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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 Danbury dog trainers
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.
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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!
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