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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 Philadelphia dog trainers
Thomas R.
very good with dogs; you can tell she enjoys helping people to train their dogs
Bad Dog to Good Dog, LLCBad Dog to Good Dog, LLC
Victor W.
Tyler did an amazing job with my dog reactive dog. He is actually able to get along with other dogs after this training.
Reliable CaninesReliable Canines
Leanne H.
My Dog Molly ( A Bluenose Pitbull) took to Edward immediately. I had an issue with another trainer who Molly was not as comfortable around, who knew but it can happen. Edward was knowledgeable, gave me tools to use and helped me better understand dog training. I recommend Your Dog Trainer
Bucks Dog TrainingBucks Dog Training
Donna C.
She was kind and patient. We have two dogs with two different needs. She showed us how to train both of them on the same day. She spent as much time as needed. I highly recommend Bad dog to Good dog!
Bad Dog to Good Dog, LLCBad Dog to Good Dog, LLC
Kelly M.
Sandy was great with our dog Bradley. She was kind and patient and gave us a lot of useful information and tips on training her!
Bad Dog to Good Dog, LLCBad Dog to Good Dog, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
She gave us a new way of looking at how we interact with our dog. We now have concrete tactics of how to approach training our dog. We got through this all in one session. We have more work to do with our dog, but we're off to a good start.
Gray Wolf Dog TrainingGray Wolf Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Sandy showed me a lot of training exercises to work on with my dog. She also easily solved a problem I was having with my dog's sudden aversion to putting on a leather harness. Sandy brought along a Roman harness to try on my dog. I had no trouble using this type of harness, and am buying one for him.
Bad Dog to Good Dog, LLCBad Dog to Good Dog, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Sandy was prompt and well informed. She got right to business and had my dog responding to the training immediately. I will hire her again as needed.
Bad Dog to Good Dog, LLCBad Dog to Good Dog, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Wonderful trainer! She was so patient with my dog who is very fearful and with my four year old who wanted to be part of the training. And she gave lots of tips and home work to follow up with! I would definitely recommend her without hesitation!
Bad Dog to Good Dog, LLCBad Dog to Good Dog, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Sandy is very knowledgeable about dogs. She provided me helpful tips to how to train my Yorkie. Thank you again Sandy for providing me helpful tips and reading material Truly appreciate
Bad Dog to Good Dog, LLCBad Dog to Good Dog, LLC
William H.
We love Michelle! She has made such a difference in our home after just 2 weeks of boarding our new puppies. Before her training, they were going to the bathroom in the house constantly. We were desperate. Now they are MUCH better behaved, and most importantly, they know to go to the bathroom outside. They even happily get into their crate when it’s time for that. Michelle uses only positive reinforcement, no punishment. She has a genuine love for animals and a passion for training. Fortunately she also offers dog-sitting in her house, so our puppies will get to see her if she has openings when we go on vacation or away for the weekend. She’s fantastic, and we’re so happy we hired her! - Bill and Annie Hill
Train With Underdogs, LLC.Train With Underdogs, LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
I honestly can't say enough good things about Nancy and Peace in the Pack. I chose to go with Nancy because she spoke with me on the phone for 30 minutes and I could just feel her passion for what she does and her enthusiasm is contagious. She has worked absolute wonders with my dog. I saw progress in 45 minutes and Nancy helps you understand the rationale of what we're doing everything. I really appreciated that Nancy didn't need to elicit the bad behaviors of my dog. I would tell her what she would in a particular situation and already change it instead of needing to see something bad. Lastly, Nancy doesn't come just once and then you never see her again. She has stayed in contact with me every few days since our training and walks me through every step of the way. I cannot recommend Nancy enough, I promise you won't be disappointed!
Peace In The PackPeace In The Pack
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