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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.

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.  .

Reviews for Puyallup dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
I am thrilled with the experience be have had with Riverside Dog training. We have seen significant progress and excited to continue. I would highly recommend Ada to anyone looking for personalized dog training.
Riverside Dog TrainingRiverside Dog Training
Bernadette P.
Ruben is a dog training expert. We have 2 puppies and he had them sitting on demand in moments. He educated us, a family of 4, about our dogs. We’ll hire him again...
No Nonsense K9No Nonsense K9
Wendy M.
What a great experience using Ada with Riverside dog training. She has taught us the valuable tools we need to get through this puppy stage :-)
Riverside Dog TrainingRiverside Dog Training
Bridget T.
We hired Angelica (the owner) on March 9, 2020 and paid a $300 non refundable deposit. The quarantine happened right after that date and then I had a baby due in April. So we are at June when she messages on the 12th. I let her know that we needed to start in July but she got sick and said she would be ready on the 21st of July. We made a second payment of $425 (that was refunded later). Now it’s August and we don’t hear anything. I message her on August 20th and let her know that we had to move across country. She says let’s get some lessons in...we agree on 28 August 28 August-she cancelled because of a childcare issue...we then agree to do Monday Wednesday and Friday for two weeks. 31 August-she was late because of traffic-I get it. She showed up and let us know she will NOT BE WEARING A MASK because it was hot. I had let her know we needed stroller training for our dog, which means a baby. My husband and I both wore masks and of course my newborn could not so I had to walk across the street from the two of them. She also came with a “demo dog.” She had some other dog in training while she watched my husband walk our dog. This lesson was done in 10 minutes. She said she will have things typed for us to work should be in our inbox by night. Received this a week later. 2 September-cancelled for a client dog emergency. Rescheduled for Saturday morning. 4 September-cancelled for car issues. Says she will try getting a trainer for everyday the next week. 5 September-no show. We message requesting a refund because the week she was trying to have “a trainer over everyday” our mover were coming to move us to the East coast. At this point we have paid $725.00. $300 non refundable deposit. She refunded $425. And we hadn’t heard anything back from her about 1.) The two more lessons 2.) Why she did not show up Saturday 3.) Why we have not receive the training instructions. At the point of this original review, $300 dollars was not going to be refunded because we would be moving. She cancelled until we were moved. She refunded our $300 per arbitration with thumbtack support. I edited my review (my suggestion so I could get my money back) per the arbitration with thumbtack.
Leash the Dog ServicesLeash the Dog Services
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