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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 Mount Pleasant dog trainers
Jeannie M.
Jill from coastal canine academy came to my rescue! I have 2 young rescue dogs and I was having trouble with them obeying simple commands, growling at strangers due to fear, and needed help getting my home situated with them in general. Jill’s experience and knowledge of training dogs is amazing. She spent time working with them and the way they responded to her instruction and training was amazing. She gave me plenty of tips and tricks on how to continue the training process. I felt so much more confident with my dogs and their behavior after working with her! I highly recommend Jill If you are looking for a dog trainer!! So reasonably priced too!!
Coastal Canine Academy LLCCoastal Canine Academy LLC
Rebecca P.
Jill was absolutely amazing with my 10week old puppy Wylie. I came with questions and she answered every one thoroughly and made sure I understood everything. She was was super thorough and gave handouts with amazing information for any dog owner of any size or age. Thank you Jill for teaching training both to me and Wylie!
Coastal Canine Academy LLCCoastal Canine Academy LLC
Julianne C.
When Jill of Coastal Canine arrived at my home it was obvious that she is a dedicated professional dog trainer & loves it. My pup was responsive to her right away! She introduced me to the clicker method which produced positive behavior from my pup within minutes. Takes some practice but it works! We discussed many aspects of training & care also. Got so much out of her visit! Now I’m looking forward to taking classes as well. So grateful I decided to contact Jill as I now foresee an even brighter future of bonding with my pup, aside from all the love. Growth for both of us! Thank u Jill.
Coastal Canine Academy LLCCoastal Canine Academy LLC
Mark E.
I could've written this review within the first 20 minutes of meeting Jenny and Morné. They came to our house and sat with me and my wife on our kitchen floor to talk about training and interacted with our Beagle Izzy for the first time. Honestly, there are no words I can write that will describe the experience that you and your dog will both gain by working with them. They are two wonderful human beings whose love and compassion for dogs is unmistakable. Fast forward...Izzy is back home and has a completely new set of skills thanks to Jenny and Morné that we are excited about continuing to develop! Previous bad behaviors (the humans fault) have been corrected and we now know how to address them should they arise in the future. From my own experience so far, a lot of having a well behaved dog is work! (go figure right?) Anything worth having is definitely worth working hard for and nice things cost money. This is 100% money well spent to have 2 awesome people with the knowledge that will not only work but also will love your dog the way you do while they have her. The transformation lasts forever.
BeastMode Dog TrainingBeastMode Dog Training
Kristen W.
I believe this was Meagan's first experience with a dog of Duke's size (Great Dane) and he can be intimidating. Although a baby at heart, he started having territorial and aggression issues. She immediately recommended the right tools (good muzzle and stim collar, better walking collar) so that she was able to work with him safely. She retaught me how to train him, and to train myself in how to handle him. She identified his insecurities, particularly in protecting me, and taught both of us how discipline and leadership would curb his fears and his aggression. She was fantastic to work with and also a really great person to spend time with during our sessions. I highly recommend her!
Au Pair for Paws Dog Training LLCAu Pair for Paws Dog Training LLC
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