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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

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.

Reviews for Fredericksburg dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
My dog is so much more well behaved after the private training session with Ryan. She seems like a different dog. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a trainer to help correct bad behaviors in their dogs.
Ruff House Dog TrainingRuff House Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Ryan is an excellent trainer. From the time he began working with our puppy she responded positively and became very obedient and eager to learn. He also instructed us on how to train her. We would highly recommend him to any dog owner.
Ruff House Dog TrainingRuff House Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
We had a great experience with Ryan for our dog Charlie. We had already been through petco training class which was useless and one other private trainer whos methods did not work for Charlie. Charlie listened when Charlie felt like it. After training with Ryan Charlie listens all the time now. He has improved in so many things such as walking and reacting on the leash and understanding what yes and no means. The best part is our 11 year old dog who has never been trained is now following by Charlies example. Also I contacted Ryan many times throughout Charlies training and he always got back to me by either text or phone calls to answer any questions I had. Thank you Ryan for all of your help it was great working with you!!!
Ruff House Dog TrainingRuff House Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Ryan was great, just what we were looking for in a trainer. We discussed our main issue that we needed help with even before he came out. He was able to fit us in pretty quickly which was great. He really took the time to talk with us and give us lots of tips and training ideas for both of our dogs. We are dealing with fence aggression between our dogs and our neighbors dogs and he was able to convince the neighbor to bring her dog out. We walked one of our dogs and one of her dogs together and Ryan handled the situation like a pro. By the end of the walk they were walking near each other with no problems. Ryan was always professional and giving us tips of how to handle different situations. We even had an extra walk session when he came back the next week and he really took the time to make sure I was comfortable in a stressful situation of walking my dog next to a barking dog that was in a yard. We never felt rushed and he really took the time to make sure we were comfortable and had a plan in place before he left. Ryan has continued to check in with us to see how the dogs are doing, offering advice when we ask questions. We would highly recommend Ryan!
Ruff House Dog TrainingRuff House Dog Training
Ethan S.
Over the past month and a half, I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Aden. I had previously put my dog through k9 off leash for the basic and advance training. I will say that My dog Indy has learned more in the short period with Aden then he had ever learned with K9 off-leash. From the very beginning, Aden addressed my concerns and answered all of my questions. Through positive reinforcement, Indy has excelled. Before Aden, I couldn’t take Indy to downtown Fredericksburg. I am now proud to say that, he has not had a problem going downtown at all. He has actually made some friends. Aden also told us that dog training is something that “ you get out of it, however much you put into it.” Aden gave me tips and tricks to make it hassle free with my busy work/school schedule. Aden is an amazing dog trainer and an even better person. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else for this job!
Good Natured Pet ServicesGood Natured Pet Services
Miya G.
I am so impressed with my OEB, Vitani’s behavior since boarding with Cerberus for a week for their training academy. The team was brilliant at working with her bad habits and transforming her manners and overall temperament to become a more calmer and confident dog, overall. I am so glad I chose them for services and I entrusted my dog to their camp for behavior improvement. It was so worth the investment and time spent, working with my dog to become her best self. I sea great improvement within her.
Cerberus Protection DogsCerberus Protection Dogs
Brandon L.
Ryan was very knowledgeable about what he was doing. He wasted no time to start working his magic, within 5 minutes of walking in the door my dog was as calm as could be and usually she is jumping and going crazy. Thank you so much and I can't wait for our next training session
Ruff House Dog TrainingRuff House Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
We enjoyed Ryan thoroughly answering all of our questions. Our dog gets very car sick and Ryan came out to our house for personal one-on-one training. He is very knowledgeable and patient! We were able to cover many skills and will continue to implement all the wonderful things Ryan helped us with!
Ruff House Dog TrainingRuff House Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
There's nothing that could've gone better with the training from Ryan. Our family rescued our dog Riley from A South Korea dog farm where she was being abused so she had serious trust issues. When first starting with Ryan, Riley would growl and bark aggressively when she saw him. By the third session, it seemed like she was more comfortable with Ryan then with our own family members. That in itself showed us how good he was. Everything else we wanted Riley to get trained in Ryan did an amazing job from the basics to more. Riley's vet is even surprised at how good she has gotten and asked us to bring her his business cards. If you're looking for someone who has the patience and a lot of passion for what he does, Ryan is your guy.
Ruff House Dog TrainingRuff House Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Ryan is wonderful! His ability to gather information, access the situation and begin a course of action to guide a family towards a happy life is inspiring. We have had dogs for over 30 years. We had attempted obedience training and decided that we were happy as things were; A contented family with a family dog who ran the home but was so cute! A recent adoption startled us in the realization that we needed help. Our new dog wanted to run the home but wasn’t cute about it. He growled, snarled and barked his demands. Since Ryan’s first session, life has improved dramatically. We are so encouraged that Ryan has given us the tools to begin reclaiming a happy family life. We look forward to continuing with Ryan so we stay on track. When I say “we”, I meant it. My husband and I also needed Ryan’s education and knowledge. Ryan taught us that we were feeding the chaos by how we were handling the situations. We thank Ryan for his help and highly recommend his services!
Ruff House Dog TrainingRuff House Dog Training
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