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Your burning questions: answered

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.

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.

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 Wheaton dog trainers
Emma J.
Choosing Scott and K9 Tutoring for our puppy was one of the best decisions and investments we have ever made. Our dog was unrecognizable after bringing him home after the 2-week board and train. Before, our dog would constantly jump on people, pull on the leash, and not listen to our commands. Now, after training with Scott, taking our dog on a walk is like a dream come true. No pulling, no getting distracted. It's like a weight has been lifted off our shoulders. Scott showed a deep understanding for the changes we wanted to see in our dog. He continuously sent us updates, photos, and videos of our dog as the training went on, and we could really see the progress he was making, which was great! Once the training was complete, Scott met with us and did a wonderful job of making sure we were acquainted with how to continue the training process with our dog at home. You can really tell he genuinely cares about your dog's success, and it was such a relief to know our dog was in great hands. Overall, it was an amazing and rewarding experience for us and our dog. I would highly recommend Scott to anyone who is interested in getting professional assistance with their dog training.
K9 TutoringK9 Tutoring
Stephanie P.
We found K9 Tutoring on Thumbtack for our dog, Bubba. He was a 7 month old Goldendoodle at the time, with a lot of great energy and a stubborn personality to train! We had read good reviews and watched the training videos and decided to reach out to Scott. From the beginning he was very attentive and helpful. In talking with him, we learned that he is very knowledgeable about dogs, their habits, and positive ways to train them- which is exactly what my fiance and I were looking for. He provided a few training options and we chose to have him stay with Scott and his family for 7 days. We wanted Bubba immersed in the environment we wanted to create and then translate that once he came home. We were nervous to drop him off, but they made it very easy because we knew he was in great hands! They sent us pictures of Bubba hanging out with his family and videos of him training throughout the week, which we both throughly enjoyed! Not only was Bubba very happy, but he was learning! We showed our family members and friends the videos and they were all very impressed! When we picked Bubba up, he truly was a different dog. Since his week stay, he has stopped jumping on counters and people. His loud bark when we are out for walks has become more controlled, and he is learning to control his excitement. The training doesn't end once the week is over, however Scott provided us with the tools to train him confidently. We are so pleased with the progress he is continuing to make and would refer K9 Tutoring to anyone! Thank you, K9 Tutoring!
K9 TutoringK9 Tutoring
Diane R.
We hired Jim to help us with our out of control 3 month old lab. After five sessions, our now 5 mo. old puppy sits with a hand command only, heels by our side on a leash and has the stay command down pat. Jim uses leadership training, without treats and without reprimand. His easy going and encouraging nature make you feel comfortable. He was always prompt and very flexible in scheduling sessions which we appreciated. Our puppy has a great start to growing into a good dog thanks to Jim and his methods.
Always Faithful Dog Training WestAlways Faithful Dog Training West
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