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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 Boca Raton dog trainers
Rick S.
Wendy is an outstanding trainer. She works with you teaching you how to work magic with your dog. In addition, her suggestions on dog health are invaluable. We were never able to bush our dog's teeth until she showed us some techniques that trained our dog to cooperate and actually enjoy the brushing. I would highly recommend Wendy for a trainer especially for pets with behavioral issues.
Puppy Dog Luv, LLCPuppy Dog Luv, LLC
Natalie W.
Great experience with Nathaniel and Silver Dog Training. We have a 12 week old lab puppy and he has taught us invaluable training techniques, commands and tips for a obedient balanced dog. We noticed a huge difference not only in our pup but also our confidence as dog owners after just the first session. Looking forward having a well trained dog after everything we have learned! Thank you so much!
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Carmen G.
Bar has a calm spirit and quiet strength that evokes a confidence and responsiveness in those he trains. Our Roley, a Toy Poodle, is very smart, but was starting to control our household. Although he knew some basics, but he obeyed when he wanted. His pride and spirit needed focus. Bar’s skill as a trainer worked magic to transform our little guy from a confused and self centered puppy to a disciplined, confident dog who can run with the big dogs. Bar also helped us become more consistent in our training. Roley is much better behaved and acknowledges people and dogs without being out of control. We are exceptionally pleased with Roley’s training and highly recommend Bar and K9 Pack for your dog.
K9 Pack Dog TrainingK9 Pack Dog Training
Carissa C.
Wendy is great. She has been so helpful with not only training my dog, Gunner, but with everything else too. She really cares about her clients and their dogs. I would highly recommend!
Puppy Dog Luv, LLCPuppy Dog Luv, LLC
Paloma P.
Nathaniel is first of all an animal lover. He understand dog psychology and owner psychology. I had two training classes with him and I am truly impressed. He provides clear, concise, and sustainable instructions and I can see a difference already with my puppy. I have 4 dogs and I have met many trainers before BUT he is the one achieving great results. I am extremely happy to have hired Nathaniel to do this training and I fully recommend to any dog owner.
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Oliver B.
Briana was extremely helpful with the training of my 5 month old silver Lab. She did the basic obedience course and is a totally loving and obedient puppy now. Briana has extensive knowledge on training dogs and would be my first pick for any future training needs.
Pack Academy, LLCPack Academy, LLC
Janene S.
Jane was excellent with my dog Tank, the natural oil she gave him helped him to relax and focus on the training. She also brought along plenty of treats for the training and a couple of games. I highly recommend her.
Counseling Families With DogsCounseling Families With Dogs
Brett W.
Franco has been Absolutely Awesome so far after our first few sessions. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a dog trainer
Happy K9 Club, IncHappy K9 Club, Inc
Leslie V.
I reached out to Nathaniel at Silver Dog today. He shared with me the best methods to help with my rescue dogs separation anxiety. He explained why dogs behave the way they do and what we need to do as the owners to correct the behavior. Nathaniel was patient, answered all of my questions and provided me with a step by step method to help us achieve our goal. I would highly recommend Silver Dog Training.
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Pam P.
Franco was fantastic with my two dogs Ellie and Simon. When Franco first came to my home, my main goal was to get Simon (6 months) house trained. Franco was not only able to house train Simon, but also help adjust Ellie’s (2 years) behavioral issues and anxiety that she has been carrying with her. Franco always brought a positive attitude to my home and was a great teacher in helping me get more control over my dogs. Franco really knows the psychology of dogs and his knowledge is incredible! I’ve been using his tactics and it has created a better environment in my home with well behaved, happy dogs :)
Happy K9 Club, IncHappy K9 Club, Inc
Joey N.
My wife and I just got done our first private session since putting our dog into Dillon's care to train for the 4 week puppy head start board and train program. He has been home for 2 weeks now, And WOW! Let me start off by saying we were at our wits end, even said if we couldn’t get proper training for our pup Maverick that we would have to unfortunately get him placed somewhere else because of our newborn. We are first time dog owners, so this was a ton of work for us as first time dog owners. He had issues with potty training, not listening, jumping up and down and all over the place, chewing, biting. Everything you can think of. We didn’t know what to expect when Dillon came back with him. But again, just wow! We were blown away. It was like we were getting back a new dog, with the best parts of our old dog still there. Well behaved, listened, didn’t jump once. He works perfectly on a leash, knows a reliable place command, sits instantly when we ask, and also knows a down! I couldn’t stop smiling! Dillon was very professional, personable, and made everything very easy to understand. Thank you so much Full Potential K9 dog training! You made this family truly happy, well worth the investment!
Full Potential K9 IncFull Potential K9 Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Wendy has been wonderful through my issues and problems, due to an unforseen issue I have not been able to get training yet but I plan to utilize her in the near future. Her communication and response time is excellent. Anyone needing to train their dog should contact her!
Puppy Dog Luv, LLCPuppy Dog Luv, LLC
Phyllis f.
Nathaniel from Silver Dog Training was just at my home for the first training session with my Bernedoodle. Very knowledgeable, kind and caring. Excellent first session of which there will be more. He made me feel like “yes! I can do this!” Thank you Nathaniel and see you soon.
