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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 Concord dog trainers
Chloe H.
Absolutely incredible to see the change in my dog and how responsive he is to Kevin’s training. He helped make my overly excited pup into a family friendly dog that is easy to handle.
Kevin's K-9 Academy, LLCKevin's K-9 Academy, LLC
Tracy O.
Kevin took the time to understand my situation, history with my dog, and knowledge level. He was able to offer valuable insight that I can easily work into my training approach.
Kevin's K-9 Academy, LLCKevin's K-9 Academy, LLC
Audra W.
We had Kevin out to work with our 2 very different dogs, one with serious car reactivity. Kevin was wonderful to work with! He explained everything and broke it down so I could understand and continue to work with my dogs effectively after our sessions. Kevin was great with our dogs and they responded wonderfully! By the end of our sessions, I was able to walk both my dogs together, calmly, right next to a busy road with NO issue, something I never thought we would be able to do! I would totally recommend Kevin for any training needs you have and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the future!
Kevin's K-9 Academy, LLCKevin's K-9 Academy, LLC
Abby S.
Joel was amazing with our spirited puppy. We had gone through two rounds of petsmart training, and she was still a handful. Joel's focused training was exactly what she needed, and we saw positive behavioral changes after the second session. Joel is so caring with dogs, and the right amount of tough with the owners. He not only taught our puppy, he taught us what to do to ensure her success.
Joel's Dog TrainingJoel's Dog Training
Morgan B.
Joel was very nice to my husband, our dog (Tobin) and myself. He did his best with Tobin and tried to make a relationship with her. She has had a rough past with men. The last training session Tobin finally wanted to warm up to Joel. Although she was skiddish around him, Joel still took her for walks and trained her well on the leash. Tobin has improved with her walking and the heel command.
Joel's Dog TrainingJoel's Dog Training
Larry B.
Im finally writing a review. Before we contacted Mr. Holland we were dealing with a lot in our lives (my wife and I). We have a 4 dogs and two of my dogs (both neutered pit males) started fighting each other. The younger of the two (great dane pit mix 2 years old, 100 pounds) started to get aggressive with the older (pointer pit mix 3 years old, 50 pounds) dog and has never had an issue prior to this. The aggressor has never had issues either of our other dogs, other dogs, our cats, people, children that would play on top of him. It was almost like it came out of no where. To our surprise it was not out of no where and it was something that had been building while they were outside of the crates when we were not home. After the last trip to the vet we decided to either get rid of the problem or fix the problem. We got on Thumbtack and was quickly reached by Mr. Holland and we took the leap and put all of our trust in him with our issue. The biggest reason we decided to hire him was because he was very honest with us and stated that "I'm not going to get rid of his aggression because that is impossible, but I can help manage him and work on obedience so much so that with verbal cues, no matter what situation you will be able to have him listen." I really appreciated that he was very honest about the aggression because I was reached by many other trainers who said that they would be able to get rid of his aggression completely, which I think is completely impossible. After the first two sessions I saw a dramatic change in the behavior of our dogs and it really boosted our confidence, not to mention before the aggressor (although sweet to people) did not listen to my wife at all and now he and the other dog are very obedient and it is such a stress relief. We am very thankful for having Mr. Holland in our lives and we have reached out to friends and family to seek training for their dogs with Mr. Holland. His professionalism is paramount, his communication is amazing, and his help has been monumental. As a Combat Veteran who is dealing with PTSD and Panic Disorder, Mr. Holland's patience and understanding of my disabilities has been nothing but fantastic. I again am very happy with the big difference we have seen in our household. This training isn't only a way to help us gain obedience but also to teach us how to recognize patterns in our dogs behavior, but also teach us about the bully breeds all together. I would recommend Mr. Holland if: 1. You want to make a positive change in your life and your pups life. It will be pretty intensive and will take a lot of time and practice. 2. You are willing to put in the time and effort to meet Mr. Holland half way in training. 3. You are willing to continue training after all your sessions come to a conclusion. Remember that it is your responsibility to make sure that you are maintaining a good level of obedience. I really hope you consider Mr. Holland and choose him as your trainer. I hope this review helps. -Battle PS we started training in November of 2017 and it is 11 February 2018. I waited to do a review so I could see a difference. I will update after our sessions are over.
Holland K9 ServicesHolland K9 Services
Rebecca C.
Kevin was a tremendous help to me with my dog, Flint. Not only did he accomplish the goals we set forth for Flint, but he made me feel like I'm in control for the first time since Flint was a very small puppy. The consistent videos and detailed messages that Kevin sent will be a useful reference throughout my learning process, but I already feel so much more comfortable. Even after the three day training was up, Kevin sent me detailed instructions with reminders, and he told me to contact him anytime for issues or any relapses. This was a wonderful experience for both me and Flint. I would highly recommend him.
Kevin's K-9 Academy, LLCKevin's K-9 Academy, LLC
Susan B.
I would never want to hurt a person business simply bc I don’t agree with their technique but this went way beyond being an outdated dog trainer! I won’t get into details besides to say... Ladies.. beware!! This man is the most unprofessional person I have ever come across! He texted me at 10:30 at night and blew a fuse when I told him we decided against using him! Just take a look at how he responds to any negative reviews he gets. I should have known better by that but I thought I would give him a fair shot! Do not even bother to interview him bc you will be sorry!
Joel's Dog TrainingJoel's Dog Training
Roger G.
I met with Joel and hired him as well as getting the herbal garbage he recommends. I paid him and made a start date a couple of weeks out. A day later he called to say that his wife had a problem with the smell of cigg smoke on his cloths and would I mind, before he came over from now on, opening all my windows and spraying my house down with fabreez. I told him I would not do that. I also reminded him that he worked for me not the other way around and if it was that big a problem for his wife he could return my money. He called me the next day to say he would be at my house in an hour to return my money. When he showed up he started telling me his concern was now for my dog living around a smoker. He even tried to hand me a paper about smoking. I wont repeat what I said to him at this point, but you might guess it can't be repeated in church... Before you consider this guy, understand he is nuts. Don't waste your time. Go on to one of the many other trainers out there. To Joel I would say, Get some help son.
Joel's Dog TrainingJoel's Dog Training
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