Are Dog Training Classes Worth It? | EtcPets (2024)

The idea of adding a new puppy or adult dog to your home usually brings about thoughts of playing ball, enjoyable walks around the neighborhood, and cuddling on the couch. However, this lovely scenario is often interrupted when your new dog begins jumping on guests, nipping at fingers, or chewing on your favorite items. At that time, you might start considering some professional help and wonder if dog training classes are worth it.

While it may be possible to train your dog to be a calm and respectful family member on your own, it is often helpful and extremely beneficial to enroll in some type of organized dog obedience class. With a variety of training styles, scenarios, and prices available, you should be able to find a dog training class that is a perfect fit for your pooch!

To honestly answer the question of “are dog training classes worth it,” we need to explore a few things such as: what is actually taught in the class, the format of the class, and of course, the actual cost of the training. In this article, we will talk about the different training options available and the average price of each, and how to go about finding a trainer and class that is right for your dog.

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What Type of Dog Training Classes Are Available?

As a trainer, I tend to think of a basic group obedience class when someone asks about dog training classes. However, it was brought to my attention that “dog training classes” can also be a generic term for any professional trainer’s assistance. So, let’s look at some of the different types of training formats that are available and the situations they work best for.

Group Classes

Group classes usually consist of one trainer working with several dog and owner teams at the same time. The class size can vary from only 3 or 4 teams all the way up to large group classes of 15-20 teams, and there are benefits and drawbacks to each end of that scale. In a smaller group class, you will generally get more one-on-one attention from your trainer. This is a benefit, as it allows the trainer to get to know you and your dog better and customize the training better to suit your individual needs. In a smaller class (depending on the location), your dog will have less distraction to deal with than they would have in a class with many other teams participating. However, that small class size may actually be a drawback if you were hoping to expose your new puppy to many new people and dogs, or if you are hoping to prepare your dog to work in highly distracting environments in the future. Sometimes, the cost of a smaller class may be slightly higher than a large class as well.

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Most trainers offer different levels of group classes in hopes of having dogs close to the same skill level, so they can teach the same things to each team. Carefully examining what the prerequisites are for each class, as well as what you can expect your dog to learn during the course, is crucial in deciding which one to enroll in.

If you have a young puppy, I recommend looking for a class geared explicitly toward puppies. While it may be distracting for your pup to learn around a bunch of other happy, wiggly pups, it will give them some much-needed exposure to other dogs. Having a class that is limited to young dogs often reduces the chances of your pup having a bad experience with another dog that may not be accustomed to puppy behaviors. On the other hand, if you have an adult dog, they might do better in a class of other adult dogs so you can begin working on basic commands right away rather than wasting time discussing housebreaking and puppy nipping if those things don’t apply to your situation.

In most parts of the country, you can expect to pay between $100 and $300 for a six-week group class, making group classes one of the most affordable training options. Group classes usually meet once per week for about an hour and are often held in a park, training facility, or pet store.

Most trainers will spend a portion of the class explaining a topic (either a behavior issue or a command) to the entire group and then offer you time to try the exercise with your own dog while they supervise and give suggestions. Depending on the class size, this can mean a lot of time spent listening and waiting for your turn, which frustrates some people (and dogs!). The classes are generally intended as mostly instruction time for you, and you will be expected to spend time each day working with your dog before the next session. If you do not do this homework, it is unlikely that you will see the results you hope for.

Private Training Sessions

If your work schedule does not allow for you to attend a weekly group class, or if your dog is aggressive around other dogs, perhaps private training sessions would be a better route for you! With private training sessions, you may have the option of going to a trainer’s facility, meeting in a park, or having the trainer come to your house to work with you and your dog.

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To solve behavior problems that occur in the home, doing the training in your home is often the best choice. For instance, if your dog jumps up on the counter, it will be nearly impossible to work on that in a group class where there are likely no counters to jump up on.

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In-home private sessions remove the distraction factor of other dogs and people. This can make it easier for a dog to learn new basic commands. However, you must eventually practice these new commands around distractions if you want your dog to respond in various settings.

If you are experiencing any sort of aggression issues with your dog, a group class is NOT the place to begin working on those issues, as it puts others at risk. A private training session is an option that you might want to consider if you need help working on aggression, whether that be aggression toward other dogs or toward people.

