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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

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 Ventura dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Kim is an awesome dog trainer, I would happily recommend her to anyone!!
The Trained CanineThe Trained Canine
Juan R.
First, she arrived punctual in front of my house, secondly, she was very professional and had my wife help her with one dog, thirdly, my dogs got good training
At One with your Dog Training & RehabilitationAt One with your Dog Training & Rehabilitation
Alison S.
We had our first private training session today and it was AMAZING! We learned so much from Vicki after just one at home visit and we already see a change in our pup. She did a great job at helping us better understand simple ways we can make a big impact to begin basic training with our dog, and be able to grow from there. Looking forward to taking the tools she gave us to help our dog transition into his new home better. Thank you!!
At One with your Dog Training & RehabilitationAt One with your Dog Training & Rehabilitation
Kat W.
Although Kim was an excellent trainer for me and my dog, one day she didn't show for our session and she hasn't responded to any text messages. I know she is ok as she is posting on social media. Not very professional and very disappointing.
The Trained CanineThe Trained Canine
Veronica H.
Amazing she taught my Son and myself so much in one lesson I was afraid I’d have to take my rescue back we have so much hope can’t wait until our next class we have a lot of homework first, my son had hired a trainer a year ago for his dog he was disappointed before but not today I’m so glad I called Vicki
At One with your Dog Training & RehabilitationAt One with your Dog Training & Rehabilitation
Ashley M.
Highly dissatisfied with her professionalism, training, and care. My pup was returned to me with absolutely no visible improvement after two weeks and more importantly came back INJURED. I initially reached out to her for her 2 week Board and Train Service for Basic Obedience for my 2.5 year old dog, Thor. She was distracted during our initial phone call but I was pleased that she returned my call promptly. At our in-home evaluation she assessed Thor and told me that she would be “creating” a package consisting of one week Board and Train as well as one training session when she brought him home and 2 additional sessions. The additional sessions were meant to address Thor’s reactivity. This would save me money compared to the 2 week program I reached out to her for so I accepted. As discussed in person, basic obedience would have to come before addressing reactivity (I have written documentation of her saying this). When she picked him up (she was 30 minutes late to the appointment) she assured me that I would get frequent pictures and updates on progress. During his first week I only received an update from her 3 times, each time after I had to text her and ask. About 6 hours before she was expected to return Thor she asked to keep him an additional week because she was “making great progress”. I hesitantly agreed but asked for daily updates at that point. The second week I only got 3 updates, all of which I had to specifically ask her for. She gave me no reason to think that he wasn’t getting the agreed upon training and said he was catching on well. When he was returned (30 minutes late again) she began to teach me how to train him how to “sit”, “lay down”, and “place”. I then expressed my concern reminding her that I hired her to train him with these among her other 10 promised commands. She told me that she spent the two weeks working on his reactivity which was not what I hired her to do. She did offer to take him for an additional week to teach him the basic commands but I was uncomfortable with making that decision so quickly so I asked for a few days to think about it. In addition, Thor was returned dirty when she promised he would have a fresh bath in writing. The next day I noticed that on top of him not showing any reactivity improvement he was limping. I was unable to understand why he was limping until later in the day when I saw that both of his front paw pads were peeling. When I contacted her she said it was the fall she had while Thor was running alongside her bike and abruptly stopped just hours before returning him home. I took him to the vet the next day and he had to have that portion of his paw pad removed and bandaged. At this point, I did not trust her to care for Thor and refused to send him for a longer period of time. After trying to come to a resolution through text (her taking 1-2 days to respond) she came to my home a few days later (30 minutes late to the appointment again and she stopped at Wendy’s beforehand). I was hesitant with this because I wanted everything in writing but she assured me she would send me a follow up text the same day recapping our conversation. She did not send me this text so I took it upon myself to do this the next day. After no response I texted her asking for a response. She did not respond until 3 days after the visit. In her response she was condescending and said I agree to things we did not discuss. After originally agreeing to reimburse me for the medical expenses she then said she would have to look into some things and went back on her word, yet again. It has now been almost 1 month since I hired her for her basic obedience services and I still have an untrained dog. In addition she has been highly unprofessional (responding 1-3 days later, not responding at all, telling me about a breakup she had during the time she had Thor, not training him in what I hired her to train him, no improvement on what she says she trained him in, telling me not to take my dog outside (where does she expect him to use the restroom), not telling me that Thor may be injured, focusing on her injuries, lack of a detailed contract, texting me that she is on pain pills, etc. Since he was injured on her watch I refuse to let him go with her for another week. Her only other option is to do 1 hour private lessons for 5 days and have me do the majority of the training. If I wanted this I would have paid much less for the private lessons. I do not recommend working with this trainer at all.
The Trained CanineThe Trained Canine
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