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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.  .

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.

Reviews for Naples dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Bob came over and gave a great opening, getting our husky Cody to settle while he introduced his enrichment style of training which is different than traditional training methods. Bob had no problem pouring out his extensive knowledge in one session, notably some tips from dog training conferences he goes to and books he reads. He's up to date in the world of dog training, but also knows the history of training and how we, as dog owners, need to let go of certain negative training practices. Our husky responded to Bob's leadership immediately. We wanted Bob to help us with our dog's resource guarding behavior towards other dogs, how to walk on a lead and respond to us as the leaders. Bob showed us the ropes and gave us the knowledge and advice that we need to enrich our relationship with our husky and still get the training results we want. He brought up well researched alternatives for our dog activities that we would've never thought to do. He also pointed out behaviors of our dog that we didn't notice, such as disguised anxiety signals and how to resolve them. OVERALL, WE THINK BOB IS AWESOME AND WE'RE SO THANKFUL FOR HOW CHEAP HIS RATE IS!!! Absolutely worth it.
Sara A.
Amy is very knowledgeable and professional. She has a calmness about her that helps when training. She is great about sharing and breaking down terms and truly knows how to train dogs. Highly recommend Amy!’
Amy Doerr Four Paws Training SolutionsAmy Doerr Four Paws Training Solutions
Stu G.
Bob Kessler was the perfect dog trainer for us.We learned a great deal about our Malteese and made real progress on his first visit.
Thumbtack Customer
Janine came to our home two times to observe our dog's behavior and our interactions with the dog in various situations and then offered suggestions for us in our leadership role and appropriate correction techniques for our dog. Janine also met us at a dog park and in a local pet store to observe our dog's interactions in different situations. Once again she demonstrated better ways for us to lead and correct our dog to attain the desired "calm mind" state for our dog in these situations with strangers and other dogs. We have been very happy with Janine and her suggestions for training us as leaders in working with our dog.
Janine ShlasingerJanine Shlasinger
Joyce D.
Michele came on time. Described her teaching technique, took time to become acquainted with both my dogs and began some training. I hired her for 5 sessions.
Awesome n PawsomeAwesome n Pawsome
Frank R.
We have a rare breed (Kishu Ken - Japanese Spitz) and were looking for trainer. I must say the sooner you start on training the better! We started at the age of 11 weeks. We hired Robert (Bob) and we (including our puppy) loved every training minute and could see results right away. We highly recommend Bob as a dog trainer and as a trusted advisor. We will hire him def. again in the future A+++
Thumbtack Customer
Robert is terrific! With no prior dog experience he was able to give my wife and I a feeling of control of our 2 puppies in the first session. Our dogs also made a new best friend within minutes. It's wonderful to know that dogs can be trained with positive feedback and encouragement and not have to raise a voice or demean them in any way. Wish I knew these things raising my kids. Doug Freeley, MD
Thumbtack Customer
Very shocked that Bob was able to get Lexie to stop barking in the first session. Looking forward to our next session. Very pleased. Highly recommend Bob Kessler to anyone who needs a dog trainer.
Thumbtack Customer
Bob is an excellent trainer. My one year old Maltipoo had some barking and socializing issues, and he showed me how I was actually rewarding her negative behaviors. After two sessions, Pepper and I have measurably improved, and I've added two more sessions to build on her already better behavior. Well worth the time and money to have a well- behaved dog. Judy R.
Thumbtack Customer
I was impressed from the beginning of Robert's visit to the end. He is very nice and easy to talk to. He made great strides with Beckie even the end of the visit was amazing! He taught her to jump up on the couch! Beckie was a breeding dog for a puppy mill. She lived her entire life in a cage. Robert was able to train e her to walk on the floor. That was the first time we had seen her actually move from whatever spot she was put on. But at the end of the visit her jumping was worth every penny we paid!!!
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