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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

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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.

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 old should a puppy be for training?

Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

What is a dog boot camp?

A dog boot camp is basically a board and train program that focuses on training your dog or puppy. The trainers will work with your dog to curb unwanted behavior, teach them basic skills and show them how to walk on a leash.

Dog boot camps and training programs might differ when it comes to their services, so it’s always a good idea to do your research and ask them to explain exactly what they offer — and how much they charge.

How long does it take to train a puppy?

Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

Which dog training method is best?

The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behave as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

  • What type of training methods do you use?
  • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
  • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?
Reviews for San Antonio dog trainers
Karen C.
Jasmin is an extremely professional dog trainer. I needed training as much as my 65 lb. dog, Charlotte did. Jasmin was prompt and started with training right away. More training less talk unless it was my needing direction in the exercise. I highly recommend her for all of your dogs training. I am very pleased with the results.
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
Michaela C.
My Husky Boy has learned so much from this training. He has learned basic obedience which laid the foundation for Boys future training to be a service dog. Dean was very polite and always on time. He was patient to train my dog (and my two cats that just wanted the cheese) to be the best dog Boy could be. I would recommend him to anyone out there looking for dog training.
Pamela B.
Amazing change on our dogs behavior. Just exactly what we were looking for on dog training. The quality and learning process was really good. Our dogs made an amazing progress thanks to Yasmine !
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
Flavia L.
Ronny is an amazing trainer. He kept my 15 months old rescued lab/pit-bull for two nights and I picked up a different dog. I am definitely taking him back for more training, I am beyond grateful and happy with Ronny’s abilities to train my dog. Winnie no longer pulls me while we go in a walk. 😍
Perros and PeoplePerros and People
Jennifer K.
We just completed a 4 day dog training session with our 10 month old maltichon Maisie. It was a wonderful experience for the whole family. Dean is very patient, both with the dog and the humans. 😊. He definitely “speaks dog”. Maisie really engaged with him and was always excited when he came over. We loved having the training in our home- it made it feel very specialized to our dog and her needs. Dean uses positive reinforcement training and it works! We saw improvements in her behavior right away. She will now wait at the door before we open it to either greet a guest or go outside. She is also learning not to jump on people when she sees them. All 4 paws need to be in the floor! We continue to reinforce the commands she learned with Dean and she is doing great! I highly recommend Double D Dog Training. Dean is very professional, punctual and is a great communicator- both with dogs and their humans!
Ramesh R.
Yasmin is not only the dog trainer she is the best dog whisperer. Every time I take Bruno out for walk, I get the below comment from by-passers “well behaved dobe”. Thank you Yasmin.
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
Jeannie S.
Very impressed with the training results after our 3 week in home training. Our 2 dogs learned how to go to their place when doorbell rings; walk on leash without pulling and sit/stay until release. We will continue to practice the excellent skills we learned from Yasmin! Highly recommend Yasmin with Team Dog!
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
Gary B.
Yasmin was professional and very helpful with our intelligent disobedient dog. She made many practical suggestions which we implemented immediately. We highly recommend her for obedience training and her down to earth understanding of dogs.
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
Gabriella J.
Trainer was very helpful. Our dog has a problem with pulling and a lot of aggression toward people and other dogs especially. Within the first 30 mins we saw a difference in her walking on a leash and a little bit of the aggression. But we’re taking things one step at a time and so far it has been amazing and our dog is doing so well. I definitely recommend if you have an aggressive or reactive dog or even if your dog has a problem with pulling on leashes
Perros and PeoplePerros and People
James B.
Yasmin is an experienced professional. We were almost ready to give back our new 6 month old large dog. Yasmin turned everything around. Great dog now, great training. All our questions answered. Clearly worth the money.
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
Melissa B.
Yasmin is an awesome trainer - she taught me way more than basic commands and I'm starting to understand my dog and his behavior much better.
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
Hondo W.
I adopted a 2-year old pitbull mix that was potty trained but needed some obedience training and guidance. Especially for leash pulling. Ronny does a great job instructing, educating, and provides the proper tools for you and your dog to be successful. I would definitely recommend contacting Ronny for any additional training or guidance.
Perros and PeoplePerros and People
Erica D.
