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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 Garland dog trainers
Donald E.
Larry came in, was very professional and right to the point. He worked with our dog . He got our dog settle down and taught us what we need to do to train our dog. Our dog was very aggressive. Thank you Larry. If we need you again I'll be sure and call. I highly recommend Larry
THE Pack: Big D's Best BudsTHE Pack: Big D's Best Buds
Jonna M.
Lauren was able to fit us into her schedule right away. It was an introductory overview, and she thoroughly answered all of our questions, met our dog, and started training him (and us) immediately. We have signed on for one of her packages to keep the training going!
Traveling Dog TrainerTraveling Dog Trainer
David B.
Larry had my dog doing commands after 10 minutes. I am more than happy with his training skills. I have already recommended him to friends.
THE Pack: Big D's Best BudsTHE Pack: Big D's Best Buds
Aidely A.
She is the best! I left my puppy with her while I had my wedding and he learned so much in 3 days. So I decided to do her puppy training and he came back potty trained. She’s also a sweetheart and really really cares about dogs.
Call Nana Judy!!Call Nana Judy!!
Beth F.
Benji is awesome! He got our 11 month old St. Berdoodle to start behaving pretty much within the first 5 minutes of working with her! Definitely recommend him and his approach at training dogs!
Canine CommunicationCanine Communication
Joe H.
We signed up Emmitt (strong-willed 3 year-old Lab/Great Pyrenees Mix) for training with TDS. Emmitt had always been a good dog, with potential to be great if he could overcome this one very annoying and troublesome flaw – reactivity to other dogs. (He thought he needed to protect us.) Also, we have a new grandson on the way, and wanted to make sure Emmitt would be in control around the baby. So, we began goal-based training sessions to 1) desensitize his reactivity issue and 2) get him ready for the baby. I have to say, the benefits have gone way beyond the goals set. Emmitt is a completely different dog. He has progressed tremendously beginning with the first session. The way he recognizes me as his “leader” and his rapid progress on his obedience training has been amazing. At first I was skeptical of some of the methods. For example, having him tethered to me with a 6 foot leash when I was doing my routine around the house seemed crazy. However, after doing it for a week, even without the leash, he happily followed me everywhere and looked to me to tell him what to do! All instruction is based on positive reinforcement only. The trainers are great to work with. They come to you (to your house or another designated location). For us, it was a park near our house that we used for some of the training sessions. This is much better and more sustainable, since the dog is being trained in his regular environment. In our case, they even brought their own dogs to help work with Emmitt, and left a baby stroller & doll at our house to acclimate him to having a baby around. Emmitt still has a ways to go, but is much less reactive to other dogs. And most importantly, we are confident he will not be problem around the new baby either. My experience with TDS has been outstanding. I highly recommend them, especially if you have a unique training need.
Thumbtack Customer
Lauren is very professional, personable and knowledgeable! I would not hesitate to refer a family member or friend to her. She was very easy to work with and gave us great suggestions. I know we will be better owners for our two pups and they, in turn, will be happier dogs!! My husband and I would not hesitate to hire Lauren again, should we be in need of additional training.
Traveling Dog TrainerTraveling Dog Trainer
Caylor B.
Met exactly at the specified time and quickly got to work. Really opened up my eyes about my two dogs behaviors and instructed us how to better respond to how they react. Both have very high anxiety with the German Shepherd barking and whining constantly, our Blue heeler mix has tried to hurt people in the past and learned that was a sign of her attempting to control people. Like I already said, very eye-opening and absolutely requires a lifestyle change with constant training. He said some dogs are sprint races, but ours are marathons: it's gonna be a long process but small changes will emerge in their behaviors and will be better in the long run. Scheduled 6 sessions, 2nd session is in 2 weeks.
Canine CommunicationCanine Communication
Rebekah P.
Working with Andie saved us from rehoming our sweet Great Pyrenees puppy, Samson. We adopted him at 4 months old from his previous owner and realized we had no idea how to train such a “stubborn” dog. After a few incidents (one involving stitches) we knew we had to reach out to a professional. Andie taught us, gave us the tools we needed (let’s be honest, we needed more training than him!) and guided us as we worked with Samson. His behavior has improved drastically (he really is the sweetest boy) now that he trusts us and we have bonded through the training process. And now my husband and I understand how Samson thinks and when small issues arise, we’re able to better handle the situation and correct it. We could have never gotten to this point without Andie. She truly is amazing and we thank her from the bottom of our hearts.
Andie Lane Dog TrainingAndie Lane Dog Training
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