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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 Overland Park dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Earl was very helpful and provided us with demonstrations of strategies for teaching our dog to obey commands. It would be a different world if all dog owners were required to have this training.
The Original Kansas City Dog WhispererThe Original Kansas City Dog Whisperer
Thumbtack Customer
When I expressed a difference in opinion on dog training, Earl was rude and dismissive -- insulting really. Makes him come across as an unprofessional bully -- which is pretty much at the basis of why I don't agree with his training philosophy.
The Original Kansas City Dog WhispererThe Original Kansas City Dog Whisperer
David B.
Earl was absolutely fantastic! I was overwhelmed when I took on the task of finding a trainer and was immediately drawn to Earl due to his extensive experience and his raving reviews from so many of his clients. He was on time, professional, friendly, and had a way of answering all of our questions with such confidence and positivity. That made us feel so hopefull and excited to dive right into the training process. He is a treasure chest of knowledge and is more than willing to offer his guidance far beyond the initial consultation. If you’re like me and having trouble choosing a trainer, do yourself a favor and give yourself the peace of mind and confidence to train your dog and your future dogs for life with Earl’s help and guidance the whole way. I guarantee you will not regret it! I would and will recommend him to my friends, family, and anybody else I encounter that is struggling to train their dog.
The Original Kansas City Dog WhispererThe Original Kansas City Dog Whisperer
Robin A.
Brian has been great about tailoring our training to specific needs we have with our dog. He goes above and beyond to help us achieve desired behaviors and correct troublesome habits.
Always Faithful Dog Training of Kansas City LLCAlways Faithful Dog Training of Kansas City LLC
Russell W.
We have a seven month old Yorkie. We’ve always had two yorkie, but the 15 year old passed away last year. After waiting awhile we adopted an 9 week old Yorkie pup. She has so much energy and while she is a sweetheart, she was too much for my wife and I and our 11 year old Yorkie to deal with. She barked and squealed a lot. We live in a multi unit building so we had to give in to her the very first night and let her out of her crate. Then there was the constant wanting to play with the older dog resulting in lot of growling and barking. Also, because she could not be crated we had lots of trouble house training her. We decided to send her for professional training. We knew she would an extremely difficult student from the start. We spoiled her and trained her all wrong. Melissa took her away for two weeks and she came back to us with almost all of those problems solved. She stays in her kennel when we leave the house. There is very nearly no barking or squealing, thank God. She stops the rough house with the older dog when I command. She responds to treats and sits, sits up and lays down on command. And she walks very well on a leash. Melissa explained in person and in writing how we should continue the training process. Her instructions is very understandable and effective. I cannot imagine being more pleased. I highly recommend Manners PuPlease to everyone needing a dog trained. After Gabby was returned I had to text Melissa for advise on getting the dog to stop barking in the crate. I followed her direction and it worked immediately like magic. Thank you so much.
Manners PUPleaseManners PUPlease
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