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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 Rochester dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Nichole is just an awesome person. She knows everything about dogs and you see it right away. You knows exactly what the problems are with your dog in just the first meeting. She will set you up with the proper training and start right away. With just one session in my dog Rascal was becoming a better behaved dog. Not only does she train your dog she trains everyone in the household and that's 8 of us on what to do and what not to. She is the best thing we could have done for our dog and our family. NICOLE YOU ARE THE BEST.
Bella's Kanine TrainingBella's Kanine Training
Kenny b.
Excellent I've had three dogs The training is basically the same style As the other trainers I've had in NJ Which is good I definitely would recommend Nathaniel And his service
Good Dog Training 🐶Good Dog Training 🐶
Thumbtack Customer
Michael is very easy to work with. He seems to really understand dogs and is very flexible about tailoring the training to your dog, your expectations and what you want to accomplish. I would certainly recommend Michael to anyone who is looking for something other than the standard group training classes out there.
Lori And Dan D.
Nicole was wonderful to work with. She trained us how to train our dog. I love her hand outs. I am not one to run to the internet to look things up. Lucy just loves her!
Mutts & MannersMutts & Manners
Thumbtack Customer
Mike is awesome! My dog was able to learn so much in a very short time! Mike is also extremely accommodating to your needs, he also really explains to you why things work a certain way so you completely understand how to make training beneficial. I have gone to multiple trainings with my dog and none have benefited until now.
Don B.
I received daily/nightly update reports on what they worked on and his progress. I also received videos of his training in progress. Kait was very professional and I'm very pleased with the training my dog and I received from Off Leash K9.
Off Leash K9 Training RochesterOff Leash K9 Training Rochester
Christie D.
I met with Josh Snyder, our trainer every Saturday morning. He was knowledgeable and very capable. He was great with my dog and taught me so much about how to work with Loki. I would recommend Josh and Off Leash K9 Training to anyone.
Off Leash K9 Training RochesterOff Leash K9 Training Rochester
Phyllis R.
If I could give Zach 10 stars I would!! I have used Zach's services for years. He has trained my dog to walk with a loose leash, the word commands of down, stay, sit, halt, leave it etc.. I also have him walk my dog several times a week for extra exercise, and it has worked out great!! My dog loves him and can not wait for him to come. Zach is kind, gentle and very personable and I have never had any doubt letting him take my dog or being in my home. Will continue using Zach for a very long time!!!
PawPros, LLCPawPros, LLC
Phil O.
Josh was a great trainer. Very informative, flexible and responsive. We did the four lesson package and it has made all the difference with our dog who was giving us a run for our money before this. Would recommend Off Leash K9 to anyone.
Off Leash K9 Training RochesterOff Leash K9 Training Rochester
Catherine G.
Ingrid was wonderful. She took a lot of time to educate my daughter and I about our dog Max. She had many great ideas and she showed us techniques to use while we train him. She was very nice and we enjoyed our time with her. Already things are working with Max!
Mankind's Best FriendshipMankind's Best Friendship
Thumbtack Customer
She's always on time, very professional, great at working with the pet and the owner! She's loving and caring about the pet. She knows her facts very well. She's extremly organized. She goes at the owner's pace and is very helpful and knowledgeable about how to do things in different ways if way one didn't work well. Once my puppy is trained, we'd like a second dog and I will be calling Mutts & Manners to come train the second one!!! 5***** all the way.
Mutts & MannersMutts & Manners
Judy S.
Not often will you find anyone who is a professional animal trainer willing to sit on your floor and engage with both the owners and the dog! Ingrid did just that, and now I think that Max would gladly live with her! :) She is kind and gentle and responsive and oh so encouraging We recommend Ingrid without reservation! John & Judy Shipherd
Mankind's Best FriendshipMankind's Best Friendship
Leslie B.
Michael is a wise & effective dog trainer. Everything he has shared so far has worked like a charm. He takes time to fully explain what is needed for the dog and ways to deliver those needs that fit your personal situation. What I love most about him is his character. He focuses on the needs of both the dog and the family. He is a patient, kind, gracious man. It would be impossible now to see myself hiring someone else. Samson really likes seeing him. I deeply regret my original review which was not on target, relevant or fair. While it couldn't be removed, I hope this sets the record straight. If you ever had a moment you wish you could take back - that review was it for me.
Lindsay R.
I met with Pat after rescuing a 1 yr old whippet/black lab mix who was in dire need of training (which I didn’t know exactly HOW much she required). Pat was professional, reliable, and knowledgeable. He could see my frustration and recommended the 10 day boarding program. I was all in, the only problem was he did not have availability for about 3 weeks. But I was willing to wait. During that period my dogs behavior became too much for me to handle. I realized I couldn’t provide her what she needed (large fenced area to run, and time which she needed A LOT of). I reached out to Pat and told him I was going to return her to the foster and he immediately stepped up and offered to take her in for the weekend and work with her, then re-evaluate it. Again I was all in but after long talks with the foster, and those close to me, it was decided it was best for Abby to find a home more suitable to her needs. When I told Pat he was incredibly understanding and reassuring. When I’m ready to try a rescue again I will most definitely seek the help of regional K-9
Regional K-9Regional K-9
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