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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 Lynnwood dog trainers
Jenn B.
Jennifer is awesome. The dogs started behaving better from the moment she walked in the door (seriously, she addressed the dogs behavior before introducing herself). Jennifer clearly knows dogs and how to work with their humans to train their dogs.
Optimum DogOptimum Dog
Spencer S.
Martha was great! She came to my house and basically trained me on how to train my dogs. She has in-depth knowledge on everything from nutrition to behavior. I really appreciated how she basically taught me to fish, rather than just giving me a fish. Not only are my two dogs making quick progress I am confident if I was to adopt another dog in the future I would be much more capable of training that one as well.
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
Mary K.
Martha was exactly what I was looking for! She messaged me right away and we had a training session scheduled less than two weeks out. It would have been sooner, but my schedule is challenging. Before training, my dog had very poor manners. She would pull on the leash, zig-zag all over the sidewalk cutting people off, and starting and stopping to smell everything. She had other minor manners-related issues that Martha addressed as well. Martha has a holistic approach and addressed everything from diet, environment, my dog’s temperament and how her life before adoption played a role, and my leadership role in training my dog. After a single 5 hour session with Martha, I could walk my dog without her pulling. She would walk next to me without pulling, zig-zagging, or starting/stopping. I even got her to sit at cross walks and wait by the open door without running out. I’m still working with my dog, but Martha provided me the tools and insight I need for successful training. I’m so thankful for her help. I highly recommend reaching out to her for any questions or training.
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
Mark A.
Very happy with our experience! We have an 11 month old Husky/Aussie, Harvey, who was getting to be too much to handle. Our trainer Danny with his experience training K-9 units was exactly what we needed. He's great with Harvey and helping us learn proper training techniques. After the 3 week board and train Harvey is like a new dog. He's attentive and very well behaved. Even his game of fetch has drastically improved! It was hard letting our pup go for 3 weeks, but it was well worth it!
Head Up Dog TrainingHead Up Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Martha came over to help us with our newly adopted 8 year old dog, Bonnie. Bonnie has high anxiety to loud noises. Martha educated us from all her expertise and experience with what could be underlying issues besides training techniques. It is wonderful being able to address all the variables so that we can be sure we all live happily! Thank you!
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
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