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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.   

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.

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.

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?

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.

Reviews for Boca Raton dog boot camp trainers
Alyssa r.
Nathaniel and Silver Dog Training has been nothing short of a miracle! My little girl Bailey was having some aggression, dominance and obedience issues to name a few and we signed her up for the puppy boot camp! When she was returned to us after the two weeks, there was a very noticeable difference and after continuing to work with her under Nathaniel’s guidance, she is blowing our minds with improvements. It’s much more pleasurable walking her and I have increasingly more confidence in her around other dogs. The most critical part of his program in my opinion is the fact that he continues training in home after the boot camp to make sure behaviors learned while away are also obeyed at home. I would recommend Nathaniel and Silver Dog training to everyone and anyone! You will not find a unique program like his out there...trust me I looked!
Silver Dog TrainingSilver Dog Training
Zach s.
I could not be happier with the service provided by Nathaniel Silver. I hope that this review does justice to how I feel. It is long, but I think the story is important. In short, I credit Nathaniel with saving my mom’s life. First, it is important to understand why I hired Nathaniel. My parents are rounding 70 and my mom is a small woman. We have three dogs and she is the one who takes care of them day to day. Our youngest dog, Charlie, is 1.5 years old and has been a handful. She jumps, she chews on your arm, and she won’t leave you alone. It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Charlie attempted to “play” with my mom by jumping on her from behind. She knocked my mom down, she hit her head, and she wound up in the emergency room getting stitches and brain scans. Thank God, it was OK. It was not a one-off event. A few weeks later, the dog jumped on her and knocked her into the pool. Thank God, she didn’t hit her head and drown. Something had to be done, and that is when I reached out to Nathaniel. From the beginning, Nathaniel has been straightforward and honest. I told him the story that I just told you. He was mortified! Together – that is the key, always TOGETHER – we made a plan. We would two training sessions a week, for four weeks. The days between, my mom would do trainings in the morning and afternoon. You see, Nathaniel’s training is not only about training the dog, but also about training you how to train the dog and be the leader. Within even a few days, Charley was doing better. She went from ignoring everything to heeling, exercising patience with her food, and following basic commands. However, the dog was still easily distractible. The gamechanger came when my mom was walking her on the leash as part of the afternoon training, the dog saw a worker, and then ran for it. She nearly ripped my mom’s arm off – OK, I exaggerate a tad. I called Nathaniel. That is important to mention. All the way through this, Nathaniel never hesitated to take my call or to respond to a worried text message or to simply engage in the philosophical intricacies of how animals perceive humans. Nathaniel told me that what we were doing was insufficient, and that we needed to speed up the training. He suggested his boot camp. He even deducted the earlier two sessions from the total cost to make it more reasonable for me to pay. I was onboard, but knew my dad would be reluctant to send our puppy away for 2 weeks. So, every day for 16 days Nathaniel came to my house. He worked with my mom. He worked with Charlie. That damn dog knows ~15 commands now. She can ring a bell; will go to her cage from the other end of the house by simply saying “go to jail”; she rolls over; she sits; she lies down; she high fives; she heels; she stays; and more. I could not believe the videos that I got from my mom over those 2 weeks. I thought it was a different dog. The dog is totally obedient and listens to my mom 100%. There is something to be said for dog training. In the beginning, my goal was to simply prevent something bad from happening to my mom. As the training went on, I realized so much more was being accomplished. My mom found so much joy and passion from working toward a goal (dog training) and seeing the fruits of her efforts (an obedient dog). My mom has found joy in having an obedient dog that is now loyal and listens to her. And Nathaniel brought me and my mom (along with the rest of our family) together through laughter and smiles. We always found ourselves rejoicing in how incredible animals are and all of those things that they can add to a family. I told Nathaniel that I was shocked – I’ll never look at dogs the same way. An untrained dog, I said, feels similar to a teenager who can’t read. Humans and dogs need mental stimulation. Charlie was not a bad dog. She lacked direction and so she reverted back to her animal instincts. In the process, she nearly killed my mother. Now, with 16 days of training under her belt, she follows all of the commands. Granted, she listens to my mom better than me, but that’s what I wanted!!! And amazingly, she stopped jumping without us ever teaching her to explicitly stop jumping. By building her mental stamina and performing leadership exercises, we demonstrated that my mom is the alpha in the household – not Charlie. Once she realized who the leader was, her personality shifted. She never jumped again. Incredible. She learned her place through training, and because of that, she has not jumped. I can only imagine what she thought of us before, when she jumped all the time !!! I am indebted to Nathaniel. He saved my mother’s life. He was a true pleasure to work with. He is kind, caring, and honest. He says what needs to happen for the dog to be trained and he is not afraid to voice what he sees as barriers to a successfully trained animal. Barriers must be pointed out in order to supersede them. That is exactly why I hired him, and I am so so so glad that I did. Charlie has done so well that we will continue the final two sessions later this year as a sort of reinforcement, as opposed to doing them now. We came up with that plan together. Nathaniel is all about dialogue. I cannot recommend this man enough. He has become a part of my family. We look forward to seeing him again.
Silver Dog TrainingSilver Dog Training
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