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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 Tacoma dog trainers
Thumbtack Customer
We have been working with April for a little over a month to train our rescue dog Milo. April is easy to work with and our dog responds positively to her. I like how she has goals for us to work on, but also addresses any issues we have with Milo during the week. I also appreciate that she comes to our house, so we can work on issues specific to our environment. I highly recommend April if you are looking for a dog (or people) trainer.
Rowdy Rover Dog Training, LLCRowdy Rover Dog Training, LLC
Stacia R.
I love her energy, her positive approach and her professionalism. I love that she is able to tailor the training to my dog and my'son specific goals and needs.
Riverside Dog TrainingRiverside Dog Training
Danya A.
Martha came in to see our two female dogs who have been getting into some gruesome fights with one another. It got to the point where people got injured trying to break up the fight, and one of the dogs went in for surgery. We didn’t know what else to do so we contacted every behavior trainer within 40 miles of our home, who had experience in aggressive behaviors between multiple dogs. Out of everyone we contacted Martha seemed the most knowledgeable. She was extremely flexible with our schedule and gave us phone privileges ahead of our appointment time to help guide us and problem solve. We went through so much information and were doing so many things wrong. Right now we are doing the “doggy boot camp” and have started to assert ourselves in a leadership role with our dogs. It has been a little over a week and we have seen improvement in their behavior and are putting things in place to help prevent fights (have also been taught what to do during fights). I highly highly recommend her if you are in need in a house with multiple pets! (We even have a cat!) thank you for everything Martha!
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
Sarah M.
We had a great experience with Martha. We hired her because we are expecting a new baby and wanted to work on a few behavioral issues with our dog, primarily barking, jumping up and getting him used to the idea of having a baby in the house. She really knew what she was doing and we felt comfortable trusting her with our dog. She spent about 5 hours with us in total. It was a bit of an information overload at first and we were afraid we would forget a bunch of stuff, but thankfully she recorded the entire session and provided us with a copy via cassette tape. We were able to transcribe the cassettes to our computer so we now have a digital copy that we can listen to anytime. We've been taking things day by day since she left and working with our dog. I think if we keep with it we'll make a lot of progress. She provides free follow up calls afterwards as well in case we have more questions or get discouraged. We feel very confident that she provided us with all the tools we need to be successful. We would highly recommend her to anyone searching for an effective dog trainer.
Martha's Canine, Feline & All Creature CounselingMartha's Canine, Feline & All Creature Counseling
Rachel P.
Bringing our German shepherd to Karen was easily the best thing we ever did for her!! Sadie is an insecure dog with a bite history. Karen’s love for animals is so evident and was the reason we felt comfortable leaving our baby with a stranger. Thanks to Karen and the e-collar training we are now able to do so much more with her. With the solid base set for us to work off we’ll be able to take Sadie so much further in the future. Thank you Karen!
Karen's crittersKaren's critters
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