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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 Virginia Beach dog trainers
Mel S.
Erika is super knowledgeable and made training our dog fun for both us and our pup. Very friendly and patient. Highly recommend.
Erika Bresee, CPDT-KSAErika Bresee, CPDT-KSA
Nancy H.
The service was excellent. Andrea was very knowledgeable and extremely patient with us and our 2 puppies. She was flexible with her scheduling and generous with good advice. We will be using Andrea again for the continuation of the dog training.
Doggy Decorum, LLCDoggy Decorum, LLC
Chelsey A.
Toby came back a different dog and is now a joy to have at the house and around our kids. The puppy nipping stopped and his listening is so much better! I was nervous because a lot of training you read about is for big dogs but Renee did a great job with our Pomeranian! We would do it again in a heartbeat. Worth the money!
High Ground K9 LLC (Renee Richards)High Ground K9 LLC (Renee Richards)
Krystal p.
She was very informative and tailored to my dogs needs and my own. Even before the first appt she called and discussed things which made me more comfortable and sure that I picked the right trainer. Looking forward to more sessions!
The Refined WolfThe Refined Wolf
Sanitria G.
I love this trainer! She worked miracles on our pup that has special needs and extra anxiety. Would recomment to anyone. I can't believe what he can now do. Worth the money. Reasonably priced. Wholeheartedly cares about the dogs!
The Tame Wolf Kennel ClubThe Tame Wolf Kennel Club
Alex B.
After trying 2 different trainers over the past few years..(and them being a complete failure) .. I really felt heard about what problems I had with my dog! Thomi took time to really understand my dogs personality and explain some of the mannerisms that he presents so that I can fully understand why he does certain things. I have booked for more sessions and really have high hopes! Thanks so much! I would 10/10 recommend!
The Refined WolfThe Refined Wolf
Barbara B.
Andrea is amazing! I have2 Golden’s and a yorkie poo. My yorkie is a non stop barker after 1 lesson and doing my homework her barking is already 90 % better. My Golden’s are calmer with Andreas suggestions about anxiety. Look no further, Andrea is the best trainer !!! I am so pleased with her knowledge about dog behavior. Looking forward to our next lesson . Barbara B
Doggy Decorum, LLCDoggy Decorum, LLC
Alexandra I.
The ladies at High Ground K9 kept me updated with pictures and videos throughout the two weeks. Whenever I had questions Renee responded immediately. She is affordable and has flexible payment plans. My dog, Pachino, now walks without pulling, will come when called, will go to his “place”, stays, and sits on command. When picking him up, Renee and Melissa had me practice with commands and made sure I felt comfortable before leaving with Pachino. They gave me valuable information about dogs in general that will take me a long way with Chino. I am so pleased and looking forward to more trainings in the future to help with socializing my pup!
High Ground K9 LLC (Renee Richards)High Ground K9 LLC (Renee Richards)
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