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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

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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.

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 old should a puppy be for training?

Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

What is a dog boot camp?

A dog boot camp is basically a board and train program that focuses on training your dog or puppy. The trainers will work with your dog to curb unwanted behavior, teach them basic skills and show them how to walk on a leash.

Dog boot camps and training programs might differ when it comes to their services, so it’s always a good idea to do your research and ask them to explain exactly what they offer — and how much they charge.

How long does it take to train a puppy?

Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

Which dog training method is best?

The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behave as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

  • What type of training methods do you use?
  • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
  • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?
Reviews for Conroe dog trainers
Daniel G.
Lisa was very helpful in teaching us the proper way to train our dog. I highly recommend her.
Dog training with luvDog training with luv
Mary M.
Mike was great took time to train my dog but more importantly he made sure my husband and I understood our role in training Bentley. Would definitely recommend Mike again
Prairie Kennels
Anna C.
Amy is the best dog trainer we’ve ever come across and we’ve tried everywhere! She immediately identified the problem and began giving us the tools to fix it. She was patient and understanding, she explained our dogs body language and her reasoning at every step. She had no problem with our dogs’ size (65lb) or breed (Pit/Great Dane) and was very knowledgeable about our dogs’ fears. She gave us hope that our dog won’t live her life afraid and the tools to fix it!
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Thumbtack Customer
Our dogs are hyper, anxious, and extreme barkers. From the moment Dawn arrived they responded to her. She worked with them then demonstrated a plan for us to continue training in the upcoming week. It's amazing the difference in our dogs. They are so much more calm. We highly recommend Dawn.
Shaina P.
Our little rescue, Lula, is so sweet but was having so much trouble socializing with other dogs. We reached out to Lisa for help and she said she thought 1 hour of individual training would do the trick. I was a bit skeptical, bit figured we'd give it a try as I knew a group class would not be a good setting for her. Within less than an hour we had some basic corrections and new tools to work with. It was like night and day. Now just 10 minutes a morning with her and she's so confident and obedient. She can even go to the dog park without being defensive and aggressive to the other dogs now. Lula is doing so well with our new skills and we know Lisa is there if we need any additional guidance. We 1000% recommend training with Lisa!
Dog training with luvDog training with luv
Traci G.
I sent my dog to them to have her house trained, that's literally all I cared about. She is no more house trained than she was before she spent 3 weeks with them. I reached out to let them know after a few weeks, hoping they would remedy the issue. They basically just told me to watch her and keep her in a crate. I feel like I paid the $1200 for nothing. She already knew “sit” before she went. She learned to place but she must have no distractions to stay there. And she will stay for a less than a min. She can only walk on a leash if you have her inside with zero distractions. Take her outside and she’s as wild as ever. I gave them a two instead of a one because I sent my other dog to them last year to be hosuetrained. He was almost potty trained but needed to get over that final hump. He’s only had about 10 accidents, that I know of, over the last year since going to them. So, as far as house training, it's hit or miss. Also, he can only walk on a leash inside the house with zero distractions. If you Dont get the training you paid for, Dont expect them to fix it.
Voraussehen KennelsVoraussehen Kennels
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