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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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.  .

Reviews for Renton dog trainers
Jennifer B.
Wendy was awesome to work with and Junior (our dog) learned a lot We would definitely recommend Wendy to anyone that needs some training for their pup.
WB K9 TrainingWB K9 Training
Gretchen P.
We had a wonderful experience with Martha. In one session she gave us an extraordinary number of tools to effectively train our French Bulldog. It has been almost a week since she came over and we are thrilled with our dog's behavior on walks, with strangers, and with our new puppy. It is night and day. I would highly recommend Martha for any of your training needs!
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
Seda H.
I have a 13 month old Sheltie who is very smart and knew all the tricks in the book, but he was a nightmare to ever take on walks as he would pull the lead and bark nonstop, try to attack cars as they past by, or bikes, or any animal, or kids, anyone in motion was a trigger. Jasper also has a lot of issues with barking at the house to every sound (even a bird chirping or a plane flying). I was pretty hopeless till I found Martha! She was very easy to work with scheduling wise, and she came to my house that was an hour away and she spent about 4 hours with us. Within the first hour my dog was already behaving better. Martha amazed me with her knowledge, she explained all aspects of dogs and how they communicate with us, and how we as humans affect them with our energy, and even the food that he eats and how that can relate to his problems. I learned so much about my dog and also about myself as a human. It's been only 5 days since Martha visited and my home is a more positive place, and my dog is completely a different dog already, we continue the training that was provided to us and the relationship with us and the dog has gotten so much better! BEST MONEY SPENT! Martha is worth ever penny, trust me.. Take the time and call Martha!
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
Charlene T.
We are first time dog owners and our situation was different because we adopted a rescue dog (Lucy) from Korea's meat market. Martha was so knowledgeable about working with Lucy. She gave us valuable information on eating habits and where we could find good dog food, how to interact with Lucy, house training and bathroom accidents, and other issues we wanted to work on. She addressed all of our questions/concerns and gave us other resources to use. Martha was easy to talk to and responded very quickly to my request. It has only been a few days since we met with Martha and I can already see an improvement in Lucy's behavior. I am so grateful to have found Martha because she has made our lives so much easier with Lucy. I wish I would've worked with her sooner!!!
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
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