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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 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
Donna M.
I’m continuing training sessions with Wendy — my dog and I both really like her
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
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
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
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