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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 Arlington dog trainers
Shannon O.
Jay is a wonderful dog trainer! He definitely knows what he is talking about and the price can’t be beat.
Canine DominionCanine Dominion
William S.
Chris has been excellent so far in helping my 3mo old rottweiler learn the puppy basics. The sessions are personalized to your individual dog to help target weak points in his training; Chris is constantly providing feedback on areas of improvement, toys and training aid recommendations, and minor details to adjust the training to best fit your dogs personality and level of progression. He is also highly responsive via email and text, and flexible in terms of scheduling. Can't recommend him enough.
Joanna D.
Debbie was such a pleasure to work with and really knows what she’s doing! My 4 month old puppy needed help with leash walking and learning basic commands so I reached out to Debbie for one-on-one training. She was extremely responsive from the start. She used great tactics and provided a lot of suggestions that made the rest of home training a lot easier. I would 100% recommend Debbie as a dog trainer!
Whiskers & PawsWhiskers & Paws
Emma W.
Chris did a great job with my dog Pepper! She started responding to the training almost immediately, and he gave me plenty of techniques and tips to improve her behavior and adapt to her new living situation.
Avi C.
Natasha has been the best trainer I have come across so far. I rescued a 1 year old husky who never lived inside a house but in a farm, and had extreme separation anxiety. 1 month with Natasha and he was a completely different dog and is well behaved to the point of a professional guard dog. I live in a small carpetted apartment and my husky is fully house trained to the point where he will never go potty or urinate inside the house... like ever. There has been instances where he had an upset stomach, but he knows how to let me know that he needs to go outside. My husky went from marking every place to staying inside a small apartment by himself for a whole day without destroying anything. He is also now fully off-leash trained even in public, extremely social with kids and small dogs and I can take him everywhere now. Natasha also periodically checks in to see if he is relapsing in his training and his progress on learning new things, and she always a phone call away.
Canine ObsessionsCanine Obsessions
Daniella R.
Our experience with Ryan was amazing! In just one session Ryan was able to combat Zuki's walking difficulties with his skill and magical collar. Would definitely recommend Ryan and Ruff House Dog Training to anyone who is having any problems with their fur-baby. Thanks again Ryan!
Ruff House Dog TrainingRuff House Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Ryan is incredible with dogs. He showed us ways to deal with our 7 month old, crazy lab. We appreciated his calm demeanor, and he was able to correct us politely, while carefully explaining what we needed to do to have a well trained pup. It's obvious how much he loves dogs and how good he is with people, too. Our pup responded very well to him. Both my husband and I took long turns practicing with our puppy, while Ryan advised and patiently helped us handle the puppy correctly. This is my 3rd lab, so I'm not a new dog owner. Ryan really seemed to have a way with dogs (even our older dog was paying attention, as well as a neighbor's who we met along the walk). I appreciated that he came to us. I'd highly recommend his services!
Ruff House Dog TrainingRuff House Dog Training
Jonathan S.
10/10 would recommend doggenius. I did the 7 classes once a week. my dog went from 10% recall and leash pulling to 90% recall and heeling next to me. DogGenius was great working with my 1.5 year old GSD and really set the fundamentals during our sessions so my training in between sessions was a lot less frustrating than when i was training before starting with DogGenius. DogGenius really made the effort to accommodate the training to my pup to make him successful and the results greatly exceeded my expectations. Work with DogGenius and you won't be disappointed.
Dinelle C.
Steve has been very helpful and supportive in our process of training out newly rescued “puppy”. We had issues with leash reactivity and basic commands. Steve has been very patient and responsive, helping us gain more control of our dog and having a more harmonious household. Very excited to continue working with Steve and learning more about being a better doggy-parent.
Nova Pack Dog TrainingNova Pack Dog Training
Juan L.
Steve was great! We contacted him because we were having trouble with our 7 month old pup. She was showing signs of extreme fear and anxiety, especially around other dogs and strangers. Steve first gave us a free phone consultation to see what the issues were and then he came for an in-home consultation. He showed on time (early!) and was super responsive beforehand. When he arrived he was super polite. He allowed time for our pup to warm up to him. I also appreciated that he explained step by step what he was doing and answered all our questions. His training has worked wonders for our pup!
Nova Pack Dog TrainingNova Pack Dog Training
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