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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

Reviews for Summerville dog trainers
Graceann D.
Tamarra is a very professional, competent, & knowledgeable Dog trainer. We are so pleased with the outcome of our dog's training program with her. We hired Tamarra because our dog was very aggressive with other dogs, including another dog in our household. We had tried other trainers & training methods, to no avail. Our situation was very serious and we felt hopeless, but from the time of first contacting Tamarra, her positive attitude actually gave us hope that our situation could be remedied. Through out the training process, Tamarra displayed kindness, compassion, and empathy, and provided solutions and answers to our concerns or questions. She was confident and always reassuring and available through out the training program which greatly enhanced our level of confidence. Her verbal and written instructions were reinforced through practice and demonstration and new training methods were gradually introduced. We will always be greatly for her willingness to bond with our dog in such a loving and caring way and Our dog just loves her! We will be forever greatful for Tamarra & her training program which addressed a serious & volatile situation at home with our dogs.
Tamara McKinney - Lorenzo's Dog Training TeamTamara McKinney - Lorenzo's Dog Training Team
Katie O.
Tamara really knows how to get on a dog's level to train them. She uses a balanced training method that our Jack is really responding to. She takes the time to teach owners so the dogs don't relapse when they get home. I've been very pleased so far.
Lorenzo's Dog Training TeamLorenzo's Dog Training Team
Brandy S.
She worked very well with my dog & after just one training session Gracy is much more responsive to me. We are continuing the training and each day she gets better! Thank you!
Coastal Canine Academy LLCCoastal Canine Academy LLC
Thumbtack Customer
My gratitude to Kelly of Balanced Dog Training is immeasurable. The depth of her knowledge and talent allowed her to accomplish an amazing training regime for my puppy. Kelly goes the extra mile, and her genuine love for animals is evident in all she does. Kelly is undoubtably the one I would recommend for anyone's dog training needs. If you're not local to Kelly, you should still consider her as the mileage is definitely worth the reward. I plan to use her to board my puppy when occasions arise. WELL DONE!
Balanced Dog Training LLCBalanced Dog Training LLC
Michael D.
Jill was exceptional working with Isaac who is a mischievous 5 month old cattle dog. Jill provided the tools we needed in less than an hour to begin to be effective and consistent trainers for Isaac. I would highly recommend Jill to anyone looking for a dog trainer. Jill came to our home which was also super convenient. In the two days since Jill’s visit we have already made great progress with Isaac! Thanks Jill!
Coastal Canine Academy LLCCoastal Canine Academy LLC
Diane S.
I have had German Shepherds all my life, but Maverick was the first one to be so challenging and willful. He is a smart dog and knows all his commands, but would only complete tasks on his terms, which was becoming frustrating for both of us. Then I found Jenny and Morne'. After just two weeks, Maverick returned home a completely changed dog. He is calmer and responds to commands. Morne' used clicker training, which I think was a very positive reinforcement and helped Maverick learn to focus. I admit I was apprehensive at first with the idea of Maverick leaving for 2 weeks. But, then I learned that he would actually be residing in the home with Jenny and Morne' and their family of children and dogs and not just kenneled. Morne' took him on daily outings to expose him to external distractions in order to teach him to focus on the handler and commands. When they returned Maverick to me, they spent time with me in order to explain and teach me how to handle Maverick. They stayed for awhile longer to observe Maverick and I in action and offered suggestions on how I could better work with Maverick. And, it was so obvious that both Jenny and Morne' love dogs. They are kind, positive, happy people who find pleasure in working with and training dogs. In reflecting back on the decision to move forward with this training, I have no regrets and am over the moon satisfied with the results.
BeastMode Pet CareBeastMode Pet Care
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