Working with a qualified dog trainer certainly makes owning a dog much easier. But how much does dog training cost and what will you get for your money?
In this article we’re going to look at the cost of various dog training options, including the cost of NOT training your dog.
Please note that costs are correct at the time of writing – please double-check on our website before making any firm decisions.
Dog training classes
At the time of writing, it costs £82 for a 7 week long puppy training course at CK9 Training in Surrey. That’s less than £12 for an hour’s worth of training and socialisation for you and your pup. Classes are taught by accredited trainers and class sizes are deliberately small so that you get plenty of one on one advice during class time.
Learning alongside other dogs and their owners is the most cost-effective way to teach your dog basic obedience and new skills. If however, you are not able to make it to class on a regular basis or if your dog reacts badly to new situations and/or people and dogs he doesn’t know, one to one sessions with a dog trainer offer fabulous value for money too.
One to One dog training and Home visits
Home visits from a qualified dog trainer cost from £40 and hour (for puppies) and are entirely tailored to you and your dog.
These one to one dog training sessions are perfect for people who have a new dog and lots of questions. We can use them to help you avoid problems with your dog in future and tackle any issues you might already be experiencing.
Themed Dog training workshops
Dog training workshops concentrate on a particular set of skills that you and your dog either need to work on or want to have fun with. Because they work towards a more advanced level they cost slightly more than dog training classes but they still offer fantastic value for money.
What is the cost of NOT training your dog?
An untrained dog can get you into all sorts of difficult, embarrassing or even dangerous situations.
- He may jump up at people who don’t want to be jumped on.
- Grumbling or growling at people or dogs he doesn’t know can start a dog fight or lose you friends.
- Excessive barking is annoying for you and does tend to upset the neighbours too.
- If he wanders off he could cause an accident or get stolen.
- When your dog can’t settle in the car, you can’t concentrate on your driving.
- A dog who suffers from separation anxiety can decimate the furnishings and fittings in a home in record time.
Basically, a badly behaved dog can really restrict your lifestyle. I’ve known dogs to ruin relationships, damage property and get badly hurt all because they’ve not been trained. Not all costs are financial!
Training your dog
If you choose to train your dog at home, that’s great. There is lots of advice out there – online videos, books, friends and family and of course our blogs. Do remember to be consistent, patient and kind and if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask early – before little frustrations turn into major issues.
Will your dog train himself?
No, definitely not. Some dogs are naturally laid back and polite but you still need to be confident that they will come back when called, settle at home alone and cope with stressful situations.
Remember too that dog training is mental stimulation for the dog. He’ll enjoy spending quality time with you and you’ll be amazed at what you can teach him. It really does build a strong bond between you.
What if I my dog has never been trained?
From time to time we meet dogs who have never had any training and it’s always good to help them address problems that are not their fault. Things like
- Going to the toilet indoors – whether through anxiety or ignorance
- Jumping up and slobbering on guests vs Greeting people politely
- Being able to greet other dogs without showing fear or aggression
- Pulling on the lead
- Struggling to behave well whilst travelling
- Excessive barking
- Inappropriate chewing and destructive behaviour
- Not settling in a pub or restaurant
- Extreme Guarding of their home, toys or owner – not allowing anyone else near them
- Chasing cars, bicycles or livestock
If your dog shows signs of any behavioural problems they can usually be trained to do something more appropriate instead. It’s not always easy and it can take a while – depending on how deep seated the problem is. But it can be done and it’s such an amazing feeling when you look back and see what you’ve achieved.
It doesn’t matter what breed your dog is, how old he is or what his background was. Dogs love learning and achieving.
CK9 training offers several different dog training options. Join a group class, enjoy concentrated one to one sessions or come along to one of our workshops. Up to date prices and availability are displayed on our website and of course, you can call us for a proper chat and an idea of costs.