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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.   

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.

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.

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 Dallas dog trainers
Alex S.
Maury has trained our rescue dog wonderfully!
WeTrainDogsWeTrainDogs
Michael B.
Pamela was excellent! We highly recommend her for dog training.
Positively DogPositively Dog
Jessica b.
With many different ways or techniques to train your dog nowadays, I am beyond grateful I found Pamela to train my English Bulldog. Pamela's approach to dog training is one of the only few in Dallas that does not use treats to train. With this approach, your dog not only listens to you better, but longterm wise they won't keep looking at your hand or for the nearest bag of dog treats nearby to determine if they should listen to you. This has taught my dog to fully understand my commands better and build a better relationship and bonding experience between her and me based on praise training. My dog now listens to me without having to have any treats on hand or nearby.
Positively DogPositively Dog
Steve P.
I contacted Perfect Pact to help me with a special request since I do not own any dogs. I spend time at an animal shelter and noticed if the dogs were better trained it would help their adoption chances. Leash training is the most common request. Perfect Pact met me at the shelter and we worked with a few dogs. They immediately pointed out some techniques and by the end of the session I could see the results. Their training lead to adoptions because I could show the new owners how the dogs respond to training.
Perfect Pack Dog TrainingPerfect Pack Dog Training
Michael C.
Andie established her authority position with our puppy, Bismarck (started training at 12 weeks), immediately gaining his interest and attention. Then she passed that same ability on to us. We were as much in need of training as the dog. After 6 weeks with Andie, our dog responds to basic commands, is comfortable in public settings, and socializes easily with other dogs and people. She laid the groundwork for the training we continue to do with our dog. She's excellent!
Andie Lane Dog TrainingAndie Lane Dog Training
Aja T.
Andie was great with my dog. More importantly she listened to my concerns and customized my training. The education on understanding how my dog learns is invaluable. I would recommend booking with her for training. Great communication, timely, and never rushed.
Andie Lane Dog TrainingAndie Lane Dog Training
Carly G.
Pamela is a truly wonderful dog trainer. We just completed our fourth session last week and, in just two weeks, my dog is already calmer and more well-behaved. She really gives you the confidence you need to make the training successful. Perhaps the best gift, though, is that in training with Pamela, I feel much closer to my dog. Both him and me couldn't recommend her more!
Positively DogPositively Dog
Omar N.
They communicated great with us. They taught us well and gave us the tools to train our pomsky puppy and 2 other adult dogs. We would've not been able to train him especially since our puppy is not the easiest to handle. They did great helping to train our 3 dogs. I can see the difference before and now.
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Sean D.
Andie is a fantastic trainer! She helped us get our dog comfortable with being home alone
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Liz K.
Andie has worked her magic on my Rescue dog Dale! He’s so much more confident and less anxious since he’s had guidance. As a dog that was chained up his entire life until he got to me, he came with absolutely no training, house manners, and destructive tenancies. He’s come a very long way since starting training and I couldn’t be happier! I highly recommend anyone who needs a dog trainer to try out Andie as is worth every penny!
Andie Lane Dog TrainingAndie Lane Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
I highly recommend this company. Maury is outstanding and I was so impressed with his knowledge and approach to dog training.
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Mia F.
They have been so helpful with training! In one lesson our dogs are already making progress. We can't wait to have the rest.
Perfect Pack Dog TrainingPerfect Pack Dog Training
Mallory T.
Julie was amazing! She really connecting with my dog and she listening to her immediately. She also taught me effective ways to continue my training with my dog without her. Would definitely recommend contacting them!
Mutt Manners Dog TrainingMutt Manners Dog Training
Shandreka T.
Shiloh is very knowledgeable in the field of dog training and her work speaks for itself! She literally had my puppy following commands within minutes!!!
Come, Sit, StayCome, Sit, Stay
Eric R.
Knows dogs and is very efficient. Good at training the owner as well, which is critical. Very pleased with Margery and her work with our 1 year old Aussie.
