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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

Reviews for Montrose dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Mike was great and my dog responded well to the training. Wonderful trainer!
Voraussehen KennelsVoraussehen Kennels
Sheila S.
The PERFECT Dog Trainer for my Maltese!!!
Wishes and WagsWishes and Wags
Thumbtack Customer
JR was extremely knowledgeable and was able to correct some problems we were having with leash training our dog in just an hour. We would recommend JR to anyone looking for dog training!!
Green Timber Training & Kennels, LLCGreen Timber Training & Kennels, LLC
Kimberly V.
She takes her time training my dog! I enjoy it!
Animal TalkerAnimal Talker
Thumbtack Customer
We have 2 dogs, both are under 1 year, that were in desperate need for some obedience training. They basically ran the house and were both starting to become destructive and unruly. The fact that Nick would come to our house when it was convenient for us was awesome since the idea of dragging 2 dogs to a packed training class on work nights was not ideal. Nick suggested the use of both training collars and shock collars which have really helped in getting the dogs to behave and follow commands. Nick also helped me understand how my behavior was only making the dogs worse. One thing to keep in mind when hiring a dog trainer is that you are a big part of the training once the trainer leaves. We have been active in their training and are seeing dramatic results so far. Nick was always accommodating to our schedules, always on time and very professional.
Mayday Dog TrainingMayday Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Lee has been great in working with our two dogs and daughter, I'd definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for some training with their dog(s)!
Canine CounselorCanine Counselor
Jill s.
We left out dog with Animal Talker for an extended period of time for training. Our dog returned with no noticable improvement in behavior and is now more agressive towards other dogs and people than before her experience with Animal Talker. I do not recommend this provider. I felt like we paid a premium for boarding with little to no training.
Animal TalkerAnimal Talker
Susan P.
I am already a dog trainer, but couldn’t train my own dog house breaking. I wasn’t told what to do exactly. I called my leader of my dog group. Followed her advice & voila, it was taken care of. Vivian is really great at what she does. I would hire her if I didn’t already know so much.
Wholistic Woofers & Co.  Dog & Cat TrainingWholistic Woofers & Co. Dog & Cat Training
Lee P.
Amy is fantastic with dogs. After two sessions, we've seen breakthroughs with our dogs that we haven't seen in the previous three years, including the time we spent in group training.
Animal TalkerAnimal Talker
Peter G.
Let's face it - Puppy Training is really about owner training. Amy and her partner John tailored their training to both the needs of our puppy and our family. We have already recommended Animal Talker to our friends (potential first time dog owners). We REALLY wished we had the opportunity to gets some "training" from Animal Talker before we brought our puppy home. We will continue to use them as our dog grows.
Animal TalkerAnimal Talker
Grant D.
We sent our pit bull pup Bruno out to Voraussehen Kennels for a 4 week training course. They have a large piece of beautiful property and all the dogs currently in training looked happy and healthy when we arrived. Bruno was trained to respond to several commands and when my husband picked him up he was really like a new dog. He’s still high energy, because he’s a pup, but he responds awesomely to his commands. His training also happened to be over Hurricane Harvey and Mike and his team to great care of Bruno and the other dogs and kept us informed. They sent us home with a new collar, printed commands and a really happy dog. Just great work, all around. We’d recommend to anyone.
Voraussehen KennelsVoraussehen Kennels
Shawn G.
Oscar and team did an excellent job with my two dogs during their 3 week basic obedience training. I have two dogs from the same litter that at times could be very frustrating. Oscar was able to teach them and me the necessary skills to make it fun again to have two dogs. The team at Barks 5th Avenue took good care of my pups and they all were very nice and loving of the dogs as if they were their own. I also very much appreciated the fact that they allow you to visit your dogs while they have them. Some other trainers insisted that I could not see the dogs until they completed training. Being able to see them periodically let me see that they were progressing on their training and that they were healthy and not overly stressed with being away from home. My favorite skill learned was “place”. This gave me some reprieve from their endless energy and they would not move until I freed them.
Barks 5th AvenueBarks 5th Avenue
Julie T.
Dawn has a great understanding of dogs. So sweet with my labs. Showed up on time, stayed late, and has been in touch with me since our initial training to check on my dog. She sends tips and is really invested in how well my dogs do.
Wishes and WagsWishes and Wags
Jeremy P.
Got my dog started on walking and avoiding some distractions. I was very pleased. Explained every part of the training and why.
