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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

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.
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
Tom M.
they trained us and the dog understood us better.
STL Dog Training, LLC.STL Dog Training, LLC.
John P.
Can't evaluate yet. It's dog training. Not completed.
STL Dog Training, LLC.STL Dog Training, LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
First lesson for my dog's training went well. Matt explained, shown and practiced with me. My dog now stays on her dog bed until I say, "Free". Looking forward to next lesson.
Matty B's Dog TrainingMatty B's Dog Training
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
Paul S.
Sully did a great job with our two pups (one with some fairly intense aggression around unfamiliar dogs). he is responding well to our training and I feel confident that using the lessons she taught us, in time he'll become a great dog! we saw very good results and progress in just one session and she did a great job providing homework for continued training. I would recommend for anyone looking for a no frills, training and skills development and especially for people with working dogs. Thanks again, Sully!
Sully's Dog Training. Private/behavioral/group/...Sully's Dog Training. Private/behavioral/group/...
Justavian T.
He was great and I was very excited to see how my dog, Blaze, listen and learn the things that was being trained.
Top DogTop Dog
Juli N.
Our adopted rescue dog had territorial issues and evidence of abuse from the past owner. Josef udertook two weeks of training and it worked! He also equiped us with the skills to keep the dog from backsliding.
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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
Gary H.
Josef was very thorough in teaching me how to get my dog how to follow my lead, and he also offered to help me with any other training that I need , I would most definitely recommend him to anyone in the need of a trainer
Top DogTop Dog
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.
Kevin M.
Within an hour, Josef has given us a plan and instilled us with the confidence to correct behaviors in our dogs. He showed up early and wasted no time understanding our dogs and teaching us the best methods to train them. We will be calling him again with any questions or needs in the future and I will recommend him to any and all friends who need help with their dogs in the area
Top DogTop Dog
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
Jake D.
Joseph taught us and our dog so much in just the first session! I thought reading tons of articles would educate me enough but decided to reach out to a professional. The things he teaches in just one hour are not easy to find by reading. Hire him! Live training made the world of a difference and we plan to do more sessions. I can already tell he will make our lives so much better with a very well trained dog.
Top DogTop Dog
Jane C.
Kieli was great with our two dogs, one that is shy and insecure and the other rambunctious and somewhat out of control. She gave us really helpful training strategies for them greeting at the door and also charging the fence. She explained the basis of their behaviors, which really helped me understand the "dog reasoning" behind them.
Canine Training Co.Canine Training Co.
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
Rheana N.
I am SO happy I chose Matty B’s Dog Training. I have an 80 lb German Shepherd who didn’t do well on leash and was terrible around other dogs. It would be close to impossible to control him if there was another dog around. I would avoid taking him on walks in fear of seeing another dog. I knew this wasn’t the life I wanted for my dog so I finally decided to get help. I chose the 15 day bootcamp- I was terrified to send my dog away for that long but I am so happy I did. I was regularly updated and sent pictures which was great. You can tell Matt really cares about the dogs he works with. When we picked our boy up, Matt gave us a lesson about everything he had learned the last 2 weeks. We were amazed! Walks are now enjoyable- he is a completely different dog on leash. We now have the confidence of taking our dog in public. We just finished our 2 week followup where Matt came to our house to check on our progress. I highly recommend Matty B’s Dog Training, and plan to utilize his services again in the future.
Matty B's Dog TrainingMatty B's Dog Training
Danielle W.
Josef was great! He taught us so much and so quickly. Not a minute of that hour with him was wasted. Our dog was super responsive to the type of training he uses. He even made sure to cover situations that may trigger our dog to act adversely so that we could learn how to correct our dog in the best way possible. We are very thankful to have had him work with us!
Top DogTop Dog
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
Tracey E.
There's not enough to say about our experience with Christian as our dog trainer. He has put so much time in with our dogs and they are doing great. We had quite an issue and change to deal with and he tackled them with no complaints or lack of professionalism. The dogs have learned so much and so have the parents! He is also a really great guy and we couldn't be more pleased. So much so that we hired him for an extension. Thanks Christian!!!!
Wagging Tail CorpsWagging Tail Corps
Mary L.
Josef was very thorough in teaching us how to train our dog. We are not sure how long this will take us, but we definitely will try. If anyone can teach us it would be Josef. We would recommend him to anyone.
Top DogTop Dog
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
Dana K.
We have a heeler that is pretty anxious around other people and this has manifested into some unpredictable aggression. We chose an at home training session. Josef listened to our concerns and immediately got started getting to the root of the problem. Within minutes, our doggo was calmly walking next to him heeling appropriately. Josef gave us tools and homework to keep working with her. But we definitely saw instant results and now have the knowledge to maintain those results. I would recommend Top Dog to anyone who is looking for help with dog training - from the most basic to more advanced.
Top DogTop Dog
Abby B.
Josef was so great to work with and we have already scheduled our next training session with him. We have a mini Australian Shepherd who has unfortunately experienced behavioral and fear issues with strangers and dogs. He did have an altercation with another dog and we had no idea what we were going to do. We reached out to Josef and he came in and was able to get Milo into shape within 10 minutes! We had never seen our dog so responsive and as someone that hasn’t been able to walk their dog because of his behavioral issues, Josef was able to help us take him on a very long walk with many strangers and dogs that we came across!! Milo did not react in his usual manner of barking and lunging and was able to be in close proximity of a dog. We were so ecstatic! The techniques Josef has taught us are so helpful and we look forward to learning more!
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