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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.  .

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.

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 Jacksonville dog trainers
Karen m.
Wonderful experience with Karyn the dog whisperer and great dog trainer. She is the best trainer for our miniature dachshund puppy. Much better than the other trainer we hired years ago! We needed help and she has given us a new dog. Karyn is also kind with dogs and has a real passion for animals! She has given us a new dog and potty trained in one week. Amazing job and highly recommend her!
Best Behaved PupsBest Behaved Pups
Holly H.
Karyn is knowledgeable about dogs and her training methods got results...my dog loves her !
Best Behaved PupsBest Behaved Pups
Marina C.
Extremely professional trainer that wants the best for our loved dogs.
Rescue Me! Making a Woof Connection LLCRescue Me! Making a Woof Connection LLC
Madison C.
I have two 5 year old dogs that I thought were too old to train. Now it’s like I have two brand new dogs. Can’t beat the price and the training techniques!
Best Behaved PupsBest Behaved Pups
Cindy P.
We are still early in the training, but Karyn has been an amazing resource on canine behavior, training aids, and nutrition. She is firm but fair with our dog, and he responds very positively to her visits. We are looking forward to seeing a permanent difference in our dog's behavior by the end of the training sessions. :-)
Best Behaved PupsBest Behaved Pups
Vina D.
My dogs obedience training has been going great, thanks Vit. Looking forward to some protection training in the near future!
K9 Training CenterK9 Training Center
Thumbtack Customer
Karyn is a great trainer extremely knowledgeable and actually cares about the puppies she trains I would recommend her to anyone who needs any type of dog training.
Best Behaved PupsBest Behaved Pups
Denise B.
She was wonderful with us and our two pups. It was the humans that needed training not the dogs. 😀
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Paul A.
Have two dogs and was able to help get them on the same page. Great trainer
Best Behaved PupsBest Behaved Pups
Melissa M.
Dana has been fantastic in helping me train my goldendoodle Mac. Her methods are fun for my dog to learn and makes training enjoyable!
Tandem K9, inc.Tandem K9, inc.
Jennifer M.
Sara was very detailed & brought her own dog to show the level of training. She was great!!
Mercer K9 Inc.Mercer K9 Inc.
Codi C.
Karyn was awesome! We did several sessions with her for our 4 yr old husky/German shepherd mix and she gave us great insight on some issues that we were having and gave us great tools to try to solve these issues. Not only was the training sessions themselves effective, but she gave us things to work on and continue to practice each week so we can build off during our next session. So not only was she training our dog, but she helped train us as dog parents to continue to work with our dog/dogs in effective ways. In general, she was an awesome person, very responsive and kind. Definitely recommend her for your dog training needs!
Best Behaved PupsBest Behaved Pups
Ashley N.
Karyn is very knowledgeable when it comes to dog's behaviors. She is patient with the dog and the owner (as I am learned too). I recommend her to anyone who is trying to train.
Best Behaved PupsBest Behaved Pups
Thumbtack Customer
I didn’t know what to expect with asking a dog trainer to help me out with my big boy, but Andrea exceeded any expectation I had. She gave valuable assessments and suggestions that have so far turned my dominant bullheaded Great Dane mix into a more well rounded, submissive pup. It’s not just about training the dog, but about re-training the people who care for the dog. Can’t wait to have her back to see our progress and to receive more guidance!!
Rescue Me! Making a Woof Connection LLCRescue Me! Making a Woof Connection LLC
Frederick A.
Andrea was very knowledgeable about dogs and their mental state. I was able to take one day of training from her to help understand my dogs aggressive nature towards my second dog. Which in turn help me get my dogs to cohabitate better. I would recommend her.
Rescue Me! Making a Woof Connection LLCRescue Me! Making a Woof Connection LLC
Cathy B.
Our dog was immediately at ease with Karyn. She is very calm and easy to work with. We are looking forward to more training.
Best Behaved PupsBest Behaved Pups
Thumbtack Customer
We've only had two weeks of training but Deborah and Cliff are great. They are professional, kind and knowledgeable. We truly appreciate and enjoy the training we do together. Not only is my dog Thea getting valuable training but so are my husband and I.
EXTRAORDINARY K9EXTRAORDINARY K9
Michael M.
Have worked with Vit for awhile now and all I can say is he is at a very high level in dog training! ...from obedience to protection training, test him out before you go anywhere else.
K9 Training CenterK9 Training Center
Fran B.
I adopted a dog from the human society and needed lots of help. Life is so much better now that Karyn has been training.
Best Behaved PupsBest Behaved Pups
Sylvia F.
My dog and I are confident that Karyn has instilled in us the training we need to build a long lasting relationship, and our journey to become a therapy dog! Thanks to Karyn and her expertise through it all, it has been fun and enlightening! I highly recommend Karyn!!!!
Best Behaved PupsBest Behaved Pups
Meagan p.
