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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 Huntersville dog trainers
Debi R.
We were extremely pleased with how Henry trained our dog! He took our golden doodle Riley for a week and our dog came back a different, but much better dog! Henry took the time to show us HOW to continue our training at home by demonstrating exactly what to do. He not only told us but explained WHY we make corrections a certain way which my husband and I found very helpful. If you’re looking for a knowledgeable dog trainer that truly loves dogs, then contact Henry!
Canines By HenryCanines By Henry
Savannah J.
Kevin is PHENOMENAL! He was very prompt with responding to my request for services. He gave me excellent recommendations for his training for what I wanted to do with my dog. I did his 3 day training and I feel like I have a different dog! Kevin takes the time to train your dog and you can tell. He took my Great Dane to different places to get him in different environments and socialize which i loved! Kevin is great, I can not recommend him enough. He truly is passionate about what he does and his results are amazing.
Kevin's K-9 Academy, LLCKevin's K-9 Academy, LLC
Lisa L.
Kevin is the best, providing excellent training. I was very concerned with my new shelter dog. Within hours he provided live videos as well as and owner training, I now feel I have the tools to have a happy future with Hazel. Prior to trying, Kevin called to discuss issues and has checked in to see how we’re doing. I love knowing he’s a phone call away!
Kevin's K-9 Academy, LLCKevin's K-9 Academy, LLC
Jane D.
I chose Kevin because of his great reviews. Turns out the reviews don’t do him justice. He helped with my year old Jack Russell who I practically had quit walking because of his behavior. I could not walk him around other Dogs and sometimes people. He was pulling, barking, chasing cars, etc. I did the 5 day training camp with Kevin. He would send me step by step videos along with explaining everything he was doing. I had the videos to review later for my own training. I asked a million questions... which he answered them all. After said and done along with Kevin’s guidance I now take Oakley almost everywhere. Today we walked 3 miles. Jetton park, and Birkdale. He also visits Lowe’s now because they are dog friendly. He passes dogs and actually continues to walk without barking, etc. I do however have to work with him, with corrections and tons of praise. I think most people don’t realize that most dogs behavior starts with the way we owners treat them. Oakley thought he was in charge.. not me. It turns out I think he respects me more now and realizes I did it for his safety and we can have fun together. So a great thanks to Kevin for all he did for Oakley and myself.
Kevin's K-9 Academy, LLCKevin's K-9 Academy, LLC
Jason J.
We reached out to Kevin to help us with our 4 year pit bull and he spent one on one time with her in real life situations and has provided us with videos and instructions we can reference back to while continuing her training! Lucy loved Kevin at first site which made us more comfortable with him taking our baby girl with him for the day! We would definitely recommend Kevin's K9 Academy to anyone who needs help with their dogs or puppies!
Kevin's K-9 Academy, LLCKevin's K-9 Academy, LLC
Maria K.
I don’t know where to begin... I contacted Kevin’s K-9 Accademy to help me with a rescue boxer I saved off of Craig’s list. I talked with Kevin at great length about Bentley’s background and his severe fear based aggression. He asked me questions about what my goals and expectations were with training. Finally Kevin’s schedule permitted him to meet Bentley in person. He came to my home and talked with me and at the same time studied Bentley. Kevin knew from the moment he met Benny that he was a challenge, but he also knew he could handle it. For the first time since Benny came to me I felt optimistic, I felt hope that soon he would be an active furry family member. The day of training came. Kevin came mentally and physically prepared. We talked over the game plan and then went in the backyard to begin. Bentley was explosive. Kevin had anticipated that. But within less than 10 minutes, Kevin had Bentley walking at a medium pace next to him doing laps in my yard. I was in total AMAZEMENT. Now Bentley is the same dog that for the last 4 months would not let anyone except me within 6 feet of him without him lunging. WOW! Kevin is a highly qualified dog trainer. He wears his love and passion for animals on his sleeve. I can’t say enough good things about Kevin’s K-9 Accademy and the compassion he showed to Bentley and me. On a scale from 1-10 I give 💯!
Kevin's K-9 Academy, LLCKevin's K-9 Academy, LLC
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