You can expect to pay more for private sessions than you would for a group class. Prices for private sessions vary significantly by the trainer but often run between $60 and $150 for a one-hour session. Some trainers will charge additional travel fees to come to your home as well.

Board and Train or Boot Camp

Another training option is to send your dog away to a trainer’s facility or home for training. While some trainers offer this type of training on a daily basis, most require you to leave your dog with them for a period of time, usually ranging from 2-4 weeks.

A board and train will allow your dog to be completely immersed in the training process. That will often speed up the learning process, as they will be surrounded by experienced people, and most distractions will be controlled. However, many boot camps are done in a training facility rather than a home setting, which may inhibit the ability to work on specific issues you could be experiencing in your home environment.

Sending your dog away for training can kick-start their learning, but if the training is not continued when returning home, the results will often fade. Any board and train option should include at least a couple of follow up lessons so the owner can see what was taught to the dog. More important than being shown the results, is for the owner to learn how to continue on with the training in the dog’s own environment.

Board and trains are usually much more expensive than the other two options we discussed. You can expect to pay at least $50 to $75 per day and often as much as $2500 for two weeks of training. While it is important to research which trainer you want to work with for any type of class, it is imperative that you carefully research the trainer and their facility if you are going to send your dog away for training.

Is Professional Training Really Necessary?

The answer to this question depends heavily on what you expect out of your dog, your dog’s age, and what behavior problems you might be experiencing. If you have adopted a young adult dog that is already well-socialized with people and other dogs, and you have had some success teaching your dog how to respond to commands, professional training may not be necessary. However, with a young puppy, a group class can be incredibly valuable, even if you are an experienced trainer!

Although I have been training dogs (and their people) for close to 25 years, I always enroll my own puppies in a basic group class taught by someone else when they are around 4 months old. While I might not feel that I need the instructor’s help with training techniques, I do feel that working in a group environment, with the distraction of other people and dogs, is necessary for my puppy’s development.

With careful planning and some creativity, it is possible to create the distraction of a group class on your own while training your dog. You could do training sessions at a park, so your dog learns to work around other people and dogs.

Many stores will also allow well-behaved pets in their stores, which can be an excellent place to perfect your dog’s training! However, please make sure your dog is friendly, well-behaved, and leashed before taking them into a store. Most pet owners know that their dogs are welcome at stores like PetSmart and Petco, but other stores such as Tractor Supply Co., Michaels, and Bed Bath & Beyond also welcome well-behaved dogs! There are several other stores that people have claimed to be dog friendly (including Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Barnes and Noble), but many of these stores do not have a company-wide policy, and instead, they leave the decision up to the individual store manager. Please be sure to contact the store to verify their pet policy before arriving with your dog.

Shopping with your dog can be fun and excellent training experience, but you may decide that it is easier to just sign up for a basic obedience class – or that you need that obedience class before your dog is ready to join you on your shopping trip!

If you are a new dog owner, it can be overwhelming to sift through all of the training books, articles, and videos available to you! While there is a lot of great information out there that willhelp you train your dog, there really is no substitute for an actual trainer that gets to know you and your dog. An experienced trainer is a valuable resource for determining which training techniques will work best for your particular dog! A good trainer spends equal (or more!) time training you so that you can guide your dog throughout their life.

Unfortunately, not every dog is naturally a friendly, well-behaved, good citizen. If you are experiencing behavior problems with your dog (especially any sort of aggression) or if the training techniques you have tried do not produce the results you want, hiring a professional to assist you might be necessary.

What Are Some Other Benefits of Dog Training Classes?

The obvious benefit of training classes is having access to an experienced, professional trainer to guide you and your dog to a healthy and happy relationship. But, there are other benefits to classes as well that you might not have thought about.

The first is that spending money on something often holds us more accountable. Although there are plenty of ways to exercise at home, many people spend money each month on a gym membership, knowing that spending that money will encourage them to actually go there and exercise. It’s the same with dog training! If you invest money in your dog’s training, you may be more likely to set aside time each day to train your dog, so that the money you spent is not wasted.

