A note to our community regarding COVID-19. Learn more
Find a dog trainer near Memphis, TN

Find a dog trainer near Memphis, TN

1 near you

Find a dog trainer near Memphis, TN

1 near you

Give us a few details and we’ll match you with the right pro.

Zip code

Dog Trainers near Memphis, TN

Dog Trainers Cost Guide

  • $
  • $$
  • $$$
  • $$$$

Q & A

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.

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 Memphis dog trainers
Kelly R.
One Dog Training was amazing! He was great with Foster and we saw a difference in his behavior the first day! We went from a dog who would bark, pull, growl and just be embarrassing in public to a dog who is awesome to be around. He’s great around other dogs and animals, we can walk him and not fear he’s going to lag at peopl or dogs. It’s like we have a completely new dog! The best part of this all is we can not be embarrassed or worried when we take him in public and we can actually enjoy our time with him! If you are looking for dog training I highly recommend One Dog!
Wonder Dog TrainingWonder Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
They got back to me very soon, and were very helpful in creating an individualized plan for my dog's training!
Wonder Dog TrainingWonder Dog Training
Larry S.
Would never recommend anyone else!! Maia is amazing, and we saw the results of our lessons from the first one! My sweet, rambunctious dog had been previously "trained" at an expensive board and train and came back anxious and aggressive and unable to be around strangers. He is now a joy to train, comfortable and relaxed around new people. When it comes to your dog, don't be cheap, hire someone who has the education and experience and knows what they are worth, you won't regret it and you'll save money not having to fix a messed up dog! I tell all my friends about her and I've seen her work wonders with their dogs too! She's even trained my mini horse and donkey!!!!!
The Educated Canine (Maia Owen, dog trainer)The Educated Canine (Maia Owen, dog trainer)
Greg F.
He is very knowledgeable. Great to be around. It’s unfortunate that we could not work together with my dog due to her need for special attention and training.
Wonder Dog TrainingWonder Dog Training
Patricia C.
Would highly recommend One Dog training. Very professional and responsive to any questions. Clients and former clients are always welcome at group sessions which is a plus
Wonder Dog TrainingWonder Dog Training
Rachel J.
Corey was kind and extremely helpful when it came to training my dachshund Ralph. Ralph is now a well behaved puppy, no more jumping on guests or running out of the house door just for fun. He knows all the basic commands and does them whenever told. I recommend One Dog training for sure!
Wonder Dog TrainingWonder Dog Training
Serena W.
After one session, my dog’s behavior has improved dramatically. While we have more work to do, I was amazed at how quickly Corey was able to determine the issue and offer patient guidance on how to correct the behavior. Thankful I found One Dog Training on thumbtack!
Wonder Dog TrainingWonder Dog Training
Emily S.
Corey and his team were awesome and I would highly recommend hiring them! Our new dog Samson (rescued from a shelter without any previous known training) now listens and obeys what we ask him to do, and I think the process helped him gain a lot of confidence too which reduced his fear in new situations. Corey teaches the basics but those are so important, since they can be applied to everything and used in all situations, I’m now able to teach Samson new things based on what he already knows. We also will continue to go to group class which you can do for as long as you like after purchasing a training package to keep his skills up to date. I highly recommend Corey and his team!
Wonder Dog TrainingWonder Dog Training
Gayle B.
Can’t say enough good things about Corey. Since the weather has been so bad, we worked in the house. Felt very comfortable having him here. He was patient with Little Man and not rough with him. Firm yes, but lots of praise and pats on the puppy. Read his webpage and get a better picture of this young man. He is worth the money ( and probably more). You won’t go wrong with this trainer. He is easy to work with and my dog really liked him as well. That means a lot to me that Little Man likes him
Wonder Dog TrainingWonder Dog Training
Ready to find a pro?

See more reviews, compare prices, and hire your favorite pros all with Thumbtack.

Why hire professionals on Thumbtack?
Free to use

You never pay to use Thumbtack: Get cost estimates, contact pros, and even book the job—all for no cost.

Compare prices side-by-side

You’ll know how much your project costs even before booking a pro.

Hire with confidence

With access to 1M+ customer reviews and the pros’ work history, you’ll have all the info you need to make a hire.