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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.

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.

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 Kent dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
We are so thankful for Anne's help. We had a situation where we worried we would have to get rid of one of our dogs due to two of our dogs getting into fights plus we have a baby on the way. She was great to talk to about the situation and even after the first session we felt so much better as she taught us how to read the positive and negative body language that our dogs were giving off and then showed us how to re-enforce the positive things they did. Since then we have had other sessions where she even incorporated our third dog who we didn't purchase the training for so that every dog in the house was able to work on their own training issues.
Dog Gone Good Training, LLCDog Gone Good Training, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I have 2 rescue chis and one shows dog on dog aggression, dog to person aggression, fearful and reactive small dog syndrome, stranger danger issues and a list of others small issues. After a very thorough phone consultation we made an appt to come to my home I got effective methods that were easy to follow and have gotten immediate results. Ive been on my own only 1 day since martha left and I have started to exercise several modifications on my own and I can see the behaviour change, such as waiting at the door until I give permission to exit, not jumping up on the couch uninvited, barking at lots of little noises and he listens to me and my leadership carries much more weight now. Martha audio tapes your sessions and leaves you the tapes to review. I also video taped them and have been reviewing segments in the last day which is helpful. She comes just one time and addresses everything at that visit. And it is effective to do it that way. It probably costs less and it takes less time out of everyones schedule. I like getting it done in one shot. For her level of experience and the effectiveness of her teqnique she is a good value. She understands the psychology of the dog, the "why" and gets to the root of that as opposed to just "training". Its not about just the dog changing, you as the leader have to change too and she shows you exactly how to do that. Follow up phone calls are included so if something isnt working quite right or something else arrises she can coach you over the phone if you call her. I am so glad I did this. I know that soon I wont have to worry about my dog nipping at strangers, or barking non-stop everytime someone comes to the door, or growling at my husband when he comes to bed or attacking my other chi. Thanks Martha!
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
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