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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

Reviews for Church Hill dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Katie was so helpful and professional, and the chest harness she recommended for walking our dog worked like a charm! I felt comfortable discussing our issues without feeling judged, and Katie helped us come up with a plan to boost our puppy's confidence. I had contacted several other area trainers and was extremely disappointed in all of them, so we're so happy we found Lucky Dogs Training!
Lucky Dogs Training and MoreLucky Dogs Training and More
Samantha W.
Working with Hannah was so awesome!! she came to my house because thats where my dog has the most issues. She was so knowledgeable and professional. she trained with me and my dog and my partner for 2 hours, she explained concepts clearly. I feel totally confident and empowered to apply what she taught me and help my dog be happy! I will totally have her back for more lessons in the future
Mischief Managed CaninesMischief Managed Canines
Bianca P.
TNT did an amazing job on our 5 month old German Shepherd Husky mix. After the 10 day puppy boot camp he is calmer, listens better, and overall a more relaxed and well behaved pup. I cannot thank TNT enough for all of their hard work and dedication to the dogs in their care. I was sent photos daily and I loved being able to see what my pup was up to! Highly recommend to anyone searching for dog training.
TNT Dog Training LLCTNT Dog Training LLC
Ann K.
We have an older dog (5 years) who had not had any training when we got her and we knew immediately we were going to need help. Although Brittney didn't have any recommendations on Thumbtack when I hired her, I can say after only 2 sessions, that I am grateful we did! She has a very positive attitude and has taught us so much. And Scarlett is already responding so well. She comes to our home, uses a variety of approaches to help in training and is very calm, which is especially helpful for the owners! Brittney has responded to questions between sessions, she has left us good information to look over in between sessions, and at each session we've seen progress. We purchased a 6 session package with Brittney which was a very good deal and after just 2 sessions, we are more than pleased. We're looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish with Scarlett in the next 4 weeks and would have no hesitancy in hiring Brittney for more time if we need it
The Cooperant CanineThe Cooperant Canine
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