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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.

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.

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 University City dog trainers
Joanne G.
I would highly recommend STL Dog Training for anyone interested in training their dog. Jax Emerson is professional and knowledgeable. My dog is learning new skills quickly and adores his trainer. I have learned a lot too! J. Graham DVM, MS
STL Dog Training, LLC.STL Dog Training, LLC.
Tom M.
they trained us and the dog understood us better.
STL Dog Training, LLC.STL Dog Training, LLC.
David W.
Excellent job. Did not try and force himself on the dog. Learned the background, observed the dog's interaction with myself and strangers and other dogs, asked what my end goal was for the dog. Made several quality suggestions on initial basic training and further training. Ensured I understood the amount of effort and quality of the training required by me on a daily basis. Highly Recommend.
STL K9 AcademySTL K9 Academy
John P.
Can't evaluate yet. It's dog training. Not completed.
STL Dog Training, LLC.STL Dog Training, LLC.
Sarah B.
We’ve been working with STL Dog Training and have found the trainers, facility, and lessons to be helpful, thoughtful and effective. Our dog is learning a ton and we are learning even more, and that is bringing us peace from problem behaviors and anxiety. Amazing business and people!
STL Dog Training, LLC.STL Dog Training, LLC.
Delta B.
Jennifer was the best trainer. She was kind, caring, knowledgeable and loving. Hazel is a much better dog due to Jennifer’s training techniques. I would highly recommend her.
PetImpact! Dog Training ServicesPetImpact! Dog Training Services
Isla W.
Jennifer is awesome. Down to earth and knows a lot about dog training, and keeps the dog's best interest at heart in all her teachings. Our puppy loves her, and she has been super helpful and responsive with any questions we have! Highly recommend!
PetImpact! Dog Training ServicesPetImpact! Dog Training Services
Deepa M.
I sent my little fur baby Jacobi, a 4-month old Cavadoodle for a board and train with Jax and her team. I chose them after an extensive search to find a program that would help me get some good puppy training that could work with my busy work schedule. There are a few points that made my experience with Jax and my dog's trainer, Rocky, such a good experience. 1) I had an hour-long intro with Jax prior to signing up for any training. She is very clear and direct about their training philosophy and what to expect. She answered all the questions I had and did sugar-coat anything, which I appreciated. 2) For the board and train, my dog stayed with his main trainer, Rocky in his own home. I really appreciated this because it allowed his training to continue in a home environment and I knew he was getting good socialization with Rocky's other dogs and learning from them as well as his "mentors." 3) Jax was always reachable by email/text and would send pictures and videos of my pup's training, which was great for when I was missing him! 4) I have done research into a lot of board and train programs, and this is by far one of the most affordable. I would recommend them to anyone. They are very clear about continuing the training after any kind of program, and I'm already excited to go back and do more training with Jax and her team!
STL Dog Training, LLC.STL Dog Training, LLC.
Lilie C.
I love Primetime k9! Alyssa is great and trained my Clancy well. My dog is doing great! I’ve learned a lot from her. I highly recommend them!
Primetime K9Primetime K9
Catherine M.
Dylan is great to work with. She has a very calm approach to training dogs. She is really helping us learn so much about interacting with our very excitable puppy.
Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.
Elizabeth A.
Alyssa is incredible. With dogs and their people. I was at the end of my rope with my beagle, Charlotte. Potty training trouble, excessive barking, pulling on the leash, and more. After Charlotte's four-week board & train program with Alyssa, I'm finally able to really enjoy my dog. Alyssa taught Charlotte great manners and taught me great tips and tricks for making sure Charlotte doesn't forget her lessons. I highly recommend Primetime K9! Worth every penny!
Primetime K9Primetime K9
Nicole W.
So far, Jamey has been understanding, professional, and very helpful. I look forward to working more with him to help me grow my relationship with my dog through training.
STL K9 AcademySTL K9 Academy
Erik H.
Dylan was very attentive and understood the best route to take our dog immediately. She was unafraid of any bad behaviors he showed and taught us good training habits in our very first meeting.
Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.
Ron D.
Dillon was great about being flexible, taking Blue to the vet, picking him up from us, dropping him off to us, and training us to use the proper tools to make Blue a great dog!
Full Potential K9 IncFull Potential K9 Inc
Ted M.
Amy did a fantastic job with training our new puppy to be obedient and polite, and with training us on how to manage common puppy issues. She was extremely friendly, comfortable, and easy to work with, and she listened to exactly what we wanted to work on. She molded the training sessions to meet our goals, and to fit our puppy's personality. We were mainly working on teaching our dog manners and the basic commands (sit, stay, come, down, etc.), and Amy not only taught him how to obey the commands, but she gave us a number of tips on how to continue our training when she wasn't around. She also gave us her number so that we could call or text with any issues that may arise. We are very satisfied with our dog's behavior since the training, and are very happy that we decided to give Amy a call! The personalized, one-on-one training with Amy was exactly what we were looking for, and the cost was extremely reasonable considering what I've seen elsewhere. We will definitely be recommending Amy to any of our friends/family looking for training, and will be reaching out to Amy again if we run into any issues in the future!
