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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 Denver dog trainers
Avery E.
Was very personable and the training worked quickly and efficiently for my dog!
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John P.
We have tried a couple of different dog trainers with different styles of training. Ancillary K9 gave us results.
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Emilee B.
Tried two other trainers before Dion, neither understood my dogs. Dion did an amazing job working with me and my dogs. He did a great job training me how to handle my two crazy bull terriers. Will only be using Dion for future training needs.
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Rita R.
Working with Dion has far surpassed the other dog trainers we have used.
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Jeremy K.
One couldn’t ask for a better dog trainer! Punctual,professional and knowledgeable. My dog was a different animal after the first visit. Thank you Tails Trails and more!
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Lynn O.
Kara is the dog whisperer! Awesome trainer with eyes in the back of her head when it comes to pooches!
Polite Pooches ColoradoPolite Pooches Colorado
Michelle H.
She’s a great trainer. I have two stubborn, spoiled dogs that were long overdue for training. She helped with giving us the tools and knowledge we need to get our dogs on the right track. Remember to stay consistent what you learn and be patient with results.
5 STAR Dog Training5 STAR Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
We have two difficult dogs. A 4-year-old Belgian and a 1 ½ -year-old Berger Picard. We have been through 5 trainers with the Belgian and spent a fortune to little result. The Berger has had no previous training. Until we found Eric we had given up, but his training has made a huge difference. Now we can handle the dogs and include them in our lives. We enjoy it and so do the dogs. We highly recommend Eric. Laura and Michael
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Summer G.
Mike is doing wonders to help my family learn how to train our dog. We are very impressed by how well he knows how to work with the dog to get the desired responses. I highly recommend Mike !
Marlenne M.
Dianna saved my dog's life. My dog Sofia was out of control. She would attack unprovoked. I couldn't walk her near strangers and she even bit some of my family members. I was ready to give her up to a shelter, even though I knew she would be too aggressive to adopt out. Then I found Dianna. Within an hour of training, I could walk my dog near strangers and other dogs at a park. We still have a lot of training to do but I have so much hope and theres been a TON of improvement. Thanks to her, I can keep my dog.
5 STAR Dog Training5 STAR Dog Training
Rich N.
Zac was very responsive to our training needs. Most importantly, he knows how to train dogs and is able to convey those skills simply and quickly. From the moment he entered our home, it was all about business. Highly recommend him.
Tails Trails and More LLCTails Trails and More LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I found Eric on Thumbtack and was delighted to see he was voted best trainer, and now after working with him, I can see why! Eric comes to your house and observes you and your dog in your environment. He trains you, the person, as much as he trains your dog. You don't get that kind of one on one attention in a class with 10+ dogs. This type of training is soo much better. He tells you what he is going to do, then he works with your dog and shows you HOW to do what you will be doing with your dog when he is not there. So you see exactly how it should happen, how your dog should behave and the result you should look for. It was the best decision I made to go with him and one on one training. (I have a very friendly puppy and he loved Eric and responded quickly in the learning process) Eric also gives you written print outs, so if you forget some things you can always reference his instructions, and have in your back pocket. He also does things that were more than what I expected, bringing toys to see what my puppy liked, so I could go buy some things to keep him occupied while I'm at work and he gave us a few of them as well. My puppy, Frisco, has a very calm disposition on his own and now that he and I have the right tools to keep him happy and safe while we are out and about, this training will help add to that natural calm behavior. If you are thinking of a class vs. one on one training and looking for a great trainer/dog behavior expert, Eric is your guy. He is really amazing and is someone who, thankfully for us, found his gift of working with animals and wants to share it. Frisco will move on to hopefully become a Therapy dog and I will once again, call Eric to help us with that training. He is not just our trainer, but he is a friend now to Frisco and I so we will look forward to more learning from him. I highly recommend him and hope you get as much out of your training as I have, it has been a great experience!
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Sarah S.
Mike is amazing and patient. I honestly feel extremely lucky to have found him. Not only is he help training my two dogs he is training me as well. I couldn’t say enough amazing things about Mike and his services.
