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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.

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.

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 Atlanta dog trainers
Ed M.
Clearly a Dog Trainer with great skill
Heart of a DogHeart of a Dog
Thumbtack Customer
I highly recommend using Francis for help with training your dog. He was knowledgable, patient, and great with my dog. We had 6 classes with him and he got my stubborn dog to do things I never thought she could do!!! I am so happy with the results. I have worked with many dog trainers in the past and he is one of my favorite!!!
Oh Good Dog Professional Dog TrainingOh Good Dog Professional Dog Training
Gregory W.
Very professional. Highly skilled trainers. I referred them to all of my friends that have dogs
DoggieQs LLCDoggieQs LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Francis is a very helpful and patient trainer. My dog is a little crazy but he was always kind and understanding with her. He offered solutions to all of the behavior problems I brought up with him and we're already seeing results! Once we tackled the first few training issues he worked with me on some additional training and was very open to working on everything I brought up. We even started on doing some scent games with my dog. I'm very happy!!! Definitely will come back to Francis and Oh Good Dog training in the future if the need arises. :)
Oh Good Dog Professional Dog TrainingOh Good Dog Professional Dog Training
Kendra C.
I cannot say enough good things about Scott. I saw such a difference in my dogs after the first session. He helped me learn how to properly communicate with them, which has made training so much easier. If you are considering getting a trainer, please give Scott a chance. You will not be disappointed. He genuinely loves dogs and has an obvious passion for what he does.
Dog Park Ready - Family Dog TrainingDog Park Ready - Family Dog Training
Evan R.
Scott was great. He got back to us quickly and did such a great job with our pup. I’d highly recommend Scott for all your dog training needs
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Terrie S.
Ann has been working with us and out 4 month old German Shepherd female puppy. The initial training session consisted of very easy but effective tasks for us to establish a foundation for interactive training. We gave found Ann to be very focused and a joy to work with. She also has provided walking & training when my spouse was out of town for business. Ann took the time initially to assess our dog and then created a plan to bring all of us along for the training journey so that we have a well trained, confident and happy dog. Would highly encourage anyone that has a need (or even if you don't think you do) to meet with Ann. Terrie Sullivan
Pups to Pooches LLCPups to Pooches LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Francis has been a huge asset to our family. We are now through 5 weeks of training for our dog and have seen vast improvements! We are super pleased with Francis and his work with our pup.
Oh Good Dog Professional Dog TrainingOh Good Dog Professional Dog Training
Amber T.
I cant Express how beyond happy I am With his service. I was a concerned dog mom. He was beyond patient, answered all my questions even the ones I asked multiple times. Quick response time, sent pictures and videos throughout the training process. Highly recommend and will refer all my new dog parents to him.
Pro K-9 Coach LLCPro K-9 Coach LLC
Dana I.
Scott is a professional, he is great at his craft. He had Raider eating out of his hand, and not just because he had chicken in it. He taught my wife, who is not dog savvy, dog behavior, which help her understand Raider. The session was a good refresher for me as Raider has me more trained more than I have him.
Dog Park Ready - Family Dog TrainingDog Park Ready - Family Dog Training
Hannah P.
I have a German Shepherd that’s a year and a half old and he is the most stubborn thing! Scott came over and help me understand how to communicate with him in several different ways. Before we had training I struggled to walk Bosco due to his intense pulling. Scott provided me with a new collar and taught me how to communicate through it and gave me multiple tips. Now it’s a breeze walking him! Scott has also followed up with me on how he is doing. I can message him any time for tips with any struggles I may be having with Bosco. In all it was a great experience! Not only did he train my pup but trained me how to properly communicate and train Bosco. Scott is an amazing trainer and just one training session has changed my dog for the better! Thank you, Scott!
Dog Park Ready - Family Dog TrainingDog Park Ready - Family Dog Training
Naila L.
Keith is such a fantastic trainer and gave us solid tools and techniques to train our 9 month old puppy! Before we started working Keith, we had no idea what we were doing trying to train her. She pulled like crazy when we tried to walk her on her leash and she was inconsistent about whether she listened to commands. 4 private lessons later and we’ve made so much progress! Our puppy listens consistently now and sits, lays down, stays, comes to us, stays off the sofa, knows her “place” and best of all has gotten really good at heeling on her leash! We’re getting compliments on how well-behaved she is when we’re out and feel really confident we have skills to keep our training momentum going. We will recommend him to anyone that needs a dog trainer!!
Pro K-9 Coach LLCPro K-9 Coach LLC
Shelby A.
Scott was so great to work with! As first time dog owners, we sought out a trainer who is personal, knowledgeable and professional, Scott is all of this! He gave us so many tips and tricks on not only training our newly adopted 2 yr old lab/beagle mix, but also knowledge on feeding schedules and general caretaking. With the tools he’s given us, we constantly get complements on Marleys recall, listening, and how much confidence he’s grown. We’d recommend him to everyone we know!
Dog Park Ready - Family Dog TrainingDog Park Ready - Family Dog Training
Gary G.
Francis at Oh Good Dog was nothing short of excellent to work with. His approach is very simple, practical and applicable to the home and also out and about because that’s exactly how he trains them — at home and out and about. There is a night and day difference in our rambunctious golden pup. She is now much calmer, holding most of her commands and easily manageable on a leash. I’m amazed at the progress made in two weeks — I highly recommend the program.
Oh Good Dog Professional Dog TrainingOh Good Dog Professional Dog Training
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