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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 Norman dog trainers
Katie H.
Kennedy was great! She helped us with leash training for our golden, and now walks are so much more enjoyable! Definitely book her if you are needing help with dog training!
Paws 4 Purpose K9 TrainingPaws 4 Purpose K9 Training
Andrea P.
Staci was great! Every week we worked on a few new skills to help my dog with better leash walking and being calm in the house. I learned a lot and it was very useful being able to practice what I was learning with my dog. My dog is calmer, less reactive, and continuing to respond really well to all of her training.
Staci Poole, CCTStaci Poole, CCT
Thumbtack Customer
Stacey was able to teach our 150 lb Great Pyrenees to submit and obey. More importantly, she helped us with his food aggression and his nervousness about kids. I highly recommend Stacey to anyone who is serious about dog training. It seems like she is able to address any dog issue.
Buddy's Dog School, Inc.Buddy's Dog School, Inc.
Frances W.
We hired Stacey after working with another local trainer with less than stellar results. Our two females had been getting into fights and Stacey worked with them both on being able to coexist around each other in a safe manner. We learned how to deliver well-timed praise and corrections to show our dogs what we want and what is not allowed. We learned how to read and address dog body language, as well as a few basic household management skills to set them up for success. We like that she doesn't rely on treats to teach basic obedience and manners - we just wanted our dogs to listen to us without having to bribe them constantly. Both dogs can now sit or lie down and stay there until released. No more jumping up or pushing for attention. Since they have had years to practice their bad behaviors before we started training them, they are not yet perfect but they are light years away from where they started. But more importantly, WE are more confident as handlers, and that confidence flows down the leash and into our dogs. Thank you Stacey!!
Buddy's Dog School, Inc.Buddy's Dog School, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Stacy is awesome! We've had Gidget for a little over a year now and when we adopted her she was potty trained and knew sit. She hated being in her crate during the day and would break out. Stacy helped us get her comfortable and used to staying in a crate, so now I don't want to worry about her getting out from the backyard or the weather. Gidget was also a shy and energetic dog. I'm so happy that she has learned her manners and that Stacy taught not only her, but me. Now we can go on walks without my arm hurting! I plan on using her again when we can start working on some more advanced things!
Buddy's Dog School, Inc.Buddy's Dog School, Inc.
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