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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.

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.

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 Matthews dog trainers
Sheryl A.
We have not yet used his services, but plan to use him soon. He is extremely professional, and we can't wait to get our dog trained.
Joel's Dog TrainingJoel's Dog Training
Alice P.
Jenna responded right away and didn’t mind answering all of our many questions. She arrived on time and was very knowledgeable about dogs. She gave us tons of information to help train our new puppy including a detailed schedule and suggestions on what to purchase for an easier transition. I loved that part!! She even had various training collars for us to try. Her suggestions have made training our pup easier and for that I’m grateful!!! If you’re looking for a trainer with tons of knowledge and compassion, Jenna’s your lady!!!
Murphdog & CompanyMurphdog & Company
Thumbtack Customer
Our dog Buster is a rescue. He was not able to walk without chasing everything that moved-squirrels, rabbits, cats, joggers, walkers, other dogs- the last straw was chasing a squirrel and breaking my arm when I literally flew off the deck with him. Joel was recommended to me and I have never spent so little and gained so much. From training Buster to sit and "ignore" the distractions on our walks, to "wait" and not dash out the door like a toddler wanting to be first, and being able to actually go for car rides without shaking - he is the boxer that beats me to the car and rides with his head out the window-Joel definitely made this family smile. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Bobstein to anyone. He is professional, knowledgable, dependable and trustworthy.
Joel's Dog TrainingJoel's Dog Training
Amanda I.
I have been struggling with whether or not to write this review for a few weeks. I do not feel as though it is going to be received very well by Mr. Bobstein himself, but I genuinely feel my interactions need to be shared. For full disclosure up front, I did not use Mr. Bobstein's services, but my following review will explain to you why this is the case. We have two 10 year old whippets. We purchased our male (Ernie) from a breeder as a puppy. The female came to us as a rescue 7.5 years ago. As our lives have evolved, we've added our own two human children. Our male whippet has some issues with the pecking order ever since our oldest child became mobile a little over 2 years ago, and he has nipped her once when she was crawling on him on his dogbed and the other time when she flopped next to him on the sofa (this July). The only reason I'm giving you so many details about this is because I truly feel this is important to this review. The first time we shrugged it off and said this was clearly our fault and we needed to be more diligent and we carried on with our lives. The most recent time made us decide to reach out to a professional and get some assistance before our 5 month old becomes mobile. We reached out to Joel, after doing a Google search for dog trainers in the area. I will give him credit in that he is very quick to respond and fairly easy to get in to contact with. I gave him a little bit of background to the situation, just as I have in this review. I referred to it as showing "aggression", which I now realize was the wrong thing to say. We set up a meeting time and Joel came over the next day. I'm not going to pretend my dogs have good door manners, so they greeted him very excitedly, to which he pointed an ultrasonic device at them. While a little odd, they didn't seem to be in pain, just confused, and we continued to our conversation at the kitchen table. Joel spent about an hour and a half at my house. Our conversation can best be described as 3 parts. Part one was Joel telling us about the reviews we had already seen or could go back and have access to ourselves. He spent 30 minutes talking about these reviews, his background, and also how great he is at his job. He also spoke poorly about someone that wrote a negative review - including someone who chose to listen to their medically trained vet over Joel as to what was going on with their dog. Part two involved a short discussion about his training method that he thought would be the best approach for Ernie. This involved classical conditioning with hot dogs. This is all fine and well, however he never spent any appreciable one-on-one time with our dog. He also spoke very poorly of other dog trainers and their methods. He referred to their use of collars as shock collars which is not an entirely accurate statement for the companies he was specifically denouncing, which we had told him we had also left messages with. At the end of this part of the conversation, Joel told us that other than his training, he saw no other course to take for Ernie than to have him euthanized. For nipping a child twice. The third and final part of our conversation involved Joel recommending to us 3 types of sedatives/supplements available at Petsmart to give Ernie so he wouldn't be "nervous" and his training would "take". He then showed us his certifications and several pictures of success stories as well as a collection of his favorite memes. Later we met up with another dog trainer from one of the large chains. They had us hold the collar in our hand and feel the VIBRATE and the MUSCLE STIMULATION features on the collars they use. They took Ernie for a walk down our street to get an idea of his personality and basic training levels. They never once suggested that euthanization would be an alternative. Additionally, their followup communications were not pushy in the way that I found Joel's to be. While Joel may be a much cheaper option, and I do feel he probably does a good job in some training situations, he was ultimately not the correct fit for our needs. I hope this write up will help anyone else that may find themselves in a similar situation.
Joel's Dog TrainingJoel's Dog Training
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