Besides the monetary investment holding you accountable, putting an appointment on your calendar – whether your weekly group class or an appointment with a private trainer – will often motivate owners to work with their dog more. Even as a professional trainer, this is the motivation that I need! Although I have the tools and knowledge to train dogs, I know that I often procrastinate when it comes to training my own dogs! I have found that knowing I’m going to be in a class with other people that have worked with their dogs all week motivates me to do the same, so my dog doesn’t fall behind in class. I hear the same thing from my private clients. I try to encourage them to schedule their next appointment with me as we finish up our lesson. That appointment tends to motivate them to do their homework much better than if they are given the option to call me later for their next lesson.

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I have already covered the benefit of dog socialization that comes from dog training classes, but people socialization is also a benefit! It is nice to spend time with other people that feel the same way about their dog as you feel about yours! It is also enjoyable to go through a class with other people and their puppies, and it is fun to watch the other teams mature and reach their goals. It can also be very comforting to be around other people that might be experiencing the same issues with their dog as you are with yours. I have seen significant friendships develop in group classes between people that often last way beyond graduation day!

How Do I Find the Best Class for My Dog?

Hopefully, I’ve made it clear to you that I genuinely believe dog training classes are worth it! Now, the next step is finding the right trainer and class for your dog. This is not an easy task. The right class can be invaluable to your dog and your relationship with your dog. On the other hand, the wrong trainer or class can be a disaster, resulting in wasted money, or worse, more problems than you started with.

Ask For Referrals

Many trainers will happily offer you references to verify their competency and results. However, no trainer will send you to people who were unhappy with them, so these references are often biased. Rather than asking the trainer for references, ask other people to refer you to trainers they have worked with and been happy with.

Your veterinarian’s office is a great place to start! Many have a list of trainers who have either worked with themselves or learned about from their clients. And, if you see someone out and about with a well-behaved dog you admire, don’t be afraid to ask them if they worked with a trainer to get their dog to act that way.

Talk to the Trainer Personally

Websites and flyers can be a useful resource when you are researching trainers and dog classes. However, when you have narrowed your options down to a few that you might enjoy working with, make a phone call!

I strongly recommend an actual phone call whenever possible, as opposed to an email or a text. Ask questions of the trainer and listen carefully to their answers! Are they familiar with your breed of dog? Are they easy to understand, and are they able to explain their training methods well? You need a trainer that is able to train dogs, but they must also be able to teach people! And, their way of teaching needs to coincide with your style of learning to be a good match.

Unfortunately, the dog training industry does not have any official licensing in place. So basically, anyone can call themself a dog trainer and charge for their services. While there are organizations that offer certifications and memberships, some of those require nothing more than filling out a quick application and paying a fee for that certification. There are a few schools that offer classes for dog trainers, but even those are not really a substitution for actual experience.

Talk with your trainer and find out how long they have been training as well as what they have accomplished in that time (either titles they put on their own dogs, or accomplishments their students have made). You can certainly take certifications into account, but make sure to verify where they came from and what requirements were met to achieve them.

Ask to Observe a Class

Some trainers offer a free consultation. If this is an option, take advantage of it! But be careful of training companies that send out their sales staff to do these consultations rather than sending their actual trainers. If that is the case, you will often get a great sales pitch, yet still know nothing about the actual trainer you will be working with.

Don’t overlook a trainer that doesn’t offer free consultations – especially if that trainer offers in-home lessons. It is time-consuming and costly for them to schedule a home visit for free. However, that trainer should be willing to answer some basic questions for you over the phone about their training techniques and theories before scheduling a lesson that you will be required to pay for.

If the trainer you are considering offers group classes, ask if you can observe one of their classes without your dog. Most are happy to allow that! Watching a class will give you a chance to evaluate how they communicate with their students and the dogs, as well as give you some insight into their training methods. If you stay until the end of class, you might be able to speak with a couple of the students and get some feedback on their experiences.

How Much Do Dog Training Classes Cost?

When people ask if something is “worth it,” many times they actually mean “is it worth the amount of money spent.” When it comes to dog training, the cost can vary greatly. You will need to decide the value of the class based on what your expectations are. For example, if you have a basically well-behaved young adult dog that you just need a little help with teaching commands to, it might be a great value to take a six-week group class for $120 to get that help and socialization. In that particular case, a $2500 board and train option would not be a good value for you. However, for a severely aggressive dog, that may end up re-homed or even euthanized without proper training, that $2500 price tag could be an incredible value to the owner (and the dog as well!).

