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Your burning questions: answered

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.

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.

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 Lees Summit dog trainers
Morgan J.
We adopted Oreo at 9 months old and she started off fine but she started having issues around strangers (especially kids). We have gone to a few trainers and they seemed to make things worse and she started acting even more fearful. We did not want to give up on her so we thought we would try one more dog trainer. We have seen a huge change in Oreo after working with Matt. This was well worth the investment.
Advanced Canine TrainingAdvanced Canine Training
Rodney B.
Zana was wonderful, very knowledgable in her profession and you can tell she has a passion for what she does. She was able to provide our dog a variety of experiences which I think has been the biggest difference for him. She gave us the tools to continue his training as that is a very important part of the process.
Salt River RanchSalt River Ranch
Thumbtack Customer
I contacted Earl after we brought home a 9 week old Beagle puppy. We felt overwhelmed and didn't know how to deal with the "puppy stage" of having a dog. Earl was quick to respond to my messages and we were able to meet with him the same week. Before we even met him in person, he emailed us videos and articles about training that were incredibly helpful. He was so good with our puppy in person. He was a great listener and really worked hard to address every single issue and concern we had. He even worked with my two young daughters to help them interact with the puppy. He didn't just recite a bunch of dog training information. He listened and addressed our needs for our particular situation. Less than a week after he came, I emailed him with more puppy concerns. Instead of emailing me ideas or suggestions, he actually came back again for a follow up visit to help us work with the puppy. Yes... he really came over a second time in one week. (No charge). You can tell that it's more than just a job for him. He is incredible with our puppy... and truly cares about helping our family. I am so glad to have met him and to have him as a resource any time I need doggie advice or help. I highly recommend him to anyone and everyone needing any kind of training help with their dog or puppy. I'd give more than 5 stars if I could.
The Original Kansas City Dog WhispererThe Original Kansas City Dog Whisperer
Thumbtack Customer
I feel now that we can deal with our pup's behavior issues and create a happy medium for Paddy, my husband and me. Earl's first 5 minutes stopped the counter surfing that our dog so loved to do. Wearing of the leash in the house was a plus. I realize we have some work to do but with Earl's guidance, I feel that if we remain consistent with our training, our pup can be the perfect family addition. Earl, thank you for making my life easier.
The Original Kansas City Dog WhispererThe Original Kansas City Dog Whisperer
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