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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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

How old should a puppy be for training?

Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

What is a dog boot camp?

A dog boot camp is basically a board and train program that focuses on training your dog or puppy. The trainers will work with your dog to curb unwanted behavior, teach them basic skills and show them how to walk on a leash.

Dog boot camps and training programs might differ when it comes to their services, so it’s always a good idea to do your research and ask them to explain exactly what they offer — and how much they charge.

How long does it take to train a puppy?

Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

Which dog training method is best?

The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behave as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

  • What type of training methods do you use?
  • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
  • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?
Reviews for Saint Paul dog trainers
Julie R.
Pehr is very knowledgeable in all things dogs. He will be my go-to trainer from now on.
Minnesota Dog PackMinnesota Dog Pack
Vance r.
Pehr was a joy to work with and I have been involved in a lot of dog training over the years. I really understand more about my two dogs and their needs and my needs and how to realize them. He was an unexpected pleasure as a trainer and a person. Hope to work with him again in the future!
Minnesota Dog PackMinnesota Dog Pack
Mary B.
Rita was great and is really tuned-in to dogs and their personalities. I spent a wonderful hour with her ... for free... talking about how to train my dog to be more responsive to me. I have not been able to follow up with actual training session due to time and travel restraints, but will do so at earliest opportunity.
Canine Revival, LLCCanine Revival, LLC
Ruth F.
Erin is a wonderful dog trainer! I just adopted my new dog days before she came over. We got to work with helping me learn how to create some needed boundaries with my new dog. She has continued to be a great resource and has been able to provide continued support and advice. I would highly recommend Erin to any dog owner.
Erin Go DogErin Go Dog
Rebekah T.
I got a call within an hour of sending an email to set up a free consultation! We just got a new rescue dog that desperately needs some basic obedience training. During our consultation, she had a bunch treats and toys for our two dogs to play with. She explained the way they like to do their training as well as tips and tricks for my immediate behavioral concerns. She was so flexible with scheduling our future appointments. We are so lucky to have found Canine Revival, and will be continuing training with them in the future.
Canine Revival, LLCCanine Revival, LLC
Andrea B.
Erin was very professional and friendly. Right away she was able to identify habits both our family and our dogs could change and improve. The training session was packed with helpful information. She listened and responded to all of our questions. Right away we were able to implement and practice behavior changes with her guidance. At the end of the session, we made a plan for what we would do and work on before the next training sessions. Because of her help, I can walk both dogs calmly and confidently and better understand overall what my dogs need. I found the session very valuable!
Erin Go DogErin Go Dog
Jean W.
I had Sarah as my trainer for 3 sessions with my 10 year old Scottie. He had some training when he was a puppy, but I didn’t keep it up and he forgot the majority of it. My goal for this training was to get him to stop barking and lunging at other dogs when we were out walking. He was okay with people. Sarah was extremely knowledgeable. She was able to get my dog to respond to her right away and remember the commands. And her methods made sense. I was able to see why my dog stopped barking when she did certain things and I think with enough practice I can follow her instructions. The only complaint I have about Sarah’s teaching is she went too fast. I would have benefited from more practice with her. I plan to ask for a refresher lesson in the future when I feel I’ve mastered more of the training myself.
Happy TailzHappy Tailz
Barb B.
Rita clearly loves dogs and knows animal behavior. She worked wonders with our Rat Terrier (and us for that matter!) I had looked at some of the dog training classes in the area and none of the times worked for us. What's great about Rita is she's flexible and works within your schedule. Also, the training is one-on-one which is not the case with classes. She works specifically to the level and needs of your dog. After each class, she leaves you with very detailed instructions on what she just taught you, which is great because there was always something I forgot. She also makes herself available by text if you have any questions. Best of all, she makes it fun for all. I know I will return to her to brush up or take our training to the next level.
Canine Revival, LLCCanine Revival, LLC
Debra B.
We brought our puppy, to Canine Revival for private training. We had previously taken a puppy classes at a pet store chain, but found that there were too many distractions to be able to get much accomplished (food everywhere, other puppies, etc.), so we opted for private classes. Rita took time to get to know us and our dog, Gus, and helped us with teaching our him several obedience commands. She gave many helpful tips and had lots of fun stories. Rita is very passionate about training dogs and was very generous with her time and her knowledge. The facility was great as well. Gus loved his training sessions! A+
