YOU Determine How Much Dog Training Costs…Here’s Why.
The two questions I hear a lot from potential clients are: “how much will training cost?” and “how long will training take?”. These questions are not easy to answer, especially if I haven’t met your dog yet. Each dog has their own unique set of needs that makes giving a blanket answer nearly impossible. However, the biggest variable in answering these questions is not your dog’s behavior or breed, but you, the client!
The Average Cost Of Dog Training In Austin
An easy answer for cost is that private sessions will average about $100 per hour in the Austin area. The prices will vary from trainer to trainer. Generally, you have to spend more to have a trainer come to you than if you go to them.
It may be tempting to save money by choosing the lower cost. However, I always remind my clients that some behaviors are better worked on at home than anywhere else. The last thing you want to do is spend less money up front on classes that are ineffective. It’s better to know that you are getting the right type and quality of training the first time.
Group classes are usually a more inexpensive option, but aren’t always the proper fit depending on what you want to work on with your dog. The benefit of group classes is that they are a lot of fun, and a great way to bond with your dog without immediately spending money on private training sessions. You should definitely consult with a trainer to determine what will be the right fit for you and your dog.
The Linear Relationship Between Cost And Trainer Experience
Cost is commensurate to the experience of your trainer; you get what you pay for. For example, Lydia (our other trainer) and myself are both CDPT-KA’s. To earn our certification we have performed over 300 hours of training and passed a test held by an independent third party. We are also required to to keep up with a minimum of continuing education in order to maintain our certifications.
In your search for a trainer, I strongly encourage you not to choose the cheapest option simply because it will save you money. Find a trainer that is certified through an independent party, and make sure you are comfortable with their answers to these questions:
What happens to my dog if they get something right?
What happens to my dog if they get something wrong?
You Are The Deciding Factor In The Quality And The Cost Of Training
The biggest variable in training will always be you. You can spend your entire budget, but may only get as far as if you were to pay for one or two lessons. It’s entirely dependent on the amount of effort you’re putting in outside of the lessons to reinforce and supplement the training, and the work you are willing to do for your dog.
If you have questions about what type of training your dog needs, and how to best fit that into your budget contact us today. At DogBoy’s, we are committed to making the most of your training experience for both you and your dog.