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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Nashville dog trainers
MEGHAN V.
Sandy was so great with our dogs and they responded wonderfully to her.I would recommend Sandy to anyone looking for a dog trainer.
Bad Dog to Good Dog, LLCBad Dog to Good Dog, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
James is an excellent dog trainer and combines dog training and life coaching together. He helped me organize a time management system so I could get my life back in balance and know precisely when to train,play, feed,sleep and potty my puppy. This has helped my puppy train so much more effectively. Looking forward to my next session!
Friendly Neighborhood Dog TrainingFriendly Neighborhood Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
My dog came back from training MUCH calmer than she used to be and well on the road to becoming manageable!
The Balanced DogThe Balanced Dog
Thumbtack Customer
He did a really great job with my Australian cattle dog. I would recommend him to anybody and I've used a different puppy trainer at Dog and Kat in Nashville. He's significantly better. You really should choose him.
Friendly Neighborhood Dog TrainingFriendly Neighborhood Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Travis works with your dog's personality and helps you to understand why and how they misbehave. We are doing a 2 week board and train with our 9 month old puppy, and Travis has been patient with us and her progress. Will be looking forward to learning from him how to control and teach our children to take better care of our sweet Dog. Highly recommended.
The Balanced DogThe Balanced Dog
Ryan D.
Wonderful and very caring. I absolutely loved her. She was very knowledgeable about my dog and his breed. Sandy took time to sit down and tell me what I needed to do to help boost his confidence. The training was more for me being a first time dog owner. She was punctual and very friendly. She clearly cared about what she does and I would highly recommend her to anyone!
Bad Dog to Good Dog, LLCBad Dog to Good Dog, LLC
Megan U.
We had such an amazing experience with Sandy! We found out that our dogs behaviors came more from fear due to his past rather than aggression, and Sandy taught us how to discipline those behaviors using positive reinforcement only. It's very obvious that Sandy is passionate about what she does and cares that you get the most out of the training session. Highly recommend!!
Bad Dog to Good Dog, LLCBad Dog to Good Dog, LLC
McKenzie B.
Steve has been an absolute godsend. Tomorrow is our fourth and final session. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Steve- he really is a dog whisperer and obviously cares about what he does. Thanks to Steve, my husband and I better understand how to communicate with our Leo and understand his body language. Worth every penny and then some. I highly recommend Steve’s services for obedience and behavior modification training.
Steve's Dog Behavior and TrainingSteve's Dog Behavior and Training
Cherie O.
When Sandy left after our training session I felt empowered. I felt like what seemed overwhelming before was really quite simple. She showed me how to work with my dog in ways that will help her and not be overly time consuming for me either. We worked on her chewing, jumping, dominance, lack of focus and leash skills. My sweet (big) puppy is going to be just fine. I just needed to know how to work with her. Super grateful.
Bad Dog to Good Dog, LLCBad Dog to Good Dog, LLC
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