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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 Saint Charles dog trainers
Jennifer P.
I would highly recommend Top Dog to anyone that needs help for their dog! Top Dog was the first to respond to my request, and this responsiveness continued throughout the process of setting up an appointment. On time, very professional and prepared to work with my dog. My dog responded great and immediately liked the trainer. He was kind to my dog, yet, was able to get work done while clearly explaining what was being done and why. I was not confused on what my role is now with my dog. By the end of our first session, I feel I now have tools and proper training to take the first steps to helping my dog overcome her PTSD and anxiety. Top Dog is a wealth of knowledge and my husband and I both learned so much! What a wonderful value for the money! Top Dog also followed up with reminders from our session, same day! Very down to earth, friendly, easy to understand, and most importantly, great with my dog! Top Dog is a fantastic trainer that I will refer to others and I will not hesitate to use Top Dog again as we progress with my dogs progress! Thank you so much!!!
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Thumbtack Customer
Amy was very helpful assisting in training our puppy. Will probably use again as needed, and would recommend to anyone needing dog training. Very flexible on schedule, added bonus.
Happy Pups Dog Training, LLCHappy Pups Dog Training, LLC
Sarah M.
Josef came to my home to help me with some minor issues I was experiencing with my pup. His training style was different than I was used to, but my dog really seemed to take to his training. I think it’s helpful to have home lessons and am really looking forward to putting the lesson to good use!
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Michelle W.
Amy is AMAZING! So patient and very easy to work with. She had my dogs sitting on command in the first session. I also appreciate Amy’s explanations to help me understand how to get the same responses she is training. Will definitely hire again in the future!
Happy Pups Dog Training, LLCHappy Pups Dog Training, LLC
Shari V.
Josef had been wonderful to work with. I have two senior dogs that have decided manners no longer apply to them. He worked with my husband and I to see some of the reasons they are behaving the way they and ways to correct it. After showing us the skills to try he then patiently waited while we tried them also. His follow-up to see how we are doing has been excellent. I've appreciated the calls and texts to see how we are doing. He's very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. I highly recommend him for your dog training needs!
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Candace K.
I am your typical first time dog mommy and very protective of my Totely who is a 1 year old male medium golden doodle. Myranda was the only trainer who I talked to who took the time to answer all of my questions and explained. I felt completely comfortable leaving Totely under her care, knowing he would be well taken care of. I really like that we could have him back for the first weekend to practice commands with him. Let's be honest...the humans are the ones who really need to be trained Ha! She gave us lessons and we are more confident in our training. The climb command is so useful for pretty much anyplace. Thank you!
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