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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.

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.

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 Chesapeake dog trainers
Nancy B.
Doggy decorum has helped with training my dogs
Doggy Decorum, LLCDoggy Decorum, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Before training with Brenda at Doggie Zen, my high energy lab/terrier mix Phoebe was an out of control, destructive, ill mannered puppy. She was sweet and lovable, but it had no clue how to "civilize" her and make her a good dog citizen. After our first training session with Brenda at Doggie Zen, I saw immediate changes. After several more sessions, she is a different dog. As a trainer, Brenda is competent, calm , patient, and knowledgeable. She had my dog's rapt attention the first time she walked into my home. She has earned my dogs love and respect, and mine too. In reality, I think I am the one who has learned the most because Doggie Zen trains the dog and the owner. The training has met and far exceeded my expectations. I can highly recommend Brenda and Doggie Zen.
Doggie ZenDoggie Zen
Thumbtack Customer
Its too early to tell how things will go with our dog and Dana. Perhaps once we move past the initial appointment and onto the actual training with our dog, I can give a better review. I do have to say she is very polite, and knowledgeable about dog personality and she takes into account other observations from people in our dog's past in order to better approach the training method she will use with dogs. Our family is looking forward to having a better and improved relationship with our new family member!
Pawsitively Rewarding Dog Training and Behavior...Pawsitively Rewarding Dog Training and Behavior...
Justin C.
Thomi is very easy-going and calm. She was not judgemental about us or our dog's behavioral problems and made us feel comfortable. She was gentle with our dog and we could tell she loves dogs. We learned a lot from our first appointment and are seeing potential in our dog we didn't see before from the training "homework" she gave us. It's great to have customized, professional help us train instead of relying on blog articles and YouTube videos which haven't been effective.
The Refined WolfThe Refined Wolf
David A.
Plain and simple...Renee and her team know what they are doing and they do it very well. Renee listens to you and develops a game plan around the results that you are seeking. She listens to your concerns and then caters the training experience to get the results that YOU want. It is easy to see that Renee and her team do more than train dogs; they love dogs. Before Renee: A very lovable dog (towards people) that totally lost his mind at the mere sight of ANY other dog; AGGRESSIVE barking, pulling, and snarling. After Renee: STILL a very lovable dog (did NOT lose his loving personality as a result of successful training) who I can walk confidently on OR off a leash with or without other dogs around. Did I mention my dog is 11 years old? I elected to do the behavior modification program where my dog stayed at Renee's. He has joint issues, is a bit overweight, and had medical requirements that were catered to and my specific care needs honored. Message Renee and give her a chance to show you what she can offer.
Renee Richards (High Ground K9)Renee Richards (High Ground K9)
Kierrah J.
James is awesome, I would definitely recommend him to anyone who’s dog is anything but perfect. I have an Akita and anyone who knows about Akita’s know that they are very stubborn and self minded dogs. I did the 3-week broad and train program, and he help me get my dog Neiko under control and well behaved. Neiko is a complete different dog than he was before James came into our lives. Definitely worth it!!!!!!
Whiskers & Tails/Todd’s K-9 TrainingWhiskers & Tails/Todd’s K-9 Training
Thumbtack Customer
Brenda is great with my dog Bradley who is in training and he does very well with her. She is so very good with him. She really knows her stuff! She has helped me allot with training me so I am able to train Bradley when she is not here. She has always made herself available to me. I have seen much improvement in Bradley since he has been in training. I highly recommend Brenda and Doggie Zen!
Doggie ZenDoggie Zen
Susan b.
My puppy came back from his training a much better behaved dog. He learned some manners and commands and I am working on boundaries with him now. Renee and Rachel were both excellent with him and sent pictures and updates daily. I would highly recommend High Ground K9
Renee Richards (High Ground K9)Renee Richards (High Ground K9)
Thumbtack Customer
I highly recommend Andrea as a professional dog trainer. Not only was she extremely knowledgeable and an excellent teacher, she was readily available and very flexible with her schedule. Her instructions were very clear and beneficial. In addition, I appreciated that her price was reasonable and she made all of her suggestions in one visit. She could have easily and justifiably stretched the training out for multiple private visits. She addressed all issues in one visit but was willing to come back, if necessary.
Doggy Decorum, LLCDoggy Decorum, LLC
Bill G.
Dana came to us and our 2 five month old Mini Aussie Shepard's who were trying our patience to the point where we had thoughts of giving them up. In the course of three visits she has shown us that we and our rambunctious pups are going to be a great family. She has taught us more than the dogs. We feel we have a relationship that is more than just a trainer. She is a 10 in our book and would recommend her to anyone who needs help with a furbaby. Thank you Dana from the bottom of our heart Bill and Polly
Pawsitively Rewarding Dog Training and Behavior...Pawsitively Rewarding Dog Training and Behavior...
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