The cost of training an aggressive dog is something that’s not etched in stone. In other words, it’s hard to provide an accurate number because of the nature of the job.
Seriously, the price gap is huge in this training/consultation field. A certain dog trainer can charge you as low as $100, and a different trainer can quote you ten times the amount without blinking an eyelid.
Needless to say, the cost would depend on the type, duration, and place of training. It also varies a lot based on the dog trainer’s experience and expertise. New trainers typically charge less than experienced dog trainers.
That said, dog trainers set their own rates. Usually, they evaluate the dog in general, which involves observing the dog for an hour or so. Additionally, they also interact with family members and other pet dogs in the family.
A ballpark range would be anywhere between $50 to $300 per hour because the prices are normally higher than usual for aggressive dogs. The price hike is pretty understandable as dog trainers usually have a hard time training an aggressive dog.
Dog obedience boot camp schools charge $300 to $3000 per week to train aggressive dogs. Boot camp training usually lasts for 2 to 8 weeks. An initial assessment cost needs to be paid as well, which can range from $50 to $150.
If you are looking for basic obedience training, you might get away by spending less. On the other hand, teaching sophisticated tricks can cost you a lot because it’s not easy to teach sophisticated tricks to aggressive dogs.
Group classes will be less expensive than private training. But then, not all issues can be successfully resolved in group classes. Most of the big dog training companies out there train 20-40 dogs in one group session.
So, your dog won’t get as much personal attention at a training center as he would get at the time of home training. You will have to accept this trade-off when you are not opting for home training.
Keep in mind that the city where you live also has a huge influence on the cost of dog training. For instance, dog trainers in big cities like San Fransisco or Las Vegas charge far more than trainers based in low-tier cities.
How to Save Money on Dog Training Costs?
-Get your dog trained at the trainer’s home.
-Enroll in multiple training sessions at once.
-Hire an online (virtual) dog trainer.
-Check for a free trial session before enrolment.
-Ask for discounts. Seek information about payment plans as well.
Important Information: An expensive dog trainer doesn’t always equate to a better trainer. For those who don’t know, this field is highly non-regulated. So, a trainer can literally charge anything he/she wants.
Believe it or not, loads of non-skilled trainers charge a hefty amount these days. They also offer money-back assurance during their sales pitch. Needless to say, don’t fall for their traps.
Always hire a certified dog trainer. After all, you don’t want someone with age-old skills to train your dog. Industry certifications will serve as proof that the person knows what he/she is doing.
Also, check how recent their certifications are. If they haven’t updated themselves in the last few years, they may still be using old coaching methods, which may not be as effective as the new methods.