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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

Reviews for Whittier dog trainers
Regina G.
Jocelyn was very helpful with my two beastie girls. I appreciate the training and her suggestions to continue training my dogs.
Muttineer Dog TrainingMuttineer Dog Training
Teresa R.
We have completed 2 training sessions now with my 3 dogs and I can already see a difference. Ralf works well with all different types of dogs and each of their unique personalities.
Happy Dog Training, LLCHappy Dog Training, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We rescued our cocker mix June 2015.By mid-August, he had bitten 4 people inside our home. He also barked incessantly at the mailman, the gardener or whoever came to our front door. We needed a trainer who could come to our home because since the dog bit those 4 people, we had not had any friends or family to our home for visits. Julie came and explained the different tools she uses for training. I always felt prong collars were cruel. Julie showed me how wrong I was. I now use the prong collar and realize that it is not a cruel way of training. Julie is patient, kind and very knowledgeable about dogs and their behaviors. She has shown me how to train and correct my dog. In 5 sessions, my dog no longer barks incessantly, he no longer wants to attack cats we encounter on our walks. He no longer lunges nor snarls at dogs we encounter on our walks. He can get close to other dogs and no longer feels threatened nor feels the need to “protect” me. He also did very well at the dogpark. He had never gone anywhere unleased. I am very happy I chose Julie as our trainer because I now feel very confident that my dog is well behaved on our walks when we meet people and dogs. I highly recommend Julie because I got fast results with her methods of training and my dog fell in love with her.
K9 AN ME Dog Training for HumansK9 AN ME Dog Training for Humans
Marina Y.
David is an excellent dog trainer, always on time, he has great communication and knowledge, and lots of patience. I would highly recommend!
Heightened Instincts Dog TrainingHeightened Instincts Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
We have had a great experience. John has helped with training the family and the dogs. He always explains why and what the ultimate goal is that we are trying to accomplish.
Dog-SkoolDog-Skool
Thumbtack Customer
We have an 8 month old lab that we were having trouble with her jumping on people and nipping all the time. After the first day of training we saw a great improvement. She also walks very nicely on a leash now and doesn't tug anymore. I would highly recommend Ruff Pup Dog Training!
Ruff Pup Dog TrainingRuff Pup Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Raquel has been amazing to work with. She truly cares about her clients and continues to guide and support you after the actual training session. She is always just a text or phone call away. My new puppy has been quite a challenge, so the brainstorming sessions with Raquel have been invaluable to me. She cares as much about your well being as she does your pet. The human dog relationship is complex and she understands the dynamics and seeks to remedy any issues. And more then once she has talked me off the cliff! It's a good thing puppies are cute, because they are truly challenging. But having Raquel on your team is priceless. Lorie M.
Happy Paws Dog Training LAHappy Paws Dog Training LA
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