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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 Summerville dog trainers
Griff B.
Meagan helped train our 2 dogs as well as us! I never thought in a million years Asher and Demi would be so well behaved in public settings around people and other dogs and listen to commands. They were wild, leash pulling dogs who had a reactivity towards men and dogs and now they heel and don’t even pay attention to dogs or other people! Meagan was super nice, patient, and flexible with our schedule as well as super knowledgeable about dogs and their body language. Would 10/10 recommend Meagan to anyone looking for a trainer!
Au Pair for Paws Dog Training LLCAu Pair for Paws Dog Training LLC
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
Riley M.
I have loved working with Au Pair for Paws. She is amazing! My dogs responded so well to her training program and I have seen such an improvement in their behavior. She equipped me with the tools and knowledge to teach my dogs correctly.
Au Pair for Paws Dog Training LLCAu Pair for Paws 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
Jasmine J.
Jill was absolutely amazing. Her abundance of knowledge helped us with a nipping puppy. She explained to us and showed us several different training tools along with when and how to use them appropriately. You can tell she has a passion for dog training. We will continue to take her classes at the academy. Highly recommend.
Coastal Canine Academy LLCCoastal Canine Academy LLC
Linda F.
What a fantastic experience for our new rescue pup. Jill was confident about my dog before I was! She immediately got my boxer/pit mix to be interested and start following commands!! We knew we needed the training and we want our dog to have a happy second half of his life. A huge thank you to Jill for these fantastic tools you’ve given us!
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 Dog TrainingBeastMode Dog Training
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