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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 Chapel Hill dog trainers
Amber E.
I wanted to wait 2 months before giving a review, so I would give a fair one after implementing the advice I received and testing another trainer. I'll start by saying Paula is a very sweet person and clearly loves dogs, but my experience with her service was very disappointing. I paid the price for three-week behaviour modification training. At our initial meeting, I described the issues I wanted to be addressed were greeting/ jumping and pulling on the leash. Admittedly, neither of these things on their own was worth the complete price but Paula assured me that there would be additional corrective training and socialization. I had pause at our first meeting at the 2-week mark when there was little difference in my dog's behaviour. The "training" seemed to consist of mostly kneeing my dog to change directions or focus and forcing him to complete tasks that didn't seem to benefit either of us to show that I was "in the driver's seat." I expressed my dissatisfaction and asked for the last week to be focused on the behaviours I had named as concerns and not so much the socialization or basic training. I should say because Paula is such a popular pet sitter she does have many dogs in her home at one time, which is fantastic for socialising. But it also proved to be stressful for my dog who got into two terrible fights even she admitted he did not start but promptly ended by biting. Something he had never done before and hasn't done in the last month despite exposure to many other dogs. Once training had ended, I realised the training by Paula was a bit of a lost cause and paid my dues thinking my pet was untrainable. (His leash pulling has reduced but it was hard to say if this was due to training or the prong collar she recommended.) He has since been retrained and is doing substantially better so I am now confident the training he received from her was the problem. I was not looking for a magic cure but expected more from three weeks of 24/7 boarding at her home. I have no doubt Paula is a fine pet sitter, and trainer of basic behaviours such as sit, stay, and potty training, but to those who need more extensive behavioural modification, I would say go elsewhere. If you are willing to pay the list price, you are having issues that are outside of her expertise. I cannot recommend Paula as a behaviour modification trainer and would have appreciated if she had told me at the meet and greet, or even halfway through that my pet was beyond her skills.
Imagine Dog TrainingImagine Dog Training
Brodie H.
Paula was excellent with our dog! He was adopted a month prior to seeing her, and he was being protective of us and aggressive to other dogs and people, and he was highly energetic and barked a lot. Paula came to our home and spent a couple hours working with us and showing us techniques to build structure into his life and create a stronger leadership relationship with the dog. She was very patient and encouraging. Since then, he has not only been more obedient and less aggressive, but he’s also a much calmer dog. He hardly barks anymore and has no aggression to us and very little to outsiders, and it’s not even been a week yet! I highly reccomend Imagine Dog Training and Paula!
Imagine Dog TrainingImagine Dog Training
Kayleigh V.
I had a great experience working with Ben- always available to answer questions and really knows how to connect with my pup. We worked on separation anxiety and leash reactivity/manners in a 3-private lesson package. I finally was able to learn techniques to really get my dog to listen and trust me- and he is getting better every day! I highly recommend Haven Dog Training.
Haven Dog Training LLCHaven Dog Training LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Frank was terrific - my dog didn't have that many problems - mainly when walking on leash - and within an hour he was walking next to me and not pulling. Just what I wanted!!! Frank had an assortment of leashes and collars to try out to see which worked best for training which was very helpful.
Packman Dog Walking & Better BehaviorPackman Dog Walking & Better Behavior
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