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Dog Training Services

Pupstart offers these DOG training options IN YOUR HOME

NEW PUPPY VISITS for new puppies. The rate is $80/hour. Detailed info HERE. In the meantime, get some quick potty training tips! 

INITIAL TRAINING CONSULTS for dogs of all ages. The hourly rate is $80/hour. An initial consult is $120.00 to $160.00.  After the consult, you can decide which option Pupstart offers that fits your needs if you wish to continue:

  1. Family Coaching Packages - Private obedience classes with you and your family in your home start at $225.00 for three sessions. Learn more HERE.
  2. Pay-As-You-Go at $80/hour. We can work together on an as-needed basis.
  3. Day Training - Private tutoring in your home while you're there or at work. This is "Board and Train" without the "board." This is great for new puppies! These programs are $400/week with a two-week minimum for one dog. Learn more HERE.

BEHAVIOR CONSULTING. If you have a behavior concern with your dog, please visit with your veterinarian first, especially if you've seen sudden changes in your dog's behavior. After you know for certain your dog is healthy physically, call Pupstart.

  • I work with anxious, nervous, destructive, fearful, or shy dogs. The hourly rate is $80/hour
  • In cases where your dog has repeatedly shown threatening behavior or has bitten people or injured other animals, I must have a referral from your veterinarian. Pupstart accepts aggression and bite cases on a limited basis. The charge is $100-$150/ per hour for an initial consult. Addressing a behavior problem always requires more than one session. Click HERE to learn more.

Payment is due at time of service via cash, check with photo ID, or credit card via Square. 

If you need help with house training your new puppy or dog, usually one visit is all that you'll need. However, long-standing potty problems may require the initial consult and at least one follow-up visit. A house training visit provides you a plan to implement immediately to make your house mess-free as quickly as possible. Free follow-up support is included. This is billed at $80/hour. 


Pupstart offers long-distance phone consults for $45 per half-hour. If there is a concern with your dog that cannot be addressed adequately over the phone, every attempt will be made to locate a qualified trainer or behavior counselor near you. Payment in advance is required via check or credit card via Square. 


Become an educated consumer when it comes to choosing reputable dog breeders, rescue groups or animal shelters to find your next dog. Pupstart can assist you in preparing yourself to make the best decision to assure the healthiest, most behaviorally sound pet for your family. A Pet Selection Consult is billed at $100 due at time of service. Payment is accepted via cash, check with photo ID or credit card via Square.


If you're new to dogs, haven't raised a puppy since you've become an adult or haven't had a puppy in years, Pupstart can help you get ready for success! Find out the newest ways to set up your home, buy the right supplies and prevent destructive behavior and housetraining difficulties. Over 20 years of experience is in your corner. This visit will take just over one hour and is billed at $100.00. There's a lot of info to cover. Get your notebook ready!


  • Growling, snarling, snapping, or biting
  • Potty accidents in the house
  • Change in activity level
  • Doesn’t eat or drink or drinks excessively
  • Drooling excessively
  • Scratching or licking more than normal; licking walls, furniture or floors
  • Scooting, hiding, whining or crying
  • Rashes, hair loss, lumps and bumps
  • Redness and/or discharge from nose, eyes, ears, private parts
  • Coughing or sneezing, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Disorientation, acting drowsy/lazy/sluggish, restless
  • Shaking or pawing at head, trembling, jerky movements, staring at nothing
  • Vomiting
  • Changes in stool (poop) consistency or color
  • Can’t get up easily from lying down, reluctant to climb stairs or walk on slippery surfaces, acts clumsy


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