How much does a private dog trainer cost?

Average cost in 20149: $160 See National


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The average cost for a dog trainer is $160. You are likely to spend between $70 and $380 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated May 1st, 2017

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Private dog trainers are animal specialists who use various techniques to modify dog behavior, particularly so they are able to better interact with humans and other animals. Common requests for dog training include general obedience, behavior modification, socialization and service dog training. Common concerns that dog owners have revolve around house training, digging, chewing, destructive behavior, crate training and leash pulling. A variety of factors affect the cost of private dog training sessions.


There is no federal regulation for people using the title of dog trainer. Trainers who have completed certification programs from reputable institutions may have higher rates based on knowledge, experience and education.

Dog’s age

A dog’s age may play a role in the cost of services because dogs have different needs at different times in their life. Some trainers, however, have standard rates regardless of the age of the animal. For example, Amy Calkins of Dog Speak Training has set rates of $80 for an hour-long session and $150 for a two-hour session. She also offers bundled packages. Jeff Jensen of Break It Down Dog Training, on the other hand, offers an age-specific, two-hour new puppy consultation for $189 to prepare new puppy owners properly.

Location of training

Travel to a client’s home can affect a trainer’s overall fee. Some trainers board dogs at their own location during the training process, which can also increase the cost to account for space, food and care. For example, Calkins offers a monthlong, intensive obedience training program for an individual dog in her home for $3,000.


Training packages can save money and often have tiered pricing, depending on the training issues to be addressed. Here’s how Break It Down Dog Training breaks down pricing:

  • Puppy Right Start Consultation: $189

  • Individual hourly sessions: $70 per session

  • In-home obedience, basic program: $300

  • In-home obedience, advanced program: $550

  • In-home 90-minute consultation: $60 (free with purchase of package)

  • In-home behavior modification, 5-pack: $375

  • In-home behavior modification, 10-pack: $700

  • Fears/Anxieties/Aggression program, 10-pack: $900

Special circumstances

Extenuating circumstances can also affect the total cost of a private dog trainer. For example, extreme aggression or specialized training for police dogs or service animals require additional education and skill on the part of the trainer.

Cost-saving strategies

Joining a dog training group rather than paying for individual lessons can significantly lower training costs.

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Wind Dancer Referrals-Midwest Region

Susan helped my family with our two dogs. She really did seem to know what she was doing. She gave homework to my son for him to work with dogs. That I really liked. The reason I had her come to the house was one of the dogs bit someone. That topic only got discussed lightly and wasn't really told how to deal with it if it happens again. The cost was also higher than I expected. Over the phone Susan told me the highest would be about $102.00 but when she got to my house she explained she had to work with both dogs and it came to $153.00. I thought I told her over the phone that I had two dogs but I don't think she was listening very well to me. Susan had a tendency of talking over me whenever I started talking. I do like her training methods and the work she did with the dogs. I just wish there was more focus on the biting.


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