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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.

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 Kissimmee dog trainers
Beth M.
Sandro is the best dog trainer I have ever had. He is way better than the dog whisperer. He is so kind with my dog and my dog in return is very responsive to his training methods. He really knows how a dog thinks. I am finally so happy to get a well mannered dog who I adore more than life itself 🐶😘
Happy Tails Learning CenterHappy Tails Learning Center
Melissa s.
Adam is very patient and knowledgeable with training dogs and has done an incredible job so far with our dog Bullet!
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Edriana L.
Maddison did a fabulous job in helping me train my dog Phoebe. She is very patient and very sweet! My dogs love her! I keep recommending her to everyone I see could benefit from her training advice!
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Leslie C.
Sandro has been excellent. Our pup is about 7 months old. When she first arrived she was so unsure of herself. Due to the training, she has blossomed. He certainly has a way with dogs and has a pleasing personality. I have used him 9 times and our dog is becoming a pleasure due to his training methods. So far, training has been worth every penny. I love the fact that he comes to your house also. Most importantly, our dog loves him!!!!
Happy Tails Learning CenterHappy Tails Learning Center
Tisha W.
He was amazing just with our evaluation. He possesses magic I swear our dog didn’t bark and was great with him. I see the problem is us not our dog. We will be hiring him to train us so our baby will have the confidence he deserves.
Happy Tails Learning CenterHappy Tails Learning Center
Kristina W.
What an amazing experience we had with Happy Tails Learning Center. My husband and I adopted our dog Marley, who had quite a cruel beginning of life. She was found tied to a pole and needed surgery to release the colar, that was embedded in her neck. Needless to say she had trust issues with people, but seemed to come to love us. But with finally having a loving family, she wanted to protect us from everyone. We were unsure how to work with her considering we knew nothing about her. We contacted Happy Tails Learning Center after reading the reviews, and we are more than please with the responses and results we have witnessed with our dog, and recieced from the trainer. We have learned so much through the training. He is not training the dog, he is training the owners!! We need to learn how to work with Marley (our dog) to help her become successful through the training and we need to be in charge, not the dog. I would recommend anyone and everyone to Happy Tails Learning Center. We have noticed a big difference and know how to handle our dog during different situations and experiences. It feels really great to have control. You can tell he loves his job and animals. He is always willing to assist you and answer any question you have. Also, he works with our schedules, I work long hours and my husband works all over the state. But this does not stop him, he gives his support and his availability is amazing. Please if you are looking for a dog trainer, use Happy Tails Learning Center! You won't regret it.
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Cindy N.
He is very skilled in working with dogs. We had a barking dog n he taught us ways to deal n train her to stop barking. He takes the time to listen n understand where the dog comes from. In our case we obtained her from a rescue n he helped us to understand our dog better. He gave us different ways to discipline her n today he told us which way was best for her. He took the time to get to know us n our dog which is greatly appreciated.
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Milli T.
I highly recommend Happy Tails ! Leash pulling and jumping on people was a big issue for us but just half way through training and he has improved a lot! All of the training involves positive reinforcement which has worked wonders with my dog. It definitely takes a lot of practice and patience but Slander and I have learned a lot. Extremely happy with the results so far 😊
Happy Tails Learning CenterHappy Tails Learning Center
Jordan B.
Lee (Master Friday) is a great guy! Works very hard with his student and genuinely cares! My dog had learned some even though he is taking a while to take it all in, and his behavior has changed! I will definitely recommend training with Master Friday!
Friday's DoghouseFriday's Doghouse
Andrea H.
I highly recommend Neighborwoof. Jessica is an amazing trainer. We needed help with our 12 week old lab pup. He was nipping the kids and he wouldn't walk on a leash. After a couple sessions she was about to get him on a leash and start walking. She also taught us ways to prevent the nipping and gave us a schedule for him. Jessica is so great, easy to work with and friendly. Our pup was so exciting to see her everytime she came. Getting a dog trainer was the best decision. 💙🐕‍🦺
Max C.
Wow! Denise is so wonderful! We had our first session with her and our two new 2 month old Husky puppies, and by the end of her time with them she had transformed them into completely different well behaved dogs! She is punctual, well spoken, knowledgable, experienced, and extremely professional. The training materials she gave us are well made and easy to understand. We are excited to have her back next week and to continue training with her. If you are on the fence, don’t be. Hire her and you won’t regret it!!
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Rosemary y.
Sandros is absolutely the best. I would highly recommend him. He is excellent with our dog and Buddy is responding so well to his training technique. Thank you Sandro. I will miss you. When I am a teenager, I might need some refreshing, but for now, you did real good. See you in the neighborhood. Your Buddy
Happy Tails Learning CenterHappy Tails Learning Center
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