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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.

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.

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 Boulder dog trainers
Joe K.
Could not have asked for a better experience with Rogue Foothill Dog Training. The owner Allison's communication was incredible as she sent me daily texts and photo updates of my dog's progress. Their training is effective and I highly recommend for anyone searching for dog training/boarding.
Rogue Foothill Dog TrainingRogue Foothill Dog Training
Jenny M.
Alex has a unique philosophy on dog training that considers you and your dog in a reciprocal relationship. He is very observant and intuitive. It’s not about making your dog “obedient”, but about building real trust.
Strong Bond Dog PackStrong Bond Dog Pack
Jan S.
In just one hour I was taught how my dog thinks and what I was doing wrong. She responded immediately to the training tips I was given. As long as I continue with the training I am sure she will change her bad habits. It was the best money I could have spent on my dog. Thank you so much and I recommend Omnicanine to everyone who needs to learn how to train their dog.
OmniCanine ServiceOmniCanine Service
Ryan L.
Two years ago I rescued Gilbert, a truly remarkable but quirky and energetic dog. My best friend thinks he was struck by lightning as a puppy, only partly in jest. I think I did a great job raising him, but Dion has been a revelation. He's given me such an amazing set of tools to help Gilbert and me and our roommates all live together more happily. In part this was Dion correcting mistakes I didn't realize I was making, like using a harness despite Gilbert pulling all the time, but more than that Dion helped me understand how Gilbert thinks. I remember thinking, confused, how can it be that a stranger understands my dog better than me? It's a testament to Dion that he does. He also understands me as a dog owner, and has been empathetic and accommodating of who I am and what I want from owning a dog. I cannot recommend Dion enough. If all you want it to correct minor inconvenient behavior, he's your trainer. If you want to get your dog off leash on trails, he's your trainer. And, though I don't want to take Gilbert to dog shows or through agility exercises, I believe if you do Dion is also your trainer. For your sake and your dog's sake, spend an hour with him. You'll look back and wonder why you spent so long not properly training your dog.
Ancillary K9Ancillary K9
Alex Y.
Absolutely wonderful, phenomenal trainer! She listens and gives real/doable training techniques to get your dog to understand what you need. Kay is also very helpful over email in case you have anyone questions or challenges between sessions. Boomer loves comes to training b/c not only is it tons of fun (all positive reinforcement) but she really get her mind stimulated! Kay caters each session to your needs (not just generic tricks) and Boomer always leaves happy and ready for a long nap! Can’t recommend KK9 enough!
KK9 Dog Training LLCKK9 Dog Training LLC
Marina B.
We've just got an aussie puppy (16 weeks),we have 5 years old cat and we are expecting a baby in two month. Lots of challenges and tight schedule to train puppy to behave! Even we did some socialization and training, we were still missing something...Mike did a great job, he has explained us a lot about relationship btw us and a dog and the most important - trust. He gave us important homework that we did and he could see improvement on next session. We also have started to build stronger relationship with our puppy after advices Mike provided. We are very happy with Mike's training. Mike is very responsive, he is always there to help, even when the baby will be due! It's great to have someone experienced like Mike along this new journey!!! so we always know we can have support if needed. Very recommended!
OmniCanine ServiceOmniCanine Service
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