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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

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.

Reviews for Jersey City dog trainers
Nitya C.
I took the 6 week package for my dog and also shared the issues I needed help with prior to the training. But the training was very very basic and nothing that you cannot learn from free content on YouTube. So while it was good working with the trainer once a week, it was essentially up to us to train our dog. So I would not recommend a dog trainer unless your dog is absolutely in need of it. Zak George's YouTube videos helped me more than this service.
The Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and TrainersThe Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and Trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Real professionals and well educated in training your dog! I would recommend to anyone.
The Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and TrainersThe Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and Trainers
Vrushali D.
Thanks Thumbtack for connecting me with a pro dog trainer! We had a very positive experience.
The Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and TrainersThe Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and Trainers
Jung C.
I had the pleasure of working with Caitlin, one of the trainers at The Canine Cure. We ended up board and training one of our dogs and boarding the other one as well. Caitlin took into consideration all of our concerns and did a great job building the foundation for our pups training. She was also very good about keeping us updated about both of our dogs while we were away on vacation and both of our dogs seemed like they were well taken care of during their stay. I will continue to use her services in the future and definitely would recommend her for anyone looking for a dog trainer.
The Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and TrainersThe Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and Trainers
Taylor P.
Had a great time training with Sal! He was so sweet and my dogs took to him right away. We spent time talking about my problems and goals and then went to work. It was equal parts educating me and training the dogs which was really useful so I can continue the training program on my own. Extra bonus, we found out my dog can “sit pretty” by chance (up on his hind legs) and it is too funny watching him do it now. I definitely would recommend Sal!
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Earline A.
Working with Doug was great! He really helped me understand my dog and how to better train him. I would definitely recommend Canine Cure-Behavior Trainers to my friends and family.
The Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and TrainersThe Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and Trainers
Cyndi D.
Very professional. Friendly and answered all questions, very knowledgeable and knows what he’s doing. Trained my dog for a week, and ever since then theres been a lot of positive changes toward my dog.
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Adrea M.
I spoke with Canine Cure in ADVANCE to ensure they’d be able to help specifically in response to dog on dog resource guarding which I was told absolutely. Come to find out they “couldn’t find any trainer dogs” in the area to help. So they wanted me to just pay for the package and work on other behaviors when the resource guarding was at the top. I would have appreciated that visibility BEFORE paying for a full session which taught me training techniques I already knew for loose leash walking. Thankfully contacted another trainer in the area to help
The Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and TrainersThe Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and Trainers
Chrisalys D.
Amazing experience. The trainer, Caitlin is one of a kind. Punctual, professional and my dog Willow learned so much within just weeks of starting sessions. I know hear, “Wow your pup is so well behaved at such a young age” quite often. Worth every penny!
The Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and TrainersThe Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and Trainers
Lisa P.
We had 3 sessions filled with training strategies. We liked Doug’s approach and are grateful we can reach out in the future. Doug was direct and to the point which was a great way for us to learn and stay in sync with our dog, Buster’s train of thought. We also received a written out recap of our sessions each time in case we forgot any of the important information since there was so much to remember. Knowing that was coming also helped us focus on the session rather than writing down our own notes. Doug understands dogs very well and seems to have a great deal of experience. I’ve already referred the Canine Cure to multiple friends who are getting puppies.
The Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and TrainersThe Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and Trainers
Thumbtack Customer
In the middle of training now. Everything we had hoped it would be and accomplish. Caitlyn is great and really knows her stuff. She goes above and beyond and we love the follow up emails that reinforce each session. Looking forward to the remaining lessons. Our dog loves the sessions and we love the results!!
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