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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Lakewood dog trainers
Trini S.
Bill is very patient with the dogs and handlers and is very knowledgeable about training.
Rocky Mountain Canine Academy
Paul H.
Bill is a great trainer with lots of experience. He is very knowledgable and has a lot of patience with the handler and the dog.
Rocky Mountain Canine Academy
Sharon K.
We received very helpful tools for training our dog. Mike was nice and flexible with his time.
Gary C.
Michael was great to work with and gave us excellent information about training Homer. He trained us as well! He obviously loves dogs and wants owners to have a great experience with them.
Catie D.
Friendly, helpful training service. I was drawn to polite pooches because I strongly believe in positive reinforcement only and I appreciate the emphasis on training your dog to listen and not just instill fear. Bonus points because Ghost loves his trainer and gets excited to see her!
Polite Pooches ColoradoPolite Pooches Colorado
Crystal K.
Michelle responded quickly to my Thumbtack bid and came out to meet my dog a couple of days later. She has been wonderful with Wesley - keeps his attention, gets him to focus on the commands, and tires him out! He's really young, but has been picking up on the training pretty quickly. Of course, I'm being trained as well on how to interact with Wesley to keep reinforcing Michelle's lessons. I highly recommend Michelle and OmniCanine Services for their training expertise and obvious love of dogs!
Thumbtack Customer
Eric is great. He really understands dogs and makes training look easy, which over a little time, has gotten easier. I could not recommend him more.
Dog Training with EricDog Training with Eric
Michelle G.
When we began searching for someone to work with our sweet pit/Dalmatian mix after we noticed through covid he was becoming aggressive towards people at the door whom he was friendly with pre-covid , Mike was one of the very few willing to meet with us. He is incredible at being aware of the signs our dog is giving us during training and teaches US( let’s be real we are the ones who need training!) Mike was honest upfront that he would tell us if he didn’t believe he could train our dog. We are grateful for his honesty and grateful for his prices so that we could actually afford to help our dog. We are not disappointed in anyway for choosing Mike & OmniCanine!!
Sherrie M.
Hiring Jessica at Pack in Harmony was the best decision I have made in a very long time. We were struggling with the hyper and over reactive 17 mos old Aussie -Murphy -and the stubbornness of our 11 year old Aussie -Eva. Obedience training went very well but after turning 1 year Murphy became very excitable and unwalkable. I picked Pack in Harmony because I love the philosophy behind Cesar Milan’s training. Giving the dog the pack leader they need to be the happiest best dog they can be. Jessica did just that! She came to my home (1 1/2 hours away), arrived promptly and was so professional. After one session we noticed immediate results! After the third session it seems like we have a new dog. I am able to walk both dogs at the same time, meet other dogs, have company without a circus and take them to restaurants. And I know should I ever hit another roadblock I have a trained professional to reach out to. I am no longer stressed about how my dogs will behave. I am the pack leader. Thank you Jessica❤️.
Pack in Harmony Dog Training & BehaviorPack in Harmony Dog Training & Behavior
Ronda J.
I feel like he understands our dog and more importantly, how to train US to relate to him! Looking forward to working together over the next several months so that Charlie feels comfortable and "at home!"
Better Manners Dog TrainingBetter Manners Dog Training
Erin T.
We welcomed Mike into our home to train our 4 month old pup. We were truly feeling out matched by our choice of dog, and even toyed with the idea of having to find her a new home. Instead we contacted Omnicanine, and are astounded with the changes in our dog. Mike worked with us to help modify behaviors in a gentle way, that produced fast results. The approaches he taught us were easy to emulate in his absence. She’s a different dog. We owe him our sincerest gratitude and thanks. Five stars !
David S.
We learned much about our perception of how a dog learns vs how they actually process things. Very knowledgeable in the ways and means of the K-9. Nice guy, enjoyed working with Chris. We are scheduling additional session with Chris as we like his approach to training.
Christopher's CaninesChristopher's Canines
Erin M.
We have had our first training with Pete and our puppy, Tucker! I’m feeling energized and confident our pup will be a good, obedient dog because of the instructions from Pete! We still have more sessions and all the support we could ask for! I definitely recommend!
Better Manners Dog TrainingBetter Manners Dog Training
Vivian A.
Highly recommend Mike for his laid-back, sensible and effective methods. At the end of the initial evaluation, he fitted my puppy with a prong collar and made sure we used it correctly. Then showed us how to walk him properly. This is all before the first official training session and my pup already learned not to pull ahead. While I freaked out about going on our first RV trip with a dog, Mike got my pup used to lots of people at Home Depot and gave me some camping tips. We had a great trip hiking in some beautiful places despite having only two sessions. Wasn't perfect but I had enough confidence to take it on and able to enjoy our vacation. Can't wait for our next session.
Thumbtack Customer
Eric is awesome! I have Dinky, a lab mix rescue that was returned from 3 adoptions and was on the kill list. She was aggressive to other animals. One trainer we had didn't grasp the leash well and Dinky got loose and attacked a small dog being walked. Court, fines, vet bills... We'd been expelled from 2 obedience classes. Eric was my last hope. I wasn't very optimistic. BUT, he is awesome! He is clear and concise with his instructions. He shows you, he watches, he listens. We practiced really hard, Dinky and I! We also incorporated my elderly yellow lab, Wilbur in our lessons. So, I am happy to report that we can go for a walk in the neighborhood in a calm, orderly fashion. Even people in the neighborhood are marveling at the progress we have made! Dinky follows commands in the house, the yard and on the walk. She no longer flies into a psycho tirade when we see another dog!! I seriously thought she was hopeless! I have one more lesson with Eric and I can't wait for Dinky to show off! This guy is super! You have to practice, but so worth it. And he's a really nice, personable fellow!
Dog Training with EricDog Training with Eric
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