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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.  .

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 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
K9-CrossfitK9-Crossfit
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.
K9-CrossfitK9-Crossfit
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 DogAlong Came a Dog
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
Thumbtack Customer
Susan is a truly wonderful dog trainer! She is incredibly knowledgeable and thinks of things from the dog's perspective. She is very patient (both with us and our pup) and has tons of great insights and ideas. She is really dedicated to helping us create a great relationship with our pup, and I highly recommend her!
Nu PawspectiveNu Pawspective
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
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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