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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.

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.

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.

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 Oakland Park dog trainers
Courtney G.
I have no words to express how much gratitude I feel towards Nathaniel and Sebastian at Silver Dog Training! I have tried 2 previous in home trainers for my dog, and she learned some of the cues but regressed quickly. With the boarding option Silver Dog Training offers and then the carryover in home training, it was a home run! Whenever my friends ask me where to get their dog trained, my answer will always be with Nathaniel and Sebastian. 100% recommend for anyone looking for dog training!
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Abbey V.
Nathaniel has been so knowledgeable in getting my husband and I the education we need to train our dog. We have seen a great stride with our dogs training and the confidence we have training her.
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Sarah T.
I hired Silver dog training to help train my dog (and me) to bring some sanity back into our home. Our dog Buddy responded so well after just one visit that we are maintaining training on a daily basis with weekly visits from Nathanial for advanced training. He has taught me how to use verbal commands and other techniques that have turned our crazy hyper and defiant pup into obedient & attentive. I would definitely recommend Silver dog training!
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Thomas B.
Nathaniel really understands dog behavior so that his training techniques are very effective and easy for dog to understand.
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Marcy V.
Franco is truly amazing with his God-given talent. He takes the time to explain what makes a dog tick. Realistically, his title should not be dog trainer but people trainer. We have learned so much from him in regards to how a dog thinks and as a result we have a very well behaved dog.
Happy K9 Club, IncHappy K9 Club, Inc
Peter S.
Very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the process. Provided a good starting point and taught both the owner and dog with patience. His experience in training dogs is obvious. He was very very flexible with the training dates and constantly asked for updates.
Full Potential K9 IncFull Potential K9 Inc
Angelica T.
We came across K9 because we were having problems with our dog, nuez. She was being reactive to people and dogs and too nervous all the time. They answer me right away to help us and I’m glad we did choose them to train her. They did an incredible job with her. She is a confident dog now and her obedience is perfect after the training with Bar. I highly recommend K9 to train your dog.
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Margo d.
My partner and I are thrilled with the results of our dog's training! I spent a long time trying to find the right trainer because I knew our dog was a special case full of bad habits that needed fixing. Especially since we had tried other training classes in the past with no success. Full Potential stuck out immediately though! They're training technique is incredibly effective and it shows. We feel like we have a brand new dog!
Full Potential K9 IncFull Potential K9 Inc
Zac B.
Amazing job on premises working with my dog and teaching great training tips!
Benevolent Sun Dogs, LLCBenevolent Sun Dogs, LLC
Lauren M.
Kim really listened to my needs concerning my dog. I believe with her professional training and guidance it will make a difference in my dogs behavior.
Benevolent Sun Dogs, LLCBenevolent Sun Dogs, LLC
John B.
First meeting, learned a lot. Our dog felt very comfortable. Trained us as much as the dog. EXACTLY what i was hoping for. Recommend very highly
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Danny D.
Nathaniel is a great trainer for any dog, regardless of age or training level. He effectively walks you through each lesson and makes each lesson easy to grasp so you can practice on your dog. My one year old dog was able to learn much more than I expected in a short amount of time!
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Ruben G.
Nathaniel is an amazing balanced dog trainer! Although he seems to specialize a lot in training aggressive or reactive dogs, he was happy to teach us about how to do basic training for our new 6-month puppy, Sterling. You can tell he really loves dogs and he puts a lot of care and effort into the training. He is also very nice, always on time, and explains everything clearly. His training sessions are very affordable and customizable. You can ask him to focus on training specific commands, and you can choose how many sessions you want to do. He was able to run us through the basic training program in just three sessions, and you can tell he tries to pack as much information and practice into each session as possible to make the most of it. Even if you do just one session, you will learn a lot. Instead of just training your dog for you, he teaches you and gives you the resources needed for training your dog yourself. In a session, he gives you plenty of information on why he does certain techniques, shows you how to do the training exercises, and then he has you do the training exercises a couple times to make sure you're doing it correctly. Then he gives you some homework to do during the time before your next session. After the sessions, you will understand how to train your dog longterm so you won't have to rely on any other trainers. Since we've had Nathaniel teaching us, we have learned a ton of information and now feel much better-equipped to train our dog throughout his lifetime. Sterling has made a lot of progress so far and is turning out to be a fantastic dog. We are extremely happy with this training and can't wait to use what we learned in the future!
