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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 West Hollywood dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Karen is amazing - after just one session I can already feel a major difference in the dynamic between my dog and I. As I said to her - I don't really think my dog needs to be trained. I think I need to be trained. And she certainly trained me! She taught me how to communicate with my dog so that he would understand and respect me, so that he would feel safe, calm, and be able to listen. We are doing great and so excited for our next session!
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
I adopted an adult smaller dog who became increasingly aggressive towards people and other dogs. There were noticeable changes in his behavior after our first session. Karen gave me easy to follow and practical advice and training techniques that changed our home environment. My dog is now happier and calmer, and enjoys trips to the dog park to play with dogs of all sizes.
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
Osama is truly amazing! My 9-yr old Ausi-Pom mix has been biting people, attacking other dogs and reverse-lease1``dragging, After a total of 5 lesson from 2 other trainers I was at my wits end. Then I discovered this dog -training genius. He was very effective in treating our issues and shoed results with in minute. I am very excited to continue our lessons with him. I strongly recommend him to anyone needing this kind of help.
Marc B.
Calling Karen was a great decision. She obviously loves what she does and is very knowledgeable of dog behavior, health etc. The first appointment was more of a class where she was able to explain the pack mentality -- how and why it was important to establish your place as the leader of your "pack" for everything else to fall into place. I was then able to take all the knowledge and apply it into my daily life with my scared 1 1/2 year old rescue, Maya. The next 2 appointments were out in the world, where the results of the obedience part of the training were almost instant. I'm not freaking out every time I see another dog coming down the street now because Maya doesn't react + she generally has a lot more confidence after our training. I would definitely recommend!
The Bow Wow Method of Dog TrainingThe Bow Wow Method of Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
I had my new dog (GSD/mix) for about a month. She's lovely but has leash aggression. There are several theories about how best to deal with this issue, however I did not feel comfortable with the methods used. I made it clear up front that I did not want to use aggressive methods, however, Duane insisted that the only way to solve the problem was to pull my dog off her front legs by pulling the leash over her head and making her dangle slightly so she simply could not bark or lunge. I should mention that she's a tripaw, so her sense of balance is precarious. He's big on snapping the leash, too. Duane simply never established rapport with my dog; she viewed him as a threat. It didn't work and in fact she got worse. I am currently working with a different trainer and he was shocked when I explained the technique I was shown by Duane. Perhaps just a difference of opinion, he's a nice guy but not for me.
Your Best CompanionYour Best Companion
Thumbtack Customer
After the sudden loss of our 14 year old Shiba Inu my husband talked me into getting a puppy. I am not wired for puppies and travel for work and work from home when I am in town. Enter TANK. While adorable and sweet he tested me daily. Biting, jumping, pulling on walks, grabbing my shoes while they were on my feet, taking papers off my desk and running wild before eating them. We tried kennel training during the day but he would howl whenever he heard my voice making phone work out of the question. We also have a 15 year old healthy but arthritic pug that was also not ready for Tank. I wasn’t equipped for him and our home was starting to feel too small. After just one session with Duane, Tank became engaged and showed signs of focus. After 2 sessions I became engaged along with him. We had hired another trainer that was treat based which may work well for dogs who are not a Shiba Inu. When we left town for the holidays we didn’t want to have our regular dog sitters come stay with our boys as Tank would just be too out of control and restless so we thought we would try Duane’s overnight “boot camp”. Tank went for 2 weeks and the positive transformation is amazing. He has always been a good boy but now he is an absolute joy. He's playful and joyful but engaged and aware of his "boundaries". Friends of ours 10 year old daughter (Tank’s “Godmother”) even said he is more fun to play with and is a “better” Tank. I cannot explain my sense of relief. I knew I wasn't wired for a puppy but I now am so in love with this little guy and my heart is absolutely full!! Thank you thank you thank you, Duane, for everything you did for us! Wishing you a wonderful New Year!
Your Best CompanionYour Best Companion
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