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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 Danbury dog trainers
Malinda E.
Josh is an amazing trainer and very dedicated. He was able to try many different methods of training when one didn't work for our dog.
Backcountry K-9 TrainingBackcountry K-9 Training
Jill N.
When looking for a dog trainer I found Suzanne on thumbstack. I sent an email saying I was interested in her services and within minutes I got a response back setting up a time to talk on the phone. Suzanne spoke with me at length regarding my concerns with my dog over the phone and we Mutually came up with a game plan for my dog. Suzanne was flexible with times and dates for the lessons and tried to accommodate my schedule as best possible. At this time, the lessons are on hold but I look forward to using her for my dog training lessons in the future.
Suzanne’s Pet ServicesSuzanne’s Pet Services
Amanda D.
Joyce gave us everything we were looking for in a trainer. We loved her methods, and the attitude she has for dogs. Joyce is very thorough, and clear, as well as kind. I would highly recommend Bred for Life!!
Bred For LifeBred For Life
Thumbtack Customer
Joyce is fantastic!! My husband and I had a three-month old wheaten terrier puppy when we hired Joyce. We were looking for help with potty training, basic obedience, leashing walking and helping our little guy become a part of our family. We cannot say enough positive things about what Joyce and her training methods have done for us. Our puppy was at ease immediately with Joyce and loves his training sessions. He has come leaps and bounds in his training using her easy to follow methods and improves after every session. After a few short months, he follows commands, is almost house broken and actually listens to us now! Joyce is professional, flexible with scheduling, kind, and very affectionate with our puppy. It's obvious how much she is a natural with animals. We also use Joyce for boarding when traveling. We are confident that our puppy is in safe, capable and loving hands when he spends time at Joyce's house with her (and Corcega!). She'll even send photos, videos and multiple daily calls and texts with updates for you, the individual service she provides for your pup is so much better than doggie daycare. If you are looking for a dog trainer, dog walker or a happy place for your dog when you're away on vacation, we highly recommend Joyce and her services to any dog owner.
Bred For LifeBred For Life
Ryan D.
Joyce has been so amazing to work with! Her professionalism, knowledge of dogs (regardless of size and breed), teaching ability and kind-heartedness have continued to impress us each session. Our 6 month old yellow lab is extremely energetic and playful, often making obedience training difficult and frustrating; however Joyce has been able to effectively teach us the ways to handle her high energy and give her structure through which obedience will develop. Joyce's love and passion for her work is so clear and radiating, making the process of dog training fun and easy to understand. We'd give her 10 stars if we could!!!
Bred For LifeBred For Life
Morgan G.
I hired Joyce to work with my shiba inu Juju. Juju was very anxious and stubborn and I could not get her to listen. Joyce comes directly to your home and works one-on-one with you and your pup. She got Juju to not only listen to me, but also greatly calm down in the process. The training experience was awesome and she is very fairly priced. She is also great at responding when you need a quick piece of advice! Highly recommend Joyce for your dog training needs :)
Bred For LifeBred For Life
Jodia M.
Wendi was amazing! Our puppy Nala loved her as much as we did. she helped us so much and we learned a lot from her. Nala really listened to her and she really took the time to train her. Our puppy does struggle with the crate but Wendi was able to offer advice on ways to get her to love it. She’s finally warming up to it. Chris & I would ABSOLUTELY hire Wendi again. I recommend her to everyone and everyone looking for a dog trainer. Thank you Wendi! Nala would look out the window for you every time you would leave! We will definitely be in touch!
K-9 Equipped Professional Dog TrainingK-9 Equipped Professional Dog Training
Meagan D.
Josh & Backcountry K9 is THE BEST!!! We just finished our 8 week training program with our 1.5 year old Pomsky Kodi and the results are outstanding! Kodi had a bad case of guarding aggression and would go to bite if he got a hold of something he wasn't supposed to have or would swallow whatever he had (socks, underwear, plastic bottle tops, garbage, etc). He also got super aggressive with certain toys and treats. He was also a leash puller, jumper and escape artist. Today, he is a completely different dog! No more aggressive behavior, drops/leaves things with just a verbal command, doesn't jump on guests, no more leash pulling and he can even walk off leash with us now and we no longer have the fear of him running away. I would 100% recommend Backcountry K9 Training to anyone!! Truly the best and we cannot thank Josh enough!!
Backcountry K-9 TrainingBackcountry K-9 Training
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