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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 Fort Collins dog trainers
Karrie A.
Allie helped me with training my dog.
To Train Up A DogTo Train Up A Dog
Andrea v.
I love this trainer and 100% recommend him. Our dog is terrified of other dogs but he had her ready to go to the dog park by the end. All of our friends say she is so much better
K-911 Dog Training, LLCK-911 Dog Training, LLC
Terry R.
Mike has made training Chester fun! His knowledge of dogs and training them is exceptional and it’s a pleasure to work with him. Our trip to Home Depot was a highlight so far!
OmniCanine ServiceOmniCanine Service
Carol B.
We highly recommend Beth and Wayne for your all dog training needs. Together they are a great team and both are very knowledgeable, helpful, responsive, fun to learn from, reliable, and their true goal is to help you and your pet enjoy each other through love, bonding, and teaching your dog good manners.
Canine Companion ConsultingCanine Companion Consulting
Vicky H.
Beth and Wayne were amazing to work with! Much love and care they have for my pets situation. Their training techniques were easy to follow and apply. Gemma (dog) is already responding well to me on commands. Thanks Beth and Wayne!
Canine Companion ConsultingCanine Companion Consulting
Kristen H.
I truly loved working with Amy. She was responsive and professional every step of the way. I bought the 4 training session package and even after the first session, I could see a big difference in Pepper and how she responded to me and my cues and commands. Amy was thoughtful and thorough - she listened to my concerns and complaints and made sure that the training was tailored completely to our needs. She brought a bag with her every week that had training tools like special training collars, treats, balls, etc and made sure that Pepper was set up for success. Most importantly, she gave ME the tools and *confidence* to lead Pepper through some of her tougher behaviors. I asked specifically for help with training for the Canine Good Citizen Certification, but I believe that the experience and knowledge that Amy has would be helpful in any situation. I would 100% recommend her to help you train your dog.
Amy's Training MY DogAmy's Training MY Dog
Sue D.
We enjoyed working with Joanne, who is supportive and warm in addition to being a very effective trainer of dogs and people! I learned a progressive series of skills that I have been able to build on through the weeks. Joanne built our confidence and also provided great materials that we could review between lessons and after lessons were completed. I would always feel comfortable contacting Joanne for additional advice if a problem were to come up with our pup. She does not cut you off once lessons are over!
The Balanced Dog (previously The Active Dog)The Balanced Dog (previously The Active Dog)
Thumbtack Customer
Amy is an outstanding!! I think she's incredibly professional yet approachable but most importantly, Logan, my 7 year old Lab/Malamute mix took to her immediately! You can tell that she really listens to your concerns and introduces methods specific to your situation, instead of just going through a generalized routine for all clients. I'm very impressed by her ability to alter negative behaviors in a large, hyperactive dog without discouraging him or altering his personality in any way. She also does an excellent job of encouraging and teaching me how to better communicate with Logan without being condescending. In addition to training she also gave me successful, easy suggestions on how to entertain and ware Logan out throughout the day. Thanks to Amy he is better behaved at home and in public but out of everything she's done to help us the absolute best result is how much happier Logan is on a daily basis!!
Trust Your Dog TrainingTrust Your Dog Training
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