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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.

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.

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 Vancouver dog trainers
Susan M.
She trained me on how to crate train my dog.
Paws United Dog TrainingPaws United Dog Training
Merritt D.
Just an amazing experience, gave us hope for training our unruly dog. One of the best.
Yappy to HappyYappy to Happy
Georgia D.
Elizabeth is a great dog trainer who utilizes reward therapy and is very gentle and caring with our puppy. We look forward to seeing our puppy blossom under her training.
Paws United Dog TrainingPaws United Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent trainer, gave us many tools with witch to work with our dog and make our mutual existence better.
CrittersCritters
Thumbtack Customer
We have had one session of dog training with Cynthia and she is so helpful! My dog has shown some aggressive tendencies towards other dogs and I have also been uneducated about how to provide structure in my training. I learned so much the first day! She really knows her stuff and does a wonderful job of explaining why her techniques work. She gave me a lot more hope for my dog, before I was afraid to take him on walks, but now I know in a few months that things will get so much better. I definently recommend cynthia :)
DOG SPECIALTIESDOG SPECIALTIES
Stephanie A.
Elizabeth was extremely helpful getting us on the right path to having a well mannered dog. She listened to my concerns and provided me with the tools needed to address those concerns. I am confident that Atlas is on his way to being a well mannered family member. I highly recommend Elizabeth for your dog training needs.
Paws United Dog TrainingPaws United Dog Training
Sarah B.
We have seen great improvement with our puppy thanks to Molly, our Great Dane has been leash reactive and would not listen to us when there were other dogs around. she has shown huge improvement and we are very happy with the training that both we and our dog received. I totally recommend her services.
Growing Up K9Growing Up K9
Kelly S.
First off, I don’t usually write reviews. But after our interactions and involvement with Cynthia at Dog Specialties, I really wanted to share our experience with others looking to find their puppy/dog a trusted trainer. A little bit about our specific situation is that We have a puppy we named Olive, who is going on 5 months old. She is an adorable pure breed black German Shephard. We have had no prior experience with this specific breed, although i have always had dogs in the past. I feel like we were grossly unprepared for how different it is raising a German Shephard puppy, compared to having a smaller, older dog. Which is what my previous experiences with dogs was coming from. Everything was wonderful until our darling little bundle of fur started growing by leaps and bounds. Never having a larger size breed before it quickly became apparent that she didn’t know her own strength in regards to play biting and pulling us on the leash. Since Olive is just a puppy, she loved to do the puppy thing which included play biting (still hurt pretty bad, sharp little teeth), chasing our cats, being rowdy when around other people, etc. we especially needed to stop olive from “talking back” to us when we’d ask her to follow our commands. Honestly we were failing miserably at providing the basics needed to raise a happy, healthy and well mannered puppy. With Olive being on the bigger size already I felt the problem would only get worse with each passing day that she went without professional training. I knew that I needed to find a good trainer and quickly. So I started asking around and looking online for places that could help us. I of course found the regular puppy training programs, that is only for a couple hours a day generally at a rate starting around $150/hr and goes up from that price. But what I really wanted was a place that Olive could go to that she could be in a puppy boot camp of sorts. We had already instilled some bad habits with her behavior unknowingly and those needed to be corrected before they became part of her personality. Although the thought of giving someone we didn’t know our cute puppy for an extended amount of time made me very nervous to say the least. I worried that she wouldn’t be cared for the same way that she had been accustomed to being babied by us. Ultimately, I knew that Olive would best benefit from a one on one type of training program but I was having a really hard time finding one that fit in our budget. More importantly finding a place that didn’t use shock collars as the main tool of training. The thought of Olive being put in a shock collar made me feel sick. Especially since she is so young and the behaviors she had been doing that I found needed to be corrected, I didn’t feel warranted the use of a shock collar. I’m not opposed to people who use them because they definitely have the right time, place and dog that that is the only means with which to train a dog. But not a very young puppy who had displayed no aggression or an unwillingness to take direction. At that point I had contacted 4, yes 4 different places that all had good reviews, but NONE of them were willing to use other methods-just the shock collar! Besides that, the cheapest one I found was a 2 week stay, for get this $3,200! I about fell over every time I’d be quoted some crazy high price. It just wasn’t in our means to afford the cost of these other places. I’m not sure why I decided to look at thumbtack but I had recalled using the thumbtack app in a previous project we needed done and it was a positive experience. So I thought I’d check to see if by some small chance there would be anyone able to help us on that app. I truly believe now that it was divine intervention, not to be dramatic about it, but my level of desperation was high and I hadn’t had any luck finding a place for Olive to go to that fit my requirements of the cost & humane training practices. That’s when I found Cynthias business, Dog Specialties. I looked through and read every single review and knew that based off of her reviews she was the perfect fit for what we needed. More importantly, what Olive needed. I reached out to her and shared what our situation was with Olive. We arranged for Olive to spend 2-2 1/2 weeks with her at her home. Not only was her price quote extremely fair and very reasonably priced but she never recommended the use of a shock collar for Olive. When we dropped Olive off at her house I must admit I was worried that Olive would be confused and that she wouldn’t be taken care of the way she had become used to being babied. Wow was I completely off by having those irrational fears! Let’s just say that by the time we came back to pick olive up it was abundantly clear that not only was olive very well cared for but olive didn’t really want to leave lol! Not only did we get almost daily updates about Olives progress and videos to show her improvements but Cynthia also helped figure out how to calm Olives anxieties with separation issues. She helped with Olives skin problems and her always itching. I cannot say just how grateful we are to both Cynthia and her son J.D. for how they made Olive a part of their family while Olive was in their care. So much so that when we came to pick Olive up she was very excited to see us of course. But soon as Cynthias son, J.D. walked past us Olive stopped being concerned about greeting us and followed J.D.! It was kind of heart breaking at first that Olive wasn’t entirely excited to see us, but at the same time I knew that they had formed a special bond. One that wouldn’t of happened if she had been mistreated or not completely made to feel like she was part of their family. In fact, I wouldn’t of wanted Olive to have behaved any differently because I know that Olive will always be taken care of, like she was one of their own dogs. Not just some dog who is there for training. We received a lesson when we picked Olive up and are eager to come back to get more lessons and to have Olive get more training. But overall I’d say that if you are looking for someone who will love and care for your dog the way you do then look no further. Cynthia and her son JD are the most knowledgeable trainers who will teach with love, compassion and a firm hand to get the results that you are looking for. Olive is a much better puppy for the time she spent there and we will be forever grateful for the time they both devoted to Olives training. I’d also like to add that Cynthia has been extremely accommodating with my text messages and questions after we came home with Olive. I don’t know of any other place that would return text messages and be so kind and patient with previous customers as she has been. It is just another thing that goes to show how passionate and devoted she is to the dogs that have been in her care. To sum everything up I highly recommend anyone needing any type of training for their furry friends to get ahold of Cynthia and JD. You will be more then impressed with the results and overall experience both you and your dog have working with them. Thank you for ALL that you’ve done for our family and for Olive. We can’t thank you enough for the time, energy, kindness and compassion you’ve shown our family!!
DOG SPECIALTIESDOG SPECIALTIES
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