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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.   

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Santa Fe dog trainers
Regina G.
Jocelyn was very helpful with my two beastie girls. I appreciate the training and her suggestions to continue training my dogs.
Muttineer Dog TrainingMuttineer Dog Training
Lani N.
My pup and I loved training with Chris! Very kind and informative. Learned a lot from him and how to correct my dog. Definitely would recommend Chris to train anyones dog he’s very knowledgeable in what he does. 10/10
Klutch K9Klutch K9
Ronald R.
Lucy truly understands dog behavior and helped us understand how to best help our dog. We look forward to utilizing the training techniques she taught us.
Lucy and Lady Dog PsychologyLucy and Lady Dog Psychology
Marina Y.
David is an excellent dog trainer, always on time, he has great communication and knowledge, and lots of patience. I would highly recommend!
Heightened Instincts Dog TrainingHeightened Instincts Dog Training
John H.
Tony was very easy to work with. He explained all the details about his methods and procedures. He taught my dog the basic core disciplines that was needed for me to reinforce my dogs continued training. It was worth every dollar! The bark collar is working great! I recommend Tony’s services for all dogs in need of behavioral therapy.
Thumbtack Customer
We have had a great experience. John has helped with training the family and the dogs. He always explains why and what the ultimate goal is that we are trying to accomplish.
Janiece G.
I came to Angela after having another dog trainer from Yelp stand me up for our first training session & she assured me that she was communicative & professional. After sending her a project through the app, I answered a few questions & then she called me to talk some more. Luckily, she had a cancellation & we were able to meet the next morning. Angela came on time & had let me know when she was on her way. My family & I learned a lot & while we still have a lot to learn, I feel we’re in good hands. Angela knew exactly what was going on with our pups & gave us strategies to limit their barking, which was our main concern. We also appreciated her honesty that our dogs were not going to be 100% brand new, perfect pets. It’s ultimately up to us, the dog owners, to continue to apply what we learned every day to get better results. Angela is very friendly & personable & I look forward to future training sessions with her. I would definitely recommend her services to family & friends.
Angellily Pet CareAngellily Pet Care
Danielle P.
We are so thrilled to have found Angela! She is helping us work with our Maltipoo puppy and within one lesson, he has learned four commands! She is kind and gentle with the puppy, and makes the experience fun for both dog and pawrents. Every action is done with care and concern for the puppy to be his best self. We could tell that she just loves what she does! Angela is also very knowledgeable about dogs overall, providing insight into how to train them based on breed and temperament. We cannot wait for more lessons!
Angellily Pet CareAngellily Pet Care
Thumbtack Customer
Raquel has been amazing to work with. She truly cares about her clients and continues to guide and support you after the actual training session. She is always just a text or phone call away. My new puppy has been quite a challenge, so the brainstorming sessions with Raquel have been invaluable to me. She cares as much about your well being as she does your pet. The human dog relationship is complex and she understands the dynamics and seeks to remedy any issues. And more then once she has talked me off the cliff! It's a good thing puppies are cute, because they are truly challenging. But having Raquel on your team is priceless. Lorie M.
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
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