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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.

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.

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.  .

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 Westerville dog trainers
Yulio B.
Rowan's Dog Training is amazing. We loved her focus to training and the distinctive care and concern she shows for the dogs'.
Rowan's Dog TrainingRowan's Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Lisa helped my dog learn basic training, and also taught me how to train my dog in these basic commands. She also addressed my concerns of issues my dog had of running out the door when it's opened, and being crazy when people come to the door/walk by. My dog is improving on these issues thanks to Lisa's training, and I now have the knowledge to help my dog in these areas. Would highly recommend!
L&S PetsL&S Pets
Thumbtack Customer
Lisa is amazing with dogs! Our high energy and out of control Golden was showing improvement after just one session. She really individualizes the training for what the dog and family need to work on. I highly recommend!
L&S PetsL&S Pets
Ashley l.
Steve was great with my dog Sasha. As a first time dog mom, Steve gave great advice to help ensure that i was on the right track. Steve is very patient and did a great job explaining his training style prior to hiring him. I look forward to working with Steve in the future!
Columbus K9 SolutionsColumbus K9 Solutions
Jennifer W.
Rowan was fantastic! Prior to meeting her I was pleased with her extremely rapid and reassuring response to my initial inquiry. Her knowledge and passion for dog training came through loud and clear at each session. She helped us understand typical puppy behavior as well as normal dog behavior and how to handle it as we integrated a puppy into our home with a 5 year old resident dog. We are very grateful to Rowan for sharing her wealth of knowledge while doing so in a calm and professional manner. We felt it was invaluable to learn from her in our home environment. The dogs are now getting along very well and we know how to maintain their schedule of togetherness and separateness to keep everyone (humans included) happy! We are looking forward to working with Rowan again on obedience training.
Rowan's Dog TrainingRowan's Dog Training
Jolynne F.
Lisa was very helpful with our 9 year old beagle who had started getting aggressive with my husband and teenage daughter. All her training used only positive reinforcement and her assessment was quick and on point. I never thought we would be able to train our old dog!! Lisa is very knowledgeable and uses different methods until she found what worked. She also spent one on one time with our daughter to address her concerns and interactions with our dog. She is very relatable and friendly along with firmness in dealing directly with our beagle. I would highly recommend her for any training!!
L&S PetsL&S Pets
Charles c.
It’s a pleasure working with Emily. Our project is being extended due to delays caused by the pandemic. Very pleased with the progress at this point. We get regular updates via video and text. We will have her training our other dog in the future.
Absolute Canine TrainingAbsolute Canine Training
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