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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.

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.

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 Everett dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
Martha was very detailed and I have high hopes for all the dogs! I wish I had taken notes on some of the suggestions she gave us. But so far the dogs have been responding well to the training.
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
Thumbtack Customer
We have a rescue terrier that she helped us train, it's up to us now to follow instructions daily. We were given excellent tools to use with our dog. Thank you
Paws AfootPaws Afoot
Kris H.
I wanted to pick all 5 but Ruben was very friendly and very helpful. Gave me tips and tricks to help me with my boy. I would recommend him to anyone who needs help/dog training. 10/10 🤙🏻
No Nonsense K9No Nonsense K9
Thumbtack Customer
Lise was wonderful to work with. We and our two dogs adored her and her training methods and tips were extremely effective. We saw sustained results immediately. She is organized and professional, and generally a pleasure to be around. Would certainly recommend her services to everyone!
Paws AfootPaws Afoot
Kristen H.
Martha went above and beyond what I had expected. We have a 4 month old texas heeler (blue heeler/Australian shepherd hybrid) who is a very smart and loving pup. But off the bat we started off wrong and it just went down hill. When Martha arrived within minutes there was instant change in Sadie's behavior. We struggled with crate whining and yapping, jumping and many other issues. She gave us training tips and guidelines to follow to correct the behavior we as owner created. She even spent some extra time with us. After the training session there was significant improvement and we are in a positive mindset that our sweet pup will get better and be the best dog! Thanks Martha, we will be refering her to those who need help with their dogs.
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
Kate T.
We recently adopted a 3 year old feisty rescue dog, Jojo, who was clearly in need of training. Martha came equipped with training tools and a wealth of information including proper feeding and health, communication, behavior, and more. This morning, less than 12 hours since our training session with Martha, Jojo started barking. I pulled out the training tool (a bottle of pennies) Martha gave us and said no, quiet, and I didn't even have to shake the pennies. He saw it and stopped barking immediately!!! Then I happened to walk him during school bus pickup time. I had the training tool in my pocket. I cheerfully told him all the people gathering for the bus were friends and he walked right past without a bark or care. I didn't have to use the tool at all! This is only the first day! We have work to do still, but Martha's knowledge and professionalism has given us and Jojo hope for a bright future. I highly recommend Martha. Hire her. You won't be sorry.
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
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