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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 Carson City dog trainers
Roberta G.
Desiree was very knowledgeable and did in one 1 hour season what we were unable to do in a week. Our dog was afraid to go into our yard so impossible to potty train. She gave us the tools to get our dog used to the yard and is now pretty much potty trained in 1 week. I have never been able to potty train a dog this fast. Thank you Desiree you were a life saver.
Desiree's Dog TrainingDesiree's Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
I am so pleased with Kendall and her training methods. She had an instant connection with my dog, and has shown us so many simple things to get her on track to being the perfect well trained pet. I plan on using Kendall fir a long time to help me get my dog trained for therapy work down the road. Class act!
Custom K-9 Service DogsCustom K-9 Service Dogs
Brandon N.
Kerri is great at what she does. Within the first few moments of teaching my dog obedience I was blown away from her techniques, my border collie responded well to her, she gave me great advice and methods to train my dog. Since then my border is doing well on learning to obey. Takes a lot of patience but it's well worth it! I highly recommend her!
K9WAGIN Dog TrainingK9WAGIN Dog Training
Teresa B.
I was pretty frustrated with this experience. The trainer was a no show for our first meeting, which I get; things happen. But then she was late for the rescheduled meeting as well. I loved her training style and watching her work with the dog, so we asked her to do a boarding training with our aussie pup. She sent the pup home with lots of treats and two training leashes, which was really nice. After a week with her, he had improved on some things... waiting in open crate until called, less excitement peeing, started on place and come side commands, and improvement on leash walking. However it felt like he was way worse on other things. When we dropped him off, he had great name recognition (meaning when we said his name, he almost always stopped what he was doing to look at us for instructions). When he returned he didn't recognize his name at all, so we had to retrain that. Also, although he was improved on listening while on a leash, he was much worse on following instructions off-leash (he had been about 60% on following instructions while off leash when we dropped him off. When he came home he mostly just ignored us when off-leash. ) I am a first-time dog owner, so maybe my expectations were too high, but I could send my child to day camp for a week for the same price as the dog training, so it feels like a lot more should be accomplished for the cost. Because I really liked the trainer and her training style, I feel bad leaving a poor review, but I felt a bit like crying the week after he returned. He had gone backwards as much as forwards and it made me feel like successfully training a dog was an impossible task. Even with the help of experts.
K9WAGIN Dog TrainingK9WAGIN Dog Training
Michael W.
Our Sophie is one year old and has had many challenges to keeping her attention on task. Kerri was informative and compassionate! She helped Sophie, and us, learn new skill sets in a kind but consistent way. We are so happy with the results we have seen with Sophie's ability to learn, walk on leash calmly and act more appropriately in our house. We're looking forward to all our continued learning. Thankyou Kerri for a VERY professional job well done! We HIGHLY recommend Kerri for your dog training issues.
K9WAGIN Dog TrainingK9WAGIN Dog Training
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