Thumbtack Customer
Really reliable, knowledgeable easy going guy. He customizes the training session to meet you where you are at in terms of owner experience, training experience, dog age and behavior. Glad to know him and plan to stay in touch even after sessions are over
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Thumbtack Customer
Wonderful trainer! So in tune with dogs! Thoughtful, personable, and so knowledgeable about what we needed to do! Am continuing with 4 sessions! Highly recommend him!
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Thumbtack Customer
I highly recommend Eric! He really understands dogs, but more importantly - he understands how to train humans. ;) We have only had a few training sessions so far, but I have learned so much and it is making a big difference with my puppy.
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Lindsie B.
Kara has been great to work with. Her method is very easy to understand and put into practice. She’s flexible with scheduling and our dog Tucker enjoys his training time!
Polite Pooches ColoradoPolite Pooches Colorado
Danny Z.
We hired Kara for 6 sessions to train our hyper energetic puppy. It was obvious from the very beginning that Kara is a very professional, knowledgeable and experienced dog trainer. Our puppy fell in love with her and was very excited to see her and “work” with her. Kara showed us ways to successfully and effectively approach our dog. She taught our puppy basic commands and us how to control his hyperactivity. Highly recommended!
Polite Pooches ColoradoPolite Pooches Colorado
Michael S.
Niamh met with my sister regarding my mother's dog and she was very impressed. I just heard from Niamh that she has prepared a training plan and is sending it to me.
Niamh Coleman (pronounced Neeve)Niamh Coleman (pronounced Neeve)
Tony C.
Kara has been awesome. I was able to learn multiple positive reinforcement training techiques that worked very well for Thurman (10 week Goldendoodle) . In a matter of weeks Thurman has learned a multitude of commands and his general obedience is much better. Not only has Thurman learned multiple commands and obedience, but Kara also taught me a ton about being a dog owner. I would highly recommend Kara to train your next dog!
Polite Pooches ColoradoPolite Pooches Colorado
Nicholas & Amanda D.
Literally do not have enough great things to say about our experience. Not only was Charice incredibly kind and willing to work with our situation, but our pup had some setbacks during training, but Charice never gave up. We are incredibly grateful for everything she's done for our dog and our family. We've already passed along her name to anybody looking for dog training. She's fantastic, just book her, you won't be disappointed.
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T. B.
I can’t say enough about how much Mike has helped us communicate with, and better our relationship with our dogs. We have 2 Frenchies. We had problems with guests coming over, jumping, nipping, and pulling on the leash. Mike taught us how to really work with our dogs, and helped us to understand that they need jobs to feel fulfilled. His training method is calming, and generates results. He doesn’t use fear, or dominating methods in any way. His focus is really on “working” with your dog, rather than everyone else that has a version of “training” your dog. He taught us why our dogs do some of the things they do, which helped us understand how, and why they’re communicating with us. His calming presence was effective, and we’re really grateful we found him. He’s been the best trainer we’ve worked with. On top of being a superb trainer, his professionalism is top notch too. He texted us to confirm our lesson times, and texted me a few days after our lesson to check in and see how our practice was going. He offers group sessions as well, which we’re looking forward to attending next time to help our dogs use their new skills in a different environment. If you’re looking for a kind, effective, understanding, person to help you positively work with, and deepen your relationship with your dog, call Mike!
Leah L.
I can’t say enough good things about Keith. He has a true gift with dogs. He worked with my dog Lily, who is stubborn to put it mildly. He helped me tame my little wild bucking bronco. I feel more confident with her because of all of Lily’s and my training with Keith
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Lydia W.
Mike is easy to talk to & is always available for questions or comments. His style of teaching is relaxed & easy to understand. I noticed immediate improvement with my two young dogs after the first visit & the techniques are easy to follow. Thanksgiving the house was full of people and even a new dog visitor, which would've been a problem before... the dogs did great & everyone commented on the difference in their behavior. I highly recommend Mike & will use him again in the future for further training.
Kathleen E.
Niamh was able to give us some positive training techniques to help our dog overcome her fears and anxiety. She also emailed multiple tools, games and ideas to help us establish leash training, playing with toys, comfort with touch, and associate noises and sights she is currently apprehensive about with treats and praise. She explains techniques carefully while demonstrating them and having you practice as well. Our dog was comfortable interacting with her and immediately responded to new ways of getting her attention and responding to her environment.
Niamh Coleman (pronounced Neeve)Niamh Coleman (pronounced Neeve)
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