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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.

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.

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 Boca Raton dog trainers
Dawn m.
Best dog trainer. My dog changed behaviors in the first lesson. Was amazing and highly recommend!
Ultra Obedience Dog TrainingUltra Obedience Dog Training
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 LuvPuppy Dog Luv
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
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 TrainingSilver 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 LuvPuppy Dog Luv
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.
Aninanny Dog Training, LLCAninanny Dog Training, LLC
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
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 LuvPuppy Dog Luv
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
Judy has done a great job with our crazy Wheaton Terriers. She gave us valuable training information and helped us pick out the equipment needed for proper neighbor walks. Judy is very understanding and helpful to all issues of problem dogs. She is very knowledgable with poor dog behavior and corrections. I would highly recommend her.
AAA Pet Sitting and ServicesAAA Pet Sitting and Services
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
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
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!!!!!!!
Jane's Dogs - Counseling Families With DogsJane's Dogs - Counseling 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 TrainingSilver Dog Training
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 Dog Training, LLCBenevolent Sun Dog Training, 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
Kristen B.
I love my experience! He was able to help me understand my 2 new elderly and special needs rescues and then has been very good with the training of my 2 dogs. His knowledge of the animal and causes of certain behaviors has been a true gift. Watching the way the animals respond to him and his teachings is remarkable! I strongly recommend him if you have any sort of challenge with your furry loved one.
Canine Compassion Healing and TrainingCanine Compassion Healing and Training
Bruce H.
Although they are really nice, we agreed to pay $1,000 to train two dogs over six sessions at our home. Richard was incredibly nice and we had our first session on a Saturday. 2/3 through our session, Richard introduced shock collars. He demonstrated their use and asked us to purchase them before our next session. After he left, we felt uncomfortable with that technique and called to cancel the balance of the sessions. We had paid $500 on account and were told we could cancel and would get a $250 refund. When asked why we couldn't get $333.33 refunded we were told "sorry but that is the way it is per our accountant." I explained that we were disappointed in their attitude about the refund and were told that they were sorry we felt that way. Looking for a trainer who uses positive reinforcement as a training technique.
The Miami Dog WhispererThe Miami Dog Whisperer
Meagan D.
Before finding Full Potential K9, I was incredibly stressed out about training my dog, Jameson. He would bark so much while I ate that I actually would dread dinner time. He would jump up on countertops, pull on the leash while on walks, and whine/ bark nonstop in the crate. Since I was about to start law school, I knew I had to resolve the continuous circle of stress I was going through with Jameson, as I would try and teach him and nothing would stick. After I reached out to Full Potential K9, Dillon was extremely professional and eager to begin working with Jamo. Right away he asked what problem areas Jameson had and we scheduled a consultation. I cannot stress enough how shocked my mom and I were within ten minutes of Dillon working with Jameson during the consultation. He was completely relaxed, not jumping, and actually just laid down because he was so mentally drained from just a few minutes of training- clearly I was doing it wrong before!! Dillon came and picked Jameson up and I felt entirely comfortable knowing that he was going to be well taken care of for the duration of his three week training program. I was able to see pictures and videos on Full Potential K9's Instagram, as well as text Dillon directly for updates, of which he sent plenty. Dillon provides a one-on-one lesson before pickup and patiently walks through everything he taught your dog. It was evident right away how well he did with Jameson. Jameson was in "place" and didn't move off even after seeing me for the first time in weeks! (I promise he loves me!) I walked around the backyard with Jameson on a leash to work through the "Let's go" command, practiced using the training collar, and got a full download of what I need to do in order to ensure Jameson's awesome behavior continues at home. After getting home, I did just as Dillon instructed and so far am enjoying my dog so much more than I was before. Dillon has also checked in multiple times to make sure the transition went smoothly. I'm able to sit with him outside and not worry about him pulling/jumping/barking. I actually moved into a new apartment building while he was at training and Jameson makes me proud every time we walk around! People have commented on how well behaved he is while we're on the elevator! All in all, I cannot recommend Full Potential K9 enough. 100% worth the investment for both you and your dog so that you can enjoy life together more!
Full Potential K9 INCFull Potential K9 INC
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