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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 Worcester dog trainers
Jacki W.
Jessie Paws was amazing! Our dog loved taking classes and learned a great deal. We are planning to start a new round of training!
Jezzie Paws Dog Training - Millbury MAJezzie Paws Dog Training - Millbury MA
Alyse D.
Robyn is great to work with. After 3 sessions our dog is already improving. I would highly recommend her for any training needa.
Canine CongenialityCanine Congeniality
Thumbtack Customer
Robyn evaluated my dog and wrote my expectations about what I wanted to accomplish with my dog after the training. My dog barked very much when we were walking and a car passed by us. With positive reinforcement my dog has stopped doing this. She still needs reminders once in a while but after the second lesson she was doing a lot better. She is now in her fourth lesson an reacting to passing cars is almost in the past. My dog was reactive to other dogs and she has improved dramatically. We still have work to do in this area but she is doing a lot better.
Canine CongenialityCanine Congeniality
Kelly M.
Wow! Our beautiful boy is a rescue with an unknown history. We had him evaluated by two trainers previous to Jess. Both saying the same. He was abused and neglected likely by a male. He wasn’t beyond rehabilitation but needed someone who knows how to help fearful dogs specifically, I found Jezzie Paws here and reached out. Jess was quick to respond, listened to me and my concerns, and then told me she believed she could help but needed to see and observe him first. We just completed our 5th week of training with Jess, and boy have we noticed a difference! She is amazing! At first you think she isn’t paying attention to your dog as there are several in class-but that couldn’t be further from the truth! She has eyes on the back of her head! She is insightful! I can’t say enough wonderful things about her and her method. She understands dogs! More importantly, she understands dog owners!! We do what she instructs us to do, follow up with the training at home, and our little rescue is making noticeable progress!!! He is leaps and bounds better than he was just weeks ago. While we know we have a ways to go helping our little man learn the world isn’t going to hurt him anymore, we are confident we found the right person to guide us along the way. PS- beyond our specific issues, we have the pleasure of watching Jess work with other dogs in class; helping owners and dogs learning obedience, agility etc. Jess is terrific and we highly recommend Jezzie Paws
Jezzie Paws Dog Training - Millbury MAJezzie Paws Dog Training - Millbury MA
Deanna c.
Amber has been to my house for 3 visits, for 2 older dogs, one 4yrs one 3yrs both poorly trained and spoiled. We have already noticed a big, Hugh change in their behavior, she’s on top of her game and her price is reasonable, I’m looking forward to her next visit.
Pawlite Best FriendsPawlite Best Friends
Rebecca C.
I can’t praise Jess enough! I’m a first time dog owner with a rescued 8 month old Mountain Cur. I contacted Jess while I was in the adoption process. I had a lot of questions about training, supplies, techniques- you name it. Jess answered all of my questions promptly and thoroughly with the patience of a saint. I have really appreciated her wisdom and insight throughout even the adoption process! We have completed our first session, and already, we are making significant progress. She listens to our concerns and goals ever step of the way. Her prices are extremely reasonable and she treats you with respect and kindness. I would absolutely recommend her services, whatever your needs are. In fact, I already have! Thank you, Jess! You are a rockstar to us!
Jezzie Paws Dog Training - Millbury MAJezzie Paws Dog Training - Millbury MA
Hannah S.
I am so happy we found cara! Our French bulldog puppy koko was having many difficult behaviors like chewing, barking, being aggressive with my children and just overall not listening, having accidents in the house etc. I was ready to spend thousands to send her away to be trained but cara reassured me that after 2-3 sessions she would have a lot of improvement. To be honest I was skeptical but after 2 sessions and 2 weeks working with cara in our home koko is a different dog! We are all much happier and I am so impressed at how smart she is and how much we could teach her in a short time with the right tools. She is bonding with us and my kids and I am feeling so much less stress and am excited to see how much we can teach her! We had such a great experience with cara and look forward to working with her again when koko is ready to progress. She was always very quick to respond with any questions we had. Hire her you won’t regret it!
Active Paws Inc.Active Paws Inc.
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