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Your burning questions: answered

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 Sacramento dog trainers
Sherry T.
If you're looking for a dog (and people) trainer, look no further. Stacy is fantastic and my dog just loved her! She spent over 2 hours with me and my dog and answered all my questions. She is extremely knowledgeable and she speaks "dog" and my dog knew it! I will have her come again after I practice all that she taught me.
Heavenly HoundsHeavenly Hounds
Mary E.
I was so afraid our husky mix would never settle down or listen. I opted for the 2-week boarding and when my dog came home he was so much better. I use an e collar to help my dog stay on track. While he was gone I was in constant contact with the trainers to see how my dog was progressing. They do home visits/training which is so convenient for me. Thank you for calming my beast :)
Unleash the Beast - Training for your Wild DogUnleash the Beast - Training for your Wild Dog
Thumbtack Customer
We had weekly training sessions for the first few sessions and now are bimonthly. Kevin knows dogs and has helped me be a better owner so that my dog knows what I want through clearer instructions. Highly recommended!
ForrestGlenn KennelsForrestGlenn Kennels
Carrie y.
Stacey is an amazing trainer! she has years of experience. She helped me to lead me dogs with confidence and read their signals. we accomplished a lot in one session. I'm looking forward to the next.
Heavenly HoundsHeavenly Hounds
Thumbtack Customer
As soon as Alycia came to my home, she quickly assessed that my 3 dogs were out of control. She immediately took charge and instructed me how to gain back control. Within minutes, my dogs behavior was changed and they calmed down. It was amazing. With just my first lesson I have confidence that my dogs will behave better. Alycia showed me within minutes that she is very knowledgeable and can change my dogs behavior with simple training methods. I have hired her to address a number of issues and I look forward to seeing her. She is a very warm, loving, caring professional.
The ORIGINAL Thinking DogsThe ORIGINAL Thinking Dogs
Eric W.
Sheila was responsive from the moment we showed interest in her services. It's clear how much she loves working with dogs and helping them fit into their families. Our pup spent 1 week in a board and train while we were out of town and made notable progress in that time. We will certainly reach out to Sheila again for any future training or boarding needs.
Dog Training Services by Sheila McClainDog Training Services by Sheila McClain
Kelly N.
Honestly I have nothing but good things to say about Stacey. I truly thought there was no way to train my dog and almost thought I had to give him away. Thanks to Stacey I feel I’m so much more control and I can’t wait for the next lesson.
Heavenly HoundsHeavenly Hounds
Richele Y.
This review is after just one session. We had Stacey come out to our home to help with training. After she left, things changed immediately. We can now do things like leave our front door open and not deal with constant barking and we don’t have anymore dogs roaming around our kitchen! Now that we know how to manage the dogs, we’ve implemented what she taught us outside so we no longer have issues on walks or in public. Thank you!
Heavenly HoundsHeavenly Hounds
Travis G.
I was very nervous about signing up for dog training, especially the board and training program because I was worried that Ford would forget me and return even worst than before. I talked to four different trainers and ultimately, my choice came down to what kind of results I wanted - Tierney guaranteed that Ford would obtain a certain level of standardized obedience and this made me feel secure in my choice to train with her. Tierney was quick to console my fears and she spent a lot of time going over all the different options of her program, it didn't take me long to feel at peace with the choice to give Ford the best possible training I could. She will be working on his off leash obedience and house manners, plus she is addressing all of his aggression issues. I feel comforted knowing that she is a national-level competitor and continues to further her education in the field, I am also very excited to hear that all of her training is documented so that I can stay up to date on the progress daily! I strongly recommend Tierney and her services. I cannot wait to unleash my beast!
Unleash the Beast - Training for your Wild DogUnleash the Beast - Training for your Wild Dog
Thumbtack Customer
Don was just great with my toy poodle (max). I was a bit skeptical at the beginning because Max is so attached to me. However, within about 20 mins. I noticed that Max was actually listening to Don. That right there sold me. The training is something I should have done long ago. It makes the bond between you and your dog even more close. Max and I, thank you.
Wagtime Dog TrainingWagtime Dog Training
Tanya C.
We signed up for the 4 session package for our 9 week old Husky mix. We wanted to start her out with good habits, teach her basic commands, and get a handle on some behavioral things and crate training. 2 sessions in and she’s doing great! She’s slept through the night all last week and is learning commands quicker than anticipated. We’re really grateful for Kevin’s expertise and the way he explains things. The combo of his help plus consistency on our part has already paid off. He’s flexible, great with our puppy and obviously knows his stuff. I would highly recommend going with ForrestGlenn Kennels for dog training!
ForrestGlenn KennelsForrestGlenn Kennels
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