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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 Las Vegas dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Melissa was amazing helping me to train my two dogs with both obedience and aggression training.
V W KennelsV W Kennels
Thumbtack Customer
Melissa is such an amazing trainer. She understands animals better than I've seen. ...and I grew up in a family with a AKC obedience/show GSD. So I knew what I wanted. We currently have an almost 2yr German shepherd who had social issues, obedience and manners issues. Melissa immediately detected what was wrong, what caused it and had results so quickly. She was able to get our shy,fear biting dog to play with dogs at the dog park in basically 1-trip! She's like hiring Ceasar Milan in Vegas! She taught our whole family how to work with our GSD AND our little Shih Tsu who has anxiety issues. Melissa and the kennels have SO much experience. She will develop a training schedule for your schedule and needs. I had been looking for a good dog trainer for 1.5yrs. I wanted AKC training. No "shock" collar training. Positive reinforcement and not just another person saying they can train a dog. We had gone to puppy classes at Pet Smart-save your money- if you want someone who KNOWS animals, Has a great reputation, Is knowledgable about AKC, showing, training, guard dog training..stop searching and call VonWeiss Kennels! Best dog/Animal trainer in Vegas area!!!! So glad we found her!
V W KennelsV W Kennels
Thumbtack Customer
So far our dog has been responding to the plan that was laid out. The trainer came to our house and was very energetic and positive. We have noticed a positive difference in our dog
Come-Sit-Stay Pet WatchCome-Sit-Stay Pet Watch
Denise G.
Leanne is a wonderful trainer. She really takes the time to focus on the concerns and gives us really good techniques to help our dog.
Summerlin Dog Training LLCSummerlin Dog Training LLC
Judy L.
Marlene met with us at our home to meet us, our dogs and do an assessment. We have a training plan that works for us.
Come-Sit-Stay Pet WatchCome-Sit-Stay Pet Watch
Liz Y.
Hannah has done an amazing job helping us train our dog! She has gotten so much better walking, interacting with new people and new dogs, learning new commands, etc. Even my friends and family have commented upon how improved our dog is. Thank you Hannah!!
Southwest K9 LLCSouthwest K9 LLC
Jerald F.
I hired Melissa 13 years ago in New York. I had no idea she was no longer working for the NYPD. I found her here on Thumbtack and did not hesitate to hire her to train my new dogs. She is one of the best K9 trainers in the business and highly professional. She is very easy to work with, has an incredible connection with animals and work diligently to insure your dog(s) are trained correctly. She works with you, teaches you and explains why she uses that particular method. HIGHLY recommend her!
V W KennelsV W Kennels
Thumbtack Customer
I never thought my two dogs would ever get along again. Thanks to Melissa and her incredible skills, my boys are no longer fighting. Wonderful trainer
V W KennelsV W Kennels
Shannon L.
Kathleen is great! She is helping us to train our puppy. We will be working with her during the coming months. I would recommend her to all dog owners needing extra help!
Victoria G.
Very sweet and absolutely adores/understands my fur babies! Works with you and makes sure that you and your dog are understanding the tasks. 10/10 would recommend for literally any type of training !
V W KennelsV W Kennels
James M.
Hannah's care of my doberman was the best ever. In a weeks time, she was able to leash-train my dog, socialized her with other dogs and gave her loving care as if Dolly was her dog. I can now walk Dolly on a leash with out being pulled ever where. I look forward to working with Hannah to solve other problems. Thank you for all the great work you accomplished with Dolly in such a short time.
Southwest K9 LLCSouthwest K9 LLC
Casey D.
I am writing a review before the end of Dahlia’s training sessions, because I am already seeing so much progress. Dahlia is a four year old pit mix. She has always been incredible people friendly, but has gotten increasingly aggressive with dogs. We signed up for a 12 week course, and just four weeks into training she is learning to ignore dogs and listen to me. I’m so excited to finish our classes, but already can say that the improvements are already making our everyday life better.
V W KennelsV W Kennels
Robin L.
Melissa is extremely knowledgeable about the GSD breed and is a highly experienced (GSD) dog trainer. Prior to our first session, she researched our GSDs blood line to truly understand the behavioral issues that need addressing for him, and took the time to get the full history from us. She outlined a clear program for training us and our 5 year old GSD, breaking it down into manageable steps for my husband and I, busy schedules and all.
V W KennelsV W Kennels
Chase N.
This is our first time working with a professional dog trainer, so we were extremely nervous and not sure what to expect. When we put in an inquiry, Leanne reached out to us to discuss what we needed to fix with our puppy and how we can get there. She is very open with communication when we had any questions and eased our nerves. She is also very flexible to make sure the training schedule, budget, and location fits your needs.
Summerlin Dog Training LLCSummerlin Dog Training LLC
Roxanne W.
Angie knows dogs! From the minute she came to the minute she left, she was giving us useful information about training our new puppy to be a great family member. She answered every question we had and made us feel like this is something we can do. Thank you very much, Angie.
JDV Dog TrainingJDV Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Melissa to train & board our 2 yr old GSD. She had him all of 2 hrs before he "jumped out of her car" 14 hrs later he was found, with bloody paws all 4 and cuts on his head. Melissa agreed to pay for the vet bill that day. We got him home and 2 days later asked for a refund. Well let's just say that it was a fiasco in of itself. She said for weeks check was in the mail, yeah right, " I sent it to another customer lol" she said. She is full of excuses, she's not very professional, she has way too much going on in our view give the dog her full attention. It's been over a month, and we're still waiting for the complete refund. Oh and we did receive a vet bill that was past due, because she only paid a portion of it. She got nasty with me on the phone, like it's my fault our dog got away. Who was supposed to be the professional trainer here? My guess is he got away from her because he was in an altercation with another dog. I believe this because that was what her daughter said, and why would she make that up? She may know how to train, but we'll never know. My advise is this, question her schedule, look and see what other commitments she has, then look at how much time your dog will receive. Pay by check, not pay pal, that way no excuses on her part if you need a refund.
V W KennelsV W Kennels
Ruth S.
Kathleen arrived on time for first meeting and evaluation of my Duke, a humongous rescue dog. Things went very well. All of us were pleased with the things we found out and the tasks Duke and I have to complete between today and our next training appointment. Dukey was happy to work with Kathleen and we were happy to get some tips and information we need to bring Duke up to his potential.
Deborah K.
I’d like to add value and punctuality too yo my list. I’m so pleased to have found Melissa on Thumbtack. I could see immediately she knows what she’s doing. Melissa is a highly skilled dog trainer. She’s also kind and can assert authority without threatening my pet. My Maltese Rascal and I feel an Angel guided us to her. Thank you. Deborah
V W KennelsV W Kennels
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