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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 Fort Myers dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
like the way he trained my dog
Stacy D.
Meggan is a truly awesome dog trainer. She has a background in training guide dogs and my normally-nervous dog took so well to her. She uses reward-based training and was gentle and kind with him. She took the time to answer all of our questions and we're going to continue using her in the future. I highly recommend her!
Thumbtack Customer
Very pleased. Everything is positive. His love for dogs and his knowledge shows in his training. He gives advice in every area of owning your dog i.e. Food, exercise, toys, puzzles, grooming, books to read. We've had previous dogs trained but never in such a positive manner with so much helpful information.
Thumbtack Customer
Bob Knows his business!! If you listen to him your dog will train very easy.
Thumbtack Customer
I appreciated Bob's approach to our dog and the explanations he provided for his purely positive approach. With the little time we spent I've learned a great deal about dogs, and how to approach training my dog better. I look forwards to future sessions with Bob and learning as much as I can about training my dog - so that I can pass the knowledge on and use it throughout my life.
Thumbtack Customer
Bob is extremely knowledgeable about how to positively train dogs. He showed us some great techniques to train our 5mo old puppy. We look forward to continuing to work with him.
Thumbtack Customer
Bob is fantastic. He has great knowledge and it shows the minute he starts training. Bob will give you the tools you need to help your dog as well as enrich your dogs life. Thanks Bob!
Pat P.
Bob Kessler was a very nice man to work with and my dogs loved him. He helped me when I brought in a new puppy by helping my dogs to get along and has remained in contact with me since then to see how they were doing together . He gave me tips on how to improve the acceptance of the new puppy by my older dog. This has been very helpful. He also started to train the new puppy to sit and play ball. He noticed that my puppy had a cough which I just thought was excitement and encouraged me to take it to the vet. The puppy had pneumonia and had I not taken her when I did she probably would not have survived. My other dog would not walk on a leash, but in just a short time he had her walking and sitting and staying . My dogs got very excited when Bob came into the house because they loved to train. He did a great job in a short time. I would encourage anyone to use Bob Kessler to train their dogs . He doesn't forget about you when the sessions are over but remains in contact to help answer questions. I was very please with his services and intend to use him again for additional training for my dogs.
Jenny M.
Chris did a great job training our 7 month old Shih tzu/ Bichon Friese puppies! We were very impressed with the value, professionalism, and wealth of knowledge he shared with us. His response time was extremely quick too. We knew we wanted to hire him right away! He was very flexible and met with us very quickly. The barking and potty accidents stopped as soon as we implemented Chris’ tips. We saw a huge improvement on leash pulling too. He instantly figured out our dogs’ personalities and helped us understand how to best help each dog with his methods. We especially love his technique! It allowed us to get closer to our dogs while showing them love. Chris showed us that dog training is a fun way to establish a relationship and spend time with your dog. Thank you Chris!
All American Dog Inc.All American Dog Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Today was the first day of training for Zazu our German Shepherd and Bob was very patient with us and Zazu, I learned a lot in our first session, I also believe Bob will help us make Zazu a better dog
Kyle J.
Bob is incredibly informative and his love and knowledge of dogs is contagious. We are still in the middle of our series of training with Bob for our miniature Aussie shepherd, who is deaf. Unknowingly we were reinforcing some negative behavior and this was critical that it was redirected. Very happy
Thumbtack Customer
When Bob arrived at my home, he had me vent all my negativity(mostly sports related to his former hometown).He began immediately training my 4 month old Yellow Lab, while we were discussing my dog's behaviors. His positive training techniques ran the gamut of indoor and outdoor behavior. Bob is a wealth of knowledge and I would encourage pet owners to be flexible and keep an open mind about his suggestions.I only have one final question for Bob, "Whose dog did you leave here"? This one is completely different from the one I introduced to you! Thank you so much!
Sarah R.
Chris from All American Dog Inc was amazing!! He was quick to respond and kind enough to work within my hectic schedule. He had a lot of great tips on how to deal with my pup and gave my roommate and I a few great training techniques to incorporate. I’m excited to see the results in a couple weeks!
All American Dog Inc.All American Dog Inc.
David P.
We have been working with Shelby now for a few months. She has done a great job helping us work with our Australian Shepherd (a two-year old male recent rescue). We have taught him basic commands, how to walk on leash, how to greet people when they come to the house and many other things. As dog owners, Shelby has taught us how to be in charge of our dog and as a result he is much calmer and better behaved. We would describe her style of training as positive reenforcement with mild verbal corrections when appropriate. Shelby has been great to work with and our dog has responded really well to her. Shelby has a lot of great skills and knowledge that she has shared with us. She is also creative and willing to think outside the box when something we try with our dog does not work. The cost is very reasonable and we have seen immediate and continued improvement in our dog's behavior. We highly recommend her.
Shelby's Dog TrainingShelby's Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Robert recommended for a 1st visit to be a 2 hour visit. Which equals $180.00 so he can "explain" his philosophy which takes roughly 30 minutes. He stated that while he would be telling his tale that he would be training the whole time. In my opinion he basically wasted 45 minutes talking. He most certainly got my dogs to sit and lie down with treats and then proceeded to tell me my dogs were over weight. In the attempt to give him the benefit of the doubt we pushed on. I felt as though everything my husband and I said he dismissed as wrong without even allowing us to finish a sentence. He did even say to my husband at one point, I'm sorry, your were trying to tell me something because he had cut him off again. One of my issues is having all 3 of my dogs outside at the same time, I let 2 of them out to try and deal with charging at the door and Robert was clearly scared when they went running out and started to yell, "There's something out there!" When I then informed him that the one dog was just chasing lizards. I believe that Robert has good intentions however I feel as though he came into my home and stole $180.00 from me. He even said to me at the end of the visit that "you know a lot about this, you should be my assistant." I thought he was being sarcastic at first and he clarified that he was not. I think if you need a trainer to teach your dogs "tricks" as Robert stated, he is your guy. If you have real behavioral issues move on.
Thumbtack Customer
I knew a bit about the principles he uses, but I also knew that I wasn't using them correctly. Bob helped me see what I needed to correct in order to be a positive leader for my dog, and get the most out of the time spent training her. He also pointed out the ways I was (unknowingly) rewarding the unwanted behavior. Thanks Bob! Now I can more effectively work with my pup.
Andrea R.
Bob had our 5 month old Boxer puppy doing more and behaving calmly within the first 1/2 hour of being in our home. By end of first session we were amazed. Don't waste your time or money at the training classes at the pet store! Even though Loki is not our first Boxer and not our first dog, he gave us a much better understanding as too the why of his behavior and showed us how we were actually enabling his chewing on Momma Can't wait until the next session
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