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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 Providence dog trainers
Christina M.
We had our first session and our dog is really responding. Peter is an outstanding trainer!
Tyler C.
Look no further…Joe is the man for the job. Working with Joe was the absolute best decision we could have made when looking for a trainer. His approach is exactly what we, as owners, needed to effectively train our nervous rescue and new puppy. He quickly identified and addressed issues we were currently having while simultaneously helping to educate us on how to handle situations that we could/would encounter in the future. You will quickly realize it is likely you who actually needs the training, and not the dog(s).
Strategic K-9 TrainingStrategic K-9 Training
Mary M.
We have a new one plus-year-old adopted lab mix who is highly energetic and spent his first year at a farm in Louisiana with no instruction regarding house training or other commands such as sit, watch, leave it, wait, etcetera. Kim came and helped us guide Jake through the process of teaching commands and solving problems that came up during the time we worked with her. We purchased a three visit package and would highly recommend Kim to anyone who may have similar questions or concerns about training their dog. We will continue to train Jake with the information we learned from Kim so that he becomes an A+ student!!
Eye-to-Eye Dog TrainingEye-to-Eye Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
I honestly couldn't be more pleased by my experience with Jennifer. Since the moment she walked in the door, my dog Waldo has been significantly more obedient, attentive, calm and happy. Waldo was experiencing separation and isolation anxiety after a move across the country, barking and crying when I'd leave and continuing throughout my entire absence. I called Jennifer, who came to my apartment and asked me very detailed, intuitive questions and watched exactly how Waldo reacted when I'd leave. She also watched how I was behaving. She knew exactly what Waldo needed from me in order to assuage his anxiety and guided me to change my behaviors. I've been utilizing the tactics she gave me and in 2 days, Waldo's separation anxiety is essentially completely rectified, and now he goes peacefully to sleep when I leave. I'm able to use these tactics to improve Waldo's general obedience, as well. Jennifer is more than just a "dog trainer" but truly an expert in psychology, cognition and behavior. She is an extremely warm, vivacious and caring person; truly a one-of-a-kind individual with a remarkable life story and a tremendous amount of experience. I've passed her number on to 3 people already and will continue to do so with delight.
Hand 2 Paw Dog TrainingHand 2 Paw Dog Training
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