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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 Monica dog trainers
Hilda K.
I am very pleased with the help I received for training my dog. Maria was excellent with the dog, and very patient with me. I will continue using them.
Woof WagonWoof Wagon
Maria P.
Dave was great helping us train our boxer puppy. He is now 6 months and still is a work in progress but thanks to Dave we have the tools to raise him as a well behave dog. Dave is very responsible and really cares about the dogs he trains. I really recommend everydog for anybody that is looking for a good trainer.
Elle F.
Just started working with Penny. My Doggy is quite a handful, and we are working to train me and the puppy dog. She’s very responsive and really listens to what the issues are.
Thumbtack Customer
Very poor communication between the staffs. In our first obedience class, my 9 month old puppy just entered the room was barking at other dogs which I thought it was a normal behavior. The trainer immediately told me my puppy doesnot fit to be in the class. I thought to myself how could she prejudge my dog when she haven't even greet my dog? How can she made a judgement call when we were there for less than 2 minutes? This is a obedience class right? They want a obedient dog right off the back? Turns out my puppy did just fine once we settled down. My dog is not an aggressive dog. My recommendation is that if you don't have a mild manner dog don't bother to call this place. They would ask you to leave. :(
Zoom Room Dog TrainingZoom Room Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Raquel helped my roommate and I with our two little rescue chihuahua min pin mixes. One was a big barker and very anxious and the other had some problems with aggression and being territorial. Raquel came in and impressed us with her knowledge of dog behavior and psychology and equipped us with the tools to keep our dogs in line. It's made our lives so much easier and our dogs are doing very well. I highly recommend investing in her services! Having a better relationship with your dogs and the peace of mind that you are training them correctly is well worth it!
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
Thumbtack Customer
Julie has everything I would have hoped for in a dog trainer. I have worked with her twice in person since adopting my 1.5 year old Corgi mix, Abby, from the Los Angeles County Animal Shelter less than a month ago. Julie obviously loves dogs and is highly skilled in teaching people and dogs how to successfully communicate and build a relationship. Warm and friendly, Julie is also a consummate professional in her responsiveness, punctuality, use of time during the session and demeanor. I feel that the expense of the training sessions with Julie is an investment very well spent. I also feel extremely confident about boarding my pup with Julie for the occasional weekends when I will have to be out of town. A++++
Max Z.
Had an initial evaluation session with Lucy today for a senior GSD with resource guarding and leash pulling habits. I was very impressed with how much information and insight Lucy was able to impart in one session! She covered not only the initial concerns I brought up to her, but also various other dog bad habits that my GSD showed during training. Her instruction was well-demonstrated, and thoroughly explained with the reasoning behind both the unwanted behavior, and how the training counteracts it. I felt like I learned not only about how to interpret my dog's behavior but also how my own leadership and clarity as an owner can be improved to train effectively with him. After the session was over I could already see improvements in areas of my dog's behavior as I practiced the methods Lucy taught me. This morning he'd try to bumrush into my room whenever I opened the door, but after several rounds of practice, this evening hes starting to stop in the hall after I say "no" firmly. I remember being unsure how well my dog would be able to absorb new learning at his age, but Lucy has definitely set up solid rails for success and given me confidence that with consistent training over the next weeks and months he definitely still has it in him.
Lucy and Lady Dog PsychologyLucy and Lady Dog Psychology
Colleen m.
Karen’s services should be avoided. She spends the first two hours rambling about her techniques with no demonstrations. 20 minutes of the first two hours is spent on dog food, a waste of $30 that no one asked her to discuss…. She’s a one trick pony. You ask for any deviation in terms of length of meeting, modifications to fit your family’s needs / lifestyle and she balks. Her techniques are frankly weird. For example, she makes you spit in your dog’s food, she only spends about 5 minutes out of 2.5 hours with the dog and recommends starving the dog if they don’t eat immediately in the name of the “pack leader mentality.” It also would have been nice if she bothered to take off her shoes in my apartment. Very excited to move on with our new trainer.
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
Kimberly F.
Getting a puppy brought an unmatched light into my life. I did multiple training classes with him, but it wasn’t enough. I normalized Gali’s behaviors as “being a puppy.” Fast-forward about a year, and I was at my wits’ end with him. I still loved Gali like crazy, but worsening behaviors had made it difficult to like him for much of the time. He followed me around the house nipping at my heels (with increasing force), and began to bark all night long, every single night, among other things. My life was completely unmanageable. I spent my sleepless nights doing extensive board-and-train research. Still, I was hesitant to part with him for a month of training. It was when he ran between my 95 year old grandmother’s legs, tripping her, that I knew I had to take decisive action. Or’s reviews were so glowing that I felt there must have been a catch, but I took a leap of faith. I drove my frayed nerves and Gali’s cyclone of untamed energy to Or’s facility. From the consultation session, I could see that he saw Gali, in all of his unmanageable insanity, but also liked him, and had a training plan. I left Gali there on the spot. With Gali back home, I see a manageable life stretching ahead of me. He’s capable of so much more than I possibly dreamed! It’s been an absolute, mind-blowing joy. And throughout, Or has been accessible to answer my questions, teach me how to correct behaviors, and explain how dogs think. There is no catch, beyond realizing that I don’t have the dog-training chops to do this alone. The reviews are real. My only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner. However, it’s never too late!
K9 Pack Dog TrainingK9 Pack Dog Training
Craig L.
STAY CLEAR! Has no official training, all she does is talk but there is nothing behind it. I had sit for 3 hours while she is screaming just total nonsense. I actually stopped her an hour an half in to say enough! Stop talking about how you will show me", or "we will get to that in a minute" - tell me something please! "Constantly repeats this but actually says nothing: I show you how to embody the "pack leader" mentality so your dog will listen to, respect, understand you. You must be very clear with them in THEIR language. I will teach you your dog's language so YOU can create the structure that they need. During our session, she was even telling me to think about coming home on my way home to telepathically tell the dog I am coming home and she will know and get excited. She couldn't even walk my dog the two minutes she actually spent with her. She just seemed to like to yell and act like she's in charge when she clearly was not. She would even say "do you see the way I walk in the dogs know I am force to be reckon with" You are not allowed to even look at your phone or she will stop in her tracks and act mad. Like we are grown ups my phone was on silent but every so often I have to check up on things. And meanwhile you are saying nothing of importance just screaming like a mad woman about nothing for over an hour. I showed her multiple videos, and had multiple conversations with her about my puppies obsession with chasing her tail prior to doing this initial 3 hour ordeal, its pretty severe! Now there is no way in hell that anyone in their right mind would think this program of yelling at me about being the pack leader with no substance will actually help a dog with a real issue. It just blows my mind, its like she's soo hungry to get the 3 hours at $90 an hour plus upselling her other products in her bag of goodies. That she wont tell you up front hey I wont be able to actually help your puppy at all based on what I saw and what you told me. But, I can show you my program whatever you call it. It's just shameful next time be honest. Any professional, would do so. REAL trainers that have no experience in this are up front, from what I have seen. To top off our session, she tells me I should cut off my dogs tail, or medicate her! Than has the audacity to call me to recommend another dog whisperer. loll That connects to your dogs brain etc.. bla bla bla - probably her friend and she gets a cut of that too. I would stay away, I would rarely write a review, because I dont want to hurt anyone but in this case I think its hurting more people by her going out there and selling whatever she is selling.
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
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