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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.   

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.

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 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.  .

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?

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.

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.

Reviews for Santa Monica dog trainers
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
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++++
Thumbtack Customer
I have had to postpone my training because my husband has had to go away on business and he wants to be involved. Cassidy helped me over the phone and sent me info so that I could do some training on my own, already my dog is getting better! So I really think Cassidy is both brilliant and very kind!
Cassidy's Pet AssistanceCassidy's Pet Assistance
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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