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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 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.
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!
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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!
Maria W.
Brandi has done an amazing job with my pit. Big attitude reversal and actually listens to commands. She cares about setting your dog up for success and gives you the tools to make it happen. We are now going to send our other pup to her. I cannot wait to see the positive changes in Nutmeg that come out of Brandi’s board and train. Worth every penny. Plus Brandi takes the time to explain how to continue working with your pet and lets you know she is always available if you need anything. A fantastic experience. She knows what she’s doing.
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