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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.

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.

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 West Palm Beach dog trainers
Cynthia N.
She is very knowledgeable in dog behavior and training. I am confident in her abilities to help train my older dog and will continue to work with her.
Jo’s 🐾 Dog TrainingJo’s 🐾 Dog Training
Sharon T.
Matt has such a great character and technique my dog learned so quick!!! Very nice in general in everyway and Cali, his training female dog as well!
Semper Fi K-9 TrainingSemper Fi K-9 Training
Renee M.
Britani is wonderful! Her tactic is rewarding the dog for "good" behavior or doing the "right" thing. She is very calm and understanding. Pepper my boss' Australian Shepard absolutely loves her! She knows and understands dogs very well! Highly recommend having Britani train your dog(s). :)
Ignite Dog TrainingIgnite Dog Training
Crista M.
Matt is an excellent trainer! Hes kind, patient, and knowledgeable! I would recommend to all looking for help with their dog at whatever level of help they need.
Semper Fi K-9 TrainingSemper Fi K-9 Training
Diana D.
Jane demonstrated a great deal of expertise and passion for training Hope (our family dog). She was patient with Hope and our family through the process.
Counseling Families With DogsCounseling Families With Dogs
Victoria P.
Tommy has been amazing with our girl! She is normally very stubborn but we started to see a change instantly in her the very first time he came out to her. Not only is he training her but he is training US to train her. Very knowledgable and very patient. 10/10 would recommend if someone is looking to put there dog through training :)
Canine Compassion Healing and TrainingCanine Compassion Healing and Training
Tiffany C.
Jane's work with behavioral training is so integral for not only the dogs but also the family. She assisted me personally with better understanding of my dog's behavior, the nature of it, and my reactions to my dog. She was able to help guide me to improve upon the positive energy and reinforcement I could give to my dog for the best outcomes of behavior. I highly recommend Jane for her knowledge and understanding of both animal behaviors and the impact of the family systems.
Counseling Families With DogsCounseling Families With Dogs
Nicole s.
Kaitlyn was amazing. She brought everest Home and I couldn’t believe it was the same dog that left our house! She kept me updated at all times responded to me so efficiently and quickly and most of all she was reasonably priced. if you need a dog trained please use her you will not regret it.
Canine Concepts by KaitlynCanine Concepts by Kaitlyn
Emma C.
I have rescue pitbull who could never control her excitement which led to biting. Matt got back to me in a very timely manner and on our first session he was able to help me and my dog tremendously. I would definitely recommend Matt to anyone who needs training help with their dog!
Semper Fi K-9 TrainingSemper Fi K-9 Training
Elizabeth G.
Jane has an innovative approach to training. The first thing she did was to review the issues I had written about involving our two dogs (4 year old Anatolian Shepherd mix and a five month old Border Collie/ Pointer Belgian Shepherd mix). She then scheduled a phone conference (about an hour in length) to discuss the dogs and our issues with both my husband and myself. We then scheduled our first appointment, which lasted about two and a half hours. The dogs responded to her immediately as she assessed their personalities and behaviors through play and interaction. She then began teaching the dogs the concept of "place," leading to sit, down. stand, and a release word, explaining that this would be the basis on all future work on recall and stay. She had us each work with each of the dogs on these skills, and she followed up afterward by phone to make sure we and the dogs were succeeding. In our next session we worked on leash issues with both dogs. We spent most of the lesson out walking around the neighborhood, and again she followed up afterwards with phone calls and texts to make sure we were confident about what we were doing. Jane is fun to work with and very engaging with the dogs. She does research on anything she doesn't know about and stays current with the "best practices" in her field. I highly recommend her for training for your dog.
Counseling Families With DogsCounseling Families With Dogs
Linda P.
I am so happy and relieved to have found Thommy on Thumbtack! I highly recommend him and would welcome any calls asking about working with him. Thommy has met with me and my lab/jack russell mix three times now and one with my catahoula mix. I really appreciate his approach to training: positive training works! I've seen the results. Before Thommy while walking Stella I was constantly on the lookout for other dogs. We couldn’t pass within a few feet of another dog or she would lunge, bark and pull. During the first training session he assessed Stella's response and helped me understand which behaviors are normal, which aren’t and how we would work together to train her and me. Stella is showing me that she is either afraid or really excited and I'm learning how to reassure her and/or temper her excitement for other animals He doesn't subscribe to using shock collars, negative treatment nor prongs etc.
Canine Compassion Healing and TrainingCanine Compassion Healing and Training
Dianna G.
After meeting with Nathaniel Silver I felt very comfortable with him teaching me to train my dog Roxie. She is an eight months old red nose pitbull who is full of energy and anxiety. It has been one week and Roxie It’s starting to come down with the anxiety. But she is still a puppy LOL.
Silver Dog Training LLCSilver Dog Training LLC
Jennifer L.
Arnold was absolutely amazing. We adopted an 18 month old collie/lab mix, Sam. He had very little training and he's about 45lbs. Needless to say, it was overwhelming. Arnold came in and worked with our whole family, including the kids to help us train Sam and help us understand his behavior and how to help him integrate into our family. I was pretty desperate when Arnold first came and after the first training, I felt much better. After 3-4 training sessions and our family consistently working with Sam, I am happy to report we have a happy, well-behaved dog (for the most part, he IS still a puppy) and we have confidence in our ability to handle him. I cannot say enough about Arnold and his expertise. Highly, highly recommend!
Sage Dog TrainersSage Dog Trainers
Sam S.
Before training with Nathaniel our dog Lela would only listen sometimes. Now after only 2 sessions with Nathaniel we have seen so much progress. From her impulse control,to her leash walking skills there has been major improvements. We are happy we found him and look forward to working with him future.
Silver Dog Training LLCSilver Dog Training LLC
Wanita D.
Matt is a calm, patient, effective trainer and we are grateful to work with him. The best part of our sessions is that not only does he work well with Quinn, he’s coaching me as well on being a great dog mom. With patience and consistency, we’re going to have a great time with Quinn as he learns more and more. Thank you, Matt, and I’ve already bragged to our vet about your work!
Semper Fi K-9 TrainingSemper Fi K-9 Training
Veronica T.
She cancelled my dog training in March. She never reached out again until I messaged her May 13th and again on May 29th. Finally got a response on the 29th to see what was going on. She had personal things to deal with and mentioned she’d refund me. I reached out June 5th about the refund and was ignored. A refund should’ve been issued the moment you moved to SC and yet I’m still waiting. Opened a case with thumbtack in case she keeps my money. Scratched out some words for privacy but I would like others to see what I have been dealing with. I understand you are dealing with things but you aren’t the only one. Very unprofessional. Update: Day 10 and still no refund :) beyond ridiculous
JoAnne's Second HomeJoAnne's Second Home
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