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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.   

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.

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.

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 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.

Reviews for Tampa dog trainers
Leslie C.
Amazing dog trainer ! major improvement with my dogs within the first session!!
Gelert K-9Gelert K-9
Thumbtack Customer
Trainer was on time.Good personality. assessment of dog right on. taught basic commands to the dog and the owners.
PETS Pet Enrichment and Transport Solutions, LLCPETS Pet Enrichment and Transport Solutions, LLC
Mr. J.
He is easy to talk to and is excellent training my dog.
Nicole M.
Gentle and willing to work with my occasionally different dog! Very knowledgeable in no force training.
Groovy DogsGroovy Dogs
Claudia R.
Angel was awesome! She kept us updated on our dog's progress throughout the process. Would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for dog training.
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Suibel B.
Great knowledge in dog training. It was an incredible first experience for me and my dog. Mr Armando was so helpful at all times and great results at the end of the course as promised. Highly recommended!
Armando Dog Training - Rompin RoversArmando Dog Training - Rompin Rovers
Dean G.
I hired Bruce to help me deal with some aggression issues with my new rescue dog Crosby. His program not only helped my dog and I get through those issues, but also taught my dog how to make the right decisions and taught me how to properly train him even when are sessions ended. Bruce is a great trainer and I highly recommend him to anyone that is looking to build a better bond with their dog!
Groovy DogsGroovy Dogs
Karen A.
We are still in the middle of our dog training but our Roxy is doing great and loves Mr. Bruce! She has so much fun and is learning quickly. Highly recommend Groovy Dogs!
Groovy DogsGroovy Dogs
Joanne O.
Today was only a meeting and already our dog is listening to what Brandi has trained US to say! We look forward to start official training this week and are so impressed with the results already.
PETS Pet Enrichment and Transport Solutions, LLCPETS Pet Enrichment and Transport Solutions, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Maureen and I have only met once so far and she has already been a huge help! She's given me tons of advice, tips and helped me train my dog kindly and compassionately! I can't wait to spend more time with her training my dog. Thanks, Maureen!
Sit, Down, Stay Dog TrainingSit, Down, Stay Dog Training
Abigail H.
At the beginning of training, my dog was reactive, pulling on the leash, and only knew the basic commands (sit, leave it, shake, etc..). After our last session today, Odin is a completely different dog. He does not react to other dogs at all anymore, walks perfectly on a leash, and preforms other commands such as down stay, sit stay, sit pretty (his favorite), and so many others!! Having Marley there at the training sessions is the best possibly reinforcement for training, and I am beyond thankful for what Alexis and Marley have done for Me and Odin!
Marley & SheMarley & She
Mayuri S.
We had Maureen come by to help us have one of our dogs learn to get through the doggy door. She is scared of doors because of her incident as a puppy before we adopted her. Maureen was very patient and understanding and showed us how to work with our dog's fear of doors. It is an ongoing process... may take months... but Maureen keeps texting me with new ideas on how to train our dog get past her fear. I would recommend her for any kind of dog training.
Sit, Down, Stay Dog TrainingSit, Down, Stay Dog Training
Michael B.
Armando did an excellent job with our 4 month old shih tzu he is a better behaved dog since being trained
Armando Dog Training - Rompin RoversArmando Dog Training - Rompin Rovers
Casey Y.
Bruce was a wonderful help with my dog Sammie! She was showing some aggression toward other dogs and some people. He knew exactly how to correct the behavior and she liked him after only a few moments after the first meeting. He is a dog lover and really loves what he does, and it shows in his work with Sam, as her behavior changed instantly after a couple training sessions. He is very professional and was very flexible with my crazy work schedule. I recommend him to anyone who is looking to hire a professional dog trainer!
Groovy DogsGroovy Dogs
Thumbtack Customer
I contacted Martha about obedience training and preparing my dog for the Canine Good citizen test. She was able to come to my home which was really helpful, and also she felt it would limit distractions during training. The initial evaluation went really well and she made me feel very comfortable asking and answering questions. She sent me documents on our training plan as well as helpful information about training in general. She is very responsive via text and email. She is a positive reinforcement only trainer so bear that in mind if you're used to yelling or punishing your animals. She does not train the way of the "alpha dog" aggressor. I recommend her for anyone looking for a gentler method of training.
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Brianna M.
Maureen came to me, and even went even further out of her way to meet me at a dog park. She takes the time to get to know the needs and wants of you and your dog, and gives you the tools and techniques for your dog to be successful in training. She is very patient and understanding. I would recommend her to anyone!
Sit, Down, Stay Dog TrainingSit, Down, Stay Dog Training
Jacqueline D.
