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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.

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.

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 Portland dog trainers
Laura H.
An afternoon spent with Jean is time well spent. She trained me in just a few hours. She was quick to understand what I was (or had been) doing to create a situation where my dog was over-protective. I'll continue to practice what I learned so my dog will look to me for guidance instead of feeling the need to protect me. Thanks, Jean!
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Jodi K.
Jean was very punctual and stayed for several hours until we had practiced walking and addressed numerous issues with my dog. She was very knowledgeable, professional & friendly. She even brought toys and goodies. I learned it was I needing the training more than my dog. We both learned a lot and am practicing every day. My dog is walking better, listening better and I'm able to block and/ or get her to ignore other dogs completely now, on our walks without any confrontation. I'm thrilled with what we have both learned and will continue to learn as we move forward with Jean's guidance.
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Julie I.
This week we had the pleasure of meeting and working with Jean from "Making a Difference". After having read her reviews online and seeing one that caught our eye was a review comparing Jean to Mary Poppins and sure enough Jean arrives just like Mary Poppins complete with a bag of supplies, tools, and packed full of wisdom. Jean stayed until we had covered all of our concerns. She was very supportive, direct, and we see a change in our dog's behavior and most importantly our own behavior immediately. We realized prior to her arrival the real training would be with us and how we interact with our puppy and sure enough, that's how it works. If we hope to see a change in our dogs' behavior it is best if we are aware that includes a change in our own behavior. Certainly, Jean's training covered all that beautifully as both us and the puppy are on a new path and the desired outcome has been met. We are delighted with the results and our interaction with Jean and are thrilled to recommend her for any of your needs. She was pleasant, efficient, and clear. Our desired outcome is clearly in sight so long as we remain consistent with what we learned from Jean. Thanks, Jean you were wonderful and we highly recommend you to anyone seeking this kind of help from a professional. Feel free to use us as a referral.
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John W.
*********JEAN IS THE MARY POPPINS OF PET OWNERS********* 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁 If I could have selected the Work Quality and Punctuality icons I would have as well. JEAN IS AN ABSOLUTE GEM!!!!!!!! The value of a visit from this professional "people" trainer is far more valuable then what she charges. Her knowledge and education of animal behavior is extensive and only 2nd to her experience with pets. This woman gave us our lives back, our household revolved around a schedule for the new pup and we thought we were giving him everything he needed to be happy. However, Jean helped us realize that we were spoiling our dog and letting him control the household. WITHIN 5 MINUTES OUR DOGS BEHAVIOR CHANGED FOR THE BETTER AND SHE DID NOT EVEN ADDRESS OR APPROACH HIM!!!!!!!!!!! BEST THING YOU CAN DO AS A PET OWNER IS HIRE JEAN AND YOU WON'T BELIEVE HOW MUCH TIME MONEY AND STRESS SHE WILL SAVE YOU!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH JEAN -JOHN & HANNAH
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Hannah B.
Words could never do justice for what Jean has done for my little family. We have spent every day since February trying to train our 6 month old puppy on each other’s off days from work. This meant that majority of the time we never had a free day for ourselves or just as a couple, leaving us feeling exhausted and a little stressed out. Little did we know, our puppy didn’t need the training.. WE DID. Jean came to our home for a 1:00 p.m. training session, but our pup hadn’t been feeling well and was stuck at the vet an hour extra leaving poor Jean waiting for us to return. When we got home, she was so kind and understanding about the apt running long and had waited for us even after her hour and a half drive in. Most trainers would cut their time after an hour and be ready to leave, but Jean stayed for as long as she could and went through every little detail, big detail, every scenario, and even a full walk with us. She showed us what WE needed to understand to give our dog the best feeling of safety and the best life possible while putting us back in charge. We thought we needed obedience classes and you might too, but all you really need is Jean. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Jean.. you have helped us realize what we needed this entire time to get our lives back and even our relationship back. Koda loves all of his new toys and delicious treats and we appreciate you more than anything! You are AMAZING!
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