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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 Gurnee dog trainers
Samantha M.
We loved working with Michelle. Dog training is just as much about training owners as it is training dogs, and we felt like she taught us really well. We had no idea what to do and we left our session with a clear understanding of how to set our dog up for success. If you are looking for an experienced trainer to show you the ropes, I highly recommend Michelle!
Hair of The Dog That Bit YaHair of The Dog That Bit Ya
Jocelyn L.
Michelle is an excellent trainer... A people trainer!! She will train you on how to train your dog because training takes practice between dog and dog parent that extends beyond the hour-long sessions with her. Michelle was always on time. Most importantly, Michelle is honest. She told us that we didn't need any more sessions far earlier than we expected and we appreciate that she didn't drag on the sessions just because. Thanks Michelle!!!
Hair of The Dog That Bit YaHair of The Dog That Bit Ya
Michael a.
Works well with dogs and their people. Communication is very good, takes into account situational concerns but also develops and implements an easy to understand dog development plan. Honestly, she is helping us to become better dog owners while helping us train a happier and safer dog.
Diamond In The Ruff Pet Care, LLCDiamond In The Ruff Pet Care, LLC
Kristen H.
I needed help with my two small dogs. After getting the new puppy who refused to potty train, my older dog started to revert. She was able to work with all of us, give suggestions and now both dogs are doing much better.
Hair of The Dog That Bit YaHair of The Dog That Bit Ya
Judy G.
Our first training session went better than I ever expected. My dog is responding to me better than he ever has. I need the training probably more than he does!!! Michelle is very kind, warm, friendly and treated my dog as if he was her own. I look forward to learning from her so I can have the calm dog I always wanted!! Judy
Hair of The Dog That Bit YaHair of The Dog That Bit Ya
Thumbtack Customer
My dog Mango is quite the aggressive little dog and once I called Christy for help she knew over the phone already that his aggression was based on fear. She has so far only been here for the free evaluation and I am already seeing amazing results with Mango! I cannot wait to see his progress and work with Christy even more, she is so attentive and works positively with Mango. Besides the actual training, she has called me to check on him and also offered training tools, like a leash and treats. I highly recommend Christy, she is extremely helpful and a great resource if you want to gain peace of mind with your dog!
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Amanda J.
Michelle is awesome! Not only has she helped train our new (rescue) dog, 2 year old Walter, who is a BIG boy, she has helped trained US in the right way to do it, so that we can remain consistent. She happily included our 16 year old daughter in the training, and in just two sessions, Walter's manners have improved dramatically. I can't speak highly enough of her and her methods.
Hair of The Dog That Bit YaHair of The Dog That Bit Ya
Matthew K.
This is tough because I really liked Mike and think he is a pretty good trainer although, I was very specific about what I was looking for in correcting for my dog and we spent very little to no time addressing that issue. I kind of felt like I was duped. I reached out to Mike because my dog started to display social aggression towards other dogs while at the off leash parks. He is a very high energy dog and I can only supply him with a few miles of running and walking a day, therefore it is very critical I can take him to the park to get out some energy a few times a week. After communicating this to Mike he said we could meet and he can spend about 45-60 minutes assessing the dog for free and then another hour to train take him to the park to see what the issues are. Mike showed up and spent a lot of time asking me questions and giving Loki (my dog) general commands. He agreed my dog was well trained but he still continued doing simply basic behavior games and techniques. I felt like this was quite a waste of my time since this is not his issue although some of the things he went over were helpful. He did show me a method which I did inquire about to start to get Loki into his crate on his own, since he is terrified of being locked in and I wont force him. I would love to use the crate while I am at work but he is deathly afraid of the thing. Anyway, after all this we finally went to the park to address the real issue. We stayed here for less then 10 minutes and the only positive was that Mike was able to see how Loki was reacting that made me nervous to have him around other dogs. After this I paid him and he left. A couple weeks after Mike text me asking how Loki was doing. I replied, "Things are okay. I just want to get him comfortable around other dogs so we can get some of his energy out at the park. I can't really do that alone or without other well behaved dogs. I am pretty confident in typical behavioral training." I got no response from Mike. Nothing. I'm a bit confused since this is what I told him from day 0 that I wanted to work on and now it seems he cant help me? Then why take the first appointment... UPDATE: Mike reached out to me and apologized for not following up with me. He came and did another session with Loki and I believe it helped having another dog around so I can focus on what I need to correct in his behaviors. I am going to keep working with Loki and will reach out to Mike for another session if I still need some guidance.
Frayed Hat Dog TrainingFrayed Hat Dog Training
Wendy C.
Woody was great! He addressed all my concerns and not only showed me what I needed to change but also what I was already doing well. He had great suggestions, modeled them for me and took the time to answer all my questions. I will be recommending him to anyone who needs dog training support.
Mindful Dog TrainingMindful Dog Training
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