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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 Miami dog trainers
Stuart A.
About 2 months ago I got a new dog named Luna. Luna weighs about 65 pounds. I hired a trainer to help me train Luna. Luna is a little over one year. Nathaniel is the trainer and is excellent. Nathaniel has been coming to my house once a week for the last 6 weeks. Nathaniel not only trains the dog but trains the dog owner. Nathaniel is my Cesar. I highly recommend Nathaniel to train any dog.
Silver Dog Training LLCSilver Dog Training LLC
David J.
This is our 3rd dog trainer and we are making progress to the dog we want.
Dances with Dogs, Inc.Dances with Dogs, Inc.
Elsie F.
Linda was amazing! She really knows what she us doing when it comes to dog training. I am looking forward to having more training with her. My dogs were very responsive to her training methods!
Wagtime Petsitting & Dog Training llcWagtime Petsitting & Dog Training llc
Synthia J.
I don’t know how to briefly put in words how these ladies saved my friendship with my dogs. After trying on my own to train and tons of frustration of dogs not potty trained at 2 yrs old and 1 yr old, I was not enjoying my dogs anymore and knew boarding/training was the only way to go. After interviewing and speaking to several trainers I knew Aninanny was the only choice. They LOVINGLY trained my dogs (as a pet owner we worry about leaving our dogs with someone). They were in frequent contact and sent photos and videos to assure me of the kind way they taught my dogs. When my dogs came back to me- they were completely trained; listening to my commands; not urinating through my house; and cuddly as ever. Thanks so much Aninanny for giving me back the loving pets I yearned for. I now have a place to take my dogs when I need a dog sitter as well. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEIR SERVICES.
Pack Academy, LLCPack Academy, LLC
Aliya N.
Nathaniel is an amazing dog trainer! We have had only 2 sessions with him so far and we are already seeing a huge improvement in our dog. Our dog is 1.5 and is exhibiting some dangerous over protective qualities. He doesn’t trust people and can be aggressive. One day one, Nathaniel won over his trust in just a few minutes. We haven’t seen this before with any other dog trainer! Amazing!!! He also provides this awesome packet that explains the entire program for your dog. I highly recommend Nathaniel for dog training!!
Silver Dog Training LLCSilver Dog Training LLC
Daniel M.
Nathaniel is a master of his craft. He is so knowledgeable and has a deep understanding of how dogs thinks and what needs to happen to get the dog trained quickly and efficiently. I was able to get my 12 week only puppy through the whole training pack in 3 session. Thank you Nathaniel for all your help and support. I strongly recommend him to anyone in need of training their dog.
Silver Dog Training LLCSilver Dog Training LLC
Indira B.
Nathaniel showed me he has big Acknowledge training dogs. One class with him was enough for me to see a big improvement on my two Labrador retriever. I’m super happy and I’ll continue working with him to have my dogs with all the proper education they need to have. Thanks silver dog training!
Silver Dog Training LLCSilver Dog Training LLC
Jamal G.
I’m early in my training with Nathaniel but have already seen a marked change in my puppies behavior. Nathaniel is also great at letting me know the things I need to change as a “pack leader” he addresses all of my concerns and takes the time to explain and demonstrate ways to work. I have a very large puppy that could potentially be a very big dangerous dog but under Nathaniel’s training I am confident that my dog will be a well behaved, confident family member and friend. I highly recommend Silver Dog Training for dogs of any age and at any stage of training.
Silver Dog Training LLCSilver Dog Training LLC
Lea N.
The trainers were very punctual and responsive. They are dedicated to teaching both us and our dogs!
Kanine Kai Academy IncKanine Kai Academy Inc
Emma G.
UPDATE: for anyone reading these reviews, it is ENTIRELY UP TO YOU as the handler/owner to continue training your dog!! I can't stress his enough! Nathaniel provides you with all the tools and resources you need to reinforce everything he's doing with your dog. Nathaniel trains YOU on how to train your dog. Please do not expect the dog to retain everything it's being taught if you do not reinforce it. If keeping a dog is a long term commitment, so is training it! Leaving my original review for reference: First lesson with Nathaniel! I already feel so much more confident in handling my dog. Nathaniel was very informative during our lesson, letting me know all the reasoning behind the things he’s implementing in my dogs training. He provided a cheat sheet that also gave me some homework so that I can reinforce everything we worked on! Can’t wait for our next lesson.
Silver Dog Training LLCSilver Dog Training LLC
Flavio C.
Osama has been great! He responded in a timely manner, explained about the service through a phone call and is very knowledgeable! I did a puppy training package and I strongly recommend for everyone. He teaches you how to train your dog and help with any questions for new and experienced dog owners (this is my third dog).
OneStopK9OneStopK9
Vinesh V.
He's great with the dog. But he is very arrogant / cocky. He tried to cancel our second session due to car issues. He was trying to end the sessions at the 5th session, saying the dog is fully trained, even though this was a guaranteed 9 sessions and the dog was not fully trained. He also committed the dog would stop biting, and the dog did not. Could've learned everything he taught in a couple of hours of YouTube videos. Also for the last session he came just for 15 mins and left.
Silver Dog Training LLCSilver Dog Training LLC
Amanda Z.
I would recommend K9 Pack Dog Training to anyone who wants an obedient dog! I brought my 5 month old presa pup to Bar and Or for a 3 week board and train and could not be happier with the results. Now I can take my obedient pup anywhere!!
