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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 Delray Beach dog trainers
Orit Y.
We love dogs but are clueless when it comes to training. Jane has been a tremendous source of wealth in training our dog Bailey. Her approach is very fluid and she understands the needs of our dog. She is able to train us on how to understand our dog's needs. We are very proud to have a well behaved dog. I am so happy we hired her and would highly recommend her to every dog owner.
Counseling Families With DogsCounseling Families With Dogs
Beth S.
My husband and I were very happy with the methods of Franko’s training advise for our dog. Watching our dog respond was an eye opening experience. We found out that we (humans) needed the training and that was a great help.
Happy K9 Club, IncHappy K9 Club, Inc
Thumbtack Customer
We used Cliff to train our new puppy and our older dog who was displaying some aggressive behaviors towards other dogs. Our dogs loved him and he did a great job working with them. Their undesirable behaviors have decreased, and Cliff also trained us to be better owners. Since our training sessions, we have also used Cliff for boarding when we are out of town. The dogs always come back happy and tired!
Cliff SantosCliff Santos
Arlene F.
We have a very large puppy Dogo Argentino with out Frankie we would not have a very well trained dog we continue to have Franco train us the humans be responsible owners of a large wonderful dog Arlene and Jim Franklin
Happy K9 Club, IncHappy K9 Club, Inc
Maria P.
Nathaniel is a great and very knowleagable trainer. My dog loves him. We just finished our basic training and I couldn’t be happier. Dogs respond very well to him. I highly recommend him. Also he is a very nice guy.
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Franco was great with our puppy, Diesel. Loved being around our dog, and was very helpful with his training and tips!
Happy K9 Club, IncHappy K9 Club, Inc
Jeanmariss S.
Really helped me work with my puppy shiba inu; hatchi, My dog respects me more than he did when i first got him. i have an amazing bond with my dog i never thought was possible! when guests come over and leave the door open my dog listens to me and lays down right next to me and ignores what other people are doing. There's little work left for my dog to complete to become the absolute best dog he can be but i've definitely come a long way as well with my dog, with the help of K9 club i've become a wonderful dog owner from absolute no experience. I even have a new dog now, a senior dog who has issues of his own but with the help of franco to help teach me how to train i know i will have both dogs behaving the best they can that i know they can! Happy k9 club is the best of the best i guarantee, working in a pet store before taught me that the trainings that are held there dont exactly help owners the way they hope, its better to call happy k9 club because the training doesnt just fall on the dogs, but also with better owners!
Happy K9 Club, IncHappy K9 Club, Inc
Kimberly K.
Best dog trainer we’ve ever had! Our Saint Bernard loves seeing Nathaniel and is ready to get to work as soon as he sees him. Our dog has drastically improved after just two sessions which has been so exciting to see. Nathaniel has been great with explaining to my husband and I about our dogs personality and things that we could do better to give our boy all the tools he needs to be an amazing dog! We highly recommend Nathaniel to all our friends and anyone looking for a quality and extremely knowledgeable trainer.
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Julie J.
Jo is the 4th trainer we’ve tried and the only one whose techniques resonate with my dog. She gives us achievable weekly goals and assignments and the improvements are amazing. Several of my neighbors have commented on how well behaved my dog is in it is only the second week!
Johanna 🐾 Dog TrainerJohanna 🐾 Dog Trainer
Fannie D.
Brianna is amazing! She is very knowledgeable and extremely professional. My puppy is a completely new dog. Before the board and train he was not potty trained and did not listen and did what ever he wanted. Just two weeks with Brianna he is now so calm and listens and no longer goes in the house. I am so pleased with her work. She sent videos and pictures of his progress. If your looking to have your dog or puppy trained I would %100 recommend her I would not look any further. She is a puppy whisperer and very observant and thorough. She gets to know your dogs habits and logs them and trains according. Truly a great experience!!! We are going to use her again for when we go away in 3 weeks.
Pack Academy, LLCPack Academy, LLC
Sierra C.
