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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.

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.

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.  .

Reviews for Reno dog trainers
Nancy Y.
Desiree has been great with my dogs. I like the way she trains with treats and has been very helpful with the dogs as well as helping me with their training.
Desiree's Dog TrainingDesiree's Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Cheryl was receptive to my needs in training my dog and we will continue to work together. I feel very comfortable and my dog likes her too! I have seen good improvements in my dog's obedience!
Loving Paws TrainingLoving Paws Training
Jaimi F.
Dog Gone Smart is amazing! We love the positive reinforcement style of training and the patience shown throughout the process. Our two dogs needed a lot of work but have improved tremendously already. Can’t recommend Dog Gone Smart enough.
Dog Gone SmartDog Gone Smart
Kathryn H.
Karen at Dog Gone Smart is awesome! The training is fun and fast paced. I've already seen a huge improvement in our puppy!
Dog Gone SmartDog Gone Smart
Philip K.
dropped of a little monster in the making and got back a totally different dog who actually minded and respected the training he had been given. Highly recommend K9WAGIN
K9WAGIN Dog TrainingK9WAGIN Dog Training
Dawna W.
She was very good, she had Mattie in der control, writhing minutes. She gave us great tips, how toos and now we feel we can train this dog Thanks you Karen
Dog Gone SmartDog Gone Smart
Justine A.
Awesome work that I'm all around very happy with. My dog was very stubborn in my mind, but after going through training she knows so many more commands I never thought she would!
Desiree's Dog TrainingDesiree's Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Kerri was very helpful both times we had her over. She offered keen and perceptive advice that was individual to our dog. She also followed up several times and kept close correspondence to ensure we were keeping up with the training. She was also kind enough to offer personal notes, advice, and tips that were unique to the dog. Highly recommend!
K9WAGIN Dog TrainingK9WAGIN Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
I can not say enough good things about custom K-9 service dogs. For starters, Kendall was very prompt. She showed up exactly when she said she would, and she did not waste any time getting started with the training. She made sure to explain each training technique, and allowed time for me to practice the technique before moving on to the next. I am a first time puppy mom, and Kendall gave me the tools I needed to begin a successful training program with my dog. The excellent service did not stop once she left. Kendall encouraged me to call or text with any questions or concerns, which she has also been very promt in answering. I will definitely be using her service experience again.
Custom K-9 Service DogsCustom K-9 Service Dogs
Larissa C.
Kerri came to our home for a consultation (and first lesson) with our Aussie mix rescue, and we were very impressed. She showed us techniques we can use to work with our dog’s timidness and dog aggression. She even tested our girl with her own dogs! We will definitely be contacting her for future training sessions. Her prices are reasonable, especially for the quality experience and knowledge she offers. Thank you Kerri! :)
K9WAGIN Dog TrainingK9WAGIN Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
I was at the end of my rope when I was fortunate enough to find Kerri Lamorey. I'm a very busy business owner and did not have time to train my Standard Poodle puppy. She came to my office, explained in detail what her plan was with "Winston" and assured me that my poodle just needed Obedience training and outlined in detail what she could do for him and me. She took him for a week, sent videos of his progress along with videos of him socializing and playing with her dogs. She took him to Home Depot and he obeyed all her commands. After 1 week she returned my dog to me, he was completely different. He now has manners, he is obedient and knows his place. He no longer pulls me when I walk him, he stays on the floor unless I invite him up to sit on the couch with me. He now loves being in his crate which has become a safe place for him. I am so happy with Kerri for giving me the dog I always wanted, he no longer jumps up on people, even though he is a puppy he weighs 50lbs and is a big boy! He heels when walking and is a delight to be around. I am even considering making him a therapy dog. I recommend her with no hesitation!
K9WAGIN Dog TrainingK9WAGIN Dog Training
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