With many things in life, you often “get what you pay for.” However, I have found in dog training, that isn’t always the case! With some research, you could find an excellent class with experienced trainers at the low end of the price range. And, just because you are paying top dollar for your lessons, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are working with the most experienced and talented trainers.

As I said before, research before choosing someone to work with! Take the price into consideration, but more weight should be put on what you will actually get out of the training. An extremely cheap class that you learn nothing from is still wasted money.

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For a basic group obedience class, you should plan on spending between $100 to $300 for six to eight classes. However, you may be able to find effective classes for a lower price tag if you check with your local obedience clubs, shelters, and humane societies.

Private lessons often carry a slightly higher price tag at between $60 and $150 per session. Some trainers vary their prices based on whether they go to your home or you come to their facility. Many also offer a reduced rate per session if you purchase a package of multiple sessions.

Board and train or boot camp training is the most expensive option, often running at least $50 to $75 per day or even $2500 for a two-week (or more) program. Many of these board and trains will include a private session when the training is complete, and some also include follow-up group classes for free or for a reduced price.Make sure to ask what is included before sending your dog! While that sounds like a high price tag, if you can do the board and train during a time that you would be boarding your dog anyway, it tends to sound much more affordable! A regular boarding kennel usually runs between $20 and $50 per day, and that does not include any training. So, if you have a trip planned and would like to come home to a better-trained dog, you might want to consider the board and train option even for basic training.

Final Thoughts

It is possible to end up with that perfect dog that never gets in any trouble and always does what you ask – but that is a rarity! Those “perfect dogs” are usually the result of clear and consistent training from their owner throughout their life.

If you are happy with your dog’s behavior as it is, or if you are successfully training your dog on your own, that is great! But if there are any parts of your dog’s training that you are struggling with, I strongly recommend exploring the dog training class options in your area. You may find out that your dog is capable of much more than you expected! At the very least, you’ll have an opportunity to spend some quality time with your dog and possibly meet some new friends both for you and your pup!

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Is it worth spending money on dog training? ›

Investing in dog training is one of the wisest decisions you can make. While training your dog costs anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, the money you spend making your new canine companion a valuable part of your family is well worth the cost.

Does dog training really work? ›

Yes, Positive Reinforcement Dog Training Does Work

This is very evident when working with reactive dogs; many pet owners just don't trust the dog training technique. As with anything, there are pros and cons, but you'll notice very few cons with positive reinforcement dog training.

Is it better to train your dog yourself or a trainer? ›

Pro: DIY dog training can be a great way to establish a healthy relationship between you and your dog. It can also be more cost effective than hiring a professional. Con: DIY dog training takes a lot of time, patience, and knowledge. Some individuals may not be up for the commitment or have the expertise.

How many training sessions does it take to train a dog? ›

If you want a well-behaved dog, you have to teach it how to behave. It's often advised to train the dog frequently, for example to have three short training sessions a day. On the other hand, if you go to training classes, they are usually once a week (though of course you can practise at home).

What is the success rate of dog training? ›

Extensive resources are invested to breed, raise, and train these dogs, but success rates from training programs are reportedly only 35-50%.

Are dogs happier if they are trained? ›

If there's one thing we've noticed at All Creatures Veterinary Care Center, it's that trained dogs are happier and healthier dogs.

What is the hardest thing to train a dog to do? ›

The “Winner” is

The hardest part of dog training is doing nothing. It's standing like a statue, not saying anything, not doing anything, while your dog acts a fool. She's barking, jumping, biting at the leash. If you're in public, it's embarrassing and you want to make her stop.

How many hours a day do you train a dog? ›

While your dog is “going through” a training program, you should work with them at minimum 30 to 40 minutes per day. This should be done to ensure that your dog has a really good concept of the last command that was learned, and they are prepared for the next training session.

How long should dog training last? ›

Keep your training sessions short.

For most dogs, short bursts of training are far more suitable. And if you think you must schedule hour-long intervals, you will never find the time. Five minutes per session is more than enough. Anything longer, and you risk having your dog become bored or frustrated.

