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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

Reviews for Harrisburg dog trainers
Debbie J.
Excellent dog trainer bc a big part of the job is training the dog owners. Virginia is excellent at this. We are so glad we found her! She’s experienced and knowledgeable.
Gray House Dog TrainingGray House Dog Training
Galina Z.
I had a very good experience with the trainer. I learn a lot and use these skills to train my dog.
Gray House Dog TrainingGray House Dog Training
Margie P.
Virginia was always available to consult on my dog and her issues. She provided valuable training to my dog as well as me. I would not hesitate to recommend her services. She had an excellent manner of controlling my dog. Thank you Virginia
Gray House Dog TrainingGray House Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional, Tony wasted no time getting down to business. my wife and I look forward to working with Tony, as he trains our dogs and us.
Knucklehead K9 Services, LLCKnucklehead K9 Services, LLC
Barbara M.
Virginia is an excellent dog trainer. She is patient and kind. We have a 10-year-old Golden who likes to sit and take in the neighborhood on walks. Tough to convince her to keep moving. In just two sessions, Virginia helped all of us have happier walks. Virginia explained what to do and why. We appreciate her knowledge and insights. She also trained our two dog walkers. We highly recommend Virginia!
Gray House Dog TrainingGray House Dog Training
Casey B.
I can't say enough good things about Virginia Houser and Gray House Dog Training. She is passionate, professional, always on time, and always available by phone when we had questions throughout the program as well as post-program. Our rescue German Shepherd Husky, Taniel has fear aggression toward strangers and we knew we needed some help before the worst happened. She helped us understand Taniel's mindset behind the behavior and gave us great techniques to help him over time. Not only did she assist with Taniel, but our husky Apollo who needed some help being put in line as well. She gave me and my husband as dog owners some necessary training as well on how our behaviors impact the dogs. Taniel has already begun to see improvement after the 6 week program! Even though we still have a long way to go, her services got us heading in the right direction with him. We can't recommend her enough for your dog training needs!
Gray House Dog TrainingGray House Dog Training
Courteney L.
Unfortunately our puppy training was cut short due to some unexpected circumstances but Tony was extremely understanding and fair with us. In the short time we did have with him I was very pleased with the techniques and tips he provided for us to implement with our new puppy. Not only did he teach him some valuable things but helped us see things we could improve on to help the puppy learn. Overall it was a great experience and we would recommend him to anyone looking to get some training for their dogs!
Knucklehead K9 Services, LLCKnucklehead K9 Services, LLC
Lisa C.
After just 1 session we have seen great improvement in how our dog reacts when we leave the house (she no longer scratches at the door or is destructive) and when we come home she no longer jumps on us. Tony provided some great information and easy to understand training tips that are working. Another plus is that Tony's services are very affordable!
Knucklehead K9 Services, LLCKnucklehead K9 Services, LLC
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