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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 Chicago dog trainers
Jamie F.
I highly recommend Back to Basics Dog Training. She is an amazing trainer and helped our family out so much with training our dog Rocky. Thank you!
Back to Basics Dog TrainingBack to Basics Dog Training
Max H.
Wen was amazing. In four sessions our dog is a different dog. She trains in a kind and smart way. I highly recommend using her for basic training but also to break bad habits with your dog.
Back to Basics Dog TrainingBack to Basics Dog Training
Kimberly W.
Woody was great in creating rapport with my dog who is generally threatened by men. Very skilled dog trainer!
Mindful Dog TrainingMindful Dog Training
Jessica L.
We are so happy we found Black Dog K9! Our 1 year-old rat terrier/dalmatian mix, Buddy, loves Marty and loves his dog Ida! I can't say enough wonderful things about our experience with Black Dog. Before we started training with Marty, we struggled to train Buddy with general obedience and meeting other dogs. Buddy barks like crazy at large dogs, but tonight Buddy played with 105 pound Ida in our house. It was such a relief to see Buddy play well with another dog! Marty facilitated the whole process and we couldn't have done it without him (or Ida!). We feel so lucky to have Marty help us with the socialization process, and to see Buddy have fun with a large dog! Before working with Marty, we received quotes from other trainers and not only were we uncomfortable with their approaches, but their prices were outrageous. Black Dog K-9 approaches obedience training with love and offers training that is best for the dog, at a reasonable price. Marty has realistic suggestions, answers all questions thoroughly, gives great examples, and has excellent recommendations for dog training tools. In addition to the exceptional dog training we've already received in only 4 sessions, Marty has been kind, supportive, and is really a joy to be around--Buddy thinks so too! Marty is flexible, punctual, and he really cares about you and your dog. If you're trying to decide between trainers, go with Black Dog K9, you won't regret it.
Black Dog K9 Training and Pet Services LLCBlack Dog K9 Training and Pet Services LLC
Stephanie J.
Wen helped me acclimated my dog with my cat and provided me very helpful training tips for my new dog, Jules. I was able to see a lot of progress after just a few training sessions. Would definitely recommend!
Back to Basics Dog TrainingBack to Basics Dog Training
Korrin P.
Wen Tze was an amazing trainer! Our dog Miso loved her and was eager to learn from her each lesson. Wen was knowledgable, encouraging to us and our dog, and flexible when it came to scheduling and rescheduling. We will use the things that she taught us forever and we can say that her training has helped our bond with our dog even more :)
Back to Basics Dog TrainingBack to Basics Dog Training
Melissa B.
Wen Tze is an amazing dog trainer! Our dog Ralphie was highly reactive (e.g. barking, lunging) towards new people and other dogs especially during walks on leash. While we found some success with previous trainers, Wen's knowledge and behavior management methods were the most effective for Ralphie! She taught us how to be better leaders, communicators, and provided us the tools to manage Ralphie's behavior. Ralphie is currently doing so well! His reactive behaviors have lessened tremendously! He seems to be enjoying his walks more and we are confident that he will continue to improve with the training methods that Wen taught us! We highly recommend Wen and Back to Basics Dog Training!
Back to Basics Dog TrainingBack to Basics Dog Training
Emilia M.
Wen improved mine and my dogs life by a lot! Layla was showing progress by the second session. Wen was able to train me as well, teaching me about dog behaviors and ways to improve myself as an owner. I had issues with Layla’s pulling, barking, and dog aggression. Now I am able to walk with ease and Layla is now in doggy daycare playing with every dog! Training was stress free, and my dog loves Wen! Wen was not only helpful during sessions, but outside as well! Any problem I had she calmed me down through text, and we went over the problem at the next session. Truly an amazing trainer and person, Layla and I love Wen!
Back to Basics Dog TrainingBack to Basics Dog Training
Dylan R.
A wonderful experience and very helpful -- our dog had issues with other dogs and through obedience training he is vastly improved and we have the tools necessary for continuing on our own. Always on time be and very kind and understanding with practical advice and recommendations. Would definitely recommend because her training is a great value.
Back to Basics Dog TrainingBack to Basics Dog Training
Jay D.
Wenzy is the best! She is very attentive to your concerns and is extremely knowledgeable about dog training. If you are looking for someone to help you with your training look no further because she is the best!
Back to Basics Dog TrainingBack to Basics Dog Training
Christian r.
I truly did not have any idea how well training would work but just after one session we saw a significant change! Not to mention we have two dogs that we were getting trained that are a little older (6 and 13) but Gerard was awesome! It’s not about the length of training or getting training for weeks on end, sometimes it’s simply just about working with a trainer who can help YOU keep control of your dogs. So I’m definitely hopeful for the future because we have a lot of methods to effectively keep control over our dogs. I’m truly thankful to Gerard! He was very polite, nice, on time, focused, respectful, and effective! Highly recommend!
My Dog RehabMy Dog Rehab
Taylor S.
I highly recommend these services. We learned so much from our time during training, both our dog and us as owners! We now have numerous techniques that we can use to better serve our pup and we wouldn't have been able to learn this without Back to Basics Dog Training.
Back to Basics Dog TrainingBack to Basics Dog Training
Maggie H.