MCK9 Dog TrainingMCK9 Dog Training
Ivory W.
Brian is friendly, professional, and patient. His many years of experience is evident. My dog looks like a brand new dog after just two lessons. I look forward to the results after our 6 sessions are complete. The training is well worth the cost! Thanks Brian!
A New Leash on Life Dog TrainingA New Leash on Life Dog Training
Amanda P.
Our pup is only 6 was old and didn’t have interaction with her mother & limited exposure to litter mates for only the first 3 weeks: Lauren brought her 9mo old pup to interact as well as talk about the training and philosophy, etc. It was really great to see our Storm learning to be a dog, and good behavior as a dog right away. My husband and I were sold and went for the full training package :)
Traveling Dog TrainerTraveling Dog Trainer
Pooyan K.
If your dog has aggressive behavior, stay away from this trainer. My dog had never bit anyone but after the trainings with Pamela he bit my girlfriend, and of course Pamela did not even say sorry. She does not believe in treats; other trainers will tell you how inhumane this method is. I had a terrible experience with Pamela but fortunately Thumbtack showed very good support and we didn't feel we have been left alone. This is the first time in my whole life that I'm writing a 1-star review of ANYTHING.
Positively DogPositively Dog
Emily P.
Butch is amazing. My dog had severe fear angression and has a bite history. After being with Butch for several weeks, my dog is no longer aggressive and loves meeting new people. Not only did Butch work with my dog pertaining to his aggression, he also taught him skills and I'll continue to see Butch in the future for further training. If you dog needs help with aggression or obedience, K9 Kountry is the place to go! Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
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Adam L.
Nancy has always been very responsive and she has been extremely helpful in teaching us how to better train and communicate with our dog. I would recommend her to a friend.
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Thumbtack Customer
We hired Lauren over a year ago. From the information online we thought we were getting a great deal for the price. We didn't like that Lauren said one of our dogs was smarter than the other because of her breed. Both our dogs are extremely intelligent and it seemed as though she didn't think that. also didn't appreciate that she was over 30 minutes late. We also had to pay extra for a prong collar that did nothing for our dogs training wise at all. Most of the time we spent was listening to Lauren tell about herself and her experiences, we felt it should have been more focused on actual training our dogs. We did not hire her after the initial session.
Traveling Dog TrainerTraveling Dog Trainer
Thumbtack Customer
Wonderful. Helpful. And she really knows dogs. I would recommend her to anyone. She has a very clear set of training methods, and she explains why and how she does it that way.
Michelle Huntting LLCMichelle Huntting LLC
Thumbtack Customer
i didn't learn anything i didn't already know. It seemed like the bulk of her training methodology consisted of simply "good girl" and "bad dog" type of reinforcement. Of course i am oversimplifying. And the trainer was very nice as a person. At the end, I just didn't find anything worth paying a professional for.
Traveling Dog TrainerTraveling Dog Trainer
Audra C.
Pamela is absolutely wonderful. I can not recommend her more highly. She really pays attention to our dog's (Australian Shepard/Great Pyrenees) strengths and weaknesses and tailors training to him individually. She has taught us so much as owners/handlers and we feel like we are now able to effectively communicate with our dog. We love that all training is done with positive reinforcement instead of treats... it creates a much stronger relationship with our sweet pup. His bad habits (mouthing, counter surfing, chewing things that did not belong to him) were gone almost immediately after starting to train and now he is just soaking up more and more advanced training that makes walking, meals, and playtime so much more fun. We love Pamela!
Positively DogPositively Dog
Thumbtack Customer
Maury has been amazing. He has worked with me through a very stressful time and been very patient with both me and my dog. His facilities are excellent. I couldn't have asked for a better trainer. Even though my dog had to isolated because of aggression issues, he actually seems like he misses his boarding and Maury! His pricing is extremely fair as well. Aside from the training, I now know I can leave town and board my pets with someone that not only cares about my pets, but is giving them much needed training. I have already recommended him to my family and a few friends. I also feel very comfortable having private sessions with my dog in my home. He has a great energy that both animals and people can sense immediately.
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