Seriously though, what do trainers do with the money?
Expenses GOOD dog trainers have:
Most training organizations require a membership fee and most certifications costs hundreds of hours and dollars just to get the opportunity to take the test to see if you qualify to receive the certification. Then there’s the continuing education programs. I’m not even going to touch those here.
If a facility and/or employees are added to the mix, the costs increase drastically.
Then there’s the time factor. Did you know that most good trainers spend the same amount (if not more) time outside the actual training sessions to help clients? For example, if you pay $100 for an hour session, your trainer will likely spend at least an hour outside the training session to answer your questions, create a training program, provide you with additional resources, set up additional training sessions, etc.
If your trainer travels to you, add travel time. If they have kids, they’ll probably need to pay a sitter. If they bring a demo dog to work with yours, they need to manage and train (in advance) an additional dog. If they provide services for a facility as an independent contractor (like I do), they have to give a portion to the facility owner. If they rent a space for training, they have to pay for that. The list of various expenses goes on and on and will vary for each trainer and location.
We do try to make training affordable...
If you feel you can’t afford a trainer, you might consider contacting one anyway. Many trainers will point you in more affordable (and actually helpful) directions. Again, we really do want to help and we want you to be happy with your furry friend!
owner and sole trainer of Kat's Training Tails LLC