What age is it easier to train a dog? ›

According to experts, the ideal time to train a dog is when they are around 7 to 8 weeks old. This is a great time as they are still new to the world to start to understand commands and what is expected of them.

Are the hardest dogs to train? ›

So let's talk about the top 10 hardest dogs to train: Rottweilers. American Pit Bull Terriers. Siberian Huskies.

Do you have to beat a dog to train it? ›

Hitting or beating is thought to discourage bad behaviors when applied with the proper force, timing, and redirection. However, pain-based aversive techniques are risky. Studies show that they significantly increase stress, lower a dog's quality of life, and may even increase dog aggression.

Can a dog be trained in 2 weeks? ›

Two weeks is just barely enough time for the dog to adjust to the new routine and start understanding the commands. Still, even at this point, they are just becoming ready to practice their learned skill set in various environments (such as dog parks and around town).

How often should I take my dog out while training? ›

Take your puppy outside frequently—at least every two hours—and immediately after they wake up, during and after playing, and after eating or drinking. Pick a bathroom spot outside, and always take your puppy (on a leash) to that spot.

Can a dog be trained in a week? ›

The good news is that you can usually house train a dog in seven days no matter how old she is. Puppies and small dogs have smaller bladders and will need more frequent potty breaks, but otherwise house training all dogs is essentially the same process.

What is negative punishment in dog training? ›

Negative punishment is when you take away a desired stimulus after a undesired behavior is performed making the behavior less likely to happen in the future. For example you are walking your dog and they start to pull, You stop walking and wait till your dog stops pulling.

What is the most common training taught to dogs? ›

Sit, stay, and come are the three most common commands taught in beginner classes and are the foundation for further skills training and behavior modification programs. By teaching your dog to sit and stay, their minds become engaged and they learn deference to the human at the end of the leash.

Why force free dog training doesn t work? ›

So, why doesn't force-free training work? Because it isn't used properly. Just like an upside down vacuum, you cannot fault a method when it's being used incorrectly. You cannot put a reactive dog in a situation above their threshold and think that treats will keep them calm.

Are male dogs easier to train? ›

Female dogs tend to be easier to housebreak, easier to train, and more connected with their owners—but in certain circ*mstances they can be more demanding of attention. Aggression can be a problem in any dog of any breed, however it is usually more apparent in non-neutered males.

Will dog training change my dogs personality? ›

Training helps correct problematic behaviours. Your dog's personality may make him prone to engage in problematic behaviours, but training won't actually change your pet's personality. Instead, it will help your dog learn acceptable behaviour that will allow his personality to shine.

What is the number 1 easiest dog to train? ›

Top 9 easiest dogs to train
  • #1: Border collie. No couch potatoes, border collies are athletes bred to work. ...
  • #2: German shepherd. ...
  • #3: Labrador retriever. ...
  • #4: Golden retriever. ...
  • #5: Australian shepherd. ...
  • #6: Standard poodle. ...
  • #7: Doberman pinscher. ...
  • #8: Papillon.

How fast does it take to train a dog? ›

Usually, it takes 6 weeks to teach your dog the basics. However, long daily sessions take more than 4 weeks, whereas short, bi-weekly training sessions take 9 weeks. After that, you will get a trained dog. You know a trained dog is always a good companion in every way.

What is the easiest thing to train a dog? ›

"Sit" is one of the easiest tricks every pet owner should teach their dog. The “sit” command is the starting point for most dog tricks. Once your pet has perfected "sit," they will have an easier time learning other tricks. Teaching your dog "sit pretty" is a fun trick to entertain to your friends and family.

How long is too late to train a dog? ›

It's never too late to start dog training

It's never too late to address problems such as poor recall or pulling on the lead. In fact - as your dog ages it's important for his or her physical and mental health that they have good manners.

How long can a trained dog be left alone? ›

Try to keep the time that your dog is left home alone to a minimum. Even the most well-adjusted dogs may become distressed¹ if they are left home alone for too long. 2 hours a day is the limit.

How much does it cost to train a dog? ›

How Much Does Dog Training Cost?
ExpenseAverage Cost
Individual training sessions$1,500 – $2,000
Group training classes$150 – $200
Stay-and-Train services$4,000
Aug 23, 2022

What is the 3 second rule in dog training? ›

The Three Second Rule: -Three seconds is the maximum amount of time an initial greeting should last. Three seconds is 'one elephant, two elephants, three' then space apart or walk away. Many owners make the mistake of waiting that bit longer after three and the meet and greet then turns unpleasant.

