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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

Reviews for Lakeland dog trainers
Connor G.
Lee is a fantastic dog trainer and coach. His training methods are effective, hands-on and easy enough to practice at home. He is very knowledgeable, friendly and passionate about his work. At first, we couldn't take our dog outside on a leash without being pulled everywhere. After the 6 weeks of basic manners training, we've seen very significant changes. Our dog now walks right beside us, sits/lays down when told and stays until called. I am so thankful that we took training classes with Lee. I would happily recommend him for any of his multiple training courses and will definitely use him again.
Friday's DoghouseFriday's Doghouse
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent trainer. We knew most of the basics but David taught us how to consistantly apply them and made us realize the language that dogs speak and how to effectivly communicate with them. Extremely helpful training session. Thanks David!
A Best Friend Certified Professional Dog TrainingA Best Friend Certified Professional Dog Training
Barbara H.
I cannot say enough about The way he Has been in his professionalism his friendliness his caring And his treatment of Kaiser our dog. Also the things said he has already taught Kaiser in the way he has been with Kaiser and help us to be able to learn from him till we can teach Kaiser at home. He has been understanding not only of our dog Kaiser but also of us. We had to miss one Session because of illness I thought he would deduct that from our 6 sessions I had paid for. To my surprise he did not. He truly cares more about Training our dog Kaiser and helping us teach Our dog then he does getting the money. He is so kind and gentle with our dog and at the same time he does want Kaiser to learn and he wants to help us have a well mannered dog. If you just want a well mannered dog or if you want to have a show dog he is the one to see. I can't say enough about him Tell all your friends this is the man to see
Friday's DoghouseFriday's Doghouse
Lori H.
Lee is in the process of helping our rescue dog find his place in our family. He is totally attached to me and no one else in the family. Murray has only had 1 training session so far but we can already see a massive difference in him. Lee...you certainly know what you are doing and your love for animals shows. Thank you!
Friday's DoghouseFriday's Doghouse
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