I had not had a dog in a while and never participated in training one. I was nervous but Yasmin walked me through every step. She quickly answered any questions I had or concerns and always had great recommendations for ways to change the behavior. Very professional and knowledgeable. Our last training session is coming up and I am excited to continue using the techniques Yasmin taught me and my dog.
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
Helen H.
I was having trouble walking my German Shepherd on a leash. He wanted to attack bicycles, joggers, and other dogs. He's 80 pounds and 1 1/2 years old. Needed help! I found Yasmin on here. My dog had the basic commands down. After 3 training sessions and me working with what we learned, he now walks by by side, and I am able to take him to parks. I'm so glad she responded to my quest for dog training. You won't be disappointed! She's really good!!
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
Alexis R.
Yasmin did an excellent job with basic training and laying the foundation for my rescue puppy dog Thor. He is entirely different when on the leash and off-leash. Thor spent three weeks under Yasmin’s training, and I can honestly say I’ve seen Thor do a complete 360 on his behavior. If you are looking for an excellent trainer to provide suitable training and guidance, then don’t look further. She is the best.
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
Donna T.
Yasmin took my wild child 1 year GS who had no training and made her manageable and a totally different dog. You will get results. Thank you Yasmin!
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
Debra D.
After three weeks of boarding and training with Yasmin our 18 month old miniature schnauzer Duke, who exhibited fear based aggression towards people and dogs,returned home obedient to the eight commands he learned as well as exhibiting confidence while in public places with unfamiliar people. We highly recommend you contacting Yasmin if you need help with a dog who exhibits aggression, excessive barking at dogs and people, leash pulling and lunging. You want be disappointed with Yasmin’s training, pricing nand professional knowledge. Thanks Yasmin for our well behaved fur baby.
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
Becker A.
Yasmin was awesome. Her method of training was excellent and it was very hands on training so we have learned a lot from her. Our dog have been behaving aggressively toward family members so she helped us figure out the problem and how to fix it. Definitely will use here services again if I need it.
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
Jennifer L.
My dog responds so well to Yasmin. Her methods were easy to understand and to keep up with after. It’s been a few months since my Saint Bernard finished training and he’s a different dog! Before I couldn’t take him in public with him being aggressive towards every dog. Today we spent two hours walking around the Pearl and he was exceptionally well behaved. This wouldn’t have been possible with Yasmin’s help!
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
Anaqhelly C.
Ronny was absolutely amazing! He has a lot of knowledge. We worked on a lot of stuff just in one session and we already see a huge improvement in our dog. Ronny didn’t just provide us with knowledge during our session he also led by example and let us practice all the knowledge he was teaching us. He sent us home with action items to work on. We will follow up with him in a week to assess the progress of our dog and continue to work with him as our dog advances in his training. Also, Ronny remains always in communication with you as questions come up and will answer/send relevant resources to help you learn. Absolutely appreciate all his help! Highly recommend him for any dog that’s experiencing behavioral issues and/or needs any type of training. Thank you so much Ronny!
Perros and PeoplePerros and People
Ariel M.
Wonderful!! It was truly a pleasure getting to work with Yasmin. She is extremely knowledgeable, experienced and professional. The progress we made in training our dog over the past 3 months is incredible. We have learned so much and are grateful for Yasmin. Highly recommend!!!
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
Daniel R.
Mr. Ronnie is very knowledgeable with dogs. He made my wife and I our first session an enjoyable one. We will continue to work with him for as long as we have too. Kojak is our 5 year old mix shepherd/lab. After our first session Mr. Ronnie told us that there is great potential with Kojak moving forward and that makes us very comfortable and proud of our dog. We highly recommend this pet trainer to anyone with pups or any size dogs you can’t go wrong.
Perros and PeoplePerros and People
Paige A.
My German Shepherd Freya recently has become very startled with people. She barks like crazy sometimes lunges and I didn’t know what to do for the longest time. I decided to hire Double d dog training and he taught me how to teach freya all the basic obedience training and how to redirect her when she barks at people. And I’ve been working with her every single day for the past two weeks such a different dog now. Huge improvement with people, her and I have a better connection, and now she knows obedience commands. Highly recommended!
Sandy C.
We are as happy as you can be. We did not have a lot of hope that our sweet Maddiii was going to get truly trained in 6 sessions, but we’ve had 5 so far and she is a different dog in the best way possible. It makes us beyond grateful!
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
John D.
Yasmin's training classes were great in that our family learned how to properly raise our pup. I always had reservations of leaving our dog alone with the kids because of how hyper she was, but now even my 11 year old is training her we ith confidence. Our doodle still has some work to do, but it's night and day in how well she can control herself already! We should have done this training so long ago. Thank you Yasmin!
Team Dog with Yasmin, LLCTeam Dog with Yasmin, LLC
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