Happy Pups Dog Training, LLCHappy Pups Dog Training, LLC
Erika R.
She is amazing! She was able to get my dog Charlie to walk on his leash without pulling/ reacting to other dogs around him after just one lesson. We also were able to make him feel less anxious of his surroundings and become more secure. Can’t wait to see what she trains him next. 10/10 would recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.
Amber S.
I have had 2 training sessions with Dylan so far and I have already seen so much improvement with my puppy! She suggested a new leash and showed me how to use it and just one walk with her worked to improve my puppies walks. Everything I ask for help with she has an answer. If you need a dog trainer she is great and affordable!
Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.
Mary B.
Dylan has come to train twice now and I am so glad to have found her! She is amazing with my puppy and me. I need so much training as a pack leader and she has given me confidence in the day to day with my puppy. She is easy to talk to and explains things really well. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to best for them and their dog!
Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.
Fiona L.
Dylan has done nothing short of changing my life since she started working with me and my dog Oliver in the past few months. She is the most observant, effective, trustworthy and compassionate behavioral trainer I’ve ever met. And because of a challenging puppy, I have had to try or interview more than I cared for. Dylan gives clear, thoughtful instructions for me to follow so I can learn to provide the right guidance and energy for Oliver. She has built so much trust with Oliver that he can let go of his fear and learn how to bond with her and other humans. It’s work in progress but we have already seen him change a great deal in how he reacts to other people. What moves me the most is how much Dylan truly cares, about dogs and their humans. In the first few sessions Oliver would charge, bark and try to nip at her, but she never seemed put off or called him aggressive. And four weeks later she became his favorite human. The kindness, support and encouragement I’ve been given by Dylan is therapy-like. It was very stressful to have a dog I love but whose problematic behaviors I didn’t know how to manage. Before I found Dylan, I got useless advice such as “give your dog some CBD chews to calm him down”. I was told many times “we don’t work with dogs that have challenging behaviors at our facility”. I received pushy sales pitches on 2000-5000 price tags for board-and-train programs. Many of the other “behavioral trainers” I interviewed either showed they had limited skills in training a fearful dog and/or made me feel judged with irrelevant lecturing. All this left me feeling isolated and unsure if I could trust anyone or find real help anywhere. Enter Dylan, who from day one showed she truly wanted to help us, priced her services very reasonably, and always checked in on how I felt about our training. I trust Dylan to tell me what’s the best for Oliver’s development and my growth as his human. TLDR - hire Dylan if you’re looking for a dog trainer / walker. She’s the absolute best.
Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.
Claudia H.
Jamey is simply fantastic to work with, he was able to work with my dog right away. He knew what I wanted and was able to suggest extra things that will be even more helpful. He explained everything well to me and I feel very confident that this training will go smoothly and quickly. Highly recommend.
STL K9 AcademySTL K9 Academy
Jentri A.
I have a Saint Bernard puppy that was quickly becoming bigger than I am. After just the first session, I saw a massive change in his behavior. I was able to walk him without him pulling me every time there was a distraction. She taught my husband and I an immense amount about the psychology of dog training and I'm so impressed. I would recommend her to anyone.
Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.
Lindsey R.
Wowza. Kiefer Kennel Club has truly proven and outdone themselves with dog psychology and behavior. Dylan came into our home to analyze and begin training not only our very stubborn bulldog, but also us humans as well. And she had complete control and dominance over our bulldog, Gunther, within the first 10 minutes of meeting him. We haven't been able to do that in the 3 years we have had him!! Dylan accomplished this dominance in a very calm and assertive manner and taught us how to do the same. She provided "homework" for us to continue working with Gunther in between scheduled training visits that wasn't overwhelming. Dylan was so thorough with her training and she provided explanations with everything she was implementing. We were VERY impressed and can't wait to see the end results!! Thank you Kiefer Kennel Club for giving us some hope with our beloved bulldog!
Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.
Kelly P.
Amazing experience! We decided to get my mom a puppy during quarantine. But after we found out his calmness was unexpected worms he had a very different personality. Loving but more dominant. We had never had a dominant dog before and wanted to get him trained up while he was still a puppy. Keifer Kennel Club, LLC has been amazing educating us not only on what to do but why to do it. We loved that her method shared elements of Cesar Milan's own and we have loved seeing our sweet boy go from trying to be a pack leader to starting to learn to follow. THank you so much and look forward to continuing to work with you!
Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.Kiefer Kennel Club, LLC.
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