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Jennifer C.
I received good tips on how to begin the process of helping with my dog’s training based on him specifically. Thommy took the time to work with my dog and include me too. I highly recommend.
Canine Compassion Healing and TrainingCanine Compassion Healing and Training
Thumbtack Customer
Rosie came to our home and tailored a program to fit our needs in our community. She was awesome and trained us well! She instructed on leash walking and socializing our dog within the community. Our Harley is doing lots of tricks and more enjoyable walking him around on the leash. We will continue to have Rosie come for more advanced training soon.
K9 Fitness LabK9 Fitness Lab
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 Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Michael F.
Nathaniel has done a great job training me and my dog so far. He explains the concepts very well and he and I get along well. My dog is already showing me how intelligent he is and has learned to heel and recieve new commands quite well. He learns fast and Nathaniel gives clear expectations in the process, so the dog knows what is being asked of him. Overall great so far, look forward to continue working with him!
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Camila M.
He was very knowledgeable and gave us excellent tips for working with our new puppy. We were training our puppy to walk on a leash and he really got the dog to feel less fearful and follow our direction. Our puppy is very scared of everything but the trainer really know how to approach him and make him feel comfortable from the start. He was enthusiastic and didn't mind going out in the heat of the day to walk with us and make the hour as productive as possible. We would definitely recommend Dog's Gone Mild and use his service again.
Dog's Gone Mild dog trainingDog's Gone Mild dog training
Valerie K.
Jane is an excellent dog trainer, although I believe she helped me more than my crazy wheatie. I was really impressed with how much knowledge she has and patience. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family. She showed me some tools I can use to use while training my puppy. You will not be disappointed!!!!!!!
Counseling Families With DogsCounseling Families With Dogs
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 Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Sabrina g.
Training was mediocre at best, never worked on potty training (which we wanted)and she was over 30 min late to our 2nd meeting; so we rescheduled. she showed us how to put a treat in our hand and say “touch”def worked but due to the lack of training & progress we figured it would be best to move on. In response to your Laughable response: 1st and foremost we never used any physical punishment for any of our dogs nor have we ever even implemented the crate so maybe you should brush up on those great notes of yours! You’re right you’re an unprofessional shitty trainer and Once again Being late doesn’t mean half an hour late it means 10 mins at best! You’re damn right we canceled our last meeting bc It was a pure waste of time. You don’t fit the bill for a dog trainer and are Unprofessional I’m gonna go ahead and give you one star as opposed to three ...As for you saying that you stayed longer than you needed to the first meeting, Well maybe if you would have stopped talking and focused more on the dog and making your way out you wouldn’t have been there so long, We probably would’ve paid you to leave. Do yourself a favor and stop trying to justify your behavior ! this is my experience and my opinion and let it be that. If you want to go over What your food suggestion did to my dog ... Let’s open that can of worms .
Benevolent Sun Dogs, LLCBenevolent Sun Dogs, LLC
Tara C.
I hired Cliff to help me with my service dog in training, and he was great! Always arrived on time, very professional, and my dog loved him. From teaching my dog how to walk next to my wheelchair, to touching up basic obedience, and helping build her confidence, Cliff gave us the tools we needed to succeed as a team. What I liked most was that he took his time to explain everything, wrote down detailed "homework" for the week for us to work on, and would stay after the hour session to answer any questions I had. He really cares about his clients. I would definitely recommend him!
Cliff SantosCliff Santos
Sadana K.
We brought home an 8 weeks old puppy, and we had no idea how to train him. After a few weeks of trying, and failing, I became miserable. I contacted Franco for help. During our first session, it became clear that my approach was too gentle, and my puppy thought he was the dominant of the pack. I needed training, just as much as my puppy did. Franco showed me how to be assertive in training, from walking my puppy on leash, to teaching him the difference between "good" and "bad". After 6 sessions, my puppy became a whole new dog. He's now perfected the basic commands (sit/come/stay/down), and walks perfectly on loose leash. He is also keen on learning new tricks, and pays more attention to me. Franco also taught me a few games I can play to strengthen my puppy's sense of smell. Thanks to Franco, I formed a healthy bond with my dog, and I am better able to care for him!! Its made all the difference in my life. I would definitely recommend Franco to anyone needing help with their dog, whether its for teaching new tricks, or honing basic commands.
Happy K9 Club, IncHappy K9 Club, Inc
Robin C.
Franco is amazing. Professional and warm and caring. It’s very clear he loves what he does. He responded immediately and we set a date for him to teach us how to train our dog and will continue to call on him with any issues that may come up in the future. Cannot say enough good things about my experience.
Happy K9 Club, IncHappy K9 Club, Inc
Brooke C.
I am so thankful I found Nathaniel because he has taught me so much and given me so many tools to work with my reactive dog Bailey. I’ve learned so much in the past few weeks and Bailey is getting better every day! I would 1000% recommend to anyone who needs help with guidance in training their dog because I never thought I could be where I am with her today. Not only has he taught her, but given me the knowledge and confidence that I can give her the life I always wanted for her. The absolute best at what he does!
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
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