K9 Pack Dog TrainingK9 Pack Dog Training
Jane A.
I found the perfect dog trainer! Linda clearly loves dogs and she has the knowledge of a seasoned professional!! She provides everything in writing if you have the time to study it!! Great find!!
Wagtime Petsitting & Dog Training llcWagtime Petsitting & Dog Training llc
Cinda S.
NATHANIEL SILVER has been a PEACE MAKER in our family. He is training me with the skills to train my two dogs, both are 3 years old. Nathaniel is very knowledgeable of both human and dog psychology. Working with older dogs is more of a challenge than puppies. I rescued them both. We have begun with the essentials of potty training and the proper commands for extinction of behaviors (potty training of adult dogs), and how to use the leash and your voice to create proper behaviors (OFF, SIT, etc.). I need to gain control of their behaviors. I have only been working at this for six weeks and expect even more improvement with Nathaniel's guidance. I will post our progress periodically.
Silver Dog Training LLCSilver Dog Training LLC
Manuel E.
Best dog trainer in FL!! I've owned several dogs and I've worked with many dog trainers, including celebrity dog trainers and honestly, the rest don't compare. No one has actually taken time to help me really understand dog psychology and why a dog would behave a certain way up until I met Nathaniel. He broke down the canine hiarchy, explained why it was so important and he also taught me the best times of the day to train and get the most out of a session. My puppy is now very happy, well mannered, he ignores other dogs and people on walks, he walks off leash, he doesn't walk through doorways without permission, he doesn't jump on me or anyone else, he waits patiently until given permission to eat even if the bowl of food Is directly in front of him, he can stay put on his bed for hours until given permission to break. All this and much more in 6 sessions with Nathaniel. I highly recommend him and I can almost bet that he will be the last trainer you try.
Silver Dog Training LLCSilver Dog Training LLC
Lexy F.
Megan is an amazing person I don’t know what I would have done if it wasn’t for her training sessions. My dog was out of control and always running straight out the door. After one session, Ellie (my dog) was behaving better and listened more. Completely worth it! Couldn’t have picked a better trainer!
Expedition Paws Dog TrainingExpedition Paws Dog Training
Kelli H.
Nathaniel is awesome. He has a wonderful personality not just with your dog but with the dog owner as well. He is professional and extremely knowledgeable about the behavior of dogs which truly makes him the dog whisperer. He is busy but totally worth the wait. His staff, Dazye is equally professional, very responsive and easy to work with. As my puppy progresses I will continue to work with Nathaniel and Silver Dog Training.
Silver Dog Training LLCSilver Dog Training LLC
Marlen W.
This is my first training and I learned a lot. Gerard's knowledge has given me the tranquility I need, since having a new dog at home can be very stressful. He listened carefully and understood exactly what I and my dogs need. Very excited to keep going with the training and learn as much as I can from him.
My Dog RehabMy Dog Rehab
Kate M.
I have two very stubborn and aggressive dogs. I had tried 3 different trainers and had honestly lost hope when one of them bit a person. But after just a few lessons with Nathaniel, I have two completely different dogs. He is a great teacher and person to work with. He has undying patience as we humans screw up dog training after he's already taught us three times (the dogs are much quicker learners). I so appreciate all of the helpful information, videos, and tips he's sent my way in addition to our lessons. Pre-training: I couldn't have anyone over to my house, they constantly reacted on walks, they barked all the time in the house, and never listen. Six lessons in: Friends are being introduced, they have massively reduced their reactivity, barking is to a minimum, and they obey commands! I really am so happy I went with him and am looking forward to continuing training to see how well trained my dogs (and myself) can get.
Silver Dog Training LLCSilver Dog Training LLC
Carla B.
I could not mark more than 3 thinks we liked about this dog trainer, but he has work quality and punctuality too. :-) We tried another trainers, but OneStopK9 is the best we know for sure. Thank you!
OneStopK9OneStopK9
Hem T.
Great experience working with Brianna thus far. We had her train our long-haired chihuahua for 2 weeks while we went on our vacation. She gave us video updates very regularly which put us at ease. Our 9-month of puppy seemed very happy to be at her place along with other dogs. Our puppy seems to be doing very well after the training. I definitely recommend her for anyone looking to train their dogs.
Pack Academy, LLCPack Academy, LLC
Lauren l.
The greatest dog trainers EVER! Woof pack helped me retrain my pup. She’s a completely different animal. I am so thankful for them!
Woof Pack MiamiWoof Pack Miami
Preetha C.
Nathaniel was more than I expected. We are first time dog owners and Nathaniel very clearly explained his goals for every visit. He was very professional and an expert in dog training. My 2 month old puppy Absolutely loved him. We have started incorporating some of his techniques and looks like it’s working very well. We are very happy and know we picked the right trainer.
Silver Dog Training LLCSilver Dog Training LLC
Paul Z.
We had a wonderful but spoiled Maltese for 14 years. We now have another, and he is 4 months old. We want to love Casper just as much but have him behave more like a dog. I spent quite a while on dog trainer reviews and selected Silver Dog Training. We just had our first hour session with Nathaniel and he is very serious but effective. He clearly loves dogs but gave us the insight into certain behaviors of ours and Caspers that either enforce or undermine the kind of behavior we want. We plan to practice what we learned and look forward to Caspers session with Nathaniel next week.
Silver Dog Training LLCSilver Dog Training LLC
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