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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 McKinney dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Howard is an excellent dog trainer! His extensive knowledge and expertise in training dogs is very evident. Learning the "Alpha" way definitely helped me reevaluate how I interacted with my dogs and that there were some things I was doing that was contributing to their bad behavior. Howard is not just training your dog, he is really training owners on how to communicate effectively with their dogs. By giving us the power to train, we are able to continue to effectively maintain and extend the correct dog and Alpha communication. And even apply it to new pets! I would definitely recommend dog owners see Howard for training their pets!
Canine Training CenterCanine Training Center
Judy C.
Howard Day the owner and trainer is awesome! He gives you a worksheet of commands each week for you to train your dog before he returns the following week to check yours and your dog's progress. If you want a well trained dog give Canine Training a call, you won't be sorry. Sincerely, Judy
Canine Training CenterCanine Training Center
Martina E.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank Howard and Liz of Canine Training Centers of America for their dedication and time that they shared with us while guiding our training of our 9 month old Husky mix pup Jade. Their knowledge, experience and professionalism is par excellence. Visiting us in our home for each training session helped us to feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the process. They work with your schedule and are super flexible. The training test at Home Depot was an exciting challenge and relief to see our dog’s progress in her performance with distractions in public. Each lesson builds on the last. Not only training the dog but training the owner as well. As first time dog owners we were clueless. They teach you to be leaders of the pack. Encouraging you to be fearless and take control. Howard and Liz provide you with the keys, you drive from there. Jade absolutely loved our trainers. If you are dedicated and put in the work you will see the difference in your dog. The results seen first hand with our dog is literately night and day. We are confident ALPHAS, now we can continue on our training goals with ease. We sincerely appreciate everything you guys have done and will forever be grateful. Many Thanks from Sean & Martina Wilson
Canine Training CenterCanine Training Center
Laura B.
Andie's a very knowledgeable and caring person, for the families she serves and the dogs she trains. She went above and beyond for us, even bringing her own sweet dog on an unscheduled visit, to help our puppy with his fear of other dogs. Ollie responds to her extremely well and has learned many commands! If you read her handouts, follow her suggestions and her lead, your pup will learn so much! We will be having Andie back in our home in the near future for further training as our puppy grows. Andie is highly recommended!
Andie Lane Dog TrainingAndie Lane Dog Training
John R.
We have the highest regards for our Trainer. She provided direction that our whole family follows and our dog is starting to get it. Once she left our house, our dog knew who the master was, and it wasn't him! Thank you for your direction and patience with our questions.
Traveling Dog TrainerTraveling Dog Trainer
Nicole S.
Thank you so much Andie for your professionalism and dog training education! I was immediately put at ease and didn’t feel overwhelmed at the thought of brining home a new puppy after our 1st sessions.
Andie Lane Dog TrainingAndie Lane Dog Training
Becky M.
This was a wonderful experience. We rescued a 2 year old Belgian Malinois. Being historically small dog parents, we really had no idea where to start to train this new family member, who had picked up some bad behavior. Howard successfully trained the whole family pack! He went above and beyond the outline to personalized the experience. He is a truly talented trainer and an exceptional person to work with. He comes with our highest recommendation!
Canine Training CenterCanine Training Center
Thumbtack Customer
Howard and Jim worked with our Cocker Spaniel Lulu and us for eight weeks, and we couldn't have been happier. Howard has a real enthusiasm for dogs, and he brings that to his training sessions. Lulu started out as a diamond in the rough, and over the eight-week course, we watched her grow and change into a more confident member of our family. Howard's methods are straightforward and never extreme, and the lessons each week are demonstrated and explained to the family so that they can practice it the rest of that week. The next week, you then review the previous week's lesson before moving on to the next lesson. Always willing to answer questions and bring his many years of experience, I can't think of anyone better to go with than Howard. You won't regret it!
Canine Training CenterCanine Training Center
Jenna M.
I would not recommend this company to train with. Chris reels you in with his friendly talk and sales pitch and good reviews. The training they do may be effective if your dog just needs to be polished but as far as socialization with people with a dog that is 100 plus I do not recommend at all. From the first call Chris did not mention we would be working with his side trainer Hooper until after I had paid for the 8 lessons. We were under the impression that we would be working with Chris. But I understand he lives further out and Hooper is closer and I wanted to give it a try because I was wowed by the reviews and the website. We went through 4 lessons with Hooper 1 of which was wasted saying things that could be understood in a text ie don’t let the dogs on the furniture. Then the next two were on walking which again weren’t very detailed and when I expressed that what they had told us wasn’t working I was given a run around and no real advice to help. You can tell Hooper was timid and at one lesson he complained the whole time about how early it was (he picked the time) and barely gave us much instruction. He asked Chris to participate in the 5th lesson and I expressed I’d like Chris to be there for the rest of the lesson as we weren’t satisfied with how they were being taught by Hooper and he said we’ll see how this goes. I expressed I wanted him there for the rest or the lessons or we’d need to have another discussion. The lesson was rescheduled a couple times by us both but we figured out a day and when that day came Chris texted that he was going to be late. I texted back that we could push the lesson back if need be and I wanted him there for the full lesson. Well he didn’t text back until 9:55am 5 minutes before the lessons start time saying he was in Fort Worth and tried to guilt trip me by saying he Probably saved a family from eviction. Which you had a week to manage time properly so you having bad time management and texting 5 minutes before a lesson is on him. He said he’d be forty minutes late and since he didn’t clarify that he was going to push the lesson to 10:40am, I thought we’d continue the lesson at ten with Hooper and he’d show up for the last twenty minutes. When I told him I was frustrated by the lack of communication and that I didn’t want him to just show up for the last twenty minutes because I no longer wanted to work with Hooper he said he thought since he said he’d be forty minutes late I just assumed he’d be pushing the lesson back but not at one point did he clarify that. Then he basically called me stupid for not knowing what he meant and going off of assumptions because he’s ‘never had anyone think he’d show up for the last twenty minutes of a lesson’ yeah maybe if it was just you but hooper was already scheduled to be there. Long story short the communication is awful and very snarky. He ended up refunding us for the last 4 lessons even though the other 4 were crap. He said he didn’t have to refund us because of the no refund policy and he was doing it out of the kindness of his heart, which I didn’t ask for a refund I was going to finish the lessons even though I was upset by our experience but I knew about the policy and I even mentioned it before I paid and he said don’t worry we wouldn’t want a refund. He was the one that canceled the last 4, because of the work relationship wouldn’t work. Again that’s fully on him. I’m sure he’ll have a snarky reply and again this is my opinion and experience dealing with this company. Save your energy and spend your money elsewhere. One more thing he mentioned he sees the most progress at the last lesson which seems like it’s just a way to reach the end of the lessons and they are very heavy on the they’re teaching you so that if it doesn’t work out they can blame you for why it wasn’t successful. Even though it feels that they just watched some YouTube videos before the lesson.
Perfect Pack Dog TrainingPerfect Pack Dog Training
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