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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.

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.

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.  .

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 Richmond dog trainers
Erik M.
Amazing. She has a way with dogs. My pup love her and she learned so much from her. Will definitely have her train again.
TNT Dog Training LLCTNT Dog Training LLC
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
Madeline B.
She did a wonderful job. She took the time to answer all my questions and showed me how to best train my dog. Definitely gonna sign up for another session, would highly recommend!
Confident Canine CoachConfident Canine Coach
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
Alyssa a.
Jennifer worked super super well with my aggressive dog. As soon as she got there we got to work. She showed me ways to redirect the behavior. She worked her magic right before my eyes. my dog went from trying attack her to walking with her and coming up to her when called. i couldn’t believe my eyes. it has been HELL trying to find a dog trainer that will work with my aggressive rescued pup within a budget that i can afford. She showed me alllll the tips and tricks within one session. 10/10 would recommend this amazing lady!!!
Heart to Heart TrainingHeart to Heart Training
Blake C.
Kayla is incredible. She took on my unruly and at times aggressive dog Wallaby (1 year old) and reshaped his mindset. On her initial visit, my dog even bit her. While any other normal trainer would understandly peace out, she didn't back away. When reviewing the trainer on this app, it said one can only choose 3 of the 5 options. However, if they offered 10 options, she'd still check every box. She offers one-on-one training which is so uncommon because it limits one's clientele. However, think about the selfless mindset behind that. A child who gets one-on-one tutoring will always get more out of the lesson than a teacher teaching 10+ children. Highly recommend. A+ Pictured is Wallaby showing his unwaivering attention to Kayla while in the middle of a crowded Carytown. What child under the age of 12 years can do that?!
DeNovo Canine and Pet ServicesDeNovo Canine and Pet Services
Patti W.
Highly recommend Hannah. She helped us with our teenager high energy Husky. After 2 classes he is responding to commands and making great progress. No more leash pulling, he comes when called and working on behavioral and territorial issues with our other dog. Hannah wants to see videos, get updates and she answers texts very timely. She is awesome; knows her stuff and gives you all the instruction and tools to train your dog, but you must do your part and practice to see results!
Mischief Managed CaninesMischief Managed Canines
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