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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 Watertown dog trainers
Megan M.
Mike is awesome. Our rescue dog has leash aggression towards dogs and people in our neighborhood and after just 2 sessions with him there’s been a big improvement. He’s walked with us through the neighborhood and called on volunteers (humans and dogs!) to demonstrate how we can better handle the situation and take control. One thing I really love is that he brings his dog Finnegan with. This allows our dog to learn from him, and it’s guaranteed socialization during the entire session. We’ve worked with other trainers in the past who mostly taught avoidance techniques, but we didn’t feel that was solving the root issue, which is our dog’s anxiety from lack of socialization. Mike takes a more holistic approach and his style really works for us. Highly recommend!!
Liberty Pet Coach, Dog Training and Animal ReikiLiberty Pet Coach, Dog Training and Animal Reiki
Lily F.
Josie arrived on time, and started working with my dog’s problem immediately. She taught us the method for her fear aggression in the elevator, and we have been practicing everyday. My dog does seem more calmed down in the hall way and the elevator, and it makes me so happy and confident to see the progress after the training session. I highly recommend a session with her if your dogs have any problems. It’s definitely worth it!
Everything AnimalsEverything Animals
Stacy C.
Jennifer was a saving grace! I've been stressing out dealing with leash aggression with our dog walking in our neighborhood for months now. Jennifer came to our house and within 90 minutes had literally solved our problem! She was able to identify the issue and with her incredible understanding of dogs, enabled me to take control of our walks and curb the aggression. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off me and our dog is already happier on walks. I really enjoyed meeting Jennifer-- her passion for animals is evident. I will definitely look to book Jennifer again for any future training or boarding needs.
Hand 2 Paw Dog TrainingHand 2 Paw Dog Training
Rachel E.
Cara did so much good for my mental health during her visit. I was losing my mind trying to train my smart, energetic puppy, and getting nowhere. Now it feels like he and I are on the same team, and I no longer panic when he “isn’t behaving”, which is somehow already MUCH less frequently, it’s freaking incredible. She made the core concepts of positive reinforcement training easy to understand and showed me how to apply them to my puppy in real time. He loved her SO MUCH. It was so constructive. She also gave me some great reference material to look at when I am not sure what to do. It just feels really good to be training my dog in a way that makes us BOTH feel happy and loved. If I could give a thousand stars instead of five, I would.
Active Paws Inc.Active Paws Inc.
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