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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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

How old should a puppy be for training?

Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

What is a dog boot camp?

A dog boot camp is basically a board and train program that focuses on training your dog or puppy. The trainers will work with your dog to curb unwanted behavior, teach them basic skills and show them how to walk on a leash.

Dog boot camps and training programs might differ when it comes to their services, so it’s always a good idea to do your research and ask them to explain exactly what they offer — and how much they charge.

How long does it take to train a puppy?

Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

Which dog training method is best?

The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behave as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

  • What type of training methods do you use?
  • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
  • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?
Reviews for Littleton dog trainers
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!
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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!
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
Nic R.
We absolutely love working with Mike. We have two German Shepherds and he's working successfully with both. He truly cares for our dogs, and wants them to succeed. This is the best training experience we've ever had!
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 !
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
John P.
Mike was terrific with my Bagel (half Bassett half Beagle) Buddy. Buddy took to him immediately. Buddy is a rescue who had spent a year and a half in a cage with no training. He pulled like a Rhino on the leash. In one visit, Buddy was walking like a Westminster show dog. I highly recommend Mike and Omni-Canine.
Lauren T.
Mike has been working with our puppy since we got her and I couldn't be more thankful for his help. His methods are easy to understand and put into practice, and he is understanding that as humans we don't always get it right but doesn't judge us. We have a pitbull husky mix, and we have been able to avoid leash aggression and destructiveness, and were able to introduce her to our 2 cats and keep peace in our house. Now that our dog is coming up on a year, we are talking about protection training and he is prepared to humanely help us train her for that.
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.
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