Is it too late to house train my dog? ›

The short answer is: no. While it's usually harder to train an older dog than a puppy, it's never too late to train a dog — you just have to be willing to put in the time, patience and determination required to create boundaries, establish new habits and eliminate destructive behaviors.

What is the best age to get a puppy? ›

So what is the ideal age for a puppy to be when you welcome him into your home? There are different opinions, as well as a variety of factors, that influence the answer to this question. However, most veterinarians and breeders would put the optimum age to bring home a puppy somewhere between 8-to-10 weeks old.

At what age is a dog not trainable? ›

At what age is it too late to train a dog? Of course, you know the answer by now: It is not ever too late. Training works at any point in a dog's life. Whether you start the day you bring your puppy home, or when your 10 year old dog finally needs to stop his leash pulling habit.

What is the hardest age for a dog? ›

The most challenging time of raising a puppy is the adolescent period. Dogs become “teenagers” and seem to forget everything they have ever been taught. This period is individual to each dog, but it may begin when he's about eight months old and continue until he's two years old.

Is 7 months too late to train a dog? ›

You may be asking yourself, “Is my dog too old to train?” Despite popular belief, you can teach an old dog new tricks. If you're wondering when it's too late to train a dog, the answer is never! Training a dog as an adult can be beneficial in some ways — he may be less distractible and energetic than he was as a puppy.

What breed of dog is hardest to own? ›

Some of the toughest dog breeds are also the hardest to train, including Rottweilers, Siberian huskies, and American pit bull terriers. What's the most aggressive dog breed? Some of the most aggressive breeds include German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans, and American pit bull terriers.

What is the smartest dog to train? ›

1. Border Collie: A workaholic, this breed is the world's premier sheep herder, prized for its intelligence, extraordinary instinct, and working ability.

Which dog breed is the smartest? ›

1. Border collie. According to The Intelligence of Dogs, which ranks 131 dog breeds in terms of their relative intelligence, the border collie is the smartest dog breed known to man.

Can I hit my dog if he doesn't listen? ›

Don't physically discipline your dog: You love your pets like family, so you'd never want to hurt your dog. It goes without saying that you should never lay a hand on your dog to discipline him, even if you're extremely frustrated. There is a never a reason to hit, shake or intimidate your dog.

Do you punish a dog for running away? ›

No, you should never punish your dog for running away! By the time you punish him, he has already returned to you. He will link the correction to coming to you, which is the exact opposite of what you want! You always need to teach your dog that coming to you is fun and rewarding.

What can I do instead of yelling at my dog? ›

Yelling encourages bad behavior

That shows your dog she has no incentive to come back. Instead, call your dog and when she comes back, praise her and give her a treat.

Can you train a dog in 10 days? ›

In order to get your dog house trained in 10 days, you need to follow a strict schedule of potty breaks, meals, playtime, and crate confinement. If you can't come home for certain parts of the day, then arrange a dog walker or pet sitter to visit your house to take care of the midday break.

Can a 2 year old dog be house trained? ›

Yes, an older dog can absolutely be potty trained. In fact, house training an adult dog can actually be easier than house training a puppy. This is because adult dogs are more likely more used to holding in their pee, so getting accumulated to a bathroom schedule may be easier for them.

How long is 2 days in dog time? ›

Assuming the idea that one human year is seven dog years, every hour to us works out to 7 hours for a dog. 1 day for us, 24 hours of human time, is 7 days in dog time.

Is it better to train a dog inside or outside? ›

Bring Your Dog Indoors

Just being able to spend time in your company will help keep your dog happier and better behaved. To start a puppy off right, give them plenty of exercise and playtime, teach them basic manners, and socialize them to both humans and other animals.

How long can dogs hold their pee overnight? ›

How Long Can A Dog Hold Its Bladder Overnight? The answer to this question is about 6 to 8 hours on average. Some pups may be able to last 10 hours, while others may only make it to five.

Can dogs hold pee for 12 hours overnight? ›

On average dogs can hold their pee for up to 10-12 hours if they have to. If the need arises and your pet will be home alone for that long, most young dogs will manage, but asking them to do this on a regular basis may have some negative consequences.

