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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 Pleasant Grove dog trainers
Kathy B.
This was my first experience with this dog trainer and I’m impressed. I was given ways to help me walk my dog, instead of her walking me! Life is so much better! I look forward to our next sessions, both private and group. Meara and I are both excited to get some needed training. Thanks.
Life is PawsibleLife is Pawsible
Krista S.
Riley knows her stuff, as soon as she came into our house I was instantly impressed and relieved. I've watched so many videos online, but having someone in person walk me through instructions, and having training customized to my dog has been extremely helpful. We have a young puppy ready to learn and with Riley's guidance I know we're going to have a well trained dog. Her training just makes sense, I've had so many "Oooooh! Of course!" moments. She really knows how to work with dogs in a way that feels natural to the dog, leaning into their natural desire to please and learn. 10/10, I'm recommending Riley to every dog owner I know.
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Sonja C.
I had gotten my very fist puppy for Christmas, a mini golden doodle named Cookie. I absolutely loved this dog but she was so excitable, a submissive tinkler and had other behaviors that were making life difficult. I was extremely nervous about leaving my puppy for a month of training. Kim let me come to her house and see where my dog would be living. She even let me talk to people who had perviously trained with her. She’s professional and our training wasn’t over when Cookie came home. She continues to help me solve problems as they come up. Cookie is a different dog and training was worth every penny. She came out to my house to help make sure training was transferred from her to me. If I had to do it again, I certainly would! Thanks, Kim
Life is PawsibleLife is Pawsible
Amber E.
I feel extremely defeated with the service I received from Life is Pawsible. I do want to state that I believe all the good reviews on here, Kim is very knowledgeable and I can tell she knows what she is doing and knows how to help your dog but there is a caveat to this and that is if you can bring your dog to her at a time that her facility is not over thrown with dogs, stacked on top of each other (LITERALLY). I brought my 3 year old dog to Kim to help with his aggression. He has bitten over 6 people and needed professional help. She listened to my situation and guaranteed me that she would be able to change Sparky’s behavior. I brought him to the facility and my first impression was TERRIBLE. I walked in with my dog and was completely overwhelmed by the filth, nasty smell, and unbearable noise of barking. I could barley hear her speak to me...I was unsure about leaving my dog in these conditions but felt so desperate for help and believed in Kim so I decided as long as he came home a better dog it was ok....I really wish I hadn’t During his stay at her facility, there were little to no communication about the progress of my dog and if he was settling in. No pictures, no videos, no updates. I would reach out and ask and get very brief and vague responses such as “I am happy with his progress” or “he is doing good” which I guess answered my questions but I was expecting more professionalism and understanding of what her plan was with my dog and what he was doing day to day at her facility. When I finally got Sparky home, he came home smelling horrible, had a skin condition all over his body and had a hoarse bark, sneezes, and seemed a bit on the unhealthy side as if he wasnt getting enough outside time to run and get fresh air...this made me upset but I still needed help with my dog so I decided not to say anything and when I finally did say something I got a response of “oh that’s funny you never mentioned this to me before” basically calling me a liar for pointing out concerning things about the environment my dog was in.... Also at pickup my dog seemed very distraught and stressed out. Kim’s employee tried to show me some basic commands that she said they worked on and he wouldn’t listen to a single one and was very anxious to get out of that place which made me so sad.... At home I have integrated the spray bottle technique that Kim showed me to discipline my dog, along with staying out of his face and being stern with’s not working and honestly making him worse. The harness that she used at her facility seems like a productive way to train a dog but my dog has not taken to it and he has become extremely hostile and resentful...he has tried to bite me a few times as I have tried to put it on him, I use the spray bottle and he gets PISSED...THE TRAINING IS NOT WORKING...I tried to explain this to Kim and she basically told me it was my fault which I don’t think is fair I also have had an issue with the lack of initiative on her part. I have had to cancel two of my private lesson follow ups (so not her fault, completely mine) but my dog has been home for almost a month and she has only shown up once. She arrived 20 minutes late (understandable, things happen, but still kind of annoying) and stayed for no longer than 10 that time there was no correcting me to help me become a better trainer and she really just pissed my dog off and then left...I tried to talk to her about it and she told me again that it was my fault and that I’m not doing what she has asked me to do and “it’s not her fault that I don’t want to listen to her” I then asked her why there was no correction when she saw me doing things incorrectly and I got no response just complete silence.... Sparky came home with no daily routine, a lack of obedience, and seriously not a better dog, except for feeling more comfortable around other dogs. He has bit me 3 times since being home and I have talked to Kim about putting him down (which I don’t want to do but feel there isn’t another option), and then she insists that he doesn’t need to be and that I just don’t have the correct personality for my dog and that it’s my fault but then shows ABSOLUTELY NO INITIATIVE to give me advice or tips on how to help him, all I get is “USE THE SPRAY BOTTLE” I asked her for a refund so that I could use it to find a trainer that better suits Sparky’s needs and personality and she refuses and says it’s unjustified. She is very belittling and just plain rude in her communication and because of this I would never hire her or trust her with my dog. I wish I had a better experience with her like so many other clients seemed to have but I definitely have not and my dog continues to suffer because of it. PLEASE GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK SO THAT I CAN HIRE A DIFFERENT TRAINER.
Life is PawsibleLife is Pawsible
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