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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.

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.

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 Georgetown dog trainers
Kathy T.
Rona is obviously very knowledgeable about dogs and dog training. She gave us some simple ways to work with our dogs to improve their confidence and behaviors.
Good Dog TrainingGood Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Ron a is very professional and very thorough with her training. She met all my training needs and I am very pleased with how she taught us to train our puppy. I would highly recommend to her to anyone who needs puppy /dog training.
Good Dog TrainingGood Dog Training
Linda H.
Stephanie really knows alot about her field! I would highly recommend her for Puppy or Dog training!
Thinkers Dog TrainingThinkers Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
If you are looking for a dog whisperer than hire Rona! My dog responded very well to Rona and she provided great training that I am using everyday. I will definitely hire Rona again!!!
Good Dog TrainingGood Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Rona was great, so informative, we learned so much in one hour how to correct our dogs problems. Rona is so patient with teaching us and so positive in her ways of teaching our dog, our dog just loves her. We are looking forward to working with her again. Would highly recommend her training techniques.
Good Dog TrainingGood Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Roman is helping me with my stubborn Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd mix who is dealing with severe separation anxiety. We have only had one training session but it has helped tremendously. As soon as he walked in the door, I was amazed at how my dog reacted to him. He has an incredible and astonishing way with dogs!!
Roman's Holistic dog TrainingRoman's Holistic dog Training
Michael G.
After quick introductions, Rona got down to business evaluating my dog. Then went to work training us how to work with Lulu easing her transition into our life. We will work with Lulu the next couple of weeks then call Rona back for the next step.
Good Dog TrainingGood Dog Training
Trudy T.
This my first experience working with a trainer. I initially liked what she had to say on her website and I am happy to report her actions reflect what she says. She is organized and prepared upon arrival and promptly gets to work. She offered my insight in how what I did was perceived by my dog and how my behavior as much needs to change going forward. This is as much training me as the dog. It was a rewarding first lesson and I can see some changes already. She’s not the cheapest, but you get what you pay for. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to enter into a try partnership with your pet.
Good Dog TrainingGood Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Rona was excellent. She arrived 15 minutes early and stayed for over an hour, working with me and my son and our new puppy, Vernon. She gave us very practical tips for training Vernon and her advice was not overwhelming (I was worried about that as a first-time dog owner). Since her visit, I haven't had to clean up any house messes (from the dog at least), and Vernon is perfectly content to sleep and hang out in his crate. Rona was very patient despite my three-year-old son's short attention span and other distractions. My son is interacting very well with Vernon, and has learned to divert the dog's activity when he bites or nips--when he does this, my son has been saying, "I did what Miss Rona said, and it worked!" In addition to her visit, Rona has answered a series of follow-up questions patiently and thoroughly. We will certainly recommend her to others, and will no doubt schedule additional sessions when we are ready to move forward with Vernon's training.
Good Dog TrainingGood Dog Training
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