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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 Pensacola dog trainers
Ana T.
Cheryl at Emerald Coast Dog Training is excellent! Highly recommend her for any dog training needs!
Felix P.
We had an excellent experience with this trainer. She is affordable and very thorough in her training for your specific situation. I plan to buy more lessons from her in the future. My dogs love her ☺️
Robert A.
Cheryl is very much into the dog's experience. She is available to answer questions between training sessions. Very kind and humane working with puppy.
John D.
I loved working with Florida 5-Star Training LLC. And I plan to continue working with them more very soon. My dogs love her.
Erica N.
Cheryl did a great job training my new dog, who was a stray. He has issues with nipping, excessive barking and hyperactivity. We had our introductory session, which was very informative. I look forward to our future training sessions.
Chery clearlyl stood out from the other trainers I interviewed. She is genuinely interested in what is best for you and your dog and chooses to be affordable! She is knowledgeable and patient and best of all, she gets RESULTS! We call her our "Fairy Dog Mother!"
Drborah L.
I believe we have sorted out all of our miscommunications. As always, Cheryl's work with our dog is outstanding. She taught him discipline and gave him boundaries and he is much, much, much better behaved. I have set up to continue with the extended training as this is a much improved dog after one session and look forward to what else he can learn. Her expertise in training was never in doubt-she is very gifted in reaching animals.
Bev R.
This trainer was amazing! She addressed many of the problems that concerned us most and got our dog well on her way to improvement during the initial evaluation session. She was positive, kind, and very calming. We really enjoyed working with her and we are looking forward to having a dog with better manners. Thank you!!
Colette W.
Cheryl was amazing with our 11 week old shiba inu. She had terrific tips on everything that we encountered from potty training, bonding with an older dog and commands. Well worth the money!
Thumbtack Customer
Cheryl with Emerald Coast At Home Dog Training began training our 5 month old pit mix puppy (Lexi) in Nov of 2016. She was very unruly, biting, jumping up on us, etc. Of course she is a puppy so we just thought that "came with the territory". Boy, we were wrong! After just a couple of training sessions with Cheryl, we could tell a great difference. We completed 6 training sessions with Cheryl, and we could not have been happier. Lexi is so smart, and she loves to go through all her training routines everyday. She actually goes over to her collar and leash and begs to put them on because she knows that means she will be training. Cheryl is a wonderful trainer and just a super individual. We enjoyed every minute with her and Lexi loves her so much, she always wants to go home with Cheryl when she leaves (lol)!!
Debbie W.
Cheryl is extremely knowledgeable about dogs, in general. During the 1st visit she never lost focus with training our 4 yr old dog and throughout the session she also chatted with us and we learned many things we didn’t know about dogs. She has a very kind personality and I could easily tell how much she loves what she does. I have heard people say, “if you have a passion for what you do you will never work a day in your life.” This is Cheryl, in a nutshell. Wolfie was very responsive to her and easily learned what it was she wanted him to do. Looking forward to the next session!
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