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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.

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.

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.

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 Issaquah dog trainers
Dora B.
Helped us understand & train our new dog.
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
Lisa L.
Martha is the most experienced and knowledgeable dog trainer i have ever worked with. I highly recommend her.
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
Stephanie F.
Highly recommend! Joy is very knowledgeable about all different “problems”: counter surfing, recall, leash walking, drop/leave it, etc. She is great with dogs, provides hands on training, and provides the tools for us to continue the training. We saw results quickly with our new puppy.
Mayhem Dog TrainingMayhem Dog Training
Keith X.
Martha is extremely knowledge on training dogs, and she’s very friendly and easy to work with. Throughout the session, she taught us a lot about how to train and educate our puppy, and corrected those actions we did wrongly in the beginning. More importantly, she gave enough time for us to ask questions and addressed accordingly, very customized plan for our puppy. I would highly recommend to work with her, especially first time dog owner!
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
Sarah H.
Jey at Emerald Dog Training was a gift from the universe and the best investment we have made for our family to date. No joke. We loved our Australian Labradoodle puppy from the start but really struggled with managing his behavior. He is naturally bossy, needy and has strong FOMO (fear of missing out) which can be challending for a family that includes a young child. We took several training courses with other companies and while we would see a bit of improvement here and there, it was not cutting it. At 14months old, we knew we needed to call on a solid trainer and training program to ensure our family AND family dog were happy and thriving under the same roof. Our Tucker did the 21 day program (we lovingly called it "Puppy Bootcamp"). We got to visit him 1/week and were able to be trained as well to ensure a smooth and succesful transition back home. Tucker returned home a HUGE SUCCESS STORY! He still has his sweet, curious and loving mannerisms but with structure. He is very quick to drop anything in his mouth with an "OUT" and will even offer a sit. This was a focus area for us as he had the ability to resource guard odd, non-food items. Jey helped us discover that tug is his "love language" (he will do anything if tug is the reward or next activity). This has been a great help for a non-food motivated dog. And he also has learned that our youngest child is not his litter mate. Tucker now knows how to "play" safely with our son - a HUGE WIN. Honestly, I can go on and on with how happy we are. If you are on the fence, I encourage going for it. Invest in your future and the life of your family and dog. No regrets will be had.
Emerald Dog TrainingEmerald Dog Training
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