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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.

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.

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.  .

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.

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 San Jose dog trainers
Alan M.
The trainer always kept me informed on a daily basis as to how my dog was doing.
The Heart of Caregiving Pets, LLCThe Heart of Caregiving Pets, LLC
Patty R.
Eric has been an excellent resource/teacher in working with behaviors and training with my dog.
Doggy Be GoodDoggy Be Good
Imreet B.
She is a pied piper for the dogs; extremely simple steps on how to bite size the training.
The Heart of Caregiving Pets, LLCThe Heart of Caregiving Pets, LLC
Corrine F.
Very positive, patient training focusinf on the issue with our small senior dog. We understand what to do to train between our sessions to as pet parents.
Alpha-Zen K-9 AcademyAlpha-Zen K-9 Academy
Gabby B.
Sonia was an excellent trainer and was very informative on how to train our 5 month old corgi. I originally thought my puppy needed a two week training, but Sonia was able to give solutions to almost all our problems in one session! I am excited to see more improvement from my dog and I appreciate that I can still communicate and ask Sonia questions if I need to! I would highly recommend her to anyone needing training for their dog!
The Heart of Caregiving Pets, LLCThe Heart of Caregiving Pets, LLC
Michaela X.
We are excited to work with our dog trainer, and establish positive boundaries/behavior for our 20 months old German shepherd.
Doggy Be GoodDoggy Be Good
Karen S.
Stacey is amazing. Both Beto and I are training to become better with dogs/people respectively. It’s a work in progress more to come as we progress.
Heavenly HoundsHeavenly Hounds
Thumbtack Customer
Tammy is Amazing. She is kind, sweet and professional. Her training has helped us tremendously with our puppy. Thanks to her our life at home with our dogs is much more manageable and our dogs really like her. Highly recommend!!
Alpha-Zen K-9 AcademyAlpha-Zen K-9 Academy
Arthur I.
Tammy is a fantastic trainer. I had a shiba inu that had anxiety issues, and I wasn’t able to bring her outside the house without her shaking. After a few initial training sessions, I opted for a 4 week board and train. I could clearly see a huge difference in her behavior. Though her anxiety is still in progress, I am able to bring her out on a walk! Tammy definitely is knowledgeable about dogs and cares about both the dog and the owner. Highly recommended.
Alpha-Zen K-9 AcademyAlpha-Zen K-9 Academy
Diana Z.
Amy is a great trainer. She is easy to understand, is patient, and obviously very knowledgeable. She leaves videos that are very helpful. Luna loves working with her and our other dog gets in the training as well. We are truly learning how to handle the dog’s issues together.
Weyekin's Behavior & TrainingWeyekin's Behavior & Training
Haley W.
I have a small dog. He is a Havanese and Maltese mix. My dog has really bad separation anxiety and always barks at other dogs. I was worried the training wasn’t going to work, but it did! We saw Sonia about a week ago now and I have been seeing so many positive changes in my dogs behavior. It’s not all on my dog though, I have been working with him daily using the techniques Sonia taught me. Sonia was great with my dog and knew exactly how to handle him. I could not be happier with the results. Thank you again Sonia! :D
The Heart of Caregiving Pets, LLCThe Heart of Caregiving Pets, LLC
Fiona L.
We love Tammy ! We have a 2-year old Aussie with pretty serious issues regarding: charging at the door barking (scaring guests), barking at random noises, biting (yikes! but yes.. many times to even friends and family), and leash aggression. We had 2 trainers before. One was at the prestigious dog facility (hundreds of reviews) which was like training your dog to almost be like a police dog with a lot of consequences including pulling very hard on the chain where they want his two front feet to literally be lifted ( we didn't want to do this at all .. but we trusted them because of their amazing reviews )..this caused our anxious pup to become a very anxious dog, esp. to strangers... we then went with another trainer from Pet Food Express who was purely positive reinforcement. Here, she had him locked away in the room for months without social interaction in order to try to desensitize him and slowly introduce him back to people and triggers. THIS DID NOT WORK. If anything, his habits got worse and we forgot what it was like to even have a dog anymore :( We reached a very sad point, full of tears, where we discussed the fact that we might have to give him away but we decided maybe board & train was the next step. There are articles out there saying this method is not suggested because it might not be long lasting, or maybe the dog