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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.

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 Walnut Creek dog trainers
Diane M.
Excellent dog trainer. Very knowledgeable.
Majyk Paws Dog TrainingMajyk Paws Dog Training
Mark Y.
Long time customer. Rick knows what he’s doing. People training for dogs. I feel I know better what is in my dog’s dna. Thanks Empire State K-9
Empire State K-9 Training, LLCEmpire State K-9 Training, LLC
Seth G.
We started working with Maj on our 15 week old labradoodle about 4 weeks ago and the changes we've already seen in our pup are unbelievable. Aside from training the basic commands (sit, stay, down, etc.), we've been working a lot on leash training and how to overcome separation anxiety. Through consistent (weekly) training sessions with Maj, and us practicing in between them, Ruby has already learned not to pull on walks and how to handle distractions. Having her come to our apartment was essential because she is able to assess our living situation and offer us real-time suggestions on how to make things easier.... for Ruby AND for us. Through Maj's work, we have also started Ruby down the path of "nosework" games to help stimulate her mind, for us to form deeper bonds with her as her handlers, and to give her a "job" in our little household "pack". I highly recommend looking into nosework training for highly intelligent dogs... we learned that dogs actually burn more calories (and wear themselves out) through mind games, more-so than some types of actual physical exercise. One day she might even be able to find our car keys! Maj is highly trained in this type of stuff too... she has experience in working with police dogs, guide dogs, and the like. (PS...It's also super FUN!) ABOUT MAJ: Maj is extremely professional with many years of experience working with dogs of all types/behaviors. We truly believe that there isn't a situation or lesson that she can't teach. Her communication is great (appt. confirmations day-of, quick follow-ups after the meetings, etc.) and she always send over an outline and homework for us to recap the day's session. Also, throughout the training process, she's there to answer questions over the phone/text when we need them. Professional, PRIVATE training sessions aren't cheap (through any trainer), but if you put the time/money into your dog now, it will pay itself off in dividends later. In our opinion, you really need to stick to a weekly training routine and commit to the process of continuing the learnings when Maj isn't there to see the results... they'll come quicker than you expect! If you aren't able to put the time in to make the magic happen, I'd hold off until the time is right. Training falls on the handler.... not the dog! Anyways, we highly recommend booking Maj. We have a bunch of other weekly sessions on the books with her and can't wait to watch Ruby flourish into the amazing dog she is meant to be! Thanks again Maj... See you next week!
Majyk Paws Dog TrainingMajyk Paws Dog Training
Saj B.
[4.5 stars] Kat is a trainer who is a great all around coach. We sent our 6 month old puppy, Dosa, for a month-long board and train with Kat. The money that we spent was worth it and we would do it again with a different dog. Prior to training some of the challenges with Dosa were her high pitched whining during separation anxiety, peeing around the house, chewing and pulling, putting her paws on everything and a lack of understanding of basic vocabulary of commands. She now responds to sit, down, kennel, place, leave it, and OK. She is also now crate-trained! At times, she is still a bit stubborn and I do have to repeat some of these commands . We also now have a set of tools to deal with these interactions when she is too excited or being stubborn. Since Kat has several of her own dogs, she socialized Dosa to play with them. However, Dosa is still wary of other dogs and this is something that we are working on. Kat has provided us with ongoing consultation and I expect to set up another continuing education training session with her sometime soon.
Liza D.
Maj was very prompt in sending me links and information once we realized somehow her emails weren't getting to me! She is very compassionate and helpful, I will tap into her knowledge again soon. My dog in question loved her. We've been using her tricks for training since she left.
Majyk Paws Dog TrainingMajyk Paws Dog Training
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