Tommy has been so helpful with improving my German Shepherd's leash reactivity and overall training. He truly cares about the dogs he works with and trains using positive reinforcement to increase their confidence. I have already noticed progress after just a couple weeks and would definitely recommend Canine Compassion to anyone looking for a smart and reliable trainer!
Canine Compassion Healing and TrainingCanine Compassion Healing and Training
Paula S.
Jane, on her first visit, has changed our life. She is a great gift for our family. Her training with animals as well as family counseling is an amazing and effective catalyst for positive change. I highly recommend this affordable, skilled, talented, committed animal trainer. Our dog Harry is already happier, as our we.
Counseling Families With DogsCounseling Families With Dogs
Trevor L.
We had an absolutely awesome experience. Very knowledgeable and helpful trainer. Our puppy went from being scare of other people and dogs to enthusiastic around others in a matter of a few short weeks. Highly recommend!
Canine Compassion Healing and TrainingCanine Compassion Healing and Training
Kelica Kate K.
I was looking for a trainer for my dogs that had serious reactive issues so I had my 2 year old Australian Shepherd board + train with Full Potential K9 and I am so happy that I went with them. They were very helpful in also teaching us what she’s learned during her time there, and Luna has been doing so much better! Can’t wait to get my other puppy training with them soon too!
Full Potential K9 IncFull Potential K9 Inc
Nancy R.
I'm writing this review on behalf on my mother who hired Wendy of Puppy Dog Luv to train her puppy, Pixie. My mom purchased a package of ten 1-hour sessions. Wendy was an exceptional trainer who went above and beyond to assist my mom. She often times stayed longer and even made herself available for phone calls when my mom needed guidance. I would highly recommend Wendy to anyone needing a trainer. She's truly remarkable!
Puppy Dog Luv, LLCPuppy Dog Luv, LLC
Nicole W.
Jane Katz is a gem! We are brand new dog owners of an adopted rescue dog. We never had a dog before. We were at our wits’ end and then miracle woman, Jane walked in. She is like no other trainer you could possibly hire. I know, because I interviewed many and hired several, only to let them go. Jane has a degree in counseling. She has worked as a counselor with human beings who are anxious. With her deep love for animals, she has transferred her human skills to her work with dogs and their owners. Now, that’s a benefit you won’t find with anyone else! Jane is caring, knowledgeable about people and dogs, and is devoted to her work—clearly a labor of love for Jane. Our dog loves her! We love her! She has changed us from not being sure if we could keep our dog who wasn’t housetrained, to people who can’t live without our beautiful dog. Don’t miss the chance for Jane to change your life and your dog’s life!
Counseling Families With DogsCounseling Families With Dogs
Wendy A.
Keelo is our five month Belgian Malinois . He use to pull us when walking , bark at people , tried to bite . He went to 2 week board and train where or Nessim and his brother Bar .Worked with keelo I can say we can walk our dog instead of him pulling us . I recommend them they are very professional and will address all your concerns with your dog .
K9 Pack Dog TrainingK9 Pack Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Rosie is very professional and wants to make sure you understand how to continue the training after she leaves ... gives you homework for the wk and reenforces what goals we should do ... great personality ... we are making progress and she does loves dogs
K9 Fitness LabK9 Fitness Lab
Karen L.
My puppy is learning slowly but Dillon is taking time to make sure it will work out for the good when the training is done. I receive cute videos to watch her progress and we text often. He also takes the time to train the "parents" so your dog does not regress when they go home. It has been a very positive experience. A very good decision to have a happy puppy and a happier owner.
Full Potential K9 IncFull Potential K9 Inc
Dawn D.
Thommy is the true dog whisperer I witnessed this this morning. My new dog has been overly protective of me. He also pulls on his leash And over all can be hyper if anyone is in the area. Thommy arrived and it was as if heaven opened up for Diggy and me From the time he introduced himself to Diggy to when he left us I was mesmerized. Who is this dog? I handed the leash to Thommy And walked ahead of them. Diggy trotted beside him like the star of Westminster. I wish I could list everything there’s probably not enough room LOL it had been a very long week since Diggy arrived. Thommy took the weight of the world off of me today. Diggy and I have homework although I think he’s already got it it’s me. If you need a trainer or if you have considered getting a dog but worry, CALL THOMMY AT CANINE COMPASSION. No brutality no harsh tones my dog has had more than enough of those and more abuse. I love the way Thommy trains. If you do not want spiked collars or choke collar’s And other things that hurt or upset your dog call CANINE COMPANION I think I’ll sleep tonight for the first time in over a week.
