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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Grayslake dog trainers
Hilary H.
John was great. He remained calm and professional while evaluating my "reactive aggressive" dog that no other trainer wanted to work with, even before the face to face evaluation. John helped me achieve all of my goals for my dog. Awesome trainer.
Always Faithful Dog Training of KenoshaAlways Faithful Dog Training of Kenosha
Brooke L.
Michelle is amazing! She got back to me immediately and spent time with me on the phone before even meeting my dogs to give me tips before our first appointment. And is always responsive and communicative in between appointments. I’ve always worked with my dogs and love training them. However, there are struggles I’ve had with them and haven’t been able to overcome on my own. She watches how they interact with me and how they are responding to their surroundings. She tells me when to train and how and I cannot say how much I appreciate her! She has made a HUGE difference in our lives. I get compliments almost daily now about how well trained our dogs are and I’ve only met with her twice over the last two months!! The main dog I had her come out to train is incredibly fearful and she helped me trained him even when he wouldn’t let her near him. But then at the second appointment she got him to warm up to her and has made a giant difference in him and his training. I love working with her and she not only trains the dogs but gives you the confidence and ability to work on things you didn’t know you could. I recommend her HIGHLY for any dog. Whether it’s basic obedience training or more in depth training. We are still working on our dogs but because I have her I have the all the confidence in the world that they will be the best trained dogs ever. Michelle is incredibly caring and easy to get along with, she is caring, empathetic and wise. Her knowledge is invaluable and her caring, funny nature makes her the best trainer anyone could ask for. Thank you Michelle!!!
Hair of The Dog That Bit YaHair of The Dog That Bit Ya
Thumbtack Customer
I needed help with basic puppy info and training. Mike was great! Very responsive, got back to me right away. He had a wealth of information about puppy/dog behavior and was able to give us several techniques to help train our dog correctly. He was good at looking at the environment and recommending what was working and what could be changed. He was very patient and showed us better ways to direct and correct behavior. Would highly recommend him!
Frayed Hat Dog TrainingFrayed Hat Dog Training
Marcia V.
Michelle has done a great job with helping us to have a better way of communicating and bonding with our newly adopted boxer/pit mix. We had taken him to a ''rescue ' training class, which emphasized solely using positive reinforcement, which worked up to a point but our dog needed more, as he is still very much a goofy pup who probably didn't receive a lot of input on what are acceptable boundaries from his previous care givers. In just one session with Michelle, we saw immediate improvement and gave us hope that with work, he will become a better behaved and more confident dog. She also is a great people trainer too! :-)
Hair of The Dog That Bit YaHair of The Dog That Bit Ya
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