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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 Bedford dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Found a trainer who we really like and we are well on our way to a nicely trained puppy and a happier household. Lauren, the Traveling Dog Trainer is just right for us.
Traveling Dog TrainerTraveling Dog Trainer
Eliel C.
I will definitely recommend Joe for training all dogs. He is very knowledgeable and experienced in the way he handles his training. He explains to you in simple terms and helps teach you how to use your tools to better engage a stronger bond/relationship with your new pup. We had decided to call Joe in for our rescue when we realized our “free” hitchhiker from our trip back from San Antonio was quite the Tasmanian devil. Ever since we started out training with Joe from day one Yuuki completely starting growing up and out of those bad habits and 4 weeks later into our training. we just ended our training with him, Yuuki is a whole new pup. Granted she is only 7 months but a lot has definitely changed in her. I can confidently walk her outside on long strolls, or go to the lakes without much of any hassle.
Always Faithful Dog Training of   North TexasAlways Faithful Dog Training of North Texas
Connie C.
Best trainer we ever had. She was very kind and informative. She gave us a list of things to do and showed us how. We followed what was asked of us and within 2 weeks our basset was a different dog in his actions. We are still working with him and he knows what we want him to do. He is not perfect but is 80% better. I love the fact that we don't have to be aggressive with this training. Praise is high on her list which is great. We would highly recommend Nancy for behavior issues. She iv very knowledgeable.
Bark Busters Home Dog TrainingBark Busters Home Dog Training
Amanda G.
Stephanie is AMAZING! In session one she had Marley responding to touch (come), sit, down, leave it. I then practiced with her for about a week for 20 minutes a day to solidify the training. In the second session in less than an hour she had her staying on her mat and not getting off until released. Although Marley is a little impulsive so this part was hard. However with just a couple days of small practices with me to reinforce she is already doing so well! I am looking forward to learning more skills in the coming sessions. Stephanie comes to you and trains in your environment so that your dog knows what to do in YOUR home. She then gives you the tools to continue to create good habits. She is patient and gentle. The training is so doable even my 6 year old is picking it up and is able to get Marley to respond. We are beyond pleased with Marley's progress. I feel confident that with Stephanie's training Marley will become such a wonderful family pet and have good boundaries for years to come!
Walk of Life Dog TrainingWalk of Life Dog Training
Garrett S.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ — Five stars for training method and trainer capabilities. I’ll preface this review by saying that Amie for sure knows what she’s doing. She helped us a lot in training our dog to be more responsive to commands and less prone to aggression towards our small dog that we recently adopted. If you’re looking for a trainer who is knowledgeable and capable, you’ll certainly find that in Amie. Her training methodology is sound. However, there are sometimes serious concerns I have about her professionalism and business/social conduct. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ — Three stars for business operations. Rationale: 1. Amie was prompt and on time for the first session. However, despite being told to expect a call or text on Sunday to schedule the second session, I never heard from her. I had to reach out to her myself after waiting two full days. The same thing happened for the third session. I never heard from her that Sunday, then reached out myself two days later. 2. Organization is a bit too scattered and informal for the amount we were charged. For example, we were told we would need to be ready to take copious notes that first session, which we were. I guess I was expecting a more formalized presentation of sorts (perhaps with handouts, PDFs, visual aids, and whatnot—perhaps over things to expect, background on personal training method, sequential need-to-know facts on dog behavior, etc.. That first session began with an informal, off-the-top-of-the-head, sordid grocery list of facts and suggestions. Very little of it was organized in any specific way, and there were a couple of comments like “I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but that’s okay.” ⭐️ — One star for professionalism & social conduct This part is hard for me to write, but it’s necessary to share. While the majority of the time Amie was professional, courteous, and polite, there was something that definitely caused her to lose my respect. During our most recent session, she was talking about tone pitch in regards to commands. She used an example of other customers of hers who were having trouble mastering this concept, and she described these certain customers in a very derogatory fashion. She even prefaced her description with, “This is going to sound horrible, but….” This raises the question of why she would even feel the need to use the kind of language that followed. I’m not going to repeat what was said or even what type of comment it was, but I will say it was an offensive comment to make about some of her own paying customers. Afterward, likely sensing our discomfort, she said, “Don’t worry, I wouldn’t make fun of you guys.” So yeah…. The session wrapped up very quickly after that. We were supposed to have another session (we paid for four sessions and went through three), but I don’t feel all that comfortable finishing it out. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ —Overall score I certainly do not want to discount Amie’s experience and knowledge; she is really and truly good at what she does. However, I would strongly urge her to reevaluate how she speaks to and about her paying customers in the future. There is a level of professionalism that requires firm boundaries, and Amie does not seem to have truly mastered that prerequisite.
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