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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 Hilton Head Island dog trainers
Katie M.
Right off the bat, Lloyd was quick to respond and schedule a time to meet my 2 dogs. He came to our house, which was great considering most dog trainers do not do this. He was extremely knowledgeable and professional with all of his training techniques. The best part is that my husband and I now have the tools and knowledge necessary to continue training our dogs and we have Lloyd as a resource for any future needs. We are already seeing a huge difference in how our dogs are walking on the leash and their obedience. I could not recommend a better trainer- especially for such a great price!
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Ellison P.
I enjoyed the training very much. I learned new techniques that were very effective. While I have been to a number of training programs previously, (my older golden being a certified therapy dog) I found the training more personalized. Many classes focus on commands where this focused on behaviors and connectedness with your dog. My plan is to train MacKie to be a therapy dog as well. I believe this session has us started in the right direction. I am always appreciative of a professional who has passion for the work they do. Thank you
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Tammy D.
Absolutely wonderful experience!! Wish I called them years ago! We have 2 dogs and let me explain. Piper is a Golden Dotson that is very sweet but had some issues: pulls on leash so bad I was scared to walk her, non socialization with others, barking. Zola is our puppy of 15 months Golden Doodle and she wasn't leash trained, barked at other people and would bark all day and jump on you. I hired LEAD Dog and I wasn't sure what would happen but I was desperate. They changed my world in a DAY!!! They spent about 3 hours with me, showing me, talking to me, teaching me and MY dogs. When they left.... my husband and I could take them walking around the harbor with many other people and dogs and we practiced all the things we were taught. For the first time EVER...we were getting compliments on how well our dogs behaved!! WHAT??? We couldn't believe that after a few hours....our lives and dogs' behavior was changed. I'm on my 2nd day now and the training continues within the home but it ALL works! We are so impressed with their ability and knowledge as a trainer. I will continue to reach out when new issues arrive to use LEAD DOG and will tell anyone and everyone how wonderful the training was! I'm a customer for LIFE! My dogs enjoy long walks now and I'm not nervous taking them out. They don't pull at the leash and are slowly getting socialized. They don't bark at the tv when they see other dog commercials, don't bark at the door when the door bell rings and I use the one word command (that's it) one word command that works on any behavior they do I want stopped! Plus, no more dogs on the furniture or close when we eat! IT WORKS!!! DO NOT HESITATE....CALL THEM NOW!! Plus the pricing was wonderful for all they did to change our life forever and enjoy our dogs again!
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Judy M.
After just one hour Lloyd trained us how to walk our two 2 yr old Goldens without pulling. We had almost every kind of distraction and we are ready now for practice. We wish we had had Lloyd for our puppy training, and highly recommend him to anyone with a puppy or a even mature dog. Lloyd is extremely knowledgeable and he is very pleasant to work with and eager to help.
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Luke E.
We contacted Lloyd to help us with our 8 month old German shepherd named Obi. We had done a significant amount of training with Obi already, but he was displaying some aggressive tendencies towards strangers entering our home and we wanted to get some help with that. Lloyd came for his standard 2 hour session and when he left we felt we had a much better handle on the situation. Using some standard training techniques, he gave us a number of tools to handle Obi's aggressiveness in many different situations. On top of that he showed us new tricks to help with leash walking, and general leadership training, something Lloyd highly stresses the importance of. I would recommend Lloyd for anyone trying to learn how to better train their dog, regardless of issues you may be struggling with.
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Lauren K.
Lloyd and his wife were, and continue to be, outstanding - truly professional, knowledgable, and effective. We brought home a rescue puppy, and soon realized we were in over our heads. It had been 16 years since we trained any puppy, and with our new puppy not having been socialized for his first 14 weeks, we had a cute looking lunging, biting, nipping, suborn, dominating, fear aggressing, protesting new addition to our family, which left us all wondering if he was going to be too aggressive to keep, since we have children in our home and elderly neighbors all around. At our first lesson, Lloyd assessed our puppy and assured us he was safe to keep, IF we socialized him and trained him properly. He demonstrated and explained step by step how we were to interact with him in every situation in and outside of our home. Our puppy has not lunged, bit, or nipped since our first lesson! Also, we discussed crate training, and our puppy is sleeping through the night without all of the commotion of scratching, crying, howling and barking that we endured pre- Lloyd. He has become much less fearful, after following Lloyds plan for meeting his socialization needs. We had a follow-up lesson two weeks later to learn how to walk him properly on the leash, so as he grows we do not have an out of control beast who is dragging us down the street. Again, after a short lesson, demonstration and education in proper technique, our puppy is walking when we ask him to do so, he used to sit down and only walk if he wanted to; he is no longer pulling us down the block, he walks behind or next to us; he has quit lunging at other dogs to play, and waits to see if we let him meet another dog; and he is waiting to walk into the house, instead of being overly excited and out of control. We still have a lot of work to do with our new puppy but I feel confident knowing I can text or call Lloyd with any questions or concerns. He ALWAYS responds in a timely manner with straight forward, easy to understand instruction. Also, we have Lloyd to thank for us getting our puppy on medication for Giardia, a puppy parasite that vets do not automatically test for, as when I described his eating habits and elimination patterns, Lloyd suggested this might be an issue. In fact, when we went to the vet, Giardia was causing our puppy to be ridiculously hungry and needing to go outside much too often. He was put on medication to clear the condition and that helped him with potty training and eating more appropriately. We will continue to check in with Lloyd from time to time, as he is amazing. We credit him with turning our truly horrific situation into a joyful loving one for both our puppy and ourselves. Obviously, we highly recommend him without any reservations what so ever. Thank you Lloyd! - L.K. HHI, SC. January, 2022
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