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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 Wilmington dog trainers
Michael N.
We had a fantastic experience with Niko. Our dog was a little shy on the first meeting, but loved him every other time he came over. Niko trained us well to train our dog, which is the best way, as you need to keep reinforcing the training. I highly recommend him for anyone willing to put a little work into training their dog.
Pine Street DogsPine Street Dogs
Colleen M.
Mark loves dogs. He combines that love with his extensive knowledge of dog behaviors and expertise in positive reinforcement-based training techniques to develop a plan that meets each owner’s goals. He is extremely responsive and ready to provide guidance and assistance with any issues related to your dog’s behavior. He easily developed a relationship with my puppy Jasper. During the debriefs after each lesson, he provides tips to help transfer the skills Jasper is learning to my home and helps me problem-solve through typical puppy issues. He also provides boarding services to the dogs he trains, an added bonus as I know when I leave Jasper with Mark he will truly be cared for in a safe environment. I highly recommend Mark if you are looking for a trainer to help your dog become the best dog ever for you and your family.
Best Dog Ever Obedience SolutionsBest Dog Ever Obedience Solutions
Carl O.
I reached out to Black Bear Services and Bruce responded with in 24hrs! I have a hectic work schedule and he was able to work out private training sessions on Sunday mornings at 10am. He was on time every-time, great communication, came right in and I saw a change in my two dogs behaviors after only two sessions! I have two high octane dogs a Viszla (4 years old) and a German Short Hair Pointer (3 months old and chance to be a once in a lifetime dog)! His price was excellent for two dogs and the change in behavior was really noticeable! I would highly recommend Bruce in private sessions! He evaluates the dogs in their home environment and formulates a plan! I am extremely pleased!
Black Bear servicesBlack Bear services
Thumbtack Customer
Susan started out with a power point and explained all the behaviors of all dogs and talked through specifics about what our dog was exhibiting. It really helped us understand our dog's body language. We then had a working session with our dog in which we worked on our own energy and how to pass it on to our dog without using any verbal communication. This was amazing since the verbal cues we always used didn't seem to work. We understand it's a work in progress for us and our dog, but we could see a difference as the training session progressed and keep seeing changes as we implement them afterward. I would DEFINITELY recommend Susan to anyone who would like help better communicating with their dog and being a more balanced pack! She was very friendly, funny, and non judgemental. She's definitely someone who you can feel comfortable with having in your home. Overall, hiring Susan was one of the best things we've ever done for our family!
Gray Wolf Dog TrainingGray Wolf Dog Training
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