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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.

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 Pueblo dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
I have a rescue border collie mix named Sadie who has many issues including fearfulness, aggression towards other dogs, and potty training issues. Rachael went out of her way to met with me even with my crazy schedule. She spent at about 3 and a half hours first doing an in-depth evaluation on Sadie, then going over the entire course outline, providing a demo with another client's dog in training, and gave Sadie and I our first training and coaching session all the same DAY!!! Rachael is very knowledgeable not only in dog training but also dog behavior and has helped me see things from a dog's point of view. I'm so exited that I have Rachael as my coach to continue helping me understand my dog better and train her at the same time. If you're looking for someone who truly knows their stuff look Rachael is your partner.
Thumbtack Customer
I really didn't expect to learn so much so quickly. But wow I'm so glad I found Behav-N-Dogs trainer Rachael Haddan! She has a way with dog like no other I've seen!! I mean I've taken both of my dogs to other training programs and it took weeks to see results; however, with Rachael I see results after only one session! Plus she offers upkeep training and dog walking. Yep I'm hiring her for those services too. Thank You Rachael.
Charise B.
She is a really great Trainer that has a lot of knowledge and patience. Would recommend her to anyone that needs any type of help with their dogs.
Paige p.
I simply stated all the information about what and why I was requesting that particular service I know that service dog training takes time and that's its costly that Is why I asked multiple questions about how mucha nd what it would take to get him to service dog level I know it will take alot because he is a puppy but that gives no reason to be rude about it I just wanted to state what I wanted out of the course and what they would be encountering during the training so we both knew what to expect out of the course needless to say I did not call him and I will be training with someone who was nice about their response and very helpful (Ancillary K9)
Heidi M.
The personalized training is amazing, I have a complete different dog now than when we began our sessions with Mike at Omni Canine. My 1 1/2 year old pit bull is much calmer, listens now when I give commands and has become an excellent companion. I am so impressed with the results that we are continuing with advanced training sessions. This truly was money well spent, worth every penny!
Jack G.
My two dogs had become conditioned to pulling me and my son on walks. Worse yet, during walks when we come across other animals, they would get so worked up that they would become violent and even turn to each other to fight with all the enthusiasm. They also did not get along with other dogs. Needless to say, I needed to get control of things! I didn't feel comfortable using stuff like prong collars, shock collars, or dominating my dogs. I hoped I didn't have to do any of those things to change my dog's aggressive behavior. Rachael advocates using positive reinforcement with food, toys, and daily living enjoyments as encouragements for desired behaviors. These rewards she believes can also be applied to modify unhealthy behavior by training desirable behavior skills that are incompatible with the unsafe and/or unhealthy behavior. Rachael's suggestions made me feel confident that I could change my dog's dangerous behavior without harming them either physically and/or through intimidation. Furthermore, She discussed that solutions focusing on punishment and other coercive techniques tend to cause more behavioral problems. I wanted to do some personal research after my conversations with Rachael and found some comprehensive studies to support what she described. I determined that Rachael was the ideal candidate for our beloved dogs and to serve me and my son. She uses reward-based positive reinforcement that involves shaping, counter-conditioning, desensitization, and correcting undesirable behavior by teaching incomparable skills along with teaching life skills such as sitting, staying, and coming when requested without resorting to harmful methods. We only used/use harnesses for our dogs and they are large 135 lbs and 155 lbs and they no longer drag us! We found that it is safer to use a harness and teach our dogs not to pull by teaching them what to do "stay at our side" during walks vs. Constantly correcting them for pulling. A lot of people told us we'd never have control over our dogs unless we used prong collars or shock collars. Well, we are no longer being dragged and both of our dogs respond to us wonderfully!!! Thanks to Rachael, my beloved dogs Luka and Max do very well in responding to my cues even with lots of distractions!. Both of them now better regulate their emotions and have developed a positive association/response to what used to cause them to act out aggressively. Plus they now enjoy meeting new dogs and no longer act out aggressively towards other dogs! Moreover, most of the time they look happy and relaxed. Overall, they now know if / when uncertain to focus on me or my son instead of acting out aggressively. I highly recommend Rachael Haddan!!! Finally, both my beloved dogs are evidence that there is no need to punish the dog's reactivity and/or aggressiveness to change their behavior for the better! My dogs can now walk peacefully even with other dogs barking at them! My boys are so well trained, thanks to Rachael, that they have passed the Therapy Dog exam and are now providing pet therapy to people in retirement homes and hospitals!!!
Shawn A.
I contacted Mike because I was having trouble getting my dog to go through her door. He was very honest and upfront. He gave me a couple of options and some advice. He told me how to work with her. He wanted to see if I could do it myself, because he didn’t want to take my money for such a small issue. I took his advice and it took about a week, but we did it. Mike could’ve trained my dog and took my money but he didn’t. Mike’s honest and that’s hard to find.
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