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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

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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.

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 old should a puppy be for training?

Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

What is a dog boot camp?

A dog boot camp is basically a board and train program that focuses on training your dog or puppy. The trainers will work with your dog to curb unwanted behavior, teach them basic skills and show them how to walk on a leash.

Dog boot camps and training programs might differ when it comes to their services, so it’s always a good idea to do your research and ask them to explain exactly what they offer — and how much they charge.

How long does it take to train a puppy?

Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

Which dog training method is best?

The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behave as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

  • What type of training methods do you use?
  • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
  • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?
Reviews for Palm Springs dog trainers
Cynthia N.
She is very knowledgeable in dog behavior and training. I am confident in her abilities to help train my older dog and will continue to work with her.
Johanna 🐾 Certified Dog TrainerJohanna 🐾 Certified Dog Trainer
Sharon T.
Matt has such a great character and technique my dog learned so quick!!! Very nice in general in everyway and Cali, his training female dog as well!
Semper Fi K-9Semper Fi K-9
Andrea A.
Lisa is exceptional. I would recommend her to anyone who needs a trainer. I look forward to working with her again to complete the training of my dog Sunnie.
Murphys Training & Pet Services LLC☘️Murphys Training & Pet Services LLC☘️
Micaella G.
Just in one session I saw a huge difference in my dog. Definitely recommend for someone who is looking for an at home trainer.
Johanna 🐾 Certified Dog TrainerJohanna 🐾 Certified Dog Trainer
Crista M.
Matt is an excellent trainer! Hes kind, patient, and knowledgeable! I would recommend to all looking for help with their dog at whatever level of help they need.
Semper Fi K-9Semper Fi K-9
Diana D.
Jane demonstrated a great deal of expertise and passion for training Hope (our family dog). She was patient with Hope and our family through the process.
Counseling Families With DogsCounseling Families With Dogs
Victoria P.
Tommy has been amazing with our girl! She is normally very stubborn but we started to see a change instantly in her the very first time he came out to her. Not only is he training her but he is training US to train her. Very knowledgable and very patient. 10/10 would recommend if someone is looking to put there dog through training :)
Canine Compassion Healing and TrainingCanine Compassion Healing and Training
Tiffany C.
Jane's work with behavioral training is so integral for not only the dogs but also the family. She assisted me personally with better understanding of my dog's behavior, the nature of it, and my reactions to my dog. She was able to help guide me to improve upon the positive energy and reinforcement I could give to my dog for the best outcomes of behavior. I highly recommend Jane for her knowledge and understanding of both animal behaviors and the impact of the family systems.
Counseling Families With DogsCounseling Families With Dogs
Nicole s.
Kaitlyn was amazing. She brought everest Home and I couldn’t believe it was the same dog that left our house! She kept me updated at all times responded to me so efficiently and quickly and most of all she was reasonably priced. if you need a dog trained please use her you will not regret it.
Canine Concepts by KaitlynCanine Concepts by Kaitlyn
Emma C.
I have rescue pitbull who could never control her excitement which led to biting. Matt got back to me in a very timely manner and on our first session he was able to help me and my dog tremendously. I would definitely recommend Matt to anyone who needs training help with their dog!
Semper Fi K-9Semper Fi K-9
Kimberly M.
My dog had much success working with Johanna She was able to train her to go up the ramp into my Jeep We were very pleased☺️Yayy I highly recommend Johanna
Johanna 🐾 Certified Dog TrainerJohanna 🐾 Certified Dog Trainer
Elizabeth G.
