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Old 01-19-2010, 05:26 PM
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I have been looking to hire a trainer.

I need private lessons because I cant commit to the same time every week like most classes require.

I am just trying to get an idea of what is fair for a trainer to ask.

This is for two dogs, just basic things... neither are aggressive or anything (I know this increases the cost usually).

The only "quote" I have gotten so far is for 4 hours (4/ 1 hour sessions) at a cost of 600 for dog 1 and 300 for dog 2. I dont have any frame of reference though to know if this is fair or not.

So what did you all pay for training?
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:36 PM
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...So what did you all pay for training?
Not sure how much this will help, but the competition classes we're taking are $150 for 8 weeks (1 hour/week), and the "fun" acting classes we're taking are $100 for 4 weeks (1 hour/week).
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:04 PM
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One of my colleagues in Boston charges $100/hour for a private lesson for 1 dog. A colleague in New Jersey charges $110/session - about 90 minutes. Tamar Geller in LA charges $225/session. I live in a sparsely populated area of Texas and charge $60/session (no discount for second dog).
If this person is a well-known, top trainer, then you might expect to pay $225/hour, but I'd shop around and be sure to ask exactly who/what you're getting for that price.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:09 PM
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I've never gone to anyone for obedience training, but we did talk to someone for a behavior consultation (when Lucy was beginning to chase buses). It was $250 for a 2 hour session--I'm not sure how it would have increased for 2 dogs, because I only have Lucy.

To be honest though, I didn't learn anything from it that I hadn't already found online. I was pretty disappointed, even though this was a really highly recommended trainer.

We went here: Op Barks - Dog Training - Dog Behavior Problems - Animal Behavior & Training (or rather, she came to us)
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:21 PM
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My trainer charges $65/hr. She doesn't charge more based on the # of dogs. I had her come and work with me and my two dogs (before I got the 3rd one). I may have her come again while my parents are visiting. Since I have a hard time keeping them from barking at my Dad.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:36 PM
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My dad charges $65 an hour for private in-home lessons.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:16 PM
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My trainer charges $65/hr. She doesn't charge more based on the # of dogs. I had her come and work with me and my two dogs (before I got the 3rd one). I may have her come again while my parents are visiting. Since I have a hard time keeping them from barking at my Dad.
This pretty much the deal with trainers here on the island too. They charge you based on the time you take, not the number of dogs. Prices vary, but norm around 65/hr also.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:21 PM
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okay, so I figured out his hourly charge... 225/hour

He doesnt seem like anything particularly special, so I am going to keep looking... I will pay a decent amount but I want to get what I am paying for.

Thanks guys!
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:50 PM
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okay, so I figured out his hourly charge... 225/hour

He doesnt seem like anything particularly special, so I am going to keep looking... I will pay a decent amount but I want to get what I am paying for.

Thanks guys!
Happy that you are going to keep looking, that is an outrageous price for just basic obedince instruction without behavioral issues.
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I pay $35-60 an hour for privates. Can be one or both dogs as they only care how much of their time I take up. I know trainers that charge more. That is what I'm willing to pay though.
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