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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

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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.

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 old should a puppy be for training?

Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

What is a dog boot camp?

A dog boot camp is basically a board and train program that focuses on training your dog or puppy. The trainers will work with your dog to curb unwanted behavior, teach them basic skills and show them how to walk on a leash.

Dog boot camps and training programs might differ when it comes to their services, so it’s always a good idea to do your research and ask them to explain exactly what they offer — and how much they charge.

How long does it take to train a puppy?

Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

Which dog training method is best?

The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behave as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

  • What type of training methods do you use?
  • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
  • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?
Reviews for San Mateo dog trainers
Richard N.
Eric did a wonderful job on the evaluation of our dog for training and behavior modification. We were very impressed with his knowledge of pertinent training techniques and dog behavioral issue. He was friendly, courteous and our dog interacted with him very well. We will be working with him on a weekly basis and are excited to see positive results.
Doggy Be GoodDoggy Be Good
Kartik M.
He was really helpful and skilled. Helped me out with taking my dog for a run on the scooter. I highly recommend him for agility training for your dog
Sandeep C.
I went to K9 Krossfit for an evaluation and it was great. I got one on one time with the trainer and my dog. We both realized my dog is pretty well behaved, just bad habits, I appreciated his candor and told me that training my dog would not require a lot of work. Price were very reasonable.
Abesh T.
Tammy has been fantastic to work with. She still takes the time regularly to train humans after our super hyperactive dogs board and train - and we are so glad that we went with Tammy. Looking forward to a much better relationship between our dog and us, thanks to Tammy.
Alpha-Zen K-9 AcademyAlpha-Zen K-9 Academy
Tanya W.
We’ve had much improvement after just the first session! My dog lives Eric. I look forward to a great ongoing relationship with this trainer.
Doggy Be GoodDoggy Be Good
Sean K.
Naomi with Along Came a Dog has been an integral part of my dog’s training process. I adopted an older but young spirited MinPin- Zoe— about 6 weeks ago and she’s a delightful sweet dog but lacked some standard training and has a few challenges. Due to the COVID shelter in place mandate we were unable to set up normal in person sessions. Naomi and I used the video tools online to evaluate what I was currently doing with my Zoe and we were able to pinpoint areas of improvement. Naomi has been so helpful with providing clear direction and has been diligent with follow up. I have seen progress with Zoe almost right away. This training is ongoing and with Naomis help I’m confident my training with Zoe will continue to progress. And as soon as we are able to have an in person trainings I will call Naomi for that meeting! I highly recommend Naomi for dog training!
Along Came a Dog TrainingAlong Came a Dog Training
Vikas S.
Tammy is absolutely wonderful to work with. Her love of dogs clearly reflects in her approach to train. She is patient and works with you to achieve whatever you are looking for from you pet.
Alpha-Zen K-9 AcademyAlpha-Zen K-9 Academy
Lisa T.
Tammy is a wonderful trainer who not only has deep knowledge on dog behaviors, but also has a BIG heart full of love. She is highly responsive, punctual, and beaming with positive energy! We noticed a difference in our dog’s behavior within minutes of meeting Tammy, which was truly magical.
Alpha-Zen K-9 AcademyAlpha-Zen K-9 Academy
Courtney C.
Tammy was very friendly and responsive from the start. Before I even booked her, she did a free phone consultation and gave me tips to help manage my dog Theo in the meantime. We ended up doing a 3 week board and train. Tammy ended up picking him up earlier than we planned because he was starting to get out of control. We appreciated Tammy’s flexibility and concern for us as the owners. My dog needed to learn basic commands and leash training as well as correction for barking, biting, and crate training. My dog has high anxiety and can be very hyper active, so we knew we needed someone who could be loving yet strict to help us establish dominance in return for obedience. Upon his return, Theo knew how to heel, get down, leave things, and get off while jumping. He is also much better in the crate and on walks. She gave us the tools to continue correcting unwanted behaviors, which helps us feel in control. During his boarding, Tammy was very responsive and gave us updates on Theo’s progress. She also takes her time with the follow up lessons at our home. Highly recommend her services for your dog! Thanks Tammy!
Alpha-Zen K-9 AcademyAlpha-Zen K-9 Academy
Gennine H.
Eric was super helpful in laying the ground work with our new lab puppy! I’ve owned and trained several dogs throughout my life and am well versed in Caesar Milan’s methods. Eric was able to “train” me and support my efforts with a calm and positive approach. Leon took to him immediately and responded quickly to correction. I would highly recommend him! Oh yeah- in addition, he helped ease the tension and stressful dynamic with Leon and our ten year old lab, Rubi. All around- 5 stars!
Doggy Be GoodDoggy Be Good
Amie M.
Working with Tammy has been life changing. The amount of love and care she puts into her work has really shown in her training with our little Whiskey. We had opted for the 3 week board and train. Before meeting Tammy, I was worried my dog would never be able to break his fearful anxiety and special "selective hearing" condition. He was stubborn to a fault, and that worried me. Upon consultation, Tammy eased my worries and agreed to take him on. 3 weeks later and he was a different dog!!! I was amazed. He is well behaved, listens to every command, and even tolerates other dogs. It's been a couple of months since the end of the program. She has worked with him weekly since then and he continues to make great strides while remaining consistent. We even have decided to start boarding him with her once a month just so she can keep him in check. Lol Tammy, we adore you. We thank you so much for everything! Whiskey thanks you, too!
Alpha-Zen K-9 AcademyAlpha-Zen K-9 Academy
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