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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 Pittsburgh dog trainers
Maria P.
Very professional work & knowledgeable about everything involving dog training. She has a lot of patience with my dog specifically since she is a baby and even more complicated to train.
Scooby Doos House of PlayScooby Doos House of Play
Thumbtack Customer
Deedee is an excellent dog trainer and business woman. Hire her!
Scooby Doos House of PlayScooby Doos House of Play
Thumbtack Customer
We had personal dog training in our home and it was invaluable! Christine was easy to work with and came prepare with a variety of toys, treats, and great ideas. She obviously has a love of dogs!
Happy Pets TrainingHappy Pets Training
Thumbtack Customer
Happy Pets Training was very helpful and great to work with. I highly recommend working with them, especially if you have a problem dog.
Happy Pets TrainingHappy Pets Training
Maryfrances G.
Christine was very professional and kind. Very knowledgeable on the actions and reactions of dogs. We are putting her training into action and will follow up, with hopefully, positive results.
Happy Pets TrainingHappy Pets Training
Jeremy M.
Deedee helped me and my wife with our 1.5 year old german shepherd tremendously. He’s well behaved when he’s in “training” mode but can be a terror when he’s not focused or remotely distracted. With only four sessions, his behavior went from almost unbearable (always play biting, barking at everything, not great at walking, etc.) to the point where he’s getting compliments on his behavior. We participated in two separate (different locations) group-training sessions when he was younger but the results weren’t where we wanted them. I would highly recommend one-on-one training with Deedee because she teached us, the owners, as much -if not more- than she was able to teach our dog (it could be beneficial to do group training after an initial training with Deedee to socialize your dog/pup). I never realized how much we thought we were doing correctly (per the group training classes) that just wasn’t cutting it. He still has a ways to go but she sets a strong foundation. Overall, if you have a dog you simply aren’t seeing the results you want from training or a young puppy, call Deedee. We’ll likely be boarding our dog with her as well when we go on vacation. She’s very professional, responsive and accommodating. We both highly recommend her.
Scooby Doos House of PlayScooby Doos House of Play
Ms P.
Only beginning training, BUT THUS FAR, SHE IS EXCELLENT! Only expecting great things for my super excitable dog. !!!! Great job in progress. Dee-Dee is very knowledgeable and includes me in the training process. (I'm the one that has to break some bad habits😂)
Scooby Doos House of PlayScooby Doos House of Play
Rebecca H.
Christine was fantastic and super helpful helping me with my puppy and making me feel hopeful that I can do this. I want to have a well trained dog and I know it starts with her training now and I am well on my way thanks to Christine!
Happy Pets TrainingHappy Pets Training
Hannah B.
Deedee was great! Unfortunately we were unable to conquer the dog chasing cat problem in our first 2 sessions but that may have had more to do with our cat being unresponsive to interacting with our dog. For the last 2 sessions, we worked on manners outside and we have had significant improvements in leash manners and people manners! Deedee gave us the tools necessary to continue working with our dog to continue to improve. Also, scooby doos house of play has a wide variety of options from train and board to personal lessons that we will utilize in the future to continue to conquer our puppy problems :) our dog was an 6 year old rescue so she can obviously help train out bad behaviors in older dogs too! Would go back if we ever decide to get another dog with behavioral issues. Thanks Deedee!
Scooby Doos House of PlayScooby Doos House of Play
Alexandra C.
We just finished week 2 of training with our dog and we have noticed a huge difference already. Can't wait to see how much more we can achieve
Scooby Doos House of PlayScooby Doos House of Play
Katie S.
Deedee helped me and my new rescue, Marley, on the right path to resolving her isolation anxiety. She is a completely different dog now than she was at the beginning of our training with Deedee. Thank you so much for all your help!
Scooby Doos House of PlayScooby Doos House of Play
Thumbtack Customer
Christine trained my beagle and me! She showed me how to get Lily to do good behaviors and had me do them with her. She brought a lot of things with her to see what Lily would respond to. I am very pleased with the progress we made and I know how to work with Lily now. Christine invited me to call her if I have any questions or problems. I highly recommend her to train anyone's dog.
Happy Pets TrainingHappy Pets Training
Gabrielle B.
I have nothing but amazing things to say about Miss Deedee. My dog was a severely underweight, bait dog who had missing teeth and high anxiety. We were told he was unable to crate and he was also redirecting towards myself and friends. Ultimately this lead to necessary training. We are now scheduled for our 4th session. In that amount of time, max was able to overcome fear of the crate, learn basic commands for inside and outside, Less barking, not chasing cats and overall just a happier stress free dog. I am still shocked at how much Deedee was able to show us in such a short amount of time. Deedee is dedicated and genuinely cares about her customers more than I have ever experienced with other companies in the area. Definitely recommend for any services she offers!
Scooby Doos House of PlayScooby Doos House of Play
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