might just listen to the trainer and not you. Anyways, we came across Tammy and at first was very hesitant. As a millennial couple both working in high-tech.. we were killing ourselves over online research. Thumbtack wasn't a service I ever used before so I trusted other sites like Yelp & Facebook which Tammy didn't have too much of a presence on :( We did a bunch of research and even paid $100 for a consultation with Lori Hamilton - but it didn't feel right.. but she was still on our radar as another top option. When we met Tammy, she seemed incredibly sweet, genuine, & honest. As she is going full-time as a dog trainer, I knew she was going to treat our dog Finn as an individual and not just a number or revenue. She truly cared about his life and happiness. Eventually we made the decision to go with Tammy, reason being is because we know not everyone is as tech-savvy and we went with social media all-stars dog trainers before which didn't go well.. so we couldn't judge a trainer just based on online presence. When we got Finn back from Board & Train you could tell how much he adored her. It was crazy! When she walked away he locked his eyes and body towards her. When she comes for our trainings now, our dog throws his body on her and rubs himself missing her. This is how I know she spent a lot of time with him instead of just shipping him off, and crossing our fingers that Finn was getting the training attention he needs. Forward 2 months, Finn is not perfect but he is x10 more manageable and we know what to do if he reacts in any way. He now goes to work with my boyfriend as an office pup, we aren't scared to take him downtown, he rarely barks at the Amazon dude (this could be fixed very fast before it happens). My boyfriend and I are so happy we went with Tammy now! She is the most patient person ever and I am so excited to have her integrated in our lives. She has helped us find so much different solutions regardless if its testing individual techniques or even supplements to help with Finn's anxiety. The greatest gift she gave us is the confidence that we are a great dog owner and that we also have the greatest dog! Put time and effort in your dog & Tammy will always do the same! We are continuing to board with Tammy when we go on vacations, so our relationship will definitely continue for a long time <3 (:
Alpha-Zen K-9 AcademyAlpha-Zen K-9 Academy
Donna B.
Stacey is amazing. We adopted a shelter dog who was very nervous and anxious about crating and we wanted to make sure we were training her the right way from the beginning. After one training session our Freki slept the whole night quietly in her crate! We are so happy she could help us understand what Freki was telling us and how to talk to her.
Heavenly HoundsHeavenly Hounds
Brenda C.
Tammy is a great trainer and super responsive. My dog Penny is leash reactive and ever since working with Tammy I’ve noticed a great improvement. Penny and I are still a work in progress, but I’m confident that soon I’ll be able to walk Penny with no issues. Thanks for everything Tammy! Brenda, Roland and Penny!
Alpha-Zen K-9 AcademyAlpha-Zen K-9 Academy
Meagan C.
My husband and I had a great experience with Kelli. She obviously really cares about helping dogs, to the extent that she was willing to travel out of her way to work with us. Our dog, Nora, was reactive when Kelli first arrived, but Kelli was patient and understanding with her, taking time to gain her trust. By the end of the training session, Nora was peacefully walking beside her and happily taking treats from her. We truly appreciate everything that Kelli taught us--we're already seeing positive results!
PuppyLuv AcademyPuppyLuv Academy
Janie D.
Sonia has been very warm and responsive to my request. I have a small dog in need of some level of training while boarding. Sonia was quick in response and quite flexible in setting up our initial meet and greet. Based on my brief phone conversation with her over the weekend, she’s quite experienced as well. I’ll update the review after our appointment this coming Saturday. Hopefully she will exceed my expectations!! Thanks.
The Heart of Caregiving Pets, LLCThe Heart of Caregiving Pets, LLC
Diane R.
I’m moving and tried to book an appointment to get training ASAP for my dog that has a barking issue before I move into a park that could be a problem with his barking...and the girl making appointments couldn’t book be my first session until December!! I was hoping to actually speak to the trainer and not to a 16 year old so she could understand my situation and maybe schedule me in and not lose a potential long time client. Instead AnnaBell was happy enough to say bye when I said sorry I can’t wait until December I’ll have to try someone else. Not, let me ask Stacey, or if we get a cancellation we’ll call. Just bye. I didn’t even get a call back for like 4 days after my initial contact.
Heavenly HoundsHeavenly Hounds
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