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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 Hillsboro dog trainers
Lauren R.
Kari has helped me immensely with my puppy's training! With just one training session I have seen such a big improvement in my dog's behavior.
Farah D.
We are so happy we did this. Our Labordoodle was a Tasmanian devil! We not only trained the dog but helped all family members including our older dog Hiro. The tips and guidance have been indispensable. We also had training walks added to our schedule and it really helped during our at home covid work schedules to insure she stayed on track and get her exercise . Thank you!
Nakama Dog TrainingNakama Dog Training
Anupriya P.
Hayley is amazing! Our American Akita exhibited dog reactivity, and with her within one session, we started noticing what we were doing wrong, and noticed a reduction in Kumi's dog reactivity as well. She is very patient, and walked us through the training procedure gently correcting both Kumi and us 😊. She was so gentle and calm with Kumi, and needless to say he LOVED her. Though we still have ways to go with our pup, we have made considerable progress with Kumi's dog reactivity, and other behavioral training, and all that is attributed to Hayley. If I could give her more than 5 stars, I would.
Nakama Dog TrainingNakama Dog Training
Jerri C.
You can definitely trust Hayley with your furry babies. She is kind, gentle and loving with a soft demeanor. Animals and humans take to Hayley without fear of being abused or something worse. I recommend you use Nakama Dog training!
Nakama Dog TrainingNakama Dog Training
Dinelly P.
Awesome trainer! We started to see the results after the first session. She is awesome and really nice to our dog. Reggie is a rescue who has had a rough life, Molly is helping him to feel confortable in his new house. Thanks for all your help
Growing Up K9Growing Up K9
Carla M.
Cynthia is honestly the best there is. We have two shepherds. They are just about 1 year old. We were having issues with separation anxiety which made it difficult to train one at a time or even walk them. Taking them out together was miserable. As they grew they became difficult to handle for one person always pulling and attention spans that shifted to dogs, other humans, cars. Whatever caught their attention and they focused decided to focus on. After three weeks of training for them and us, what we called boot camp, they are different dogs. One of us can walk them both by ourself. It’s difficult to explain how good they are but we are constantly getting comments about how nice and well behaved they are. We fully recommend Cynthia. She truly cares about animals and treats them as family. Our dogs bonded with her immediately. You can tell she loves these animals. She helped us more than we can describe.
Simone F.
It was fun to work with Hayley. She showed us how to train our dog and we were able to get the puppy biting under control. Lexie now no longer bites like she used to. Of course we still have things we need to work on, but thanks to Hayley we now know how to keep going.
Nakama Dog TrainingNakama Dog Training
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