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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 Cape Coral dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
I can honestly say that the training experience was awesome. Mr. Kessler was very patient with me, as most of training my dog was about training me. My dog was very receptive to the training as well. I learned a great deal from the experience and will recommend Mr. Kessler in the future.
Kori G.
Chris was a great trainer for our dog, Boca. He was very knowledgeable and patient with her. He helped us out with training her to recognize her name as well as pulling on her leash. Thank you very much!!
All American Dog Inc.All American Dog Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Robert is fantastic to work with! He truly knows dog behavior and is all about positive reinforcement. Within an hour, my dogs were already sitting and laying down on command. He also taught them not to nibble. He is truly a great trainer.
Thumbtack Customer
Gregg came to my home and immediately you could tell this man knows dogs and the way they think. He even took time to explain the training to my 6 and 4 year old grand children. He will give you his personal phone number which you can call at any time with any questions you might have after he leaves. My dog know loves to obey me when we take walks. He trains the owner as well as the dog. I would recommend Gregg in a heart beat
Dog's Best FriendDog's Best Friend
Thumbtack Customer
We have two puggles that are craazzzyyy. As soon as Bob entered the house, he was training my dogs. The experience and knowledge that Bob brings to his lessons is definitely worth the money. He was up front, honest and courteous to my family and my animals. Needless to say, he will be back next Saturday for further training.
Thumbtack Customer
Bob arrived on time and spent more than an hour reciting his resume and the history of dog training. I am older than Bob and have probably trained 50-75 dogs. I spent several years working in dog rescue. I fostered and trained many dogs, all of which had issues. When my husband tried to tell Bob we were aware of the history his response was that the recitation was "mandatory". During this time he kept throwing treats to my dog. Since she is very, very food motivated, he had all of her attention. He did not tell me anything I did not know, so to me this was a complete waste of time, but he claimed to be training our dog the whole time. Also he did not bring enough treats to complete the session so I had to supply him with my high value treats. After the first hour plus, I asked if we could get down to the issue for which he was hired. Bob informed me that I had a very smart dog. Really I have been living with her for seven years and had no clue. Bob then told me I had a demanding and dominate dog, duh! He said we should not look at her when she stares at us. We should not pet her or give her any kind of reinforcement. Also I have installed a fence and doggie door so she can get exercise in the back yard. Bob said that we should not let her run in the yard of have access to her doggie door. So I guess I just wasted several thousand of dollars. My biggest complaint about Bob is he presented himself as a behaviorist and in my opinion he really is nothing more that a dog trainer. The advice he gave was useless. When I begin my research to hire a professional, I check many different sources before hiring. I also found Bob on Angies list and read about him there. Also the training he did was on 5/10/16. Angies list had a 10% coupon for Bob so I printed and presented it to Bob. He got very rattled and claimed he knew nothing of the coupon and never authorized it. He did however honor it. I just checked Angies list tonight (7-6-16) and the coupon is still there. After paying him he left and came back to claim he under charged me on the trip charge and wanted another $20. There was not much professionalism. To sum it up if you are a novice dog owner with little time an untrained dog and full pockets, hire Bob. I would prefer to take my dog to a class where she would interact with other dogs and people.
Thumbtack Customer
Oh my god!! What an amazing experience! I have 3 rescue dogs and all have different behavioral issues (barking, jumping, demanding behavior, growling) Bob was able to explain to us why the dogs behaved the way they did and gave us wonderful techniques on how to correct them. Our dogs ruled the household and Bob is helping us to take back our leadership role. This was our visit with him and we can already see a difference. We are looking forward to working him more and highly recommend him, he is a very skilled trainer.
Thumbtack Customer
Bob may understand dogs, but my experience with him left me disgusted. Bob responded and I narrowed my choice of 5 possible trainers to him, based on reviews. I contacted him and was advised that he just had oral surgery so it would be a week or so before we could schedule an appointment - all just fine - no problem of course. We spoke about 1 1/2 weeks later and set an appointment for 11/12/15 at noon. Please note that I was quoted a price of $70.00, but when we set the appointment, Bob told me that there was an additional $30.00 charge for mileage - the posy at thumbtack says $70.00 and that he travels in a 30 mile radius. Nothing about extra charges at all. I am apparently 37 miles from where he lives. For that 7 miles over, $30.00? Really Bob? The worst is yet to come. Then, the night before the appointment Bob texted me to confirm and I told him we were all set. He then stated that the mileage charge would be $50.00, not $30.00. I canceled the appointment. BEWARE OF PURELY POSITIVE DOG TRAINING. Make sure you have firm pricing for everything up front. I view this as totally dishonest and unacceptable.
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