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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 Saint Petersburg dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
We can highly recommend Maureen for your dog training needs. She is completely professional, very experienced and a virtual dog whisperer, too! A+++
Sit, Down, Stay Dog TrainingSit, Down, Stay Dog Training
Toyya R.
This was our first day of training. So far so good. Armando got our dog to relax, and be in the crate by herself!
Armando Dog Training - Rompin RoversArmando Dog Training - Rompin Rovers
Thumbtack Customer
training, refocusing TWO basset hound puppies, reward based training, patient, solution-oriented, helped integrate older dogs. This situation is not recommended(two puppies at once), Maureen turned things around. Still working with her
Sit, Down, Stay Dog TrainingSit, Down, Stay Dog Training
Liz A.
Armando is knowledgeable, professional and kind. He is currently training my rescue dog and me! His methods are positive - and my dog likes him :) Thank you, Armando, for teaching us how to behave and how to enjoy each other!
Armando Dog Training - Rompin RoversArmando Dog Training - Rompin Rovers
Katrina s.
Evan is an expert. He is a knowledgeable trainer that will train you and your dog. He taught me how to get my dog's attention in just a few minutes with a demonstration and a full explanation of why she wasn't responding to me before. That was magic! I know I would never be able to get my puppy's attention and even basic obedience tricks myself without his direction. (and I watched all the youtube videos on how to train a puppy!). Also, for the value he provides, his services are very reasonably priced.
Human 2 Dog Training LLCHuman 2 Dog Training LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Maureen was an amazing trainer. She took our un behaved, rude dog and made him a good mannered pup. We would highly recommend her for any canine problem!!
Sit, Down, Stay Dog TrainingSit, Down, Stay Dog Training
Sue t.
We have just started our training journey but Howard knows his stuff and we saw an amazing change in our dogs who were horrible on walks. We are looking forward to continuing to work with him and see more results. We are very impressed with the level of knowledge and his training methods.
Always Faithful Dog Training Clearwater / St PeteAlways Faithful Dog Training Clearwater / St Pete
Thumbtack Customer
Hired Maureen for dog training. She is very good at what she does and down to earth and friendly. She even got my male chihuahua to sit! Having her back for more lessons.
Sit, Down, Stay Dog TrainingSit, Down, Stay Dog Training
Thao N.
Maureen was very professional and great at what she does. My 2 dogs, one is 5 and the other 4 loves Maureen. My 2 puppies were able to sit, go down, stay and go up in the first session. She's great! I highly recommend her to anyone who needs a dog trainer.
Sit, Down, Stay Dog TrainingSit, Down, Stay Dog Training
Alexa M.
Howard was great with my 1 year old german shepard. He really learned quickly and i was surprised to see how easy he made it seem to train a dog that well. We love howard!
Always Faithful Dog Training Clearwater / St PeteAlways Faithful Dog Training Clearwater / St Pete
Danielle S.
I met with Maureen yesterday, and she was WONDERFUL. Very professional and responsive. She calmed my fears and was able to help us with some basic trainings, as well as give advice on other areas of concern. She trained us as much as she did our dog, and she gave us some great tips to keep working. I highly recommend Maureen. We have a happy Luna!
Sit, Down, Stay Dog TrainingSit, Down, Stay Dog Training
Brittany B.
I have not yet worked with Maureen, but look forward to! Just based on the few talks we have had in regards to my dog I am looking forward to working with her! she is very professional, answered all of my questions and helped me find a good day and time to train. she took away all of my worries about training and I can't wait for our first session!
Sit, Down, Stay Dog TrainingSit, Down, Stay Dog Training
Valerie P.
Working with Armando has been a wonderful experience. His care and concern for animals is palpable and he turned our dog Duchess into a completely new dog. She went from being an aggressive and territorial ball of fluff to being the sweetest little puppy in the world in just a few weeks. Originally, Duchess would bite us and always drew blood because of her sharp canines (she’s only 22 pounds soaking wet) and we couldn’t have guests over, couldn’t take her to places where dogs would be, we couldn’t hug in the house without setting her off, I couldn’t dance or bop my head to music… it was pretty exhausting. Now we can take her around other dogs and have people over and if there are any issues we have the tools to redirect her. We did the full PetSmart training and had a personal trainer before this and nothing worked for the aggression. We were close to giving the dog away even though she was a rescue to begin with. Now, I couldn’t be happier with our pup and no longer have to fear she’s going to attack someone or their puppy. Thanks, Armando!!!
Armando Dog Training - Rompin RoversArmando Dog Training - Rompin Rovers
Brittany C.
Maureen was amazing! We requested her to come to our house and help us with our 16 week old puppy who displayed some aggression while eating. She gave us great advice and helped us create a long-term solution by re-training our puppy while he eats. She was thoughtful and kind and loves dogs. I would highly recommend her to anyone. She also offers group classes for dogs which we are considering taking in January.
Sit, Down, Stay Dog TrainingSit, Down, Stay Dog Training
Kelsey S.
Just started working with Alexis and Marley and it’s been great so far! Alexis is wonderful with animal behavior and understanding how to teach me to train my pup. I have a service dog so she’s helping me teach her task oriented tricks, tactile therapy, retrieval, and more. I plan on working with Alexis and Marley as long as I need!
Marley & SheMarley & She
Katrina s.
My husband and I recently got a German shepherd puppy. We knew German Shepherds are very smart dogs, so we were excited about our new puppy and thought that life would be amazing with her by our side. Well, little did we know that no matter how smart the breed is known to be, puppies can be a nightmare. And so was our Lacey! Tons of energy, constantly biting, I mean nonstop biting, hands, feet, furniture, name it. She did not want to walk outside (I have no idea why). When we would trick her into going outside, she only wanted to walk on the grass. She would not listen to me or my husband at all. I watched a million YouTube videos on how to train a dog. Not much was helping. I cried a few times (that also didn't help). Finally, I decided to get a trainer because I was losing my mind. I did a thorough research and read every review, and decided to go with Armando. Armando had the best reviews, and now I know why. We just finished our last session today, and Lacey is a different dog. Thanks to Armando, we have learned how to speak her language. She doesn't bite anymore; she listens to us, and her leash walking is perfect. All the concerns that we had and everything we wanted her to learn, we were able to accomplish with Armando's help and guidance. His training was worth every penny.
Armando Dog Training - Rompin RoversArmando Dog Training - Rompin Rovers
Thumbtack Customer
Linda was the worst person to talk to on the phone. I was very calm and explained my needs. He (I think) was beyond rude with their answer. They said "how do you expect me to give you a price without knowing things". I simply said well that's why we are on the phone. Needless to say I would not recommend this place to anyone just by the rude phone call! To end this wonderful experience I was hung up on. I asked to speak with someone different and what I got from him was that he was the owner. Sad. He said we train dogs to make money. That saying really got me. No they don't do it because they have a passion, they simply do it because of the money. Poor poor poor service. Again I WOULD AND WILL NOT recommend this place to anyone!
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