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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 Aurora dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Great progress on first visit. Helped me understand how to train my dog to behave. Have a lot of tips to practice and insight into dog behavior/triggers.
Scott The Dog GuyScott The Dog Guy
Veronica F.
Great experience! My dog is difficult and gave him a hard time at first, but he clearly has a lot of experience and made great progress in just 1.5 hours. He even was nice enough to wait for it to stop raining to do outside training. My dog Athena has already shown great improvement with the training he gave me and I continue to work with her on. Thank you!
My Dog RehabMy Dog Rehab
Stacy L.
Scott was very professional and very responsive. He gave a lot of great advice that we can’t wait to try out. We would recommend him to anyone looking to train their dog!
Scott The Dog GuyScott The Dog Guy
Tonji T.
cott the Dog Guy is awesome. He is responsive and punctual. He was amazing with my 50 month old baby rottweiller who is now almost 60 lbs. I learned so much in our one and only training session. I've been applying his methods and everyday gets better and better. I will be hiring him for the next round of training.
Scott The Dog GuyScott The Dog Guy
Laura K.
I honestly don't know where to start. This trainer is so amazing if I had a baby I would name it after him. One session and so much difference in both dogs. I once lived in anxiety due to my dogs bad behaviour like the one nipping and biting people, but now there is hope. I was able to walk them together by myself without needing to go to the hospital from injuries they would cause pulling or dragging me. We still got work to do and with more sessions and practice my dogs will be the dogs Mister Rogers knows they could be. I'm still in shock and feel so happy.
My Dog RehabMy Dog Rehab
Janet U.
Tom was very informative on the process. It is actually only the first week of training with one dog who is scheduled for 2 weeks due to her aggression issues. Then he is going to take another dog for a week for his tendency to counter surf and get into trash cans at night. It is still early in the process and we don't know for sure what success he will have, but we were very impressed by the interactions we had with him so are optimistic on a good outcome.
Dilis Dog AcademyDilis Dog Academy
Thumbtack Customer
Definitely recommend Scott.... He knows what he's talking about... After talking to him for about 30min he already knew what I needed to do and set up a meeting for the next day and everything makes sense and is broken down so that anyone can understand.. thanks Scott..... You will continue to have my business and I will definitely recommend this dog trainer
Scott The Dog GuyScott The Dog Guy
Thumbtack Customer
Just let me start by saying that I would highly recommend Scott the Dog Guy!! Scott was very gentle and patient with Emma (our 4-year-old Cavalier). (and with us too) It was immediately obvious that she sensed his energy and calm the minute she met him - a 'dog whisperer' for sure! After just one session with Scott, Emma's behavior change was remarkable. She no longer barks and jumps all over people (including me) when they enter or leave the house. And she no longer pushes me out of the way to get to her food. (seriously - one session cured this 4-year-old behavior) We just started to work on her walking-on-lead and her anxiety issues and feel that with what we learned today, she'll make great progress there as well. Scott tailors the training for the individual dog - both with specifics of what he works on and the number of sessions needed. And he offers assistance via email/phone. No high pressure sales at all, which we appreciate.
Scott The Dog GuyScott The Dog Guy
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