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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.

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 Sanford dog trainers
Allen W.
Agnes is very professional, friendly and helpful. When she arrived at our home she was prepared to help us with any and all problems we were experiencing with our 2 year old Rottweiler and 6 months old Rottweiler. Our dogs loved her immediately and we all got along well. During the course of the training sessions, because of Agnes was able to correct the major problems and train us in how to react and train our dogs. She always arrived on time and actually would get so involved with us and the dogs that she always ended staying past her time limit. We feel that we definitely got more than the money we paid her for her expertise. She constantly tailored the training to our needs. After her training I am actually able to take my dogs for a walk even though I an confined to a wheelchair. She has definitely been helpful to our family and I would recommend her 100%.
Lets Get Pawsitive, LLCLets Get Pawsitive, LLC
Andrea O.
We have not been at all happy with Will and his lack of professionalism. He does well with training and seems very knowledgeable however if he cannot be on time, does not answer his texts in a timely fashion, and speaks to me disrespectfully when we are paying our hard earned money to him then the knowledge of training really just goes out the window. We could have found someone else with equal amounts of knowledge who respects our time and is respectful of us. We purchased a 4 session package with Will, we have only completed 2 and are no longer interested in completing anymore. We have 2 young children, I work full time and my husband and I both have our own businesses so we have a very busy schedule. When I schedule a time for training I expect our trainer to be on time. Our very first session he ASKED US if he could come early. Our scheduled time was 3:00 pm and he asked to come at 2 which we could not do so I told him 2:30 - he showed up at 4. The next session we scheduled was on a Saturday but we had to reschedule. I spoke to him on the phone and we agreed on 12 pm Sunday and he sent me a calendar invite with the correct time. The next day he texted me at 1 to tell me he hadn't even left Durham yet (which is an hour away from our home in Sanford). At this point I was done, I asked for a refund at this point. He called apologizing asking for another chance and that he would be on time in the future. We agreed that if he was even 5 minutes late we would get a refund. He was on time for his next appt and the training went fine so I thought we were okay. The next appt we scheduled I had several dogs at our home with my boarding business and it was raining very, very heavily. I didn't want to have them go outside while we were training so I texted Will, several hours before our appt, to let him know we wanted to reschedule. He proceeded to text me that his time was valuable and that I needed to promise to never ask to reschedule if we were to continue working together. I was very unhappy and my husband texted him to let him know that it was not okay to say that to me. A WEEK later Will responded apologizing not to me, but to my husband. We no longer want to work with Will. We just want a refund but he tells us now that there is a no refund policy for a package deal. This was not told to us in the beginning of us working together. I'm not even asking for a refund for the whole package, I just want the money back for the sessions we haven't done. He claims because he has offered free sessions and willing to work around our schedule (apparently he isn't after the last text exchange) that he has "bent over backwards" to work with us. At this point, he is not even answering my texts at all. I have asked multiple times for our money back and now he is just ignoring me all together.
The Grateful Dawg ncThe Grateful Dawg nc
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