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Your burning questions: answered

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 Fairfax dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Annmarie from Canine Curriculum has been helping me train my pup, we both love her! My dog is an older guy who I recently adopted, and had some very aggressive barking/lunging habits with other dogs. I'd never done dog training, and she gave me lots of strategies to help him, and always explained why we teach a dog something. Annmarie is very flexible - she understands that some owners want dogs to be relaxed, and some want dogs that are mega obedient. She adjusts her training to accommodate MY goals, not just what she thinks a dog should act like. She checks to make sure that I understand how to best help my dog, and always gives him lots of love and discipline.
Canine CurriculumCanine Curriculum
Camelia M.
In a single hour Debra identified several methods we could utilize for our dogs and we began seeing results right away. Her knowledge and intuition for this work is clear. We will definitely use her again for both training and dog sitting.
Whiskers & PawsWhiskers & Paws
Madison B.
Ryan is my third dog trainer and the only one that has worked -- and is fairly priced! My English Bulldog was being extremely aggressive -- barking, pulling on lease, etc. He showed me how to fix all of those things! Thank you, Ryan!
Ruff House Dog TrainingRuff House Dog Training
Jordan P.
Steve and I spoke briefly on the phone, and he was so helpful. He took the time to give me advice without trying to push his own training/business on me, so it shows that he truly cared for the well being of my dog more than making money. Very genuine and super helpful!
Nova Pack Dog TrainingNova Pack Dog Training
Francesca S.
Debbie was awesome!! We started with a one hour session and she taught us so much to help us successfully train our 10 week old Australian shepherd. Our dog responded to her very well and learned a lot from her in just the first hour. Debbie was also super helpful and informative.
Whiskers & PawsWhiskers & Paws
Christina D.
Kathryn was everything we were looking for in a trainer, and more. Our dog now walks really nicely on a leash, lays on his bed instead of begging while we eat, and in general has learned to focus on us, not everything else around him. Most importantly, she gave us the tools and insights to be able to communicate better with him - I think she trained us as much as she trained him! She was incredibly responsive to questions and was willing to work us unexpectedly into her schedule when we were struggling to work with him effectively one week. I can't recommend Kathryn more - we'll definitely be working with her in the future!
Perfect PoochiesPerfect Poochies
Joe L.
I reached out to Debbie to help me get on the right track to training my 6 month old Presa Canario. She's a big dog and had no training as a shelter rescue. I was starting from scratch. Debbie replied right away, asked questions to get a good understanding of where I was at with my dog and our situation and then set up an appointment. She was responsive, and with just 1 session I'm already seeing improved results. Debbie was VERY thorough and walked me through all the do's and don'ts, pointed out good habits I already had and made suggestions and demonstrated what new things I should be doing. We covered quite a few basics but mostly housebreak training and separation anxiety. It was clear that Debbie knows her stuff especially with young animals. She also reached out a couple days after our session to follow up and check how we were doing. I'd highly reccomend her and would definitely use again! ~Joe
Whiskers & PawsWhiskers & Paws
Thumbtack Customer
I have been working with Ann Marie with the training of my 7 month old American Staffordshire Terrier. I find Ann Marie very easy to work with as well as she is very patient and understanding. She has worked on the things that I feel are important to the lifestyle I have with my pup Lani. She has given me the tools in which to work to continue the training for Lani as she grows. I would highly recommend Ann Marie and Canine Curriculum to anyone who is interested in having a well behaved dog. L.V. from Fairfax Va.
Canine CurriculumCanine Curriculum
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