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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.

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.

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.  .

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.

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.
Eboni G.
This review is only based on customer service, not the dog training as I have not dropped my pup off for board and train yet. I will this weekend. Amber made me feel comfortable with her personable attitude and extensive knowledge of dog training. I'm expecting a positive experience and will update after training!
K9 League-Dog Training Dallas/Ft. WorthK9 League-Dog Training Dallas/Ft. Worth
Thumbtack Customer
Amber and Korri were very professional and knowledgeable about training. Our puppy came home Saturday and she is a different dog! We could tell our puppy was very well taken care of while she was away for board and train. Amber and Korri both spent a lot of time explaining their training techniques, both for our puppy and us as dog owners. They taught us how to keep up the continued training our dog had learned over the past several weeks. I highly recommend their training services!
K9 League-Dog Training Dallas/Ft. WorthK9 League-Dog Training Dallas/Ft. Worth
Kathryn S.
Great experience. Trainer is very patient because my dog is very stubborn.
Walk of Life Dog TrainingWalk of Life Dog Training
Steve T.
After one session Stephanie really connected with my dog. I have high hopes for a well trained dog thanks to her teaching methods.
Walk of Life Dog TrainingWalk of Life Dog Training
Prenon I.
Lisa was an exceptional trainer. My dog Duke and I really enjoyed working with her.
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.
Always Faithful Dog Training Of North TexasAlways Faithful Dog Training Of North Texas
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
Always Faithful Dog Training Of North TexasAlways Faithful Dog Training Of North Texas
Thumbtack Customer
She really knows her stuff and was a pleasure to work with. We are set to train our dogs well now.
Traveling Dog TrainerTraveling Dog Trainer
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.
Real Time Dog TrainingReal Time Dog Training
Britt H.
Working with Lisa has been great and I would recommend it to anyone she knows dogs better than anyone I've ever met. To see the camaraderie with your dog lets you know just how much you don't know about your dog. She is training us as well as our dog.
Linda H.
Great experience and patient! My dog has calmed down alot with training! Would recommend friends and family members for his services~
Always Faithful Dog Training Of North TexasAlways Faithful Dog Training Of North Texas
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,
Always Faithful Dog Training Of North TexasAlways Faithful Dog Training Of North Texas
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.
Always Faithful Dog Training Of North TexasAlways Faithful Dog Training Of North Texas
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.
Always Faithful Dog Training Of North TexasAlways Faithful Dog Training Of North Texas
Thumbtack Customer
Tena is an amazing trainer. She has taught our family some great tools to help us with our dog Bella. She comes with plenty of information and spends time with you in helping you come up with solid goals for your dog.
In Home Dog TrainingIn Home Dog Training
Ren H.
Lisa is excellent with dogs. Her initial consult she went straight to work helping my dog. Her information was good she was pleasant and my dog truly responded to her. The sessions where affordable and she gave you more than the hour most time. I would recommend her to anyone whose dog's need help being happier and well adjusted. Excellent Trainer.
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.
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.
Traveling Dog TrainerTraveling Dog Trainer
Andrew B.
Would highly recommend walk of Life Dog Training to anyone. She was punctual, flexible with scheduling, hands-on with our pup, professional, transparent and open with any questions we had. She built rapport with our skittish dog within five minutes of coming in the door, and made great progress with him as the training went on. Also provided tangible strategies for us to extend the progress by working with the dog on our own. Couldn’t be happier with our decision to go with Walk of Life; it’s obvious why she’s so highly reviewed.
Walk of Life Dog TrainingWalk of Life Dog Training
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
Always Faithful Dog Training Of North TexasAlways Faithful Dog Training Of North Texas
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
Always Faithful Dog Training Of North TexasAlways Faithful Dog Training Of North Texas
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!
Cappel canineCappel canine
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!
Sit Means SitSit Means Sit
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.
Canine CommunicationCanine Communication
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