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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.   

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.

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.  .

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.

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.

Reviews for Quincy dog trainers
Daniel M.
Peter provided exactly the service that he described to me when he messaged me with a quote. He gives you the tools needed to train your dog. Its up to the owner to follow through but if you follow Peter's training you and your dog will be well on your way.
Judy H.
Peter and I worked together yesterday on training and retraining my dogs. I have a 7 month old male puppy, Brodie, and an 11 year old female, Maisie, both west highland terriers. With the new puppy, I am in need of assistance in learning and relearning the steps to training our new dog. Peter is an excellent trainer. He is very patient and has excellent skills that he easily transfers to the pet owner. He taught my two dogs several very valuable skills in a short amount of time, which we will continue until the next time we see him. We will meet again and continue the work, however in one sesseion he taught me to get the desired behaviors, especially from Brodie. He also worked with Maisie and me, and she likes him and that she is getting attention and treats and can show how smart and well behaved she can be. You will not be sorry hiring Peter!
Jodi C.
When Peter arrived my 1yr old Golden Retriever was very upset and barking/scared. Peter was calm and slowing took his time establishing himself as a friendly person. We then got to work with the training - Peter is very knowledgeable and takes the time needed for the dog and owner to have a successful session.
Thumbtack Customer
I'm so happy I found Peter. I have 2 rambunctious dogs with super short attention span. They never listen. After our first session with Peter, not only did they learn basic obedience, they also learned who their leaders are - me and my husband! I love the idea that he trained us. My dogs direction should come from us and they can only be better if we are better handlers, which is what Peter believes in and it is successful. Highly recommend this guy!
Thumbtack Customer
Peter was very helpful. He specifically helped us with our puppy's barking, leash manners and hyperactive behavior. We've had puppy training with our dog at Petsmart but hired Peter to help with these small problem areas and he helped us a lot in just 1 hour. I'd definitely hire him again if need be.
Nina B.
Jennifer is an amazing behaviorist and trainer. I needed a behaviorist more than anything for my 2 Frenchies. They are both anxious and one barks incessantly. Jennifer really can asses a dog’s issues and knows exactly what to do. After just 2 sessions with her the dogs are already showing improvement and listening to my commands. It’s amazing. I love my fur babies and would only trust them with Jennifer. Highly recommend her!
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