There are numerous Dog training methods including basic obedience training to specialized training areas including law enforcement, search and rescue, hunting, working with livestock, and protection or guarding. Training may involve teaching a Dog to actively respond to commands or it may involve helping the Dog to better cope with stressful environments.

Dog trainers take different approaches to reaching the desired outcome. The most popular training methods involve:

  • Positive Trainers: they use positive reinforcement to motivate the Dogs and change their behaviors
  • Traditional Trainers: they encourage the use of punishment as a way to means to solicit the attention of the Dog
  • Dominance Trainers: they believe all animals have an innate desire to dominate others and use this as a basis for their training methods
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Dog Training Pricing

The cost to train a Dog can vary based on factors like the type of training, geographic location, the type of Dog, and age. Private lessons are typically priced per session with group lessons priced differently. Below are some typical costs that you can use a rough guide:

  • Group classes can range from $50 to $100 for multi-week sessions
  • Private classes can range from $50 to $100 per session
  • Boarding schools can range from $1,000 to $3,000 for multi-week sessions

Group Training Tips

If you're considering group training for your Dog ask the potential trainer the following questions:

  • How many Dogs per class?
  • Are Puppies and older Dogs in separate classes?
  • Are there different levels based on experience?
  • What training methods do you use?
  • Is proof of vaccination required?
  • Does the trainer give praise frequently?
  • Are commands given in friendly tones?
  • Are owners allowed to observe during the training sessions?

What do the Dog trainer designations mean?

  • ABCDT: Certified by (graduated from) Animal Behavior College
  • ABMA: Member of Animal Behavior Management Alliance
  • ACAAB: Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist by The Animal Behavior Society
  • ACDBC: Associate Certified dog Behavior Consultant by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
  • AHT: Animal Health Technology program.
  • AKC CGC: American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • ANWI: Associate Nose Work Instructor through National Association of Canine Scent Work
  • BVetMed: Bachelors of Veterinary Medicine, awarded by the University of London, UK
  • CAAB: Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist by The Animal Behavior Society
  • CABC: Certified Animal Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
  • CAP1 and CAP2: Competency Assessment Program Levels 1 and 2
  • CATT: Certified American Treibball Trainer from the American Treibball Association
  • CCAB: Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviorist through the Association for the Study of Animal Behavior
  • CCBC: Certified Cat Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
  • CCDT: CATCH Certified dog Trainer through the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy
  • CDBC: Certified dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
  • CDT: Certified dog Trainer through the International Association of Canine Professionals
  • Cert AAH: Applied Animal Herbalism Certificate from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute
  • Cert ACN: Advanced Canine Nutrition Certificate from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute
  • Cert CBST: Canine Behavior Sciences and Technology Certificate from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute
  • Cert CF: Canine Fitness Certificate from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute
  • Cert CN: Canine Nutrition Certificate from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute
  • Cert DDC: dog Daycare Certificate from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute
  • Cert DT: dog Training Certificate from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, www.casinstitute.com
  • Cert PDTST: Professional dog Training Science and Technology Certificate from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute
  • Cert SRW: Shelter and Rescue Work Certificate from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute
  • CFI 1&2: Certified Freestyle Instructor from the Canine Freestyle Federation.
  • CNWI: Certified Nose Work Instructor through National Association of Canine Scent Work
  • CPDT-KA: Certified Professional dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed through Certification Council for Professional dog Trainers
  • CPDT-KSA: Certified Pet dog Trainer - Knowledge and Skills assessed through Certification Council for dog Trainers
  • CTBC: Certified Training and Behavior Consultant from the dog Training Internship Academy
  • CTC: Certificate in Training and Counseling through San Francisco SPCA dog Training Academy
  • CVT: Certified Veterinary Technician - Information on credentialing available at the NAVTA site
  • DACVB: Diplomate American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
  • Dip ABT: Diploma in Animal Behavior Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute
  • Dip CBST: Diploma in Canine Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute
  • DIP CCBT: Diploma of Canine Counseling and Behavior Training from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute
  • DVM: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from an accredited college or university
  • KPA CTP: Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner through the Karen Pryor Academy
  • LVT: Licensed Veterinary Technician
  • MRCVS: Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (United Kingdom)
  • NADOI: Endorsed by National Association of dog Obedience Instructors
  • OSCT: Operation Socialization Certified Trainer
  • PMCT: Pat Miller Certified Trainer through Pat Miller’s Peaceable Paws
  • RVT: Registered Veterinary Technician - Information on credentialing available at the NAVTA site
  • VSPDT: Victoria Stilwell Positively dog Trainer