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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 Palm Beach Gardens dog trainers
Alexis O.
Fantastic dog trainer!! Does a great job with our 5 month old and always on time, flexible, and really helping her be a superbly trained dog.
Slinger Pet Care & TrainingSlinger Pet Care & Training
Racheal L.
I sought out a dog trainer for my Akita/Ridgeback mix because it was difficult walking her with my other dog due to her pulling, lack of confidence, lunging at squirrels and overall skittishness. I have had three sessions so far and it’s like a 180. Matt is really good with dogs but also people since the majority of the training is actually focused on my response and my actions to help her become more confident and not enable her behavior. 10/10 would recommend.
Obey the Paw 🐾 Dog TrainingObey the Paw 🐾 Dog Training
Vera G.
Matt was patient with me and wonderful with my dog. He gave me excellent, concrete tools to implement immediately. The results were noticeable very quickly. Highly recommend Matt as a trainer.
Obey the Paw 🐾 Dog TrainingObey the Paw 🐾 Dog Training
Michael M.
Steve was very impressive. He immediately made us more comfortable and knowledgeable about how to train our high energy dog. Now it's up to us to be consistent. I would definitely recommend Steve!
Ultra Obedience Dog TrainingUltra Obedience Dog Training
Megan M.
We have had 2 lessons so far with Danielle, her loving approach to training our rescue has been great! You can tell she cares about the dogs emotional state during the lesson and teaches you as a handler to respond appropriately. Looking forward to continue our training and having a well mannered little man!!
Slinger Pet Care & TrainingSlinger Pet Care & Training
Jane M.
Untrustworthy. She demanded a deposit to book at home dog training lessons and refused to refund me my deposit after she canceled on me several times. Had to open a thumbtack case to receive my money back.
JoAnne's Second HomeJoAnne's Second Home
Morgan G.
My husband + I call Matt the Dog Whisperer lol because of the complete transformation he has been able to facilitate with our dog Zhu. He truly is so knowledgeable about what he does, and teaches you in a way that you can digest and understand. We have a 1 yr old pitbull / hound mix who is absolutely our wild child. We had a lot of things we wanted to work on and after a few sessions, it's like we have a completely different dog. Matt taught us how to communicate with Zhu in a way that he responds and listen too. It has been a total game changer! Highly recommend Matt for any of your dog training needs!
Obey the Paw 🐾 Dog TrainingObey the Paw 🐾 Dog Training
Elizabeth B.
Danielle is great! From the first moments she met Winnie, my dog instantly connected with Danielle. Winnie loves her training sessions with Danielle and gets sad when they are over. It is amazing to see how far Winnie has come in just her first two lessons with Danielle. Winnie is already much better on the leash and listening to my commands in general. I can’t recommend Danielle enough. I am so fortunate to have her training both Winnie and myself.
Slinger Pet Care & TrainingSlinger Pet Care & Training
Thumbtack Customer
Bob was fantastic! He arrived on time and has a great personality. Me and my dog both felt completely comfortable with him. I've trained all of my dogs but felt like I needed an outside eye to see where me and Cal were not communicating well. His advice was perfect. I never would have thought about the few changes he made in our home environment that just worked to keep my young male dog on the right path. I listened to his advice and also changed my collar in order to make my dog more aware of me. We have been practicing a lot and Cal loves his leash walks now. As do I! I can't recommend him enough. In just a couple of hours we are on to a great place. I plan to have 5 more lessons with Bob so we can solidify the progress we made. Thank you Bob!!!!!!
Bob’s Dog TrainingBob’s Dog Training
David V.
We have a 4 year old dog with behavioral issues (aggression, possessiveness) and have worked with my many trainers over the years and never had a good experience. We were told there’s nothing that can be done, she’s too old now and we should have reprimanded her when she was a puppy etc. Matt is the first trainer that didn’t place blame on us or make us feel like our situation is hopeless. After just one session we saw a change in our pup- we were able to understand her behavior and actions much better, learn how to prevent situations from escalating, and what to do when there is a problem. He teaches, doesn’t judge. We are thrilled with the changes we are seeing and look forward to continuing to build a better home situation (especially as we are trying to make a change before we have children).
Obey the Paw 🐾 Dog TrainingObey the Paw 🐾 Dog Training
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