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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

Reviews for Bellevue dog trainers
Linda K.
Nikki is awesome! I have 2 dogs, one is older and the other is just under two years old. Neither is out of control or major nuisance, but there was room for improvement. The younger one is leery of people and a bit skittish. At our first meeting the young walked up to Nikki and allowed herself to be pet and she was at ease. We are just about a month into training and all is going well. The dogs have responded well to the training and I've seen significant improvement.
Any Breed TrainingAny Breed Training
Thumbtack Customer
Martha came to my apartment and helped train my dog Blitz. She is incredibly thorough and knowledgeable. I really appreciated that she was so willing to take questions and address all of my needs. Martha helped Blitz and me with nutrition, training basics, communication, and whining. I really enjoyed our session and Blitz responded incredibly well to Martha's methods and demeanor. Within a few days, I saw Martha's methods working in me as well as in Blitz! I can't wait to see how much we'll continue to grow as we work on Martha's advice. Even 2 years after Martha's training, my dog is still incredibly well behaved. I still incorporate the methods Martha taught us. When I needed documentation of training in order to bring Blitz to work, Martha took the time to help me. She responds promptly, she is generous with her time, but most importantly, she has shown how much she wants the best for all animals. I have an incredible amount of respect for the work that Martha does.
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
Thumbtack Customer
Absolutely happy with Jennifer and Ana. Both are wonderful trainers who truly understand dogs AND owners. From past experience I must say that that is not too common. There were trainers in our lives that brought out the uncharacteristic wish in me to drop to the ground and sit when they yelled the command. Me! Anything to please them. Needless to say my dog's respect for me melted through the planet's core and was on its way to China when I found Thumbtack (fate must have taken over, taking pity on me, leading my fingers over the keyboard that I could barely see through my blurry desperation) and with it the best trainers we ever had. And yes, we did go through a few. That Jenn and Ana work as a team is more than fortunate, you get two for the price of one, even their fee is lower than what the other trainers charged, and you can decide which one is more on your wavelength. And no, your dog has no saying in this, your dog is already perfect. I swear. A little bit of correction is what we want, we get so much more. After only one session my rascal calmed down (I called her confused the first day, I was confused when her aloofness continued on day two), after the second session she only needed a little bit of help to ignore the stink eye another dog gave her, one yank on the leash to remember that insults are below her sophisticated niveau, and she walked next to us as if she had never pulled like a Husky. She has. Every Husky would have bowed to her. I am expecting that she will correct my leash behavior after session three, will point out to me that the little devil in a white fluffy disguise is provocative and deserves a ticking-off, which she will not apply, Ana has taught her what the warning signs were and if I had not paid attention, she will ask. With a reprimanding gaze. Joking aside, in my experience Optimum Dog has chosen their name correctly, they can deliver what they promise. Thanks Ana and Jenn, you rock, you gave me hope and the skills to be a good dog owner, you made me understand that 'speaking dog' is not too hard to learn. And fun.
Optimum DogOptimum Dog
Garret B.
Martha has a refreshing perspective on raising and training our boxer puppy. As first time dog/puppy owners, our initial research has been very polarizing in opinions. Martha provided us with a Goldilocks direction that has given us confidence in our ability to train our puppy the right way. In addition to house training a puppy, we asked her to help us introduce our puppy to our three rabbits. Martha showed us how easy and painless socializing a puppy with rabbits can be. We are very grateful for all her knowledge and helpful advice. I would highly recommend inviting her to see your animals.
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
Thumbtack Customer
Jenn was wonderful. I have waited to rate her as we hired her for 6 training sessions - for our dog with fear aggression. He was randomly lunging and trying to bite people. We were at our wits end. Jenn was able to get him under complete control. We still had trouble though. She then took him for "doggie bootcamp" - where she witnessed for herself - this "switch" in his brain that went feral and he tries to attack the closest person. (Both my husband and I have been bitten by him). It became apparent that training wasn't enough. We honestly thought we would have to put our dog down - which was a horrible thing to consider. However, Jenn suggested meds. He became a completely different dog! Wagging tail, happy, licky dog. The transformation was phenomenal for us. It may still be too soon to judge - but we've had him back for a week now - and have not had a single occurrence of him trying to bite someone. We are still being cautious. We are thrilled at this point. Going from coming to terms with the need to put him down, to having a happy, and mostly obedient dog - is wonderful. The only negative thing I will note, but it didn't bother us is, she is not punctual. It is understandable to me - as she comes from Mt. Vernon - and is good at texting that she will be late. If you just accept and expect the lateness, it's really not a bother. She makes up for it in the time she gives to you and your dog. Basically - the results speak for themselves. We are truly happy with the experience.
Optimum DogOptimum Dog
Xan L.
Julie came at a time to us where we were stuck and frustrated. We had recently adopted a dog from the humane society and while we loved him and he was already somewhat trained, his bad manners had us at our wits end. We had dogs prior but we wanted to take training more seriously and did not want to give up on him. Julie is truly a God-send and I appreciated the fact she contacted me prior to meeting to understand what our needs where and what we were lacking. She was able to promptly set up meetings in our home and address issues off the bat and teach us how to be more confident in ourselves and in Chowder. Since working with Julie he has had made leaps and bounds in his recall and skills. We receive compliments frequently from our neighbors and other owners at the dog park on how polite and friendly he is. We truly appreciate Julie and her wonderful work! Please if any of you have doubts or are in need of some guidance, look to Julie! It’s not a joke or any over exaggeration to say that she has made our lives with Chowder so much more wonderful. We feel like responsible pet owners thanks to her!♥️
Learning 4 Life Dog TrainingLearning 4 Life Dog Training
Laura P.
My 10 year old eskie was having trouble with anxiety and stress as well as some fear aggressive behaviors with other dogs. Unfortunately this was rubbing off on my new pug puppy, who also needed additional general puppy training and manners. Martha helped me understand my dogs from a breed, age, and animal perspective and the leadership they each require from me. Martha also looks at their health and nutrition and comes with a variety of resources to help you. Although Martha goes so in-depth, she also keeps it quite simple and uses common sense to deal with behavioral issues. I now have a relationship with my eskie that I had only dreamed of and my pug is on his way to becoming one of the best behaved I've ever seen. No matter what the issue is with your pet believe in them and yourself and trust that Martha can teach you to lead them.
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
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