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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.  .

Which dog training method is best?

The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behave as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

  • What type of training methods do you use?
  • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
  • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?

How long does it take to train a puppy?

Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

How old should a puppy be for training?

Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

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
Pamela A.
(1) actually interact with the dog; (2) be more responsive to owner’s messages; and, (3) be more open-minded to and familiar with alternative approaches. My experience was that I requested positive training and he made three suggestions that I did not consider positive: squirting water in dog’s face; bark collar; and, e-collar. We had several scheduling mishaps and miscommunications that delayed training. I suggested that he provide an assessment in lieu of the final training. It took one month and several requests before I received the report. During training, he never got closer than two feet to the dog, never handled the dog, and the dog barked the entire one-hour session. Is there any wonder his assessment was, no improvement and more training needed? He made one effective suggestion—give dog a high value reward when dog stops barking upon command. While I saw the dog improve, his report says no improvement.
Wag Ur Tail Dog TrainingWag Ur Tail Dog Training
Amanda B.
We have had only one training session so far and am very pleased. My dog has responded to suggestions that Mike has given me to work with my dog at home to reinforce what he worked on during the training session.
Wag Ur Tail Dog TrainingWag Ur Tail 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
Amber F.
The staff at Wag Ur Tail has been so friendly this far. I haven’t started my training sessions but I am looking forward to a more well behaved dog.
Wag Ur Tail Dog TrainingWag Ur Tail 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
Thumbtack Customer
Dr. Caryn Self-Sullivan is an outstanding animal training professional. Her gentle behavior modification technique perfectly fit our personal attitude toward humane animal treatment. After just her first visit she assured us that the goals we have for our six dogs were attainable and she provided clear training guidance that we could practice ourselves. We eagerly look forward to continuing with her effective guidance for both our dogs and us as well. She is just the professional we were looking for.
Ask Dr. CarynAsk Dr. Caryn
Thumbtack Customer
Mike is fantastic ! I was able to schedule our training sessions during the holidays while visiting family. He was very accommodating. Mike's training uses a positive reinforcement - no fear or intimidation and no shock collars! Our 7 month old puppy, Capone, (APBT) was becoming a little stubborn with distractions, making it somewhat difficult to get him out and about. Mike also provided an amazing amount of information on dog behavior and dog psychology. After the first training session I noticed Capone had a change in behavior he was better behaved and within 4 and was obeying commands much better. Mike spent as much time teaching/training us how to react or not react to our puppy in order to discourage or praise him for his certain behaviors. So glad I chose Mike at Quarter Moon Kennels and will be contacting him again if needed!
Wag Ur Tail Dog TrainingWag Ur Tail Dog Training
Leanne S.
Mike is FANTASTIC! He has so much knowledge. I highly recommend him to anyone who has a dog to train. We have had the best results so far and have 4 more lessons . Can't wait !
Wag Ur Tail Dog TrainingWag Ur Tail Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Although I have only just begun with our lessons, my dog is already showing outstanding progress! The trainer was not only very prompt in responding to my request, but he even called the next day to see how things were going! You can't go wrong using the folks from The Perfect Pet! As we progress further into our training, I will do a follow up. I am so excited as we move forward!
The Perfect DogThe Perfect Dog
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
Shawn is just simply amazing. I have a 7 month old husky puppy. As normal, A wolf-type dog is very hard to train and they are very vocal about everything. I didn't know what I was going to do anymore, I was pushed to my limit with my pup. I was considering giving him away. Luckily, I found Shawn. He gave me knowledge from the beginning to understand my puppy and why he would do certain things. He is a true dog whisperer. I opted to choose the Board-and-Train. After just one week, my puppy was calm, knew how to heel, dog manners, and how to properly walk on a leash. I smiled from ear to ear. By week two, he mastered the above skills, also is no longer urinating and defecating in the crate. He has now learned that if I walk away from him, he stays in the heel position until I tell him that is okay to change his position. I am still amazed about fast and spot on with the training Shawn is! I can't wait to see what is in store for me next time I see my pup!
The Perfect DogThe Perfect Dog
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
Kendra B.
My husband and I brought our 7 month old mini goldendoodle (Charlie) to Shawn. Charlie was very hyper, jumped all over our kids, got into everything, and felt uncontrollable. I think he thought his name was "Charlie-no". My husband was happy to pay the money just to get Charlie out of the house for 4 weeks. We picked up Charlie yesterday and Charlie is like a new dog. He is calm, obedient, and relaxed. We feel equipped with methods that Shawn has shown us to continue to work with Charlie and maintain his current state of obedience. My husband and I could not be happier with the obedience that has now been instilled in Charlie. Shawn was willing to sit down with us for several hours over the 4 weeks and explain his methodology and philosophy with regards to how the dog brain works. I felt like we got a class in understanding how the dog brain works in addition to the dog being trained. We could not recommend Shawn enough!!
The Perfect DogThe Perfect Dog
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
Judy M.
It was so helpful working with Mike for help with our Sasha. She progressed rapidly and very well with his assistance. All of his suggestions and directions helped to change our dogs guardedness and shyness and House, leash training very nicely and pretty rapidly. She is so much more fun when we can now do things confidently with her. Mike was patient , kind and very professional. It was a very positive experience for our pet as well as us. Thank you again Mike. I will keep you in mind when friends ask about Sasha’s good behaviors. I wouldn’t hesitate to make a referral.
Wag Ur Tail Dog TrainingWag Ur Tail Dog Training
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