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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 Irving dog trainers
Vianai c.
My dog and I had a great experience with our trainer! She exceeded my expectations with the curriculum, professionalism, training methodology, and flexibility. I highly recommend Andie Lane Dog Training, it was an awesome bonding experience with my doggie!
Andie Lane Dog TrainingAndie Lane Dog Training
Jackie A.
Maury is an excellent trainer. He understand how dogs think and is very good, also, at training owners who are at their wits end. While it was more expensive than I had hoped to put Maizey in board-and-train, it was the best and most expeditious way to deal with her issues and and get us on the road to a happier pack. All three of my dogs have benefited from training Maizey (and us). I've heard negative things about some board-and-train businesses, so I was hesitant, but after meeting Maury, I trusted him to use the right methods that would help Maizey be a happy dog and make life at our house less stressful. If you take your dog to board and train, make sure to ask them what tools you need to get before picking your dog up, so you'll be prepared to continue the methods at home.
Ganesh P.
Maury was a great trainer. We went to many different trainers before, but they never addressed all of our dog’s issues. Maury was calm and strategic and knew exactly how to resolve disciplinary problems. He is clearly very knowledgeable about dogs and their psychological tendencies. Ultimately, Maury is fantastic and we recommend him to anyone who needs their dog trained!
Schelly W.
Lauren is very knowledgeable when it comes to training your dog. She provides a lot of information and suggestions.
Traveling Dog TrainerTraveling Dog Trainer
Joseph M.
Benji is amazing and very knowledgeable as well as super cool. I would definitely recommend him for dog training!!!!
Canine CommunicationCanine Communication
Thumbtack Customer
While I'm not averse to using prong or ecollars, I've found out the situation dictates the use. In my one session, my biggest concern and reason for hire was maybe partially addressed at the best (separation anxiety). My dog's behavior was completely misinterpreted and the recommendations provided by the trainer exacerbated my problem. 3 plus months down the line, I feel I'm better informed about dog behavior and training, where separation anxiety is concerned and can write this review in clear conscience. Here are the direct results of my use of prong collar based on this trainer's recommendations: dog-fear aggression, human aggression, self harming tendencies, considerable increase in destructive tendencies. I saw immediate improvement or even complete cessation of unwanted behavior after I stopped using the prong collar 2 months from the session. After spending thousands in repair work, pet hospitalization and counter conditioning, I can 10/10 say DO NOT hire this trainer if you have dog behavior issues.
Traveling Dog TrainerTraveling Dog Trainer
Mary H.
I am so blown away with the expertise Andie showed when she came over to help us with our puppy. Our doggie loved her and both us and our puppy learned a lot from her! I would highly recommend her for all your dog training. No need to look anywhere else!
Andie Lane Dog TrainingAndie Lane Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Butch came out and worked with my husband Erik, a self proclaimed cat-person, on training our new dog, Darty. Erik went from nervous to confident in one afternoon, and Darty is making leaps and bounds, obediance-wise. Butch has been very straightforward and generous with us- we are so glad we found him!
Cappel canineCappel canine
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