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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 Saint Petersburg dog trainers
Sabrina R.
We have no idea where we would be without Bruce. I've never seen someone so knowledgable when training a dog. Not only did he make it fun for our dog Beau, he created a bond with him. Our dog is becoming more civilized, and learning new tricks all the time, from loose leash walking, to waiting at the door before going out, and coming when we call him at the dog park. He trained our dog, gave us the tools to continue the training ourselves, and made us better dog parents. We are so glad we found Bruce, and recommend him for anybody who actually wants to train their dog and who believes in trust based training.
Groovy DogsGroovy Dogs
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
Leigh M.
Bruce goes above and beyond with his training. He had my deaf dog communicating with me in two sessions and the rest has been with our other dog. We could not be happier
Groovy DogsGroovy Dogs
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
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
Harley E.
Our 2 year old lab/chow mix was very disobedient. Now only after a couple sessions he has learned so much! I would recommend this dog trainer to anyone that truly cares about their dogs!
SunsetK9 Training ServicesSunsetK9 Training Services
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
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Parker S.
Luis did a wonderful job helping us train our new dog. The progress he has made is remarkable, and it is done at a fair price. I would highly recommend.
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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!!
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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.
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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
Jennifer M.
Bruce is fantastic. He is very knowledgeable and I loved his positive training approach. He taught me awesome tips and gave me the tools to train my "killer Chihuahua". If you follow through as an owner, you will have a great and rewarding results. My dog and I are both a lot happier now.
Groovy DogsGroovy Dogs
Domenico C.
Bruce is great! He shows tremendous attention to detail in creating a custom plan to follow helping me train my very large puppy. He has large breed experience (Clifford is 170lbs) and he's made it much easier for me to walk my dog. I'm so glad I found him and I'll definitely recommend him to other dog owners who wish to have a greater bond while working with their dog.
Groovy DogsGroovy Dogs
Deb W.
Bruce is not only a Grade-A Top Professional trainer and dog lover, but truly a life-changer. Somehow I wound up with 4 dogs (ahhh! - I can't say no to rescues), but one of them (Daisey) was exhibiting aggressive behavior toward my eldest dog of 16 years (Bear) and I did not have the heart to return her (she was rescued from a kill center), and it was killing me that she scared Bear so I determined to find the best trainer to train me and her as I had never has the experience in dealing with this over-reactive behavior. I spoke with several other dog trainers/companies before selecting Groovy Dogs - and I choose Bruce for multiple reasons - 1) He doesn't use adverse methods like e-collars, shock/choke collars, etc... My beagle had been through enough and I wanted to learn how to help her. 2) His prices were reasonable. 3) His schedule was flexible, and 4) when he showed up for a free consultation, all my dogs loved him. As a result - one month later - Daisey and Bear can be in the same room. Daisey doesn't pull me on walks. She doesn't rush out the door when I open it. She sits, stays, comes, and listens. She's still a little vocal (what Beagle isn't) at times but there is a 2000% improvement in just a month. And I'm going to practice with her more on some of her triggers like cars going by on a walk, and other dogs. She's done really well in just a month even with that. I'm amazed! I'm so impressed with Bruce that I've recommended him to the local rescue I volunteer with as a reference for anyone who adopts and needs extra help with their new fur-ever friend.
Groovy DogsGroovy Dogs
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!
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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!
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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
Breanna W.
Bruce was amazing with my pup! She had reactivity issues with other dogs and being over stimulated. Bruce prepared me with the best training tools to calm mela and show her how to enjoy walks out. Now we are able to take long walks daily without the hassle or worry of behavior issues! Mela loves Bruce (and not just for the yummy snacks) and he has an amazing understanding of dogs. I highly recommend for any behavioral problems you need solved!
Groovy DogsGroovy Dogs
Leslie F.
Our 1 year old Blue Heeler was out of control. We needed help. Zeus couldn't be walked because he would bark and cry (like he himself was hit by a car) every time he saw another car/dog/bike/person. It was horrifying not just for us, but for the people in the cars/walking. We have had 2 other training classes .. 1 group puppy training ( we were asked to leave because he was disrupting the other puppies ) and 1 on 1 training at the local pet store .. after the 8 sessions and reinforcing all the bad behavior the trainer said she couldn't do anything for him. After phone interviewing several trainers I opted to go with Luis and we are so glad we did!! Luis is amazing!! (we knew this after the 1st session) We've now had 4 training sessions, and my daughter who had never walked Zeus was walking thru Publix parking lot on a Friday afternoon .. with cars & tons of people with a well behaved dog!! Luis is patient, kind and has worked with the entire family individually and together so we can all have Zeus under control. We've come a long way in a short amount of time thanks to Luis .. We highly recommend him!
SunsetK9 Training ServicesSunsetK9 Training Services
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
Leen J.
My husband and I spent months searching for the perfect trainer for our 1 year old Golden Retriever, Charlie. Charlie is a wonderful pup, but we needed help with his loose leash walking and overall engagement with us. The moment we met Bruce, we knew we had made the right decision and were so glad that we didn't settle for anyone else. We appreciate so much about Bruce, including but not limited to: 1) Love for dogs - it was so comforting to know that only positive reinforcement would be used. Bruce was always patient, and made training fun. Charlie adores 'Uncle Bruce' and it was clearly reciprocated! 2) Clear communication - each training was followed up with a plan and organized instructions of what we should focus on with Charlie for the week. It was very helpful for Bruce to first show us how to go about various exercises and training, and then we had a few days to practice between sessions. 3) Great teacher - Bruce made sure we understood what he was saying and I genuinely feel that he is not just a dog trainer, but a teacher to us. 4) Trustworthy - we always trusted Bruce with Charlie, and know he will always be there if we ever need additional guidance throughout Charlie's life. 5) Diverse training - it was so helpful that Bruce did not just do home training, but also suggested training in high traffic areas, parks, etc. This helped us feel more confident taking Charlie out into the 'real world' and we loved how flexible Bruce was in his training approach. I used to dread walking Charlie because of how badly he would pull on his leash. After our sessions with Bruce, Charlie is much more reliable on the leash and I now enjoy our walks! This has been a huge win for us. Overall, Bruce is extremely knowledgeable and has equipped us with the tools we need to continue training Charlie throughout his life. We appreciate Bruce greatly, and if you are thinking about hiring him, do it! You won't regret it.
Groovy DogsGroovy Dogs
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
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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Annie D.
Luis is an amazing trainer and resource! Patient, positive, professional and always prompt. I just adopted a 7+ year old rescue who’s lived outside all his life with severe separation anxiety, so we knew we had our work cut out for us. Luis not only was very attentive during our session, but as a Vet Technician, he was very knowledgeable to health questions I had and made great recommendations for which products I should use in the future. At the beginning Kingston was extremely anxious, but Luis led every lesson making sure that he’d give us both tools to succeed. Luis helped walk me through the the best practices I should be implementing to make my dog comfortable within the first few weeks adjusting to his new life. Through our sessions, Luis has taught me how to create healthier bond in terms of communication with the little guy (utilizing his countless tips of being patient and practice). After only a few lessons, Luis was able to teach me the techniques to control my hardheaded, anxious, and easily distracted new family member. I would recommend him to anyone!
SunsetK9 Training ServicesSunsetK9 Training Services
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