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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.  .

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.

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.

Reviews for Torrance dog trainers
John Y.
Jill is the most genuine trainer I’ve talked to. She’s an expert when it comes to understanding dogs. Most importantly shes honest! She isn’t like your average dog trainer who will milk your money. My dog has a odd condition where he has so much anxiety he bites while he’s sleeping. Jill has been able to point me in the right direction where I finally have some hope for my dog!
Underdogs Long BeachUnderdogs Long Beach
Lisa S.
They were very knowledgeable about training and gave me a very good plan to start out with my dog. They were very accommodating to my busy schedule and arrived right on time. I would definetely recommend for all of your training needs.
SMP TrainingSMP Training
Thumbtack Customer
I would highly recommend Cassidy's services. She truly understands dogs and their behavior but more importantly understands human behavior. She helped me to see how my actions were affecting how my dog reacted. Since making the changes she recommended training my dog has become much easier and enjoyable for both of us.
Cassidy's Pet AssistanceCassidy's Pet Assistance
Thumbtack Customer
When we adopted our two Rhodesian Ridgebacks we told they were Australian Shephards. We knew they weren't. They appeared to be a lab/Shepard mix and we were good with that. So was the adoption agency. They were so happy that we adopted the siblings, a male and female and didn't separate them. Fast forward to month four and their last set of shots. That's when we found out what breed they really were. They were growing so fast. Things changed rapidly as the dogs started to show aggression at other dogs while taking them on walks. It got to the point my wife just stopped walking them. They were to strong and the thought of the sheer terror of knashing their teeth and lunging and barking was just much to handle. Then it escalated again as they started turning on each other during these outbursts. That's when I stopped walking them. They truly earned their names Bonnie and Clyde. And not in a funny way. Enter Steve. Or Stevo as others like to call him. He came to the house and bravely and calmly entered. We had a 1-1/2 hour visit. We talked then he leashed up the dogs. On purpose he walked both dogs towards other people walking their dogs and nothing. Sure the dogs instinct kicked in but Steve had them conditioned. I have to tell you. I was amazed, pleased and saw the light at the end of the tunnel. I also missed a lot of what he did to control the two dogs but I know a few more sessions and the group sessions will all but diminish the horrifying thought of walking our dogs. Our two dogs are really cool and Steve could see that we really take care of them. Everyone is an expert at something. Steve is a polished dog obedience trainer. It's weird the power of silence and touch he has over our dogs. And I might add he isn't just training the dogs. He is training us. Soon we won't be 'those people with the two mean dogs' on the block. P.S. while Steve was walking/training our dogs more than a few neighbors came out to watch. It was neat to see their expressions. And my wifes.
Checkmate CanineCheckmate Canine
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