We would highly recommend Chris and Takacs Dog Training! We hired Chris to help with our 6 month old wheaten terrier puppy and were more than pleased with the results. Chris was able to customize a training plan based on our family home and not just an off the shelf program. He helped us create an engaging and fun training program that included basic house training, leash and walking control, when&how to treat, controlling temperament and discipline with guests, etc. We will definitely be calling Chris in the future for any and all dog training needs!
Takacs In Home Dog TrainingTakacs In Home Dog Training
Becky O.
Wen is a very knowledgeable trainer, and in a few short weeks, we have an entirely different dog! He was horrible on walks- pulling, barking, and not listening. Now, we can easily walk him with control. He doesn’t even have the aggressive reactions to other dogs that he used to. This week, she brought her dog to practice his reactions to other dogs, and he learned how to sit quietly with her guidance. This would have never happened before Wen Tze started training with us. I highly recommend her.
Back to Basics Dog TrainingBack to Basics Dog Training
Lauren R.
Wen has a very gentle, yet firm approach to dog training. I have a young, very small, puppy who would avoid training by laying, scratching an itch, and just sitting still. Wen trained us both in how to practice sit/stay and how it can be used for more than just simple commands; but rather redirections for common puppy behavior. I greatly appreciated her willingness to be a sounding board through text and her suggestions for how to deal with frustrating puppy behavior. Thanks Wen! Training is just as much about the human as it is the dog being trained :)
Back to Basics Dog TrainingBack to Basics Dog Training
Tra B.
The trainer had my dogs being obedient right away and taught me the skills to manage their behaviors. I am looking forward to working with him.
CLEAR K9 AcademyCLEAR K9 Academy
Jesse K.
This company was great and extremely responsive. They were flexible and able to answer my questions at any time including offering helpful advice, then curtailing the lessons to my dogs needs. I highly recommend this company and will seek them out in the future if I have any further issues. This company not only trains your dog but helps train you to learn how to carry those lessons forward.
Always Faithful Dog Training Chicago, N & NW BurbsAlways Faithful Dog Training Chicago, N & NW Burbs
Catherine D.
Working with Chris has been an absolute joy. If you are looking for a trainer for your dog, you will not believe how big a help Chris will be for you and your dog. For example: I was walking Kona down the sidewalk when someone with her dog asked if I used a trainer because Kona was the best behaved dog she had ever seen. She was so impressed, she reached out to Chris for her own dog! We could tell within minutes of talking with Chris that he truly cares about the dogs he works with and about us as the parents. His passion for dogs is clearly evident and his knowledge and ability to help matches his love of dogs. When we first were looking for a trainer, part of it was due to wanting to make sure we were teaching her correctly, and part was due to a resource guarding. After we had our first session with Chris, the resource guarding issue was taken care of in about 5 minutes! He also helped us significantly in how she plays with other dogs, she walks next to me, does tricks on command, and he helped with how she behaves around the house. Strongly recommend using Chris!
Takacs In Home Dog TrainingTakacs In Home Dog Training
Courtney G.
Wenzy is amazing!! After ONE lesson with her, my dog Milo was so much better at loose-leash walking. She is such a gifted trainer. Definitely go to her for any training needs! She responds so quick and her prices are so fair.
Back to Basics Dog TrainingBack to Basics Dog Training
Leah W.
Chris did a great job with my adolescent pup, Toast. He gave me all the tools I need to know how to manage and keep up her training. Would recommend to any new dog owner, especially those who have adopted dogs with quirky habits!
Takacs In Home Dog TrainingTakacs In Home Dog Training
Alice R.
Chris was very quick to respond to my request for dog training. Our little beagle corgi mix was beginning to react very aggressively on walks towards strangers and other dogs and the big brother lab/husky was also starting to jump too much and become more aggressive towards strange dogs making me anxious and stressed along with them. Finn being the smaller dog was constantly anxiety ridden in the apartment and on walks. Chris did a consultation over the phone to assess our needs and quickly gave us tips over the phone to immediately start working towards remediation. The trainings were fun and informative and best of all we got the big boy off the prong collar that a previous trainer had recommended we use to manage his strength. The boys are happier and better behaved and we’re better prepared than ever with a myriad of tools to keep them calm and us less stressed! Chris has been a life saver and we’re super pleased with the results!
Takacs In Home Dog TrainingTakacs In Home Dog Training
Christine A.
Daniel has been wonderful to work with. He is though with his knowledge base and explanation of our puppy’s behavior even when it was not ideal! Would definitely use him again for any dog obedience training!
CLEAR K9 AcademyCLEAR K9 Academy
Mayur D.
Wen is an amazing professional to work with. Her methodology shows that she brings tons of experience and knowledge to work. She helped me train my 4 month puppy to be obedient and we also learned some cool tricks as well! I would highly recommend Wen to everyone looking to get their dog/puppy trained! :)
Back to Basics Dog TrainingBack to Basics Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Martin is fantastic. He cared about our rescue beagle from the beginning, and made amazing progress on his first visit. It will take time to bring our beagle to where he can be a dog and not a guardian, but if anyone can do it, Martin can. We highly recommend Martin and Black Dog K9 Training and Pet Services LLC.
Black Dog K9 Training and Pet Services LLCBlack Dog K9 Training and Pet Services LLC
Jessica C.
Had 4 sessions with Web Tze and my (at the time) 12-week old puppy. Wen Tze really helped me learn patience with her training and not only taught my dog new tricks but taught me proper training techniques and obedience best practices and...the power of the clicker! I plan to work with her again and highly recommend!
Back to Basics Dog TrainingBack to Basics Dog Training
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