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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.

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 West Valley City dog trainers
Jim C.
It was nice to have her come to our home to aid in training a very unruly dog.
Puppy Training SolutionsPuppy Training Solutions
Michelle M.
Thank you so much Tiffany! I learned some great training tips, how their brain works, and games to play with my dogs. Definitely recommend if you’re looking for help with your dogs.
Puppy Training SolutionsPuppy Training Solutions
Lesina V.
Improve the onboarding process and hire more trainers. Maybe implement a “get-to-know” the dog period to truly assess what is needed since you claim to “tailor” to each clients’ needs. We paid a lot of money, just to keep my dog in a kennel because he wasn’t yet susceptible to training. You may be the “cheapest” in the valley but I would much rather spend double for intensive and exclusive training.
Life is PawsibleLife is Pawsible
Tayla C.
Clay was awesome to work with. He was great at explaining through every level of training he did with our dog. I would highly recommend him to anyone with whatever type of difficulty you have with your dog.
Greenside CanineGreenside Canine
Kaylen P.
Unfortunately, I wish I could say this was a great experience but it wasn’t. It was okay but just okay. We got our puppy back after a month and the day she was schedule to come home I received a text message from Kim asking me if she gave my dog shots… my puppy was under her care for a month and I would receive one picture of her once a week with little to no detail… It did catch me “off-guard” to say the least, her not knowing whether she administered vaccines to a puppy under her care. When my pup came back all she knew how to do was “sit” and would only do it 70% of the time. She was not potty trained or crate trained and came back as destructive as she was when she left. The best part of my experience was Kim taking my dog under her wing and adopting her out through her Life is Pawsible adoption facility, but even then I paid for services (individual and group training/follow-ups) that I was unable to use because I ended up giving up my dog for adoption. I wish I could get half of what I paid for back, being that I was not able to take advantage of the full package that I paid for. Kim mentioned something about a donation letter but that was a week ago and I haven’t heard anything since. Thank you Kim for teaching Luna how to “sit” and helping me find a better family that will have the patience and energy we wish we had for her.
Life is PawsibleLife is Pawsible
Sarah k.
Gale was amazing! I ended up with a Rottweiler and was told she was a lab and Australian kelpie, I guess some people are sketchy as heck. Anyways to my surprise I am an owner of a rotti! Never in my life ever thought I would have one. But we fell in love with the pup and it is what it is. So this little pup has had a horrible biting problem. It’s been stressing me out, and to top it off she had parvo so I’m not able to take her to any group training courses tell she’s had all her shots. So I’ve had a pretty unique situation so I feel. The biting was getting really frustrating I watched YouTube videos read lots of articles and couldn’t get it to stop. So I started googling private trainers, came across pawsible and was like ok I gotta try try them. They had a private lessons and group lessons in a very reasonable package I felt. Gale came in and took the time to answer all my questions. It just so happened that she has a rotti at home and it’s her breed she’s been working with for a long time. THE ANSWER TO MY PRAYERS I SWEAR!!! We have only had one session and I feel confident now in showing this little girl who is boss! I was so unsure of myself and what I was doing!! But she clarified a lot for me. I always grew up with dogs but they never had to be trained they were just good dogs lol. So I’m thrilled that I can take the control back cause I was sure getting frazzled! I look forward to the many more sessions and think my Harley Quinn is defiantly gonna thrive!!! Thankyou so much!!! They were super quick to respond and got me on schedule ASAP!!
Life is PawsibleLife is Pawsible
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