$50 to $100 per hour for private lessons
How To Find
There are likely to be a number of dog training schools available in your area. One of the common options is to take your dog to classes at a local pet shop or to sign up for dog training sessions at one of the chain pet supply stores, such as Petco and Petsmart . You can also ask your veterinarian or groomer for recommendations. Looking in your yellow pages or searching online to see the range of dog training businesses that exist for your area can give you an idea of what is close at hand. In addition, you can get more information about the importance of dog training through a variety of websites and other online resources. These include the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the American Kennel Club and Dog Trainer Search. Some of these also offer searchable directories that make it easy to locate local dog trainers.
What To Look For
There’s no certificate required for dog trainers to start a business, so it can be quite confusing when you sit down to find the right person to train your dog. You don’t have to be overwhelmed by the decision, though. Look for a dog trainer who has a good understanding of animals and can build a positive rapport with both you and your dog.
Cost For Dog Training
The price for dog training depends on the type and age of your dog and exactly what you need. Most group dog training classes last for an hour each and the sessions usually run for about 6 weeks. A basic dog training class should be the least expensive option, since this is the less intensive. It costs between $100 and $150 (or around $15 to $25 per hour) for a 6-week dog training session. If you take a more intensive training class to help a puppy or adult dog work on specific behaviors or habits you aren’t happy with, the price may be as high as $200 to $250 (between about $30 and $45) for a 6 week session. If you prefer to have one-on-one time with the dog trainer, it can cost between $300 and $700 (or between $50 to $120) for a 6-week class. You can expect the price to be on the lower end if you go the dog trainer’s facility rather than the more expensive option of the dog trainer coming to your home.
Some dog trainers will require a pre-paid class commitment, but some of them might be willing to work with you on a pay-as-you-go basis. If you are able to arrange that, you can also expect the price to be on the higher end of the scale.
Practice Makes Perfect
You can help your dog get the most out of class by practicing the dog training skills at home. To encourage this, many dog trainers will provide handouts detailing the lessons from your class so you will know exactly what to work on and how to do it effectively at home. Keep in mind that most dogs have short attention spans, so for the best results, it’s a good idea to do short refreshers at home and repeat them regularly.
Last Updated: Aug 31, 2011