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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.

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 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.

Reviews for Raytown dog trainers
Vickie S.
Brian was very knowledgeable about training techniques and applying them to my dog.
Midas Touch Dog Obedience SchoolMidas Touch Dog Obedience School
Kayla H.
After our second training with our dog, my husband and I can already see a big difference. We had previously hired a dog trainer, but he did not listen to what we needed, and didn't follow through on his commitments. James, however, really listened to our concerns and assured us if we put in the work, we could become the best leaders for our dog. I can't say enough good things about him and we're REALLY excited to continue training and see just how awesome our dog can really be!
Midas Touch Dog Obedience SchoolMidas Touch Dog Obedience School
Jared B.
Best dog trainer in the KC metro area. Not only is Jeff a great professional, but the way he fell in love with my dog is what made me pick Jeff. Worth the money and takes payments.
Show Me K9 Dog TrainingShow Me K9 Dog Training
Deb Z.
Rachelle did such an amazing job! We started with our one year old dog then got an 8 week old puppy in the middle of our sessions. She was able to train us to train our dogs in such a comprehensive and nice way. She showed us the best way to get our dog to do what we ask, and she was knowledgeable about all our questions we had. I cannot recommended her enough!
Loving Arms Pet Services LLCLoving Arms Pet Services LLC
Keith H.
Earl is a good listener and he cares about the dog and the pet owner. He was very clear in instructing me how to start training my new dog. We achieved the desired behavior quickly. I highly recommend him.
The Original Kansas City Dog WhispererThe Original Kansas City Dog Whisperer
Karen W.
We hired James to help us learn how to be the leader we needed to be for our new husky, Gryffin. James was great to work with! He taught us how to feel comfortable with our dog and train him with several basic commands. After adopting our dog, we had several concerns about whether we were the best fit for Gryffin and if he was the best fit for us. Having completed training with James, we all feel more confident and know that Gryffin is the dog for us. James is quick to respond to texts and phone calls. He is, also, very flexible with scheduling training sessions.
Midas Touch Dog Obedience SchoolMidas Touch Dog Obedience School
Julie G.
I have known Jim for years and has seen him work with his dogs. So when my daughter and son in law needed to train their dog he was the person I had her get in touch with. He did a great job!!!
Midas Touch Dog Obedience SchoolMidas Touch Dog Obedience School
Karen Nexiva B.
James is very informative and puts you at ease that you will get what you need out of his service. I would recommend him to anyone who needs to train their dog.
Midas Touch Dog Obedience SchoolMidas Touch Dog Obedience School
Jeff L.
David is amazing at what he does. He has helped so much so far and can’t wait to see the end results with his guidance. Top notch dog trainer.
Midas Touch Dog Obedience SchoolMidas Touch Dog Obedience School
Cari H.
My husband and I had recently brought home our very first dog. We were so excited but soon became frustrated with our dogs extreme anxiety and lack of socialization. This wasn’t how we pictured us getting a dog going. To be honest, even contemplated if we were a good fit for him. After only one session with James we came back home amazed. It was almost like we had a different dog! Can’t wait to see what the rest of training has in store for us. Thank you so much, James!
Midas Touch Dog Obedience SchoolMidas Touch Dog Obedience School
Thumbtack Customer
Earl was great with our two dogs who had been showing aggression and barked at other dogs they saw on walks and while out using a shared park area. His techniques have saved us a lot of embarrassment and effort trying to reel them in when they would go crazy. Highly recommend him. Quick, painless and very affordable for all of his help. He teaches you how to train and keep your dogs under control in a very respectful and easy to understand format. We saw instant results.
The Original Kansas City Dog WhispererThe Original Kansas City Dog Whisperer
Dani R.
I found James on Thumbtack and so glad I did! He saved our peace of mind and worked so hard with us and our dog Bear. It was not easy, it takes a lot of effort but James constantly checked back with me, provided support and encouragement and listened to all my concerns. Bear is high energy, stubborn and smart but I knew he could be a “good boy” with the right trainer. James was definitely the right trainer!
Midas Touch Dog Obedience SchoolMidas Touch Dog Obedience School
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