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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 Savannah dog trainers
Steven G.
Lloyd claims not to be a dog whisperer, but I've never seen anyone teach a dog as quickly as Lloyd. He should be on TV, or write a book on how to train a dog.
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Christi G.
I left after 20 minutes. Appearance of trainer was not professional. My impression was he was homeless and would run with my money. The trainers own dogs were not well behaved as they should have been. There was an altercation with his dogs and another in the park. The police had to be called. Please don't put your dog through this.
Yvette W.
I appreciate Lloyd’s professionalism and knowledge of training dogs. He gave me the tools I need to properly correct my dogs. I now have a better understanding of how the leadership role works with dogs.
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Kim B.
Brian is upstanding dog trainer. I would recommend hiring him to train your dog(s). He has been a big help with our Stella(American Bulldog). He has been working with Stella for 2 months and I am amazed what he has done her. I have seen him work with other dogs and he has always been respectful and knowledgeable.
Frank and Deb A.
Brian King of K9 Hero has done wonders for our dogs barking and leash pulling! It took our dogs very little time to follow his commands and to learn what is expected sure to Brian’s training expertise. He was patient with us as we learned the correct way to speak to and respond to our dogs. Brian is professional, knowledgeable, patient and dependable. It is also very clear he loves animals. We highly recommend Brian King of K9 Hero to all who need their dog(s) trained!
Frank I.
Lloyd is a professional and his experience and simple but effective solutions as to how to train our puppy were practical and effective. It is 48 hours later and our 10 week puppy is already responding to all of Lloyd’s wisdom and guidance. Lloyd gave us both the tools, guidance and perspective needed to ensure both our dogs life and our life with our dog will be equally enjoyable. The fact that Lloyd is also a very personable and like able gentleman along with all his dog training expertise made the hours we spent with him thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you Lloyd and we would highly recommend You to anybody that wants your skills and expertise. A great value.
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Lisa B.
Brian did an amazing job training my lab/pit mix. He is a sweet dog but had a lot of anxiety issues that led him to at times be aggressive. I was worried about him biting young kids that may run by, or someone biking , etc. It would "spoke" him and he would lunge or try going after the bike, person or animal. A few times I ended up flying in the air and injured as he pulled me on leash (strong 85lb dog). If a door was left open he would run. At times It took me an hour or better to catch him. After working with Brian, I have a well behaved dog. I can leave the door open and he doesn't run!! He does not get spoked and he is friendly to kids and other dogs....still doesn't like cats or deer but he is so much better. When told to leave something he generally just moves on. I am so thankful for all his guidance and support. He trained me to be a better dog owner too!
Jacqueline M.
We are super happy to find a dog trainer that was exceptional in not only training our 9 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback but was quickly able to find our mistakes in the first 15 minutes of his visit. Our puppy had recently lost his 14 year old brother and was becoming very aggressive with other animals and strangers. We were very worried that our 97 pound puppy was too head strong to train and was becoming a danger to people and other animals. Lloyd quickly had our puppy, Joey under his magic! We are amazed and extremely happy! Joey is a totally different dog! We were able to take Joey downtown Savannah for breakfast the very next day. He was able to walk without pulling us in a zigzag, completely sat tableside in an extremely chaotic environment and showed no aggressive behavior. We highly recommend Lloyd's sevices. We are excited for our next training session and he will definitely be involved in our next puppy venture on day one!
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Kelly C.
We have a Great Dane 120lbs and we were experiencing leash aggression. Reached out and talked with Lloyd he answered immediately and after explaining our issue we scheduled a Saturday 10am training. He told me he could help me in 1 visit and I was shocked. He showed up a few minutes early & came in, met our dogs and we talked about 20 minutes and he explained the behavior and how we were going to fix. We then took it to the streets and he worked with my dog 20 minutes while I watched. I’m lucky enough to live in a neighborhood where we have some friends with dogs and they were able to come out and assist in our biggest problem leash aggression with other dogs. If walking I would always have to walk the other way if we saw a dog or duck in a driveway and hide behind a bush because she would bark and get anxious. He was able to teach me how to get her to pay attention to me. During our training he gave me the tools to feel confident in walking pass dogs and being the dominant one. The next day it was just me and her and we had the best walk EVER! It took a lot of correction and extra time but as he said if we put the work in it will become more natural over time. I was emotional when we got home. We walked past 2 dogs and after following his directions we walked past and she didn’t even acknowledge these dogs. I was shocked and so happy. I highly recommend Lloyd to anyone that needs help I’m now excited to walk each morning.
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