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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.   

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.

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.

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 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.  .

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 Norwalk dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
We worked with The Canine Company for one session of dog training. While they are great for obedience training they were not suited for our needs. We were specifically looking for someone who could help us acclimate our new dog to our cats that have been in our family for two years.
Canine CompanyCanine Company
Anne B.
I think Suzanne is very knowledgable and eager to help train our dog. She is always on time and professional.
Suzanne's Pet ServicesSuzanne's Pet Services
Margaret K.
Suzanne helped me so much with my new puppy! Invaluable training and tips for me as a first time dog owner! Highly recommend
Suzanne's Pet ServicesSuzanne's Pet Services
Lisa S.
Suzanne is an excellent dog trainer and worked well for our puppy, Henry. She also worked with out 8 year old, Rocky! She established leadership with them right away and they responded beautifully. She listened to our needs and made suggestions right away and we saw results the first day! She is punctual, professional and we highly recommend her training skills.
Suzanne's Pet ServicesSuzanne's Pet Services
James T.
Suzanne responded to my inquiry immediately, listened to my specific training goals and scheduled sessions at my convenience (including Sunday and evening appointments). My newly adopted dog Mugsy was timid but in just a couple sessions Suzanne showed me how to build his confidence while teaching him desired behaviors. I highly recommend Suzanne!
Suzanne's Pet ServicesSuzanne's Pet Services
Stephanie L.
I went on a search for the perfect trainer for my new rescue dog Roxy and my older dog Lola. Lola had some aggression issues towards Roxy when it came certain areas in our home. Lisa is beyond great! She will go above and beyond for your pets. She stayed almost 2 hours for the first session! Ensuring she would leave us with something we could keep working on with the dogs that would be effective! Her expertise gave us some sort of control on what was going on with their behavior immediately! She made sure to teach not only me but my boyfriend and my roommate so we were all on the same page. She gave us immediate tools that worked and had our alpha Chihuahua sit stay and respect us instead of feel out of control dominating us. She had her sit stay on the ground instead of dominating the bed and attacking her new foster. And a lot of other tips and help.. With a little consistency I see positive behavior in the future.  She has also been very helpful with follow up if I address her with a concern after you have your first session. Lisa will help in every way she can! Looking forward to scheduling our next training session to work on some basic commands with Roxy! I highly recommend Lisa.
Spiral Awakening, LLCSpiral Awakening, LLC
Katherine M.
The girls with Urban Tails are without a doubt the best team in our area. We adopted a dog from out of state and immediately ran into lots of issues, sadly the rescue wasn't responding and we felt very loss for help as both our dog and our child were not safe. Sarah immediately contacted me within less than 20 minutes of email when she read want an urgent situation we were in. She coordinated to come out the exact same night and even came with a spare crate and doorway gates for us to use to help be able to give Ella, our newly adopted dog, her own area so our dog and kid could be safe sharing a home with her. She went over decompression for newly adopted dogs and emailed us a training guide for decompression and adjustment so we could follow it with her. After a few days Sarah and Jackie came out to help with doing gradual introductions between her and our dog and by the end of day 3 they were playing together. Shortly after, Sarah repeated the same process with our kid (she's only 7) and our daughter was very comfortable. Sarah even worked on commands with Ella and helped show our daughter how to get Ella to follow the commands so Ella could learn to build a relationship with her and understand our daughter is someone for her to listen to and cuddle with rather than jump all over and put her mouth on. If not for these girls we would've ended up sending Ella back to Tennessee as we felt lost, overwhelmed, and honestly like we made a mistake that was going to have awful consequences. I cannot say enough about how grateful we are. Highly recommend!!!
Urban Tails Pet CareUrban Tails Pet Care
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