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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.

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.  .

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.

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 Sarasota dog trainers
Ann K.
My Jack Russell has come a long way and enjoys playing with the dogs in her class. There are plenty of opportunities for group training. It's nice meeting the other dog owners.
The K9 Coach IncThe K9 Coach Inc
Thumbtack Customer
David is a wonderful dog trainer. He showed up right on time and stayed longer than planned. The training was excellent and geared mostly to us (humans). The dogs know, we just needed to learn how to communicate with them better. It will take some time to get where we want to be but we have the tools we need. Frank and Ann
A Best Friend Certified Professional Dog TrainingA Best Friend Certified Professional Dog Training
Lyndsay D.
Shana did an amazing job training my dog. Was very helpful with tips and tricks. Had great flexibility too if you have a difficult schedule. Highly recommend!
Dog Rules, Inc.Dog Rules, Inc.
Eileen M.
He was so helpful with me and my dog. We are in the process of training and he is great. Also he went the extra mile and reached out to our trainer in MD and talked with him about what had been done with Theo and what needed to be done now.
The K9 Coach IncThe K9 Coach Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Greg, came to our house for a two hour private lesson. Our dog, sophie, is a wonderful "rescue" and had developed some odd & difficult behaviors. Of course it was us that needed to be trained not the dog. He talked us through the psychology of dog behavior and how they interpret out actions. This was VERY helpful as we began to see how we were creating the situations ourselves. He then took us through actual training-which was rather miraculous. We are now working on what we learned and it is beginning to work! I was very impressed that he gave us a follow up call and some coaching I have already recommended him to two of my friends and I would recommend him to you
Dog's Best FriendDog's Best Friend
Thumbtack Customer
Trainer seemed knowledgeable but wasted a lot of time talking and very little time with my dog actually demonstrating any training techniques. I also did not appreciate him walking directly into my home, plopping down in a chair, asking for water ( "no ice needed") and laying back chair to apply his eye drops. A lot of money for a few tips I could have read from an online google search
Dog's Best FriendDog's Best Friend
Thumbtack Customer
David came to help us with our five year old rescue mixed terrier. We've had her for one year. Some negative behavior had been exacerbating. I was ready to take notes so I'd remember. David said he's leaving basic notes to review. I did not need to write what David what explaining and demonstrating. Everything was logical, straight forward, interesting and easy to understand. He is seasoned, exceptional with dogs (and humans), and what he teaches works. We knew basic commands but paramount was that David told us what to do should she not listen (which she often didn't). We went outside to practice and were amazed. Not only could David elicit the proper behavior but my husband and I could as well. I was truly shocked. David gave us an incredible amount of fascinating information that was easy to retain and we practiced so much that I thought he had been with us an extra hour but he hadn't. David left late afternoon. From that evening on, my husband and I have followed his directives and the negative behaviors have ceased. I've purposely not named which behaviors we needed to correct because it was obvious that what David taught crosses over to all types of behaviors. I can guarantee that whatever issues you have with your dog, David can teach you how to alleviate them as long as you follow through. It is evident that practicing David's techniques are not only good for the owners but the dog is much more satisfied. "A Best Friend Certified Dog Training" is second to none.
A Best Friend Certified Professional Dog TrainingA Best Friend Certified Professional Dog Training
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