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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 Ocala dog trainers
Melanie P.
My 5 year old Australian Shepherd is a very anxious and insecure dog. I have seen many dog trainers so far but they didn't even realize that there is such a problem and just trained obedience what she didn't need at all. After 10 minutes with my dog I realized I found the right person finally. She already started to behave different and after 6 weeks boot camp my dog had changed in a way I never thought it would be possible. The insecurity and anxiety was totally gone. I saw people touch her what was absolutely a no go so far. What I like about the training is the fact that he doesn't only train the dog but the owner as well which is very important for me. I cannot thank Gian enough for his passionate work with her and his patience with me. He is an awesome dog trainer that I can only highly recommend.
Gian k9 AcademyGian k9 Academy
Aislinn A.
This man should get a 6 out of 5 stars! Gian is an incredible dog trainer. He sees potential in all dogs and their trainers no matter the circumstance. Gian is incredibly patient and flexible with scheduling, and reasonable on price. Our dalmatian, Clarke, has been fearful of everything since she was a pup. With the right guidance and leadership, Gian has transformed our dog into a more confident house dog. Gian also has helped us as owners with amazing knowledge of how we help our dog see the world as a loving and friendly place! Of course we would have questions, and Gian would be quick to answer them with enthusiasm. Overall, this has been just a great experience! 11/10 would recommend!
Gian k9 AcademyGian k9 Academy
Donald W.
Gian is just great, very calm and knows what to do, he just looked at my Dog and me and knew where the problem was. My Dog Shadow pulls on the leash so bad, but Gian will fix this in a few more training lessons with my Dog and me. Gian is very nice and friendly and every Dog-Owner can trust him. He is doing a great Job with me and Shadow. I am glad, that I found this man. Thumbs up for Gian. Thanks from Shadow and his Mom
Gian k9 AcademyGian k9 Academy
Ramona T.
Gian did a fantastic job with our Goldendoodle puppy. No more pulling on her leash, no bolting when she sees a squirrel other dogs or people. No jumping up on people. We know she's just a puppy so we are planning on a few more visits as issues arise. He is also training us so she won't be confused with the commands. Very, very pleased.
Gian k9 AcademyGian k9 Academy
Tammi H.
Maureen was great to work with start to finish. She was responsive throughout the process and sends daily videos to show the progress achieved. She has also been available to answer questions after we brought our dog home. Keep in mind that she lays the foundation. It will require additional work at home. We are extremely happy with the services provided. We would highly recommend her training.
Mo'bedience - Dog Training by MaureenMo'bedience - Dog Training by Maureen
Liz M.
Kristi is so patient and knowledgeable. She made sure I understood everything before she left. I have lots of literature and homework. Kristi is very thorough. My new rescue has never had any training and doesn't know how to function without a constant human companion. We have seen such an improvement in just 24 hrs that I know it won't be long before our fur babies get along, and Buffy learns to be a dog. Turns out we needed training as well. Kristi has been in constant contact to make sure all is going well. Such a blessing!
Throw Me a Bone, LLCThrow Me a Bone, LLC
Maggie Z.
We bought a German Shepherd puppy and wanted to make sure he was trained correctly. Marina Merrell is very informative, caring and most importantly, my animals love her and listened to her commands. We're able to comfortably take our dogs for walks without the fear of them breaking free and running off. We have a pit mix adult who would run any chance given and now stays with us when walking. We now know how to reinforce and walk our German Shepherd puppy to make sure he stays with us and not lead the way. Plus all the great potty training tips and hand/sound commands. If you want someone who takes the time and will explain everything in detail plus answer your questions, this is the trainer to help.
Tipsy Turvy Dog & Exotic Animal TrainingTipsy Turvy Dog & Exotic Animal Training
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