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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.  .

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.

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 Stamford dog trainers
John D.
Neeve did an excellent job with my dog. We began to see a change in his demeanor almost immediately. She was extremely positive and worked with me to come up with a realistic plan for my dog. We discussed followup visits and training. She worked around my schedule. I highly recommend Neeve and her dog training skills.
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Cathi O.
Our new rescue pup Roxie needed basic obedience training and we discovered Suzanne Rodda while searching the internet for local dog trainers. Suzanne knows her stuff ! We have worked with her over the last month and a half and the difference in Roxie is obvious. Suzanne's approach is to not only train your dog, but to train YOU to work with your dog as well. It's a win win combination. We had a few challenges facing us along the way BUT Suzanne's flexibility and commitment to us made working with her easy and a pleasure. She has our recommendation as an excellent trainer.
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Jeffi J.
Suzanne was wonderful - she helped us with crate training, leash walking, jumping, dog socializing and basic commands. Frankie (our dog) clearly loved and respected Suzanne! We highly recommend her!!
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Kate T.
We engaged Suzanne to help us with our then 5 month old Golden. George loved Suzanne and was immediately responsive to her training methods. I would recommend her to anyone who needs help training their dog.
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Stephanie R.
Suzanne has excellent communication with you when it comes to discussing your goals and scheduling appointments. Both of my dogs being trained automatically respected her from the very first day.
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Alexa S.
I have had 2 sessions with Sarah now, and it has been wonderful. She is incredibly insightful and educated on dog training. Harley (3 year old Golden Retriever) and I came to Sarah with a complex training background, grounded in negative reinforcement and a shock collar. Sarah professionally and thoughtfully explained what she thought Harley needed which was positive reinforcement to boost her confidence and increase self esteem. I felt immediately confident that Sarah could help Harley understand what was being asked of her, correct the confusion that was caused from previous training, and do all of this in a quick and effective way. Since working with Sarah, Harley has had successful training sessions, where she actually has fun and get's rewarded for being the smart and capable dog that she is. As an owner, I feel good about the training time, and I find that Sarah is really clear and kind about giving me the training that I need to give Harley commands that she will understand and respond to. Overall, it has been such a positive experience, and to top it all off, Sarah is affordable and offers convenient payment options.
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Mike R.
Before finding Joyce, my dog, Armstrong, was somewhat unruly and had a bit of a vicious streak/biting issue. He was the alpha in my home. He is the first fog my wife or I ever had so we came into adopting him a bit on the naive side of the fact a dog needs to be shown he is not the boss. I found Joyce here on Thumbtack and after reading the positive reviews decided to hire her to help Armstrong with his issues. He is a new dog just a few months later. Joyce is extremely knowledgeable and taught us a lot about why dogs behave the way they do and how we have to work with them if we want them to behave a certain way and know their place in the "pack". Armstrong is now much more obedient and under control. I also want to make mention he still has his unique personality. He's not just a dog that obeys commands and nothing more. If you're in the area and are looking for a dog trainer, look no further.
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Kiti L.
As a first-time pet owner, it’s been an overwhelming experience. The frustration was high with regrets of getting a puppy. Adam has been the pillar to guide me through the process of training my puppy and to regain my sanity. Adam is very professional with great understanding and patience. I will continue to use his service to keep me on track with my dog. Highly recommended.
Casper Dog TrainingCasper Dog Training
Mohsin M.
Suzanne was a natural with our dog from the very first instant. We have a 4 month old retriever puppy who has quite a character — and had resisted most bits of training up until our first meeting with Suzanne. Ever since then, he has been listening better. Suzanne definitely knows what she is doing. Would definitely recommend!
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Caleigh B.
Suzanne was just what we needed for our 5 month old puppy. We were having trouble walking our puppy on a leash and getting him to stay focused on walks. After working with Suzanne we have learned the tools to help him stay focused and correct him when he gets too excited with people, dogs and items on the ground. We highly recommend Suzanne for training! She is great.
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