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Anthony H.
Nathaniel is an excellent and knowledgeable trainer. Answers questions very thoroughly and works well with the dog situation.
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Emily B.
Cliff has a wonderful way of communicating with not only dogs but also their owners. He provides clear instructions while training and leaves written instructions for use in reinforcing what was learned. His training has made an enormous difference in my dog's behaviors and in how I communicate with them. I would highly recommend Cliff for any training needs.
Cliff SantosCliff Santos
Thumbtack Customer
Cliff is an exceptional trainer. We had a pretty severe case of aggression with our dog. Our dog is a 5 year old shepherd lab mix and 100 pounds so dealing with the aggression was pretty hard so we hired Cliff. We were a little nervous in the beginning because we are very protective of our "baby." Cliff showed great professionalism and is very skilled and trained trainer. We now trust Cliff 110% with our dog and he has taught us so much!!! Our dogs behavior has improved so much and even friends and family have noticed and commented. His past behaviors included biting, aggression towards other dogs on walks, not listening to us and overall stubbornness and if he didn't want to do it he wasn't going to. We still have things to learn and more training to do but our dog has definitely had a major improvement and continues to learn from Cliff. If you are looking for a trainer for your dog Cliff is your guy!
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Marie L.
My dog had a bit of aggression issues and mainly with other dogs. He is a Shepard/Akita mix, a Potcake rescue from the Bahamas. He was really a handful to deal with, horrible on a leash, and refused to obey most of the time. I have been working with Silver for past few weeks and I now have a wonderful dog that loves the dog park, and I am now working on off leash training. I could not be happier with the training and advice. I must say that I boarded him briefly and really think that instilled the best training. Thank you so much for the care and attention that we received.
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Minely M.
Kim was very responsive and explained all the dog training process in great detail. Also, very knowledgeable, dedicated and compassionate.
Benevolent Sun Dogs, LLCBenevolent Sun Dogs, LLC
Wayne E.
Jane responded quickly to my request for a dog trainer. I wanted a trainer who would come to my home and train me and our dog. First I spent time on the phone with Jane to identify my needs and what I wanted to accomplish. Next Jane met me and our dog at my home for a 2 hour training session. Jane provided techniques on how to work on wait, & come and how to apply in different situations. Most helpful was her guidance in training him to walk without lunging and pulling. Since our session Jane continues to call and follow up with our progress. And to offer new suggestions. We are grateful for her help and continued support.
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Angela M.
Nathaniel was so amazing with my dog and was honest about how many sessions he needed, which was really nice. He is so knowledge about how dogs think and behave which makes him a great trainer. My dog loved him which was also a plus!!
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Aimee F.
I am very pleased with the training my American Bulldog is receiving from Brian. I can see the progress she is making every time Brian teaches her and I new skills to practice. He has such a repoire with my dog and is so patient with her. I would highly recommend using Brian for training services if needed for your dog.
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Tyyne H.
After rescuing our abused reactive dog, Georgia, we couldn’t train her for eight months due to her medical needs. During this time her fear and her misbehaviors increased. We were surprised and excited by the great positive changes in her behavior after just a few sessions with Nathaniel. He has given us the tools we need to continue our training with Georgia. We would highly recommend Silver Dog Training.
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Paul d.
Nathan is well-versed in the skill of dog training. He is patient and knowledgeable. This was our first week. Will keep you up-to-date as things progress.
Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)Silver Dog Training LLC (Nathaniel Silver)
Thumbtack Customer
I have a chocolate lab that has a jumping problem after the first clicker training Reese is responding. Brian comes once a week and shows me how to train Reese, which has been very effective. I highly recommend Brian..very knowledgable in dog training Sue-August 5,2015
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Angela R.
Check out all the other trainers then give Jane the call! You will be so happy you did. Jane is my third trainer and the first to truly impress me. She definitely has her own unique style which I'm grateful for. First we spoke on the phone for about an hour discussing my concerns for my dog. Then the next day she arrived and slowly got acquainted with my dog and trained me on how to deal with Marco. Slowly but surely everything's gonna be alright!
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