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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Charleston dog trainers
Riley S.
Working with Meagan was the best decision I made for my dog and I! She worked with us at my home and out in public to build my dogs training skills: sit, stay,down, recall, walking etiquette, and much more. My dog started off shy, unsure, and not food motivated. With Meagan’s help, my pup is now a confident, well-trained, and awesome dog all around. She worked not only with my dog, but with me to make sure I am being accountable with training for us both. Thank you so much, Meagan! Could not have been this happy with where we are without you!
Au Pair for Paws Dog Training LLCAu Pair for Paws Dog Training LLC
Natasha S.
I had a great experience! After some questions and paperwork we got right into some training! My dog was responding very well to each command and we are looking forward to continuing the training!
Coastal Canine Academy LLCCoastal Canine Academy LLC
Sue B.
The dog trainer got back in touch with me, we set up a time for her to come, she was right on time, no hurry to leave, she worked with me and my dog, thought me a lot. Good job!
Coastal Canine Academy LLCCoastal Canine Academy LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I filled out documents stating the specific problems I have had with my dog, all of which include being outside on a leash. Not once during the two hour visit did we put a leash on my dog or go outside, and yet she discussed dog food brands for 30 minutes. The only advise I was given as to handing issues with my dog is to try to avoid them. So after two hours of training I was left with no good training advise about leash pulling and barking at other dogs and people. Now I am back to square one.
Coastal Canine Academy LLCCoastal Canine Academy LLC
Grace O.
Meagan did an amazing job working with me to train my rescue that was displaying some stranger/ dog aggression and social anxiety. She did a wonderful job explaining certain things could’ve been going on with my dog. Before I met Meagan I had a dog that did not listen and lunged at every dog she saw. I now have a dog that responds very well to commands and will walk past a dog without batting an eye. Absolutely amazing!
Au Pair for Paws Dog Training LLCAu Pair for Paws Dog Training LLC
Jack Ward H.
So far we are in the beginning stages of obtaining me a PTSD trained service dog. She’s been greatly helpful and very professional lady
Au Pair for Paws Dog Training LLCAu Pair for Paws Dog Training LLC
Susan H.
Jill was great. Unfortunately our dog didn’t have the stamina for the full training. We’ve got a good base to start work from and will call on Jill if/when we need more help down the road
Coastal Canine Academy LLCCoastal Canine Academy LLC
Meghan M.
As soon as Jill walked in she knew what to do with my barking, aggressive dog. She was calm and patient with him. She had great recommendations and resources in addition to great training tips. Thanks for helping with Fisher and I!
Coastal Canine Academy LLCCoastal Canine Academy LLC
Rachel C.
Jill was the best choice for the job! I have two dogs I thought were untrainable after doing my own research into training but she taught me effective ways to train I never knew about. Not only did she address the issues I hired her for, she provided me with resources, info on books, safety, products etc that are extremely important for dog owners. Communication was great, best price I found, spent plenty of time at my house, and was overall very knowledgeable and kind. Thank you so much!!!
Coastal Canine Academy LLCCoastal Canine Academy LLC
Kirstyn R.
I had a great experience and so did my pup! I’ve been extremely anxious about my dogs behavior and was about to give up, but her coming and working with us gave me a lot of hope. She did an excellent job teaching me and showing me how to improve my training with my dog. Very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Would highly recommend her services. She’s also very pleasant to be around.
Coastal Canine Academy LLCCoastal Canine Academy LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Jill is full of knowledge. Makes her clients understand that training is a work in process and takes little steps at a time but showed how if you stick with it, it can really work. She had our dogs behaving better within the short time she was here. We are hoping to do some classes with her to get our pups behavior in order
Coastal Canine Academy LLCCoastal Canine Academy LLC
Asia R.
Jill was very knowledgeable and began working right away. She taught me the basics I needed to continue with the training. It was a lot of information at first, but very informative and me and my dog have been working at it everyday since. Not only would I recommend Jill, but I would also use her again in the future and refer all my friends with fur babies to her.
Coastal Canine Academy LLCCoastal Canine Academy LLC
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