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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 Watauga dog trainers
Anita F.
Enjoy working with trainer. My dog is fun to be with now.
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Charles C.
Brandy came right in and positively changed my dog from the first session. Our dog has responded better to commands while being taught new commands! It was a great experience to see our dog happy to learn new training methods. I would recommend Move That Tail to anyone looking to train their animals!
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Andrea G.
I can not express the quality and knowledge this company has about animal training. I was so skeptical regarding animal trainers. In the first day with one hour training, my pit stopped jumping, knew to get in and out of a kennel, and knew how to walk on a leash, and "COME" with only using words. I seriously had no clue my dog could be trained so quckly with the techniques they use. I am so pleased that I have them training my dog. They have taught me as well as my dog so much. It is so worth the money!
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James S.
Always Faithful Dog Training of North Texas is really a good choice. I am glad that I choose Joe to train my German Shepherd.
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Ronny C.
The best Dog trainer around!! Super great guy friendly and great with our puppy!!! Charlie
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Denise K.
Joe is a wonderful dog trainer and I look forward to working with him he has already perform miracles with my dog pepper in one day I highly recommend him
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Thumbtack Customer
She really knows her stuff and was a pleasure to work with. We are set to train our dogs well now.
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Ann B.
Looking forward to working with Amie, and having a better behaved dog. She spent time discussing my issues with my dog. Returned my query for a trainer almost as soon as I posted it.
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Bill R.
Excellent trainer. Jamie was prompt to our meeting in our home. Spent about three hours with us. Checked on our situation a few days later. It is the human that actually needs to be trained. The dog figures it out pretty quick. We have three jumping, chewing and mess making dogs. Jamie gave us excellent instruction. If you want your dogs to stop jumping on you, call her.
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Linda H.
Great experience and patient! My dog has calmed down alot with training! Would recommend friends and family members for his services~
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LINDA S.
I was very happy with the training my dog got. I really liked the fact that treats were not used. I would recommend Always Faithful to anyone who needed a trainer. Very happy with the service I received,
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Kevin B.
Joe is a great trainer. My puppy was growing fast and getting pretty wild but he really helped me get her under control. I’d recommend his training to anyone who may need help with a new dog.
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Gail M.
Joe is a great trainer and his style of training is the closest to Caesar Milan. I like that he doesn’t use clickers, treats or shock collars in the training process. My dog had a bad leg joint with two surgeries and now he has done great! I highly recommend Joe.
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Sheri F.
When I asked a question regarding the process they then said they were not a good fit and rescinded their “bid”. Wow. I was asking for information about training my dog to be my emotional support dog and that is the way they treat someone in need of those services? Terrible.
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Thumbtack Customer
Lauren is a pro. She left me with my dog on his way to being leash trained. I have continued to work with him and now he does not pull me all over the place. She is coming back for more training.
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Susan N.
Joe did an awesome job helping us train our golden. He was patient, kind and very helpful helping us get our unruly puppy under control. I would highly recommend hiring Joe for your dog training needs
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Rebekah A.
Chris and Hooper have been absolutely amazing! My dog started out as pretty aggressive towards people (especially males) and other dogs. But she has been improving so much thanks to their training. We still have a few more appointments, but I can already say that their training is well worth it, and if you have an aggressive dog that you don't think can improve, please call Perfect Pack! I am beyond grateful for all they have done for my Tatertot, as well as all the knowledge they have given me!
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Michael d.
Joe is a great dog trainer and absolutely knows what he is talking about, he is a good guy too and welcomes texts or calls anytime about questions or problems regarding training, not to mention my German shepherd Remi loved him. 5 stars all the way
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Nancy C.
Butch is a very insightful dog/people trainer! He teaches both the dog owner give specific cues to elicit different actions from their dog. Our dog Jack adapted very quickly to Butch's gentle methods. Jack is still learning and it will be an ongoing process at home but we know that if we utilize the tools that Butch has taught us that Jack will evolve into a very obedient and mindful dog. We still have one lesson to go and we're very happy with our progress so far. Thanks Butch!
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Ashley W.
Love Mindy! She really loves our dog and personalizes his training that best suits him. I saw results within the first week. Couldn't be more happy with the program!
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Brittany B.
Benji worked so well with my dog and taught us so much just within our first lesson! We had trouble finding someone who would help us train our dog because he is deaf but that was NO issue for Benji. We can’t wait for our next session with him.
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Shirley O.
Of the two dog trainers I reached out to on Thumbtack, Julie was quick to respond and discussed the issue I was having. It was a day later before the other training group responded and then it was just a generic response. They didn’t even address my problem. I got an appointment set up with Julie and she was very prompt and gave me great training techniques and suggestions to use. I would highly recommend her.
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MATILDE P.
Efficient training. I realized it's less about training your dog but more about taking charge as a pet owner and committing to gaining the respect of your pet and working with them to achieve results. Joe provides you with all you need to reach the desired goal. He teaches you that patience and practice are crucial.
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Daniel B.
If I could give 0 stars I would. This man doesn’t keep his word and treats customers suspiciously. For 3 weeks I scheduled and coordinated with him for boarding and training. I travel a lot, and as a disabled veteran I wanted my new dog trained so he could travel with me. I had scheduled a time and day for drop off, and scheduled my contracts and travel for the next month around this training date. I informed him of all this and the logistics, and the day of training my friend dog sitting calls me to say the trainer turned him away. He knew my friend was coming, and had been informed the day before and agreed to it. I had to call him to find out what was going on and only when I called him did he back track on three weeks of planning and communication to not take my dog. This guy is unstable at best, and there are other reviews of similar stories on here too. I’m out thousands in scheduled contracts now as i have to travel back, potentially loosing clients and future jobs so I can get my dog as I had no sitter scheduled in case he cancelled too. Don’t count on this guy to come through. He doesn’t keep his word at all
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Juliana A.
I searched high and low for a great training program. Maury was genuinely the BEST find for my lovable yet crazy Kahlua. He is not only professional, but A PROFESSIONAL, extremely knowledgeable about dogs and various training methods. He also maintains a structured, balanced, great energy environment - very important to me since I chose a board and train. Kahlua’s behavior has transformed and he is much better. You superseded my expectations! People, you luck out with this guy, guaranteed! (and I am picky)
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