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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.

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.

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 Colorado Springs dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Carrie is a very good dog trainer and nice person to work with. It was nice that she comes to our home to train our dogs with us.
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Bob B.
Very good information on what and how she intends to train my dog with positive enforcement.
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Debbie B.
Carrie is an outstanding trainer, wonderful with the dogs. She explained everything to me and was very flexible with times.
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Joan M.
Nora was very helpful and gave me very good suggestions on how to keep our dogs on track with their potty training. I would definitely recommend Best Dog Ltd.
Best Dog Ltd.Best Dog Ltd.
Vicki C.
Carrie is a natural dog lover and trainer. I could tell that my pup was immediately taken with her!
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing trainer and super nice person, she is a natural with the DOGS. Rachael helped.me understand my approach better and what I need to do to make it all work. AWESOME TRAINER
Behav-n-DogsBehav-n-Dogs
Thumbtack Customer
We've noticed both our dogs have started to behave better since we have Rachel as our dog trainer. I really like how she is helping us with them.
Behav-n-DogsBehav-n-Dogs
Thumbtack Customer
Carrie is so knowledgeable about how dogs think and will interact with people. She has given us such insight as to how to work with our dog. I recommend her services to one who wants a good professional trainer-behaviorist.
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Beverly B.
Carrie Abrams is an excellent dog trainer! We are very pleased and seeing results from the first session. Carrie really knows her stuff.
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Tianni W.
I hired Carrie to help me train my dog with my child and found out that my dog did not have aggressive behavior towards other dogs but anxiety from an event that had happened when he was a puppy. We have been working with him on both and now he is great with my son and getting better with other dogs! She is consistent and great with both my son and dogs! I would highly recommend her !
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Thumbtack Customer
I moved in with my sister about 4 months ago, she has an older lab mix "Buddy" and six month old puppy "Lucky" who are vey energetic and love to play all day. The problem was when I moved in with a one year old poodle mix "Dazy" and a bother sister pair of mix breeds "luka" and "Sisie". My dogs where getting pummeled by the labs an a regular basis. I heard of Rachel's Behav-n-Dogs training from a friend and she is absolutely amazing! I was at my wits end thinking I'd have to re-home my dogs because I am not financial ready to move back out on my one. After the first session with Rachel I realized I could keep my dogs and have peace in my sisters household once again. Now six sessions in I came on here to write this review because I want other's to know that Rachel really cares about you and your dogs. She was willing to work with me on payments when no other in-home dog trainer would. She also showed me how to be the pack leader of all the dogs in a calm and relaxed way without resorting to any harsh ways!!! Rachel is a true hero to me and my family. My sister is amazed how well behaved all our dogs are now. My sister works out of the home for long hours so she has left most of the upkeep training to me. And I am so thankful I can contact Rachel with any question I have between out training session. Rachel really has been training me how to train my own dogs. She is a life coach when it comes to understanding dog behavior!!!!
Behav-n-DogsBehav-n-Dogs
Thumbtack Customer
Not only has Carrie Abrams taken my GSD puppy through Puppy Kindergarten, she is also helping train my pup as a Service Dog. Our training has taken place in a myriad of places and experiences. I'm very pleased with our progress!
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Thumbtack Customer
Carrie is outstanding as providing the specific training I required for my dog Dakota and Australian Shepard. Her patience and methods are excellent. I would highly recommend her.
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Melissa S.
Our dog who is 1.5 years old and well trained started barking and growling at people about 3 months ago. We reached out for help yesterday and training started today! There is a plan in place and we are pleased with the plan and responsiveness! Looking forward to modifying the aggressive and anxiety behaviors.
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Kim S.
We HIGHLY recommend Mike for any of your dog training needs. He's very knowledgeable and has very fair pricing. Our little dog was abused by previous owners and she's usually very timid around strangers, especially men. She wasn't shy at all with Mike and was very eager to respond to his commands.
OmniCanine ServiceOmniCanine Service
Sharon T.
Carrie is amazing. My husband and I had our first session with her to train our new puppy that we adopted. As a first-time dog owner, I greatly appreciate Carrie's thoroughness and holistic approach to dog training. She is not only having us teach our Felix to respond to commands, but also providing us with the tools to help ease the stress that is common to small dogs. We do breathing exercise with Felix that help to calm him in addition to having him learn common commands and steer clear of our two cats. I can not recommend her highly enough. Thanks Carrie! Looking forward to our next session!
