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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 Marlborough dog trainers
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I contacted Jennifer for help with training my one year old Golden Retriever, who was showing signs of nervousness and anxiety. Jennifer was very quick to get back to me, and even came out to meet my dog and me the very next day. Jennifer was able to immediately identify some of the causes for the nervousness and anxiety, and we both agreed that her two week training program would be beneficial for my dog. I enrolled my dog into her two week training program, and Jennifer provided me with updates on my dog's progress on a daily basis. When my dog returned back home, she showed positive improvements. She is now less sensitive to noises (her sound sensitivity was something that previously had caused her a lot of anxiety) and she had gained a lot of confidence while in Jennifer's care. Jennifer has continued to check in with me to see how my dog and I are doing, and is quick to respond in the event that I have a question or need advice. Overall, my experience with Jennifer has been very positive, and I highly recommend her to anyone that is looking for a private dog trainer.
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Hayoung K.
Cara is simply amazing. I recently adopted a puppy (half lab and half red heeler) and she is a bit crazy (well, she's rarely calm.. let's just put it that way). I tried to watch youtube videos after youtube videos and did exactly what the trainers were recommending.. but I wasn't making big progress (why? b/c I feel like some of the youtube videos are filmed with already well-behaving dogs .. and they don't really show lots of real-life examples.. like what can go wrong and how crazy your puppy/dogs can be). I decided to seek help from Active Paw and this was one of the best decisions I've made since I adopted my puppy! Cara is very professional and arrives on time, and she talks through your real-life situations + shows exactly what I need to do. Cara kindly explains why my puppy acts the way she does and what I need to do to correct those bad behaviors by using positive reinforcement training tactics. Kimchi (my puppy) now stays in her crate and we are on the right track for potty training! Cara also promptly responds to my email inquiries with many information that I need as a first-time puppy owner. I would recommend Cara to anyone who is struggling like me!
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