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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Alexandria dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
It's impressive to see Ryan at work. He took an unruly situation and within 5 minutes had turned things around. The entire time, he walked us through the process of what he was doing too. We realize that dog training is just as much about the owner(s) as it is about the dog, and he's effective with both dogs and humans alike. He was training us just as much as he was training our dog. We truly learned more in one session than we did in six weeks of a training course at Petsmart. We couldn't recommend him any higher.
Ruff House Dog TrainingRuff House Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Ryan was very helpful in teaching us how to train our two rescue dogs. He was also willing to work with our unusual schedules to do the training. My husband and I are very happy with the results.
Ruff House Dog TrainingRuff House Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
This guy is better than Caesar! In one hour, my dog has transformed. I was having problems with my dog not listening and aggression towards other dog in the house, and by the time he left, I didn't recognize my dog. His techniques are workable and friendly and really easy to do. I can't wait to enroll in his advanced class. Ryan Morris/Ruff House Dog training is a true asset to dog lovers. Thank you so much!
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Sharon R.
Nova Pack Dog Training was punctual, professional and a life saver! I’m so glad we found Stephen! Both of my dogs walk better on a leash, after just one session each! I look forward to working more together!
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Meg H.
Ryan at Ruff House Dog Training was wonderful! He started working with our 5 month old yellow lab. We were looking for leash training and basic command work. After the first session, we could walk Murphy (our puppy) without any pulling or distractions. Each session we learned more and more. Ryan taught us how to interact and speak to Murphy and we couldn't be happier with the progress. I highly recommend Ruff House Dog Training!
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Laverne P.
I was really worried because my Dottie tested the trainer...He nipped him but within 10+15 min he had him eating out of his hands and doing what he directed. He was very gentle but firm with me and how I lent to my dogs behavior. Absolutely a great training with a great trainer!
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Jill H.
Steve was quick to response to my inquiry and offered helpful observations and feedback during our phone consultation regarding our two young dogs. Looking forward to our training sessions!
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Thumbtack Customer
Ryan is a very competent dog trainer. His calm demeanor and innovative style help the sessions be engaging and very useful. When you present him with an issue or concern he immediately addresses it. For example our son described how he wanted to control his interactions with our 7 month old big, energetic lab puppy when he was sitting on the floor with her. Ryan immediately sat on the floor and showed us what he would do. He is firm, consistent, playful and kind with the dogs he is training he utilizes humor with the people he is training. He is a very good listener. I have been a dog owner( this is my 5th dog) for over 41 years. I know dogs. But I was challenged by the behaviors of our new puppy. He built on things I already knew but also added insight and different approaches that we have found very helpful. I would highly recommend him and am available as a reference. Joan Fraser, Alexandria, VA.
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Thumbtack Customer
Ryan was amazing. If you need any assistance with your dog (s), without doubt Ryan is the person to hire. He corrected our dogs bad behavior and did so without raising his voice and without a boat load of treats. Amazing!!!!! This is the best way to describe Ryan and his training. Hire him, you will not regret it!!!!!!!!!!
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Thumbtack Customer
Ryan was able to correct my dog instantly confirming that the humans were the ones in need of training. We took his advice and are working on being consistent with our pooch. He was professional and very knowledgable. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Alexis S.
Stephen was great! He was respectful, knowledgeable, and gave me a few tools during the evaluation that have helped immensely in just a week! I look forward to continuing training and learning more about how I can best handle my dog.
Nova Pack Dog TrainingNova Pack Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
I have a rescue puppy, and she's what we think a shepherd/hound mix. She's wonderful, extremely smart, and very affectionate. But, she's a puppy, and I'm hopelessly in love with her, so a lot of her negative behavior remains unfixed. She jumps, she begs for food, she pulls on the leash, she is very possessive of me to the point of aggression, and a whole host of other issues. So finally I reached out for a trainer, and from the start Ryan was my choice. Very polite and personable while organizing the training dates, and very informative during our lesson. It wasn't just training the puppy, it was training me as well, which I think is something everyone can benefit from. The same day after training, my friends all noticed a change in my dog and her responsiveness to my commands. She's still a work in progress, but she improves every day with what Ryan taught us. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a qualified and effective trainer!
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Thumbtack Customer
From the first time Ryan met myself and my 9 month old chocolate lab, he was a tremendous help. He helped me give my pup the structure that was needed. Gus has shown marked improvement throughout the time multiple meetings with Ryan. I would certainly recommend Ryan to those in need of training for their dog.
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Corinne M.
Chris is a fantastic trainer! He is very patient and has such a great rapport with dogs. He was able to help Sophia improve her loose leash walking in a very short time. You can tell she trusted him from the first session. Chris is responsive to any questions we have after our sessions, too. We're very happy to work with him.
Thumbtack Customer
Ryan provided my dog Cooper with the best training experience cooper could have had. Cooper is a 145 lb. south African boerboel mastiff and he chooses to listen or not to listen. Ryan not only provided instructions for cooper but showed me how important it was for the owner to be the person in charge. Cooper was a bit of a challenge because he would not let me out of sight during his training. Ryan has patient and by the end of each session Cooper was listening and working with Ryan. I am glad that I had the opportunity to work with Ryan and he has taught me a lot. I would recommend him to my friends.
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