The cost of dog obedience training varies; group classes are less expensive than private sessions with professional trainers. Pet owners should ask about what kinds of services are included in the cost before spending money.
Local community centers, dog daycare operations and some pet stores offer group classes that may range from $50 to $125 for four to eight weeks of one-hour sessions. Classes for puppies might cost less than those for adult dogs.
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Private classes with a professional trainer range from $30 to $100 per hour, costing about $240 to $600 for six sessions, according to CostHelper.
There are also obedience board kennel schools that cost between $1,000 and $2,500. The dog receives one-on-one training for several hours for two to four weeks of training and boarding.
You might also have to pay for training aids, dog treats, noisemakers and leashes to train the dog, which costs less than $50.
Dogs with behavioral problems could cost more than $100 an hour. Lists of board-certified veterinary behaviorists are available through the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.
Puppy classes are for dogs two to five months old. They help the dog to socialize and learn basic commands. Trainers also address chewing, digging and barking issues.
Dogs older than five months can attend basic obedience classes that include hand signals and commands, according to Pawnation.com.
Housebreaking, problem jumping and inappropriate barking may also be covered.
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The dog can repeat the skills learned in basic training through advanced classes. The obedience training becomes more complex. The dog learns training while off a leash and also learns commands such as coming when being called from a distance. Specialized classes may include training for therapy dogs and search and rescue dogs.
Pet owners can ask to sit in on a dog obedience training session to see if it’s right for their dogs. When they feel comfortable with the trainer and notice other pet owners enjoying the training class, they will have a better idea of how their money will be spent.
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