Shane is great to work with. He's patient and observant but also knowledgeable and offers ideas to help you work with your dog on your own. His passion for animals showed while he worked with my dogs. He was very attentive to their needs but also pushed them to work on their training.
True Dog | Obedience TrainingTrue Dog | Obedience Training
Thumbtack Customer
Trainer arrived on time and was super focused. She gave me ideas and methods to help my dog that I never would have thought of. Since each dog is so different, the articles I read online helped in a general sense, but Andrea zeroed in on our dog's specific personality traits and needs and gave me some great instructions to help our overly aggressive and bossy little ShihTzu! Thanks, Andrea!
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Brenda E.
Andrea has been an absolute God send! We have 2 large rescues,one that is very dog reactive,which makes our walks a little tense. We’ve worked with other trainers in the past that were a total waste of time and money. We have seen such improvements in both dogs’ behavior and manners,and are excited for what the future holds.
Rescue Me! Making a Woof Connection LLCRescue Me! Making a Woof Connection LLC
Naghyl T.
When we first started looking for a dog trainer, I did a general web search, and Tandem K9 came up as being available on Thumbtack. I downloaded the app and again requested results for dog training. There were about 6-7 matches and I started reading the reviews. Initially I was more cautious about the price tag, because I don’t know much about the cost of these kinds of programs, and I did not know how to judge the quality of what I was paying for. I always read the reviews before I purchase anything because I believe that if a person is willing to take the time to write about their experience and post it somewhere, that it has more value for the person reading it. Nobody has time for anything anymore, but we make time for the things that matter. What attracted me the most to Tandem K9 was the accreditation’s that Dana has with her company, and with her own background. Plus the fact that she is still providing dogs with a purpose for the US military today. Her company is out of Hilliard, which is about an hour from where we live and I was concerned about being able to make that drive on a regular basis. We have very complicated schedules. However once we made the initial trip up there, just to meet with Dana and Lee, who is part of her training staff, we suddenly felt like we were in the right place, and the value of the training they could offer, would be well worth the cost. Dana has a very straightforward, no nonsense approach that makes it easy to understand and appreciate what her training can provide. She was able to give us an example of the results of her training with one of her dogs, and that picture spoke volumes. Since then, we have been working with Lee and he has the flexibility to come to our home, which made this far more convenient. Although only a few weeks in that Lee has been working with our dogs, we have seen improvement, from the very first session, and I appreciate that we are learning to correct our behaviors, right along with our dogs. It is very promising to see that with the right instruction, our dogs can become trained and polite. Lee has been very gentle and humorous with that instruction, to both the dogs and ourselves. We have 2 female littermates, that are approximately a year old. The breed appears to be mixed; lab and pit. The dogs were abandoned on a porch out of state, and we got them at about 6 weeks old. They had some understanding of a few commands at home prior to starting with Lee, but were almost uncontrollable in public. We are definitely improving every week with this training. We so appreciate Tandem K9, and the quality of the training they are offering our family!
Tandem K9, inc.Tandem K9, inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Sit Means Sit Jacksonville is an amazing family to be a part of. I first met Amber at a Dog Wood Park Event, I informed her of the issues I was having with my dog Calypso and she was eager to help. I first started training Calypso at Petsmart doing the Beginner, Intermediate, Advance classes, and Canine Good Citizen test, which Calypso passed. After a while my husband and I got discouraged due to the fact we didn't like having to walk around with treats in our pocket in the hot Florida weather. As well as Calypso started having "selective hearing", which was not acceptable and in return I felt that the next step was to buy an e collar at petsmart. I used it and it worked ok for a while but I was not using it properly so she started having "selective hearing" even while wearing the e collar. I was wanting to work on strengthening basic commands and recall, as well as start working on off leash distance training. Amber offered a free in home evaluation so she could see my crazy Doberman in action. What first caught my attention was that Calypso walked right up to her and leaned on her, slid down, and showed Amber her stomach. A little information about Calypso, she doesn't do this with just anyone, for her to do that with in a few minutes of Amber being in our house was amazing. After going through the evaluation and with Ambers help we decided the next step in Calypso's training was to do in home training and group classes with Sit Means Sit Jacksonville. I loved the in home one on one training because I was able to continue to bond with Calypso and learn with her. After just a few home sessions we were invited to group class. I love the group class aspect of training because it is training out and about with distractions that you cannot always control. With Amber there it made it easy because she could tell us how to work around the distraction if we weren't successful the first time. I also like group because all the dogs there are trained by Sit Means Sit Jacksonville and it is in a controlled environment with the trainer. I also like group because in the past I have taken Calypso to the dog park and just about every time she was attacked. One of the times she was attacked so badly she had 3 layers of stitches. So with group I am still able to socialize her and not worry about the other dogs attacking and the owners not paying attention because we are all there for the same purpose. Which is training and having fun out and about with our dogs and other people. Like I stated earlier, Sit Means Sit Jacksonville is an amazing family to be a part of. I am glad we choose Sit Means Sit Jacksonville Dog Training and highly recommend them.
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