a dog for over 35 years, we employed Denise to help train Gemini. Denise is simply the most professional dog trainer we've met. Not only did Gemini behave properly, she actually enjoyed the training. Denise's ability to communicate with the dog is incredible, as is her methods of kindness and love to train our dog was extremely effective. When we installed our doggie door, we called Denise to train Gemini to use the door and within a day of the training session, Gemini was using the door. we highly recommend Peaceful Paws Puppy and Dog Training. Denise is the simply the Best.
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Elizabeth F.
Best choice I ever made! I had two dogs who have been getting along and then all of a sudden they started to fight with each other. When doing my research for a trainer, Heightened Instincts Dog Training popped up and I messaged them right away and within minutes I got a response. Both my dogs went to training with David for two weeks and he had figured out the issues that each dog had and worked with them on that. Once they came back home, they were completely different dogs and were getting along and are now playing with each other once again! They brought my dogs back together again!! I definitely recommend Heightened Instincts Dog Training for your dogs training and will recommend them to everyone!!
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Jerry D.
Denise provides a lot of insight and knowledge on dog behavior and training methods.
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Thumbtack Customer
I am currently working on service dog training with Denise. She is AMAZING!! My SD I'm training is also the first dog I've ever owned. That being said, Denise is really patient with me as I learn how to be a good dog owner as well as train my dog. She is very go with the flow with the training, as far as if I have anything come up in between classes, we address the problem and work through it right away. I'm so happy she's a part of our lives! Best most professional service I've recieved.
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La Qualia O.
Working with Peaceful Paws has been a wonderful experience. The training provided by Denise has not only provided much needed training for my little guy, but she trained me! I can’t thank her enough. If you are training your dog with anyone else, you are likely wasting your money and time.
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Thumbtack Customer
We have had a very good experience with Denise training us and our dog. She is very knowledgeable about what she is doing. Our dog is doing so well under her direction. We would definitely recommend her services.
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Thumbtack Customer
Denise was able to show me how to get my Old English Sheepdog to respond to basic commands, walk in a calm manner, and behave while in the house. Her private training of Sally and myself led to these things being accomplished in rapid manner. Sally turned from being an excitable, out-of- control dog into a peaceful, obedient pet. I highly recommend Denise as being an expert human and dog trainer.
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Jacob H.
Denise is very professional and focused, yet relaxed and relatable when we're not in the thick of training. Having a trainer who can switch gears and be patient with our learning curve is awesome. Our dog, KB, has made big strides in a very short time.
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Breanna D.
Had our first session with Kym today and it was amazing. My dog has been stubborn and Unruly since I’ve had her. I had low expectations coming and and I can honestly (& proudly) say my dog has exceeded my expectations with Kym’s guidance. I look forward to working with her in the future! Quality dog training at a very reasonable price!
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Willene B.
Very calm, patient, quick to respond, friendly. We’re going on lesson 3 I’d highly recommend David! Also he does in home training, which is great for a very hyper dog. WB.
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Stacy I.
David worked with both our dogs Gizmo and Shylo and they have totally changed from how they were! Shylo now listens when you call him and does not act out with other dogs. Gizmo also listens better than he did. Thank you David for taking the time to work them and continuing to help with their training.
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Cat P.
David really made us feel comfortable sending our baby to board & train. She was well taken care of and trained in a holistic way that made her enjoy learning new boundaries and commands. Every other company treated our dog as a difficult case - her being 9 years old. But David assured us that she was indeed trainable and just required patience. I cannot praise him enough - David’s training is worth every penny!
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Mike G.
This guy was absolutely horrible. I sent my dog there for a month and spent 3 thousand dollars because he said he could fix our dogs aggression toward people and other dogs, and anxiety when we leave the house. She already knew basic commands (sit, down, stay, etc) and that’s all he worked on with her, the stuff she already knew and only took her out around people one time. When we got her back I wrote him and told him we’re still having the same issues, he came over and his answer to the problem was to get a crate and keep her in it and train her myself, and put a used shock collar on her that he gave me, (So he probably puts shock collars on all the dogs and doesn’t tell people that). He completely ripped us off. I would NEVER recommend this guy and I hope no one uses him as a trainer.
Thumbtack Customer
I couldn't be happier with Denise. She is so knowledgeable & dedicated & loving. Denise has made training fun for both Frostie and me. She has helped me turn a scared rescue into a wonderful service dog. People are always amazed at how focused & well-behaved Frostie is everywhere I take her.
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Thumbtack Customer
Denise has done a great job with our 1 year old German Shephard. My family and I adopted him 2 months ago and knew he would need training, he's a great dog but lacked any manors. We are his fourth home and it was very evident that he was allowed to do whatever he wanted. She is giving us the tools to be able to handle him correctly and help him to behave.
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