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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 Parker dog trainers
Brian F.
Mike provided relevant information for us to train our dog.
Kendall M.
I’ve had one training session with Mike and he has made great progress with my “reactive” dog. She responds very well to him, and he gives great ways to keep working with my dog when he’s not here.
Praneeth a.
Mike has been a great help for me in training my dog. I had a stray who had some very serious dog reactivity and with omnicanine's help we have been progressing very quickly. Very much worth the cost and he is honest about how much help your dog really needs
Robin G.
Pete is fabulous! Great instructions and leadership. It has only been a week since we started but I really think this training will make a great difference in my relationship with both of my dogs.
Better Manners Dog TrainingBetter Manners Dog Training
Ransley E.
Very happy with the work Dion has done with our new pup. He is responding very well to the methods employed. Dion seem very good at identifying dog personality traits and how best to go about getting results. He is very direct and to the point which we see very much as a positive in this sort of job. Would highly recommend his services. The training is more expensive than other options out there, but after multiple conversations with other trainers, he seemed like the best fit for our needs. Other trainers interviewed told us many of the behaviors our dog was exhibiting may not be trainable. Dion was up to the task and has done an excellent job.
Ancillary K9 Dog TrainingAncillary K9 Dog Training
Gina Z.
Zac was amazing! I cannot believe how much my pup and I learned in the time that he spent with us. Positive, upbeat, reward centered training.So much more than I could’ve hoped for. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a dog trainer.
Tails Trails and More LLCTails Trails and More LLC
Lynne K.
Mike is a great trainer! He was very good with Bella as she has never been socialized! He took the time to take her to parks where she could interact with people dogs and cars and you name it! After 6 sessions I feel she has come along way and we have a better relationship with her!! Thanks Mike!!
Barbara L.
05.29.2020 - Let me start by saying I don't have children of my own and my pups are my such, I interviewed four other dog trainers in the Denver, CO area before stumbling upon Kathy via as a recommendation from a trusted neighbor in Elizabeth, CO. Come to find out, Kathy's not in my neighborhood, but 45 minutes South of me in Colorado Springs - it was worth the drive. She invited me into her home for an initial consultation and spent 2 hours with me and my pups free of charge observing us in her backyard (Intervention alert! My pups were running me). She was responsive, delightful, real, and a POSITIVE reinforcement trainer (no shock collars here). She is a wonderful lady, with realistic expectations for your dog. If she thinks she can't get a behavior mastered in the time frame given, she tells you that up front. She is in high demand, so after our initial consultation I booked for two weeks out, and brought my girls back. When I say "my girls" I have two 9 month old Aussie Blue Heelers - Dolly Parton & Reba McEntire. It's important to note here that my pups are EXTREMELY high energy and had every bad trait a pup could have (my fault - I'm a spoiler). Barking, playfully nipping, jumping up on people, pulling on the leash, not well socialized, aggressive with larger dogs...the list continues. I booked 2 weeks out and hoped for the best. Fast forward to day 10 of 14 with Kathy and both my girls go into heat! She called me and offered another 4 days of training FREE of charge as they lost focus. Well if you know my dogs, they never had focus before meeting Kathy! My babes returned home a better version of themselves. Sit, stay, down, shake, no barking, no jumping, quiet in their seats and focused on me giving direction. WORTH EVERY PENNY. I highly recommend, and I have given Kathy her permission to use me as a reference.
A Touch Of Golden ClassA Touch Of Golden Class
Gina Z.
Wow! Mike is amazing. As I suspected, I am the one who needs training; my puppy Sasha, not so much.And Mike began that training the moment he walked in my door. He made everything so simple and understandable for me; explained his philosophy; and demonstrated how and why it worked. I am orthopedically challenged. This is actually Mike’s terminology but I really like it so I’ve adopted it for myself. I use a walker and everything that Mike taught me was geared toward that limitation. I honestly couldn’t believe how much I learned from him in the short time he was here. A bonus for anyone who may be on a fixed and limited income is that he doesn’t try to sell a package deal. His belief is that if you find value in his visit, you will have him come back. Also, he’s very upfront and honest about what he believes you and your dog need and what you don’t need. A very honest and forthright man. Don’t look any further. Call Mike and you will be one happy camper!
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