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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 New Orleans dog trainers
Terraine z.
The trainer was very nice, on time, and perfect with my dog...papi responded very well to the trainer and still seems to answer to the comments! He has made training Papi very easy!
Dawn C.
You do not have to look any further for a dog trainer. Joe is AMAZING! Not only did he train my Margaux, but he trained me too!! He is extremely professional and knowledgeable. Joe is the only trainer I would trust training my furbaby. He’s the BEST
Camellia City K9Camellia City K9
Charlotte M.
I felt pretty hopeless after my once mild-mannered dog started getting possessive of me and showing aggression towards other dogs to the point that I had to stop taking her to the dog park, which we used to go to almost every day. To be honest, I needed as much training as my dog did, and Marcus did a great job of teaching me about how my behavior and reactions to things could influence Phoebe’s reactions. Even after just one training session, there was a noticeable improvement in her interactions with other dogs. I’m much more at ease now going on walks and being in public places with Phoebe, which I thought might be a lost cause. It’s obvious that Marcus loves working with dogs and he’s very knowledgeable about any issue that could arise. I would absolutely use him again for further training with Phoebe or when I finally cave and get another dog.
Rachel B.
Our dogs were absolute NIGHTMARES, we were desperate and sent them to stay with Ron for 4 weeks. They have been home for 24 hours following their training with Ron and they are different dogs - we are blown away with what he accomplished with them. We were able to take them for a walk with our two children and have guests over without a problem, two things we never dreamed we’d be able to do before their stay. Not only did he completely train them into amazing, obedient and good dogs, he was super nice, incredibly responsive, and even kept them for a few extra days to help us out and really refine their training. I can’t recommend Ron enough - he’s a true dog whisperer!!!
Blue Blood CanineBlue Blood Canine
Marisa w.
He did a great job and we have set up a second session in a pet store. ( Where the dog really goes nutty). I have full faith that we will have many tools to train our dog who responded to him immediately.
Camellia City K9Camellia City K9
Valli S.
Jen truly has a natural instinct for connecting with a dog and understanding where their mind is at so she can best train them. I would definitely recommend her. She is very nice and sweet in general.
Jen Milam - Give PawJen Milam - Give Paw
Seth F.
When I first started seeing Jen, Taco was very anxious and bit everyone I tried to introduce him to. After just two sessions, Taco is a brand new dog! I won't see the full effect of the training until a few more months but Jen is awesome, and responds any time I have a question or issue. Great trainer!
Jen Milam - Give PawJen Milam - Give Paw
Scarlet P.
Marcus came this past Friday for a consultation with my dog Odin. Just in the time he was there i, myself learned so much on how to properly train/use reinforcement for Odin. I’ve been using what he taught me just for a few days now and I’ve seen a huge improvement. Will definitely use Again!!
Savanah E.
Even Penelope liked her, and that’s saying a lot!!! No seriously, my dog had a problem I was beginning to believe I was going to have to live with. She was terrified of people and acted viciously. After only two hours with Jen, Penelope is a completely different puppy. I owe it all to Jen. She was so patient and kind. My favorite thing about Jen was her ability to explain to me everything she was doing and why she was doing it. She was happy to equip me with all of her knowledge. I could not be any happier with her work. In short, she’s phenomenal...if you’re looking for a quality dog trainer, look no further. She’s the BEST!
Jen Milam - Give PawJen Milam - Give Paw
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