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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.   

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.

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.  .

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.

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.

Reviews for Chesterfield dog trainers
Whitney S.
I spoke on the phone with this trainer and set up an appointment for him to come to my home and help my husband and I train our dog. He did not show up at our scheduled time, he did not answer the phone, respond to messages, and has not contacted me since. He is extremely unreliable. I would not trust this person with my dog.
STL K9 AcademySTL K9 Academy
Susan W.
They called to say my dog has a UTI and I need to take her to the vet. I cld to see how she was-lady training my dog was off. I asked if she was still able to get training. Said they would leave me msg but did not. I changed my appts around and got a vet appt for tom. I called to tell them that today and they didn’t know if the training lady would be there tom. She was there today but out on an errand. No one has cld me back yet.
STL Dog Training, LLC.STL Dog Training, LLC.
Arnie S.
If you are looking for dog training then look no further than Primetime K9. We contacted Alyssa given a recommendation from a friend and couldn’t be happier with our decision. We first had our (COVID) puppy, Pete, stay with Alyssa for 4 weeks to work on staying in place, heel, leave it, come, sleeping through the night and other tricks as well. Pete is doing great back at home. And the training went so well that we decided to send our 6 year old dog, Ginger, to Alyssa as well to get training for her reactiveness to other dogs, not to bark at the doorbell, door knocking and other sounds, and staying in place. Ginger did great with all of her training. We can now walk Ginger around the neighborhood and not have her start barking and lunging at other dogs that we pass. Ginger now is focused on us during the walk which is a huge adjustment. In the morning I now am able to have both dogs stay in their respective places while I get their breakfasts out, start the coffee, etc. It has made the morning a much more calm process and enjoyable for everyone in our family. Whenever we have some things to get done around the house and don’t want the dogs wandering, we can put them in their places and they are content until we say “Free”. We highlight recommend Primetime K9 if you need any dog training whether it be for puppies or older dogs. Alyssa was great to work with and very responsive to all of our questions. Thank you Alyssa for all of your help!
Primetime K9Primetime K9
Varchala A.
Jennifer is phenomenal! She is so passionate about what she does and thereby does it so well! We are committed to having our dogs get more and more training from her as they grow.
PetImpact! Dog Training ServicesPetImpact! Dog Training Services
Mary M.
Alyssa is the best trainer we have ever worked with. Our mini Aussie had a lot of issues with reactivity to other dogs and people, even after 5 weeks of training at another place. We couldn’t take her to many public places without making a scene, it was extremely stressful. She worked with Bunny and has gotten her to a point where we can finally take her to the busy parks and stores again! Bunny has very strong commands of heel, come, place, leave it, sit and down now. We are beyond thankful for Alyssa. She genuinely loves what she does and it shows through her kindness and patience. She has changed our day to day life in so many ways.
Primetime K9Primetime K9
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