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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 Thousand Oaks dog trainers
Matt H.
Or worked with my golden doodle, Koda, for 3 weeks. The results are amazing. Koda can heel, stay in "place", and has gained a ton of confidence after working with Or. Or truly understands each dogs personality and trains them accordingly. The training sessions that involved myself , Koda and Or were particularly helpful so I could continue the training established by Or. You can see the love and hard work he puts into each dog. I would strongly recommend Or and K9Pack Dog Training for your dog. Can you put a value on an obedient dog? I'm, super happy!
K9 Pack Dog TrainingK9 Pack Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Julie just left our first dog training session. She was absolutely terrific with both my dog as well as instructing my husband and I who in reality are the real students. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing some help with their treasured animals!
JulieRobinsonK9JulieRobinsonK9
Barbara P.
We have loved working with Osama. He is incredibly knowledgeable in what he does. After our first session we saw an improvement in our very skiddish dog. He is continuing to work with us and helps to teach us techniques to use in between sessions. Definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a great dog trainer.
OneStopK9OneStopK9
Tianna J.
I decided to try K9 Dog Pack Training after I felt like it was impossible to help my 3 year old french bulldog. She was very anxious- following me around all the time, struggling to fall asleep or rest, and this led into aggressive snapping at people or dogs. She also never walked calmly on a leash, she pulled me the entire time. I had already taken her to trainers and classes, she got long daily walks, and we even had her on Prozac, but I didn't see much of a difference. Or was extremely responsive to my concerns and explained his process to me on our first meeting. He recognized that my dog needed confidence-building and he told me right away that I have been way too nice to her. He was very patient with teaching me what I was doing incorrectly, and was willing to demonstrate leash walking to each of my many family members. My jaw dropped when I saw my dog walking calmly on the leash next to me, it was an amazing moment! After the 3 week board-and-train was over, I was so happy to have my dog back and it gave me a new appreciation for her. Since bringing her home, I have noticed so many little adjustments I didn't expect. Now that she knows "place", she lays down and sleeps better, there's less nightmares, and she's so much happier while I'm working. I even took her off the Prozac! So thankful to Or and K9 Dog Pack Training for all their help and for taking such good care of my dog. If you're looking for a calm trainer who isn't afraid of a challenge, I highly recommend them!
K9 Pack Dog TrainingK9 Pack Dog Training
Michelle J.
We were at our wits end with our 1.5 year old pup, Brandy, she was developing very bad habits and our family was making these bad habits even worse. I found Kaii and took a chance on a 2 week program. It was hands down the best money I've spent. Kaii updated me daily on my dog's progress, she sent videos, pictures and Instagram messages throughout the day. Every picture and video I saw I could tell that Brandy was extremely happy in their care. Having training in a home and with a family makes a big difference in the dog's happiness. Brandy fell in love with these people and their home. Upon pick up, I was given reading material, a new harness and leash set that would help with walking Brandy, stimulating toys for her, and tons of tips and advice on how to transition Brandy's training to continue in our home. They had her completely crate trained and transitioned her to a healthier food. These trainers went above and beyond for Brandy to be a success and also to train Brandy's humans to be better dog owners ;-) I am very grateful for the help they've given me with Brandy. She definitely gets to be a bigger part of our family now. Don't even hesitate, this is the right training program.
train my k9train my k9
Joy R.
We have a 10 month old super exuberant Vizsla. Robert is our second trainer. The difference is remarkable. Robert is a calm, insinc to the dog, all business trainer. No pinch collars, shock collars or methods other than positive reinforcement. He uses a 30 ft lead, giving her room to elect to choose herself the requested direction. And surpizingly she is learning to do just that! Bixie is responsive, attentive and making major strides in happily following his calm lead. She keeps her funny, own style flare and yet still accomplishes following her required directives. She started as a jumper and a mouth-first greeter which is not acceptable with small grandkids. Robert even takes the time to work with the kids so our family can all have a life long love of this quirky, especially spunky dog with tremendous pizazz. Robert respects the dog and the requirements of dog manners.
Weatherwax Dog TrainingWeatherwax Dog Training
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