Stealth k9Stealth k9
Victoria B.
These guys know their stuff! We did the basic training. It was weird being without him for 2 weeks but they sent videos every few days so we could see progress. Your dog will still require practicing with You as the handler. I am very happy with our "new" dog and will likely will return for off-leash training.
Stealth k9Stealth k9
Thumbtack Customer
James is an outstanding trainer and my wife and I are happy with the results with our white boxer Milk...Before the training it was impossible to walk outside with the dog and now walking with Milk is a pleasure!!! Many thanks James and Diane!!!
Green Timber Training & Kennels, LLCGreen Timber Training & Kennels, LLC
Phillip G.
So far so great!!! We are only into week 3 of Max's training and WOW!!!! I have a totally different GSD already. Pilla is a great trainer and really knows how to work with dogs that have behavioral issues, I'm glad I did my research and found her. Update 02 June 2017: I'm glad I hired pilla to train max he is a better dog now and I'm a better owner/handler/master because of her. She's a great trainer and I'm glad I took my time in researching and vetting other trainers and found her.
Pilla's Pet ServicesPilla's Pet Services
Sallie W.
Misty and Wayne are a pleasure to work with. They're calm, effective, and our dogs have responded very positively to their training. I would highly recommend them.
K-9 Companion Pet ServicesK-9 Companion Pet Services
Tracey V.
I believe they know how to train but they are not responsive to specific client needs. We have two dogs and they knew that. They do what works best and easiest for them during training. They changed his foods and gave our dogs commands they are used to that are different from commands we use with our other dog. That could have been asked and communicated. Now we have two dogs and two sets of commands. And her rationale makes no sense - bc we use no in conversation often. We do not ... we have older children ... if anything we occasionally say don’t do that but almost never “no” in conversation in this house. Not impressed or pleased.
Voraussehen KennelsVoraussehen Kennels
Inga J.
We had a wonderful experience with our dog Boo being trained at Stealth K9. Boo was with Michael for a week and it was a dramatic difference. He is no longer pulling "us" along for his walks. He was a good dog but now he is a much better dog. Walking him is so much less stressful. Thank you so much! We are all happier!
Stealth k9Stealth k9
Kejia P.
I have an 8-month old shiba inu dog, and I had it with us for couple of months before sending to board training. Before the training, he is a stubborn hyper dog that likes to bite people finger, jump on people, pull the leashes, having potty accident in the house... Ashley from Pawsitive Care has the fastest response after I posted my request. First couple of days after the dog was on board, Ashley can provide adequate assessment of the problem and what needs to be improved. As a result, my "new" dog is much calmer and engaged with us, no jump on people, don't bite finger when we try to pet him. He knows to take potty every time when we let him in the back yard, before was easy to be distracted to play around and came in the house without potty then accident happened... I wish I have sent the dog to them for training earlier, they know what they are doing. I'm so pleased with the results!
Pawsitive CarePawsitive Care
Amber U.
I really liked the way that the trainer worked with what I could afford. They picked up my dog and sent me pics and videos of her training. I have had no issues with her barking and she is a new dog. He helped me even after I picked her up and guided me through some questions and was very knowledgeable in what he is doing. Thanks again Amber Underwood
Stealth k9Stealth k9
Geoff C.
I was looking for someone to show me how to train and socialize my high energy rescue dog. Montréal took a liking to my dog almost immediately. Dogs respond to him instinctively, and he has been very patient showing me how to get my dog to respond to me like that. Montréal emphasizes patience and positive reenforcement to get the right behavior from a dog. He has also been responsive when I text him questions outside our lessons and has a relationship with a doggy day care so he can supervise a dog there if necessary. 10/10 would recommend.
Montreal’s Professional dog training serviceMontreal’s Professional dog training service
Thumbtack Customer
Lee is fantastic, she really taps into the dog and the human to assist in achieving the results you are hoping for while keeping it realistic. We are in week 2 of training and we are already seeing improvements. I strongly recommend Lee for your training needs to have a unified and happy home with your fur baby.
Canine CounselorCanine Counselor
Marla C.
Chloe went to puppy training for the 2 weeks and came back a calmer and much more well behaved dog. She isn't trying to bite hands anymore, learned basic commands and now has a great potty trained schedule. She is still the same happy and enthusiastic fur ball that went to overnight training camp. I'm so very happy with Ashley's approach to training and there great results. She also came home with an awesome sweater, toy and treats!
Pawsitive CarePawsitive Care
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