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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.

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.

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.

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 College Station dog trainers
Lisa L.
We loved working with Sit Means Sit! Our dog Rowdy, a very excitable Belgian Malinois, had failed out of TWO other training programs that relied on clickers and treats. After our free consultation with Tyler we couldn't wait to begin training. We were skeptical about leaving our beloved dog for two weeks but the Sit Means Sit staff put us at ease and kept us up to date on his training and made sure to send pictures of all the neat field trips Rowdy went on! We were never able to bring him on walks, go to dog parks or do any of those fun things with our pup. After our two week Board and Train Rowdy is a completely different dog, we can confidently go on walks without worrying he is going to pull us down the road. Sit Means Sit has opened so many doors for us and we couldn't be more ecstatic about the outcome of our dog!
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Nikki D.
Could not be more pleased with my experience at Sit Means Sit! My Yorki, Cash, came in with severe anxiety and a fear of men and new dogs. The training staff worked wonders with my dog and really built up his confidence. We can now meet new people and dogs without him running away or hiding behind me! Tyler was extremely accommodating and was willing to help schedule training around my hectic schedule. Sit Means Sit is worth every penny and I cannot wait for them to work with my new puppy!
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Kylin S.
Always having a dogs that stayed outside I've never had the desire to have a dog trained they were allowed to whatever they wanted when they wanted. When I finally decided to get an in-home dog I was beyond confused on what I needed to do and when and how I needed to do it! Raven took her time to assess my puppy behaviors and has been there to guide me through every step from potty training to kennel training and once my pup decided to show the slightest bit of aggression she hopped right on it and gained control of him immediately! I'm highly recommending her as well as her team. I've personally witnessed great results from them and I look forward to living a long happy life with my buddy, Chunk.
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Megan A.
My experience with the Sit Means Sit in College Station was nothing short of absolutely wonderful! I brought my 7 year old Leonberger who had some major aggression issues to them. Duke had been through previous training trying to help him, but nothing ever worked. When I picked him up from his last day of board and train, it was like I was given a fresh start. His aggression is now able to be contained and I can bring him around other people and dogs. Thank you so much to CheyAnne and the rest of the staff here!
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Binh M.
I was at my wit's end with my four year old chihuahua, Chow-Chow. He tried to bite everyone in site, jumped, and was horrible at leash walking. I came to Sit Means Sit ready to be turned away or disappointed at the outcome, but once my little Chow-Chow was done with his training, it made a world of a difference!! He was like a brand new dog--behavior wise. For once, I could take him out in public, walk him with ease, and not worry about what he would do. I have to thank Cheyanne and the rest of the staff there! This training is truly life-changing!
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Ron W.
I recently boarded my sweet Sophie for the first time. Sophie has a lot of anxiety whenever we leave her so we were very concerned about boarding her for so long.. The staff assured us she was in good hands and gave us a short tour to ease our minds. They even sent us some pictures of her playing with other pups while we were gone! I can absolutely recommend them for any dog boarding or training needs. Cheyanne and the rest of the staff were just wonderful.
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Esperanza L.
I brought my fur child in for a consultation to see if Sit Means Sit could help with her pulling, food aggression, and get her to walk off leash. I met the office staff first, who were all so kind and helpful when they met Chloe and I, they showed me videos of other dogs that had the same issues and explained how they could help me. Once Chloe's training was done, I noticed the difference immediately! I can now take her for walks and she will heel perfectly the whole time with only a few simple commands the staff taught me. They have vastly improved her food aggression and took the time to teach me techniques to use should I need to correct her behavior. Thank you Sit Means Sit, Cheyanne, and the rest of the awesome staff there!
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