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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 Overland Park dog trainers
Annette P.
Contact Jeff with Show Me K9 Dog Training to help you and your puppy or adult dog. Whether it's the basics or more involved obedience, he has so much experience, and a keen sense of each pet's personality. We especially appreciate Jeff's patience with our dog and us. He's not rigid with instruction, but observes progress to encourage and correct. . . .We know that training can depend on the dog and breed, and our family being consistent. At his first visit to consult, Jeff observed and really listened to our family's needs with a new adult pet in a home of other pets. He reminded us that part of training is also letting the dog be a dog, going on walks to explore and play, and be a part of the family. He encouraged us that dogs can have off-days too, but to relax and stick with it. . . .The first week of training was not complicated, with plenty of opportunity for repetition. The next training layered on additional commands that helped our dog stay in boundaries to keep him safe, and built the pet/owner relationship. And just like Jeff said, our dog's obedience "took off" after the second training. . . .Despite owning previous dogs and going to obedience class in a group setting, our experience with Jeff's instruction has been enjoyable and tailored to this dog and our family. We're excited for our next training session, and wonder what our dog can't do. . .We adopted a one year old rescue dog that was really afraid of being left alone. It's hard to see when German Shepherds are smiling ;) He's a happy dog! We're sharing pictures of him obeying commands to place, off, wait, and just hanging out.
Show Me K9 Dog TrainingShow Me K9 Dog Training
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
Charlene P.
Jeff is excellent! He genuinely cares about your dog and took time to evaluate and teach us how to work with our dog. We have a large breed dog that had anxiety and lunged at other dogs on walks and is now doing much better and enjoying walks again. He was always prompt and answered any questions quickly that we had after training. Highly recommend.
Show Me K9 Dog TrainingShow Me K9 Dog Training
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
Linda s.
I would recommend Rachelle for your pet training needs. She was very helpful w training our Golden to step into the car. She was patient and knowledgeable about the use of positive reinforcement and shaping of behaviors to help us reach our goals w our dog. We made huge progress in only one session, and Rachelle gave us and taught us several very useful techniques.
Loving Arms Pet Services LLCLoving Arms Pet Services LLC
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