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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

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 Clearwater dog trainers
Petia R.
Sarah was very patient with Sugar and Cookie, my two 6 months old Pomeranians. I paid for 5 hours for training for the two. We set as a goal to have the puppies follow the coma de “sit”, “come”, “stay”, “down”, and “leave it”. In addition the most important part for me was to train them to walk with me on a leash. Sarah warmed me that 5 hours may not be enough, but we were both pleasantly surprised that by the end of the lessons both dogs were trained to walk on a leash. Sugar learned all commands from the first try, which was unprecedented according to Sarah who has trained 70 dogs. Cookie learned to perform 3 of the commands, however she walked on the leash by the book, on my left side the entire time and perfectly heeled. It helps to have smart dogs as well as an experienced trainer! I actively participated on all training sessions, so I could reinforce the learned lessons in between and afterwords. Thank you Sarah!
Woof Walks, Training & HousesittingWoof Walks, Training & Housesitting
Betsy B.
I hired Rose because she uses techniques that do not require involved or specialized equipment, like a prong or e- collar. She emphasizes the behavior of the dog and how to work with the individual dogs personality in order to correct the behavior with words and hand signals, v. treats, clickers or rough equipment. She has been very helpful for my dogs, who really had issues walking on the leash. After only 5 sessions, they are perfect on leash. If you have want a trainer who emphasizes praise-based training, v. treats etc, then Rose is the person for you!
Always Faithful Dog Training Tampa Bay LLCAlways Faithful Dog Training Tampa Bay LLC
Jennifer M.
Armando was was amazing. He was so knowledgeable and gave us all the tools to help our German Sheppard. Would definitely recommend, I feel like he could train any dog!!!
Armando Dog Training - Rompin RoversArmando Dog Training - Rompin Rovers
Thumbtack Customer
Maureen came to our home and immediately bonded with our dachsund, Millie. She gave us some new tactics to use with our dog that worked. We will be working with Millie and hopefully, she will be on-board with her training or we will certainly call Maureen again. I would HIGHLY recommend you call Maureen for any issues your dog has. ~ Rebecca
Sit, Down, Stay Dog TrainingSit, Down, Stay Dog Training
Lemaris T.
Armando is literally a life saver! I got my first puppy and was having such a hard time training on my own and it was getting so bad i couldn’t even walk my dog for too long because he pulled and would reactive to everything and just not listen. Armando from the first day was so patient and even after just the first day i saw changes. Ive completed my dogs training and i couldn’t be happier with all the positive changes, all the tools, and education he’s given me. He always made sure I felt comfortable and confident after each lesson. My ollie walks, so much better, he handles distraction better, listens much more. I definitely recommend and will be looking forward to working with him in the future with the advanced classes for my pup! If i could give him more than 5 stars i would!
Armando Dog Training - Rompin RoversArmando Dog Training - Rompin Rovers
Camille P.
There aren't enough good things I could say about Angel and her work with our Baylee girl. Still in her "puppy" stage, Baylee came with a lot of energy, excitement, and curiosity. Angel was able to use all of that in a constructive way to help Baylee learn some boundaries. Thankfully Angel was very open with communication and sent updates frequently which was a big ease on our minds because we felt we could trust Angel, even not knowing a whole lot about her beforehand. We picked up our Vizsla yesterday and there is a huge difference in discipline. Obviously the first week back with us will be the most challenging, but if we do our part, there's no doubt in my mind that these new "tricks" will stick for good. We highly recommend Angel as a loving and hard working dog trainer.
BARK Dog TrainingBARK Dog Training
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