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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 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.
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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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