What Should I Charge For Dog Training?

Wondering how much you should charge for your dog training business? In this article we’ll cover the basic types of dog training that’s commonly provided and the costs for each.

Common Dog Training Fees

As a dog training business owner, it pays to do a bit of research on what others are charging for dog training.

The costs of training below have been pulled from local dog trainers in our area here in Denver, Colorado. Please note that when looking at dog training fees nationwide they can vary immensely.

Since Denver isn’t too big and isn’t too small it’ll give you a good idea of what you can expect to charge around the country for your services.

Do check your local dog training competitors though! You could be several over or under-charging if you just use these fees.

Plus, test new costs as you bring in new business. The ultimate set point for what to charge will come from your customer.

In general you can expect to charge about $30 – $40 per group training session, $50 – $200 per individual training session where you travel to their home, $100 – $300 for 4-6 week once-a-week training packages, and $5,000 to $25,000 for specialty training for service dogs or protection dogs.

Service and protection dog training can last 1 – 2 years hence the higher cost. Plus it’s highly specialized training that requires a dog that has the temperament needed plus has basic obedience covered.

Dog Training Fee Table

Type of Training Time Frame Average Cost
Puppy Training 4 weeks $100 for 4 week package or $30 per class
AKC Canine Good Citizen Training 6 weeks $165 to signup, $10 per week
Obedience Training 7 weeks $150 for online classes and book

$300+ for class at site

Aggression Training 1 hour sessions, 1 time or as many as needed $40 per session
Protection Dog Training 8 weeks (basic obedience and protection) to 2 years (police and military level) $5,000 to $25,000
Service Dog Training 8 weeks to 1 year $5,000 to $20,000
In-Home Dog Training 1-2 hour sessions, 1 time or as needed $50 to $200 per session
Group Training 1 hour sessions, 1 time or as many as needed $40 per class
Board and Train 30 minute sessions $40 per session plus cost of boarding


How Much Does It Cost For Caesar To Train Your Dog?

Caesar can train your dog at one of his training centers for $495 per dog per course. The puppy training is a 4 week program and costs $395.

How Much Does Dog Training Cost At Petsmart?

Petsmart offers a 6 week program that costs on average $120. Prices vary depending on your location. Check your local Petsmart dog training costs here.

Petsmart puppy training covers dogs that are 10 weeks to 5 months old. Puppy training focuses on

They also offer beginner training for dogs that are 5 months or older. Beginner training focuses on loose leash training, “come”, and “leave it.”

Beyond puppy and beginner training Petsmart also offers intermediate and advanced training that cover other common commands, social interaction, and interacting with other dogs.

Private instruction is also available at some locations.

How Much Does Dog Training Cost At Petco?

Petco offers a 6 week puppy training cost starting at $129. Check your local Petco for it’s actual cost as these change depending on your location.

Petco’s puppy training is intended for puppies that are 2 to 4 months old.

They also offer an adult obedience program that also starts at $129.

Petco even offers private instructions that you can buy in 4 week or 6 week packages. Some Petco locations can even offer private training at your home. Again, options are limited so check your local Petco stores for details.

What Is The Average Dog Trainer Salary?

According to ziprecruiter, the average dog trainer salary ranges from $22,000 to $50,000+ per year. That breaks down to about $11 – $25 per hour. Keep in mind that’s just an average over several states polled by Ziprecruiter.

Petco dog trainers make about $13 per hour and Petsmart dog trainers have made up to $25 per hour.