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Thumbtack Customer
Carrie has an amazing way with dogs. She has a kind and gentle demeanor but also captures the respect of the pups. Carrie is working privately with my golden retriever puppy and I. My pup is doing so well! Our experience with Carrie has been wonderful!! I recommend her. When you are choosing a dog trainer, please put Carrie at the top of your list. She will make a difference in yours and your pups life together.
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Kim M.
Very poor business practices. No training plan ever established. Very disorganized and random. Trainer did not take the time to fully understand the type of training I requested. More focused on the basics and that isn't where I needed help. Multiple cancellations by the trainer due a variety of reasons, but failed to follow up with me to reschedule as promised. I had to reach out and do the rescheduling. One no-show due to vehicle issues, but did not call me. I had to call to find out what happened. Scheduled training sessions at a park when my dog was not ready for that step, but it seemed more convenient for the trainer. Called me overseas while on vacation to confirm an appointment after I had advised I would be gone for two weeks and it was still several days until my planned return. Perhaps the trainer was overextended and could not properly provide the requested service. Then be professional and simply admit that and return my money. No avenue to request a refund through Thumbtack since this is a quality of service issue. Very unhappy!
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Joy A.
My dog Jude is a rescue with a tough past, resulting in a lot of emotional issues. I hired Carrie after realizing that helping him was beyond my level of knowledge and ability. Prior to hiring her, I could not take Jude into public without him aggressively barking at everything and everyone. He was terrified of other people (especially men) and other dogs. She taught me that his reactions were based on fear, and protectiveness toward me, and put together his training based on that evaluation. In the last 8 weeks, she has brought Jude and his confidence to a level I never thought possible. She knows her stuff, and her training methods are always loving, yet highly effective. Price - wise i think she sells herself short. It is evident that she does this job 100% out of love and genuine care for the dogs she is working with. She has been a blessing for Jude and I both, and i will continue to use her and highly recommend her to anyone.
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Lorie D.
Mike was great! He came and within the first 20 minutes he had our "out-of-control" doing things we didn't think were possible. Loved the fact that he took his time to really learn about our dog. He didn't just run in and run out. Mike gave us the hope we lost. We had hired two previous trainers that only wanted the money. Neither one cared about our dog or aboit us. We know Mike is different. He does genuinely care. We are so excited to work with him. I would highly recommend him and his partner to anyone who needs help with their dogs. They are the real deal!!!! Thanks Mike!!
OmniCanine ServiceOmniCanine Service
Kathleen D.
My trainer was very positive and very professional while we were working. She helped my self confidence by pointing out what I had done well. She also helped me understand areas where I needed a little extra work. Her understanding of dog behavior was amazing. I look forward to working with her again.
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Thumbtack Customer
Carrie's knowledge & compassion for animals was immediately apparent in the way she handled Riley at our first meeting. My little dog had just run out the front door & down several streets before I was able to catch her - this was 30 mins before Carrie arrived - she immediately began our session by dealing with this issue, knowing I was terrified of Riley running into traffic or being stolen. We have been working on all the training lessons 'homework' Carrie left us with & I can already see positive results. I'm excited to continue our training knowing it will keep Riley safe in the future. This is also training me to be a better parent & will build a stronger bond between us. Thank you Carrie.
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Thumbtack Customer
Carrie was very knowledgeable about the issues I was concerned about as well as the basic commands and behavior of my dog Greta . She was able to communicate with the animal and get positive results. Greta is still having some issues but Carrie was able to train me on how to handle those issues on a daily basis which have gotten much better. We are still working on these but making progress. It was a fun and very helpful experience. She is also inexpensive and well worth every penny.
Best Friends Dog Training, Behavior & EvaluationsBest Friends Dog Training, Behavior & Evaluations
Whitney P.
Mike has been so great to work with! He gave me lots of great tips and information at my dog’s evaluation. He even gave me a free session because he could tell we had been working hard and gave me a discount on his service because of how well my doggo has done! He is very responsive and answers all questions thoughtfully and knowledgeably. It’s so important to me that my dog is well trained because she is my support animal and I need to be able to take her with me when I travel, etc.. I know Selena will be the best ESA ever in no time! Thanks so much for your help, Mike :-)
OmniCanine ServiceOmniCanine Service
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