Armando is incredible with our dogs. My house nicknamed him the dog whisperer. He makes training fun with the kids and the dogs act like angels. I see the improvements in only 2 sessions. He is appropriately priced because your dog will get results (I have one puppy & one 10 year old so I'm proof you can teach old and new dogs tricks). This is them calm and staying in one place without giving but one command even with distractions of other dogs and people around.
Armando Dog Training - Rompin RoversArmando Dog Training - Rompin Rovers
Rachel G.
If you are looking for a fabulous trainer, Scott is your guy!! He is so passionate and knowledgeable about his work, and is wonderful with our dog. We truly saw a difference in our dogs behavior and attitude within the first 15 minutes of Scott working with her, it helped us see that we are capable of training her to be a good girl! He has already equipped us with so much knowledge to help us be the best dog owners we can be, such as information on her body language cues or tips for better communicating with her. Our pup is especially challenging on walks, and Scott modeled for us how to train her to function better on a leash, with so many distractions around. He met our dog where she was and focused on her specific needs. We genuinely cannot wait to continue working with him, it has already been such a positive experience!! If you have a tricky pup, he can support you for sure!
Gelert K-9Gelert K-9
Connor M.
Martha with Wet Nose University has helped us so much. We have two rescues with behavioral issues and she was able to diagnose the root cause of the issues in her free consult visit and develop a custom plan to solve them. Just a few sessions later our hyperactive barking dog has shown a ton of improvement. Martha knew exactly what to do, offered helpful and doable recommendations for us to continue our training, and has been a pleasure to work with. If you’re looking for dog training, I can’t recommend Martha enough. You won’t regret it.
Wet Nose University - Dog Training TampaWet Nose University - Dog Training Tampa
Lynn W.
Today was our first day of training. It started off slow as my dog Jagger got familiar with Armando. After about 15 minutes of repetitive walking in the backyard and obeying commands (while giving treats as rewards), then training moved along more quickly. Once out in the front yard, where there was much more activity going on with neighbors, dogs, etc., I was extremely proud of my dogs behavior as he didn't bark and pull me all over while on a leash. Being only day one, I will practice leash walking and implement what I learned from Armando during the week. So far so good! I I am now looking forward our next lesson and walking with my best friend.
Armando Dog Training - Rompin RoversArmando Dog Training - Rompin Rovers
Christine p.
Like many I adopted a COVID-19 baby. I am a firm believer in professional training. Due to the pandemic it was hard to find in person training. I opted for an online program which helped with some basics. But not overall obedience. I contacted Barkbusters to help progress Wally, now 18 months old to the next step. His separation anxiety and ease of excitement is off putting to some in my family and with the holidays approaching I needed a solution. Jef was incredibly responsive. He offered two different packages. I selected the Gold as it promotes long term success. It is also important to note I chose Barkbusters because of the method. No shock or choke collars. No treats. My first experience with dog training many years ago centered on using a choke collar to get the dog to comply. I found it to be mean and so did my dog. I have also used the sleep away camp training and although effective, it took longer for my dog to respond to me. Barkbusters teaches verbal cues and the use of body language. You have to rewire your own brain because you may have to move your vocal range from low to high quickly. But it works! After just one session I am amazed at the results. Daily behaviors I had a hard time controlling are in control. Wally responds immediately to my cue. Another note Jef trained me not Wally. You have to be willing to put in the work and then consistently reinforce the training. We are done yet. But I look forward to our next session! *Highly recommend **
Bark Busters Home Dog Training TampaBark Busters Home Dog Training Tampa
Thumbtack Customer
Our initial assessment and training was so valuable to my family. We saw some results right away and we were given homework to enforce what has been learned. We still have a long way to go but Brandi is very motivating and professional and her love and respect for dogs is evident.
PETS Pet Enrichment and Transport Solutions, LLCPETS Pet Enrichment and Transport Solutions, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Maureen provided an immense amount of help for us and our pup who was afraid of going outside! By giving us a different perspective on the situation, her intuition and expertise helped solve the problem almost immediately. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a dog/puppy trainer. She was a pleasure to meet and work with!
Sit, Down, Stay Dog TrainingSit, Down, Stay Dog Training
Susanne W.
Maureen is the dog whisperer. She got my puppy to do in 5 minutes what I was trying to do on my own for a few months! I signed up for six sessions, best investment I have made. Each session provides guidance and insight for me and valuable retained training for my puppy. Highly recommend!
Sit, Down, Stay Dog TrainingSit, Down, Stay Dog Training
Gina C.
The best experience ever! Luis was prompt and professional in responding to my initial request and questions. I had never used a trainer before and didn't know what to expect, but what a POSITIVE experience for Shelby and me! Luis is like the Dog Whisperer, and taught me how to work with Shelby, and helped her get over her anxiety. I would absolutely use him again and highly recommend him to anyone looking to change their pups behavior!
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