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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

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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.

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 old should a puppy be for training?

Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

What is a dog boot camp?

A dog boot camp is basically a board and train program that focuses on training your dog or puppy. The trainers will work with your dog to curb unwanted behavior, teach them basic skills and show them how to walk on a leash.

Dog boot camps and training programs might differ when it comes to their services, so it’s always a good idea to do your research and ask them to explain exactly what they offer — and how much they charge.

How long does it take to train a puppy?

Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

Which dog training method is best?

The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behave as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

  • What type of training methods do you use?
  • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
  • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?
Reviews for Midwest City dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
We have always wanted to be able to take our dog out to festivals, events, etc. but before we hired Stacey it was not an option. Just a week after finishing our last training session we brought our dogs on vacation with us. They came with us to breweries, sat on a patio around other dogs while we ate dinner, walked all around town with us - it seemed unrealistic to have such goals six weeks ago, and we would have never achieved them without Stacey's expertise! But, the best thing about Stacey's training method is that she teaches you how to train your dog, therefore empowering you to continue advancing your dog's training long after your last session. We had tried many other shortcuts to train our dogs before hiring Stacey, but in hindsight 100% recommend saving time and money by starting your dog's training here.
Buddy's Dog School, Inc.Buddy's Dog School, Inc.
Eden C.
Stacey is amazing! She knows what she is doing! We've seen great improvement in our dog during the six weeks she's been training us, and she's taught us on how to train our dog when she isn't around! Highly recommend Stacy and Buddy's Dog School! Thank you!
Buddy's Dog School, Inc.Buddy's Dog School, Inc.
Jacqueline W.
I met my dog trainer for a consultation. There is not set end date to our dog training project, but she did give me a set price from beginning to completion. She was flexible with her times and is willing to work with me nights and weekends. I think it will be a good experience.
Paws 4 Purpose K9 TrainingPaws 4 Purpose K9 Training
Sandy D.
Both trainers I had were both so good with explaining the command we were working on. Patient and experienced, I will be back at the start of the new year continuing with the intermediate class with my dog Reign
Paws 4 Purpose K9 TrainingPaws 4 Purpose K9 Training
Allen M.
We entrusted our 6-week old German Shepherd puppy to her care. We chose the board and train package, which was our best option. We asked and were allowed to visit her facility prior to having our baby in residence, talk with her about the program and have all our questions answered. Even before we paid a dime. Stacey Stovall is competent, personable and highly effective. We got our baby back after three weeks, with solid obedience skills that we could build on. During his boarding, Stacey kept us up to date with videos of the training, so we could get an idea of what he was working on, and how he was doing. When she brought him home to us, she spent two hours with us (in the rain) demonstrating his training and training us on how to move forward and build on her work. She was a pleasure to deal with and never made us feel like "idiot dog owners" or that she didn't care what happened from that moment on. She even came back 2 weeks later and went over the training process, demonstrating and correcting our behaviors so we could get the most enjoyment and companionship with our beloved Jax. Her facility is safe and secure, her methods work, and she does deliver on what she promises. You can't do better than Buddy's Dog School and Stacey Stovall. We highly recommend her to anyone looking to get training for their puppy. Give her a call, you won't be sorry.
Buddy's Dog School, Inc.Buddy's Dog School, Inc.
Liz C.
I am so happy that I came across Justin with Existential Canine! He has helped make my home a more peaceful place to live in. Our 1 year old lab mix was very all over the place and after working with Justin has become a new dog. He’s able to relax in the home and not be jumping off the walls! I couldn’t be happier with my experience and would highly recommend for anyone looking for training!
Existential CanineExistential Canine
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