Jane has an innovative approach to training. The first thing she did was to review the issues I had written about involving our two dogs (4 year old Anatolian Shepherd mix and a five month old Border Collie/ Pointer Belgian Shepherd mix). She then scheduled a phone conference (about an hour in length) to discuss the dogs and our issues with both my husband and myself. We then scheduled our first appointment, which lasted about two and a half hours. The dogs responded to her immediately as she assessed their personalities and behaviors through play and interaction. She then began teaching the dogs the concept of "place," leading to sit, down. stand, and a release word, explaining that this would be the basis on all future work on recall and stay. She had us each work with each of the dogs on these skills, and she followed up afterward by phone to make sure we and the dogs were succeeding. In our next session we worked on leash issues with both dogs. We spent most of the lesson out walking around the neighborhood, and again she followed up afterwards with phone calls and texts to make sure we were confident about what we were doing. Jane is fun to work with and very engaging with the dogs. She does research on anything she doesn't know about and stays current with the "best practices" in her field. I highly recommend her for training for your dog.
Counseling Families With DogsCounseling Families With Dogs
Linda P.
I am so happy and relieved to have found Thommy on Thumbtack! I highly recommend him and would welcome any calls asking about working with him. Thommy has met with me and my lab/jack russell mix three times now and one with my catahoula mix. I really appreciate his approach to training: positive training works! I've seen the results. Before Thommy while walking Stella I was constantly on the lookout for other dogs. We couldn’t pass within a few feet of another dog or she would lunge, bark and pull. During the first training session he assessed Stella's response and helped me understand which behaviors are normal, which aren’t and how we would work together to train her and me. Stella is showing me that she is either afraid or really excited and I'm learning how to reassure her and/or temper her excitement for other animals He doesn't subscribe to using shock collars, negative treatment nor prongs etc.
Canine Compassion Healing and TrainingCanine Compassion Healing and Training
Dianna G.
After meeting with Nathaniel Silver I felt very comfortable with him teaching me to train my dog Roxie. She is an eight months old red nose pitbull who is full of energy and anxiety. It has been one week and Roxie It’s starting to come down with the anxiety. But she is still a puppy LOL.
Silver Dog Training LLC(A.B.C.D.T. Certified)Silver Dog Training LLC(A.B.C.D.T. Certified)
Sam S.
Before training with Nathaniel our dog Lela would only listen sometimes. Now after only 2 sessions with Nathaniel we have seen so much progress. From her impulse control,to her leash walking skills there has been major improvements. We are happy we found him and look forward to working with him future.
Silver Dog Training LLC(A.B.C.D.T. Certified)Silver Dog Training LLC(A.B.C.D.T. Certified)
Wanita D.
Matt is a calm, patient, effective trainer and we are grateful to work with him. The best part of our sessions is that not only does he work well with Quinn, he’s coaching me as well on being a great dog mom. With patience and consistency, we’re going to have a great time with Quinn as he learns more and more. Thank you, Matt, and I’ve already bragged to our vet about your work!
Semper Fi K-9Semper Fi K-9
Steve R.
My wife and I have had two sessions so far with Lisa. What a difference!!!! The first session alone helped us with the basics that we all think we know as dog owners all our life’s. After our first session with Lisa we were addicted and wanted more. After the second session we set up more. Lisa is not pushy and explains to you It’s about the time and effort you put in with what she teaches you. She truly has a gift with animals. Forget all the stupid YouTube videos we called a professional. The difference is non-comparable. My wife never wanted a large dog and Lisa has helped our Yellow Lab become our fourth child. Her prices are less the a nice lunch and her trainings will last the life of your Fur-baby. We can not thank you enough.
Murphys Training & Pet Services LLC☘️Murphys Training & Pet Services LLC☘️
Veronica T.
She cancelled my dog training in March. She never reached out again until I messaged her May 13th and again on May 29th. Finally got a response on the 29th to see what was going on. She had personal things to deal with and mentioned she’d refund me. I reached out June 5th about the refund and was ignored. A refund should’ve been issued the moment you moved to SC and yet I’m still waiting. Opened a case with thumbtack in case she keeps my money. Scratched out some words for privacy but I would like others to see what I have been dealing with. I understand you are dealing with things but you aren’t the only one. Very unprofessional. Update: Day 10 and still no refund :) beyond ridiculous
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