Find a dog trainer near Rockville, MD

Find a dog trainer near Rockville, MD

Find a dog trainer near Rockville, MD

Give us a few details and we’ll match you with the right pro.

Zip code

Top 5 Dog Trainers near Rockville, MD

Dog Trainers Cost Guide

  • $
  • $$
  • $$$
  • $$$$

Q & A

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 Rockville dog trainers
Chris K.
Jody is an extremely knowledgeable and professional dog trainer and her guidance to us for our dog has been invaluable. She is expert in dog training and socialization techniques that will make all the difference in living with our puppy.
Social Tailwaggers, LLCSocial Tailwaggers, LLC
Jon D.
Jojo did an awesome job with our vizsla pup, Argos. She's very meticulous and articulate in training our dog. Her strategies are very effective especially with a very hyper dog. We love her and we would recommend her to anybody looking for in-home dog training.
JoJo Terestre  dba Horse and Hound WellnessJoJo Terestre dba Horse and Hound Wellness
Elliot H.
Carla was an amazing instructor and we greatly appreciate the hard work and effort that she put into the training that our dog received. She was very professional, extremely nice, and always aimed to please us and make sure that the training was what we expected and the results were satisfactory.
FluentDog TrainingFluentDog Training
Thumbtack Customer
She was absolutely wonderful! Came over for a consult and took the time to have a great conversation about behavior, the canine mindset, and how to adjust certain behaviors our dog displays. She is extremely knowledgable, brought a ton of experience to the table, and we cannot wait to work with her again in the future. Would recommend her to anyone looking for a phenomenal dog trainer.
Courteous CanineCourteous Canine
Kathy M.
Loved this experience. With just one visit, (Just one!) we have a calmer and much better behaved dog. Of course, we were the ones who needed the training! We look forward to the next lesson! Thank you!
JoJo Terestre  dba Horse and Hound WellnessJoJo Terestre dba Horse and Hound Wellness
Johanna P.
The only regret I have about my experience with Ryan from Ruff House Training is not hiring him sooner. In one session, Ryan made a huge change in our lives. My pup is close to 3 years old and had been showing serious signs of aggression. I avoided strangers and other dogs at all costs and having guests over was chaos. I had tried applying all techniques found in my neverending research and nothing worked until Ryan came in. I've been able to put to use everything I learned with Ryan and the change is drastic. I can walk my pup through all kinds of people now and even have people approach me as he sits. Another dog can walk beside us and he will mind his business instead of aggressively barking or lunging. I would not wait another minute if you're looking to book an expert in this field. Ryan is your guy. Thanks so much Ryan for making such a great impact.
Ruff House Dog TrainingRuff House Dog Training
Ready to find a pro?

See more reviews, compare prices, and hire your favorite pros all with Thumbtack.

Why hire professionals on Thumbtack?
Free to use

You never pay to use Thumbtack: Get cost estimates, contact pros, and even book the job—all for no cost.

Compare prices side-by-side

You’ll know how much your project costs even before booking a pro.

Hire with confidence

With access to 1M+ customer reviews and the pros’ work history, you’ll have all the info you need to make a hire.