Canine Revival, LLCCanine Revival, LLC
Harriet G.
We had a terrific walk and he showed me how to be calm so my dog is calm. I learned more in one hour than I had learned in a 6 week puppy class with another trainer. Highly recommended!
Minnesota Dog PackMinnesota Dog Pack
Ellie A.
Sarah has been a great trainer so far! She has worked with us for about four weeks now and has been amazing! My dog struggled a lot with leash pulling, reactivity, and a lot of other stuff as well. Sarah was able to help him as well as teach me how to help him in these situations. After every session I learned a lot and so did he. I looked everywhere for dog trainers and I’m super happy that I went with Happy Tailz and was able to meet Sarah! I think the price is very fair, they respond very quickly and are able to be super flexible. I’m excited to continue to watch how my dog continues to grow and learn with the rest of our sessions.
Happy TailzHappy Tailz
Lourie B.
Working with Rita has been a phenomenal experience. She is professional, knowledgeable, but more than that she is an excellent instructor. You explain what you need and she has a resolution. Rita makes training easy. She makes sure you know how to work with your dog. Her hands on training gives you the knowledge and confidence to continue training. Both you and your dog will benefit from working with Rita. It’s reward based and fun. Don’t worry if you’re not getting it Rita is a phone call away. Her time with you is not just a schedule and we’ll talk about it on your next visit. She is there in between to guide you. I can not say enough about this remarkable woman and Canine Revival.
Canine Revival, LLCCanine Revival, LLC
Diana L.
Roxanne went right to work with our 8 year old, 70 lbs. St. Bernard mix. After the training seaaion, our dog was relaxed and loving life. We are greatgul for Roxanne's insight into what is "really" going on with our reactive pup.
Crazy Dog TrainingCrazy Dog Training
Elise S.
Sarah was wonderful with my spirited willful Sheepie. She was able to quickly identify the root of why he misbehaved and how I can counter condition these behaviors. She was excellent in teaching me training techniques and incredibly patient. In just two weeks friends already noticed a difference in Asher. He's not perfect yet, but we are both much happier. I love seeing my dog more content. This is him after his first one-hour training session. He slept like this for 3 hours!
Happy TailzHappy Tailz
Katie W.
My name is Cecil-I am a standard poodle. My people were all using different words & hand gestures, so I would take control because clearly they were confused. I would mouth their hands and jump up on them to get attention. One day, Roxanne from Crazy Dog Training, came over and she taught them how to communicate with me. It was so great to have a translator!! Finally my family and I can understand each other. Thanks so much Roxanne-for the awesome training and support!!
Crazy Dog TrainingCrazy Dog Training
Taylor K.
Beginning more than 17 days before my reservation Kelsey began borderline harassing me for money. I agreed to pay for the training for both of our dogs in full and accepting her advice and recommendations on a very long, 2 step process to get our dogs aggression corrected. First basic training, then training for aggression. So two rounds of training for two dogs! This obviously isn’t a small expense, but no matter any amount seemed worth it to make our household a better environment for all parties… but after numerous texts pressuring me to choose a start date… I chose one mid sept because my husband is out of town and we don’t see each other all that often. I let her know he was in Milwaukee and he would be necessary to move our money around so I can pay her. She sent multiple texts after that in just a 25 hour period. It was like a child saying “are we there yet?” But more of a money hungry, pushy, inconsiderate adult saying “you got my money yet?” When I let her know how frustrated I was with her premature pestering for money she let me know that the things going on in my life, were not of any importance to her because she had a business to run. I’m honestly appalled and offended by Happy Tailz and would never give her business a cent and would highly recommend no one else does either. **ATTACHED OUR SCREENSHOTS FROM OUR ACTUAL CONVERSATION
Happy TailzHappy Tailz
Natalie P.
She was very polite and very helpful over the phone in giving me tips on how to find different information I needed for working with my new puppy since she is not able to help with what I am looking for at the moment. Even though I was not able to work with her in person with actual dog training yet when I am able to I will be reaching back out to her.
Rosie's Tail TrainingRosie's Tail Training
Pam T.
We had a great experience at Canine Revival LLC. Our puppy Ozzi was 7 months at the time. He was a playful, energetic , springer who at times was overwhelming. Rita taught and demonstrated commands, gave us helpful suggestions and sent us home with handouts for his training. Ozzi loved going to Rita's to play with lots of toys, get treats, and lap up lots of attention. He thought he was there just to play. She gave us confidence and encouragement and taught us many things beyond training so as to better care for him. She has lots of experience and education. Her care plan for him was breed and personality specific. Our dog and we were all well cared for by Rita.
Canine Revival, LLCCanine Revival, LLC
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