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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 Bloomington dog trainers
Linda B.
She was excellent in every aspect of training our dog
Erin Go DogErin Go Dog
Angela H.
Erin is such a wonderful dog trainer. She is extremely knowledgeable and kind, we will be looking forward to working with her and growing our dogs confidence! She is the sweetest, and our dog was very responsive to her!
Erin Go DogErin Go Dog
Gregory C.
Amanda did a great job with our training session for our 1 year old Cockapoo Leon. In the past, we had spent our money on group training classes, which were informative, but lack the the type of hands on one on one training that we really needed. However, with Amanda, we were given the tools tailored to us to succeed with training our dog. We felt like Amanda brought a breath of fresh air to dog training, because implored us to be a little more instinctual with our approach in training Leon. Most importantly, we felt she trained us on HOW to train our dog. We worked on recall, loose leash walking, seizing jumping on guests that come over and also becoming more flexible with Leon diet(Our dog eats whenever he wants). We have made strides in all of the above in 1 week.
Terra PawsTerra Paws
Darlene M.
The dog trainer did not call. you had the wrong phone number. it is 612 722 4686.
Crazy Dog TrainingCrazy Dog Training
Shelby R.
Roxanne was very helpful, easy to work with and gave us sound advice for our dog training.
Crazy Dog TrainingCrazy Dog Training
Lana W.
I hired her to help me train my new puppy and introduce the puppy to my older dog. Not only was she incredibly helpful during their introduction, but she also ended up helping me train both my dogs too! I highly recommend!
Crazy Dog TrainingCrazy Dog Training
Brian M.
We have only had our initial consultation but she was really in depth and seems to know a lot about dogs. My dog does not respond well to traditional training.
Canine Revival, LLCCanine Revival, LLC
Bart l.
Trainer was very responsive to our needs and schedule. Very knowledgeable of dogs habits and how to break bad habits.
Minnesota Dog PackMinnesota Dog Pack
Emily B.
Had a great experience. I learned how to better handle my two dogs and how to get them to stop fighting. Will probably be contacting Crazy Dog Training for future needs such as helping with dog barking. I also learn a lot along the way, Roxanne is very knowledgable.
Crazy Dog TrainingCrazy Dog Training
Kaitlin W.
We worked with Rita to train our puppy with basic obedience and commands but ended up with so much more! Working one on one with Rita was not only fun for our puppy, but fun for us. You’ll learn a lot and she leaves you with so much more to help your dog grow for months after the training ends. She responds quickly and is super knowledgeable about everything dogs. We would highly recommend her training!
Canine Revival, LLCCanine Revival, LLC
Amy B.
Pehr was great! He obviously has alot of dog training experience! He helped me with Molly and gave me some helpful tips.
Minnesota Dog PackMinnesota Dog Pack
Sarah D.
Roxanne is great - she read my dog so well and took her time to come up with a training plan. She had tips for me but was never preachy or demeaning.
Crazy Dog TrainingCrazy Dog Training
Brandy H.
Roxanne has a magic touch with dogs! Our senior beagle and beagle puppy love her and immediately began to obey her. She gave us great tips and methods for training our dogs. We will continue working with her — we have much to learn! Best money I’ve ever spent!
Crazy Dog TrainingCrazy Dog Training
Kirsten P.
Knowledgeable, dedicated, loving, caring, and maybe part K-9. She’s training me and my puppy. She made me feel confident in myself as an owner and in my dogs abilities to do well!
Crazy Dog TrainingCrazy Dog Training
Connie B.
She was very knowledgeable and helpful. There was never any pressure to set up a schedule to keep training. I have already noticed a change in my dog's behavior from one training session and the homework she gave us. I will schedule another one in about a month. I would highly recommend her services!
Darci KvamDarci Kvam
Morgan S.
Roxanne has helped my dog and I learn so many new skills that make our lives so much easier and more fun! She focused on the areas I thought were most important and also taught me other things that I would have never thought of! After rescuing my dog I realized that he could not be around other dogs without lunging towards them and freaking out. I thought that this was how he was going to be the rest of his life. Once Roxanne started helping me train him his behavior has totally changed. It is always going to be a work in progress, but after 2 training sessions I feel confident with the skills we both learned. Not only did she help me with that, but she taught us so many other things. My dog now listens to me so much better and we can communicate easier. I highly recommend Roxanne to anyone who has any problems with their dog that they need help correcting.
Crazy Dog TrainingCrazy Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Mandy to come to our home for a dog training session to work with our Chihuahua Boston mix, who is unpredictably aggressive to people and dogs. She was flexible with our schedule. She asked all of the right questions to fully understand our dog, and was great at reading his body language to get to the core reason for his behavior. We've been following her advice and have seen improvement in just a few days, and looking forward to continuing to teach him some better manners! Overall our experience was excellent, we highly recommend Mandy at Terra Paws.
Terra PawsTerra Paws
Pehr really understands dogs. He showed us how to see things through our dog‘s eyes and made suggestions for changing our own behavior to encourage better behavior in our dog. He taught us to recognize some tell-tale body language in order to better anticipate what our dog will do. We have seen positive changes in this first week. Pehr was responsive, prompt, friendly and patient. We asked lots of questions and went on a practice walk. For us, the individual session with Pehr was a better and more affordable option than group training classes.
Minnesota Dog PackMinnesota Dog Pack
Julian E.
Mandy was a lifesaver! We were so frustrated with our furry family member, because we didn't know how to effectively communicate what we wanted from him in a way that he would understand. In just one session we learned enough to take charge, and with her helpful translations, we noticed positive results by literally the next day. Knowing what we know now, I feel very confident that by the time summer rolls around, our dog Hawkeye will be well behaved enough that people might ask if he's a service animal or not. That's how quickly we're getting results. I wouldn't hesitate to hire her again in a heartbeat if we wanted to work on a certain skill or trick but didn't know how to start the process or if we got frustrated with the lack of progress. It was less about dog training and more about training us how to "talk" to him. Do not hesitate to hire her! She will do everything in her power to help you achieve what you want and find a way to make it fun in the process!
Terra PawsTerra Paws
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