How much training is too much for a dog? ›

Exercise is certainly necessary for all healthy canines. But each pet's exercise needs are personal to them. As a rule, no more than an hour of playtime or exercise, including walks, should be given to your pet each day.

Does training work for all dogs? ›

Any dog can use training,” says Nicole Ellis, a certified professional dog trainer with Rover. “It provides mental stimulation and helps grow the bond between you and your pet.” But while every dog can benefit from training, some need it more urgently than others.

Should I carry my puppy out to pee? ›

Teach your pup to potty on a designated spot outdoors, making him think. After you bring home your new puppy the first thing you need to teach the pup is to walk to the door. Do not carry it.

Do I really need to train my dog? ›

Training is an essential part of owning a dog and can be started at any age. Training builds confidence, provides mental stimulation and strengthens the human-animal bond. Dogs are always learning. It is never too late to start training.

How many hours a day should you spend training your dog? ›

For most dogs, short bursts of training are far more suitable. And if you think you must schedule hour-long intervals, you will never find the time. Five minutes per session is more than enough. Anything longer, and you risk having your dog become bored or frustrated.

How much do people spend on dog training? ›

How Much Does Dog Training Cost?
ExpenseAverage Cost
Individual training sessions$1,500 – $2,000
Group training classes$150 – $200
Stay-and-Train services$4,000
Aug 23, 2022

Should I invest in puppy training? ›

Your new puppy's primary socialization window ends at 16 weeks. If for no other reason, invest in puppy training because there's a time limit on your pup's socialization and early learning abilities. During this period, your puppy is like a little sponge, absorbing every bit of the world around him.

How long should it take to train a dog? ›

Most dog owners frequently want to know, How long does it take to train a dog? In general, the time varies. Usually, it takes 6 weeks to teach your dog the basics. However, long daily sessions take more than 4 weeks, whereas short, bi-weekly training sessions take 9 weeks.

Will a dog protect you without training? ›

Answer: It highly depends on the individual case. Compared with the untrained dogs, trained dogs tend to protect their owners if attacked. But it doesn't necessarily meant that a normal family pet dog would do nothing when a break-in happens. Some of family dogs would also try their best to defend their owners.

Is it never too late to train a dog? ›

There's no such thing as a dog too old to train and with reward based training methods, you can really enrich their life. It's a common misconception that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Modern dog training methods are suitable for canine companions at any stage of their life.

What is the 80 20 rule in dog training? ›

The 80/20 Rule states that 80% of results come from only 20% of the efforts. This is widely proven across many fields and industries. As a professional dog trainer who has helped hundreds of dogs and owners, I know this principle is directly applicable to raising a dog.

How long does it take to train a dog in a day? ›

When training a basic cue, keep the sessions short, about 5 minutes each, and try to average a total of 15 minutes per day. Puppies have short attention spans, so end your session on a positive note so that they are excited for the next session!

Why trained dogs are so expensive? ›

Trained Service Dog Costs

It takes a lot of training for a service dog to be skilled enough to aid a person with a disability. Trainers put hours of work into each animal, so buying a service dog is not cheap.

What do dog owners buy most? ›

Pet food and treats make up 40.5% of all pet product spending (APPA) Any pet owner will confess that feeding and rewarding their companions are the most expensive aspects of pet ownership.

Why are dog trainers so expensive? ›

Trainers have CPAs, Bookkeepers and sometimes attorneys advising them in their collective specialties and those expenses need to be factored. Trainers have materials and education expenses. Trainers often have to pay for their own private medical insurance.

What is the best age to professionally train puppy? ›

As a result, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal behaviorists and many trainers now recommend that puppies (who do not have health problems) begin classes as early as 7-8 weeks.

What is the best age to start house training a puppy? ›

When to Begin House Training Puppy. Experts recommend that you begin house training your puppy when they are between 12 weeks and 16 weeks old. At that point, they have enough control of their bladder and bowel movements to learn to hold it.

What type of puppy training is best? ›

Almost all vets agree that positive reinforcement training is the most effective method of dog training. Positive reinforcement training essentially focuses on rewarding your pet for good behavior, rather than punishing bad behavior.


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