Canine Compassion Healing and TrainingCanine Compassion Healing and Training
Gabriella S.
The training session was amazing! He was very informative and went through game and things to practice doing while i appreciate very much! He helped up understand our dog a little better in order to work with him which i absolutely loved! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Dog's Gone Mild dog trainingDog's Gone Mild dog training
Thumbtack Customer
My husband and I contacted Wendy to provide training to our Golden doodle puppy, Stella. Stella is strong-willed and full of personality and we knew we were going to need professional assistance with regards to her training. Wendy taught us how to work with Stella and we started working on the basic commands with a focus on those that were most important to her safety. Along the way Wendy has also shared some pointers to deal with every day challenges that come up in Stella's life. Wendy is very patient and is great with dogs (and people).
Puppy Dog Luv, LLCPuppy Dog Luv, LLC
Erica T.
Kim (Benevolent Sun) is an AMAZING dog (person) trainer. I am beyond thrilled with the experiences we’ve had thus far and plan to keep a working relationship with her for years to come. The first contact we made was via text, and within minutes we were on the phone. She spoke to me for over an hour; listening, asking questions and absorbing what my exact situation & needs are. Our first training session was mind-blowing. I can’t praise her enough. I have 3 dogs, 2 of whom have been getting into bad fights. They were always best buds, then suddenly, sibling rivalry started. These are large dogs (and I have 2 young children) so this couldn’t continue. After the first session, I learned so much and was able to continue the training. Unfortunately, our session was cut short (no fault of hers - traffic was insane after a major car accident) so she came again 2 days later. She spent so much time with my pups and didn’t charge anything extra for her time. She is also always available via text/phone and encourages me to send updates or ask questions any time. We’ve been incident-free since meeting and I will be seeing her again soon, as we are taking time and necessary steps to achieve the goals we set together. I 100% recommend using Benevolent Sun - they are affordable, knowledgeable, down-to-earth, available, encouraging and most importantly, in it for the dogs. THANK YOU KIM!!!
Benevolent Sun Dogs, LLCBenevolent Sun Dogs, LLC
Richard D.
Jane goes above and beyond just training your pup. She gives very good suggestions for how to train the dog - but she also provides great ideas for educational toys, feeding routines, and amenities to make pup and parents' lives better. We hired Jane for an initial session and she has followed up with us multiple times with more ideas and tips. We were amazed at how quickly and easily our 4-month micro golden doodle became comfortable with Jane. She has a natural way with animals that is apparent the minute she meets your pet.
Counseling Families With DogsCounseling Families With Dogs
Jennifer g.
Three weeks into his board and training, I'm impressed with Jack, our two year old sweet but impulsive, border collie - mix's significant  improvement.  Known to retreat and hide from several trainers, from the initial assessment, Dillon differentiated himself and  took the time to gain Jack's trust, as well as mine.  With Jack happily responding to Dillon, I knew FullpotentialK9 was the right decision for us.  Under Dillon's and the  team's guidance Jack is learning to temper his behavior,  be a more confident dog and I'm learning to be a better pet parent.  The home setting and multiple training trips in public are invaluable to Jack learning to behave in a real world environment.  Dillon has impressive training knowledge, is an attentive listener, and effective communicator.   He provides useful and practical solutions and treats  both Jack and myself with kindness.  Entrusting someone with your family pet is not an easy decision.  Dillon and the K9 team have made it a positive experience.  Jack is treated with care and compassion, and afforded plenty of attention while learning new skills.  I look forward to having Jack home knowing we will both be in a better place as a result of Dillon's efforts.
Full Potential K9 IncFull Potential K9 Inc
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