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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

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 Springfield dog trainers
Dusty V.
Awesome dog trainer! Very knowledgeable.
Katie N.
Lynne is very passionate about dogs and I love her philosophy for dog training!
Progressive Canine Dog Training and Behavioral ...Progressive Canine Dog Training and Behavioral ...
Thumbtack Customer
Ivan Rios seems to be doing a good job in training our dog. Our dog name is Goldie and she is going on 9 months old. I was going to try training Goldie myself, but I do not have the patience or experience to train Goldie. We like Ivan because he is a caring and knowledgeable person. Goldie has a way to go before her training is complete. We feel Goldie is in good hands, and know she will be trained when her training sessions are complete I would like to rate my overall experience again when Goldie's training is complete. Kenneth & Ruth Hawkins
Alpha Dog Obedience CenterAlpha Dog Obedience Center
Thumbtack Customer
I am very pleased with the 2 lessons that we've had, I am learning how to train my dog with Ivan's directions. He is extremely patient, great with communications and directions. The feeling I get is that he really and truly understands what I want to accomplish with my girl, and he's giving me the tools to do this. I would highly recommend him to anyone that wants to train their dog. I've signed up for an 8 week class and I'm looking forward to our next class.
Alpha Dog Obedience CenterAlpha Dog Obedience Center
Maria V.
Wilma was very professional and knowledgeable!! I have a 5 months puppy and she gave me very good tips to train my dog. I’ve been working on the tips she gave me and my furry baby is learning fast! Thx Wilma!
Tina P.
Michelle was awesome and knows her stuff. She had my larger dog walking without tugging me in no time. She even had my 5 month old walking around on a leash. Puppy needs a hair cut to fully train and she gives great advice! Very happy with the experience. She said to call anytime and she will advise what I should do. She even gave me advice before I even said I wanted to hire her. Looking for a great trainer look no further! Michele is the best
Kritzercreek TrainingKritzercreek Training
Thumbtack Customer
This is really hard to write, though I like Jennifer very much, I didn't feel that she fulfilled what she stated that she would be able to do for me. My only request was that I be able to get my rescue dog to walk on a leash. She stated that she would be able to get her to walk on the leash by the end of the visit, yes, she did take a few steps on the leash, but I would not consider that "leashed trained". I was told to continue to do what she had taught me and that I would be able to do this. Spending the amount of money that I spent to do no more than what I could have found on line, is a bit much.
Hand 2 Paw Dog TrainingHand 2 Paw Dog Training
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