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Dog Trainers on HomeGuide cost
$20 - $150 /hour

The average cost for a dog trainer is $50 per hour. Hiring a dog trainer to teach your dog, you will likely spend between $20 and $150. The price of dog training can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local dog trainers or get free estimates from pros near you.

How much does dog training lessons cost?

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Getting a dog trained to learn good habits and/or get rid of his bad ones can take a while. No matter which path you take, all dogs must be vaccinated before training begins and everything taught by the dog trainer needs to be repeated at home.

Dog Training

Some prefer to send the dog away for a few weeks to do intensive training, while others prefer to do weekly lessons in a group setting. Either way, know from the get-go exactly what your end goals are for your dog’s behavior, and prepare to spend anywhere from $40-$150/hour to get your dog trained.

One-On-One/Private Training

The cost of dog training depends on the size, age, and breed of dog, the location of the dog training sessions, and the level of habit adjustment needed. Evaluations are given before training starts, sometimes for an additional cost. The goal of private training can go far beyond basic commands like sit or lie down. A good trainer will observe the dog’s interaction with each member of the family and train him or her to respect them all.

Private training can also help with jumping up, separation anxiety, chewing, digging, socialization with other dogs, and biting.

Some sample pricing for private training is:

Buster Browns Pet Behavior Training and Care, Denton, TX | from $25/half hour

Koking K9 Training, Walton, KY | from $43/day with the Board and Train program

Paw in Order, Orange, CA | $75 for a full day at the kennel. $100 for an in home session (about 45 minutes to 1 hour)

Stillwater Kennels and Training, Nottingham, NH | From $54/day with the Kenneling and Training program

Group Lessons

Dog trainers offer different levels of group dog training, with puppy classes, basic training, and advanced training being the norms. Agility lessons can be great fun for children and their dogs, and it makes for a good summer day camp experience for both.

The average price for group lessons is $20/lesson for a six- to eight-week package. Group lessons are actually a better long-term choice for the owners if you want to remember all the commands and training tools. Even with boarding a dog while training him or her, the owner still has to be present for a hand-over lesson at the end to learn these.

Package Discounts

Because obedience training is only as successful as the consistency of its implementation, it makes sense to buy a package of three to ten training sessions up front. Canine Company in Wilton, CT, offers a three-session Manners Training package for $399, 6 sessions for $729, and 9 sessions for $999. Single training sessions start at $149 per session. Wag Hotels in San Francisco, CA (and other CA locations), charges $175 for five one-hour group obedience classes or seven days of private training for $75/day instead of the regular price of $125 per session.

Reputation

Many dog trainers are members and/or are certified by the American Kennel Club, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the International School for Dog Trainers, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), or the International Association of Canine Professionals. One of the more basic certifications for dog trainers is in teaching the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test.

Standalone Specialties

Some dog trainers offer specialized training in protection, tracking, and service work. Other can assess and train dogs as therapy dogs, while others train dogs for movie and TV work. Debbie Pinthus at Fitdog in Santa Monica, CA, has trained dogs in rally and sheep herding. She’s also a mentor trainer for Animal Behavioral College, and charges approx. $100/hour. Stillwater Kennels and Training, Nottingham, NH has professionally worked police and military dogs for the last forty years. Evaluations start at $75, private in-home training - $600, doggy boot camp - $1,500 and includes kenneling.

Locations

Most trainers are willing to come to your home for private training sessions at an additional cost. Others will take your dog for day training and then your dog gets to stay with you at night, while yet others will take your dog for a few weeks and fully train him or her at their facility.

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