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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 Venice dog trainers
Mary K.
Shadow is six months old and I plan to use her as a Service Dog for me. I’ve trained dogs but I was much younger and I realized that Shadow needed professional training. I found Leah at LMK and sent Shadow off to her boot camp. A mere week later she brought me a newer and better version. She included me in the training and kept me informed. When Shadow came home I couldn’t believe the change. I highly recommend using LMK Canines
Carla T.
I contacted Gregg @Dogs best friend about my dogs problem and he really listened and talked with me. He told me what I needed to get the job done! It was a really good feeling and our training day was scheduled. It was a good session and really helped me and my dog. It’s a work in progress..but Gregg is always there if I need him! Definitely would recommend!
Dog's Best FriendDog's Best Friend
Chris S.
We had an extremely amazing and immediate response with our dog, Diamond, on our first training session with Natalia. We were most impressed with her extensive knowledge, professionalism and personality, which all attributed to us having not only a rewarding experience, but provided us the ability to reinforce her training techniques at home for Diamond (who enjoyed it as much as us!). Great pricing. Highly recommend!
Canine Instincts SolutionsCanine Instincts Solutions
Mary E.
Natalia was absolutely fantastic, I was very pleased with the results of our session. She taught us so much and we now have a much better puppy and a happy puppy. Thank you so much for everything you did. I would highly recommend using canine instinct solutions to anyone looking to train there dog.
Canine Instincts SolutionsCanine Instincts Solutions
Jennifer S.
We were out of options with our Louisiana Catahoula. He was nearing age two and his behavior was out of control. The final straw was his aggression towards strangers and his "want" to attack. We have an 11 year old, and this behavior was absolutely unacceptable for our family's safety and our sanity. He was pack leader to our blind and deaf pug who was utterly defenseless to his "playing" and biting, pulling, barking, etc. and our cat, who was prone to being chased and assaulted on an hourly basis. He wasnt listening to is and I was tired of yelling and reprimanding, to no avail. Theresa with VIP Pet Services was our last hope and final straw. We participated in the 10 week, in home training. We were impressed with Theresa's knowledge of dog behavior, proper techniques and calm, yet authoritative, demeanor with our dog (and with us, as we needed "training" too). We learned a lot of useful tools to curb our dog's anxiety to be in protect mode all the time, to stop the constant other pet aggression, mouthing and biting us, and a hundred other things we were all doing wrong. Our favorite lesson was "You get what you pet".... Overall, we were very happy with our dog's outcome. He is a work in progress, but we have the tools to build a confident, loving, awesome dog. Theresa is a wonderful teacher and we are happy to have utilized her services.
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