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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

Reviews for Boston dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Jennifer is the best. Our 7 month old goldendoodle puppy, GraceKelly, did a 2 week board and train with Jennifer and it was extremely successful. We are having a baby and GraceKelly needed some additional training above what we could provide. Jennifer is loving and caring with the dogs, and sends daily updates about their progress. We are so grateful we found Jennifer!
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Lili B.
Initial contact with Hand 2 Paw was surprising and made me not want to work a second more with her. I am on her site looking for a training professional for my new rescue, and she said that if my dog cant be controlled I should bring her back to the shelter. Seems like maybe professional training would bring her under control, not just give up and go to the extreme of saying she should go back to the shelter
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Thumbtack Customer
We hired Boston's Best Dog Walkers for one-on-one training for our 1 year old puppy, Oliver, for separation anxiety. Aaron was friendly, professional, and so helpful. He provided us with different strategies to help us help Oliver, and all of his suggestions have worked to calm our anxious puppy. Aaron was caring toward Oliver and very flexible and easy to communicate with. I would recommend 10/10!
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Thumbtack Customer
We have a almost 2 year old goldendoodle named Hudson, he is the sweetest but once my 10 month old son started crawling and walking Hudson become a little aggressive, growling and biting the air near my son. I was really anxious and nervous about it so I contacted Jennifer to help and she come over the next day, which was wonderful. She explained where the growling and insecurity was coming from. Just the explanation and insight alone was helpful for me and my husband to start making some changes. Hudson boarded with Jennifer for 7 days and when he returned he was cool, calm, and collective. He seems to know his place a little better and feels more confident even with a baby walking around his space. Its just really nice to have a trainer truly care about your dog and the wellbeing of the whole family. I highly recommend Jennifer and her services. She is very knowledgeable, patient, and gave our dog the tough love he needed!
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