Pupstart Family Dog Training



When calling, please provide your name and phone number twice and the reason for your call. If you use the Contact Us form, please give a brief history of your needs and concerns. The quickest way to reach me is the Contact Us form.

Book the Initial Behavior Consult or New Puppy Visit. Then fill out the questionnaire(s) and waivers/releases I'll send you. 

Block off 90 minutes to two uninterrupted hours for the first visit. The first visit provides you with lots of things to practice, so don't worry - it will be worth it! This allows sufficient time spent getting to know you, your family, and the training needs of your dog. After this meeting, you'll have options to choose from to continue your dog's training with no high-pressure tactics. This may include a package of sessions or a referral to a colleague's group class. 

  • New Puppy Visits are $100/hour in person. Plan on 90 minutes to two hours. A New Puppy Visit via Zoom is $125.00 and may take up to 90 minutes. 

    If you're local, after the New Puppy Visit, there is an option to purchase a package of sessions of puppy training. The number of sessions you'll need varies depending on your training goals. Puppy Package sessions last longer than an hour. A 3-pack is $270, a 4-pack is $340, and a 6-pack is $480. For continuity's sake, you must use your package of in-person sessions within 90 days of signing the contract. You also have the option of continuing on a pay-as-you-go basis at the hourly rate of $95/hour.

  • A Zoom Pre-Pet Consult is $100.00. This will help you get your home ready for your new puppy or new-to-you dog.

  • A Zoom Pet Selection Consult is $75.00. This will help you choose an ethical, responsible purebred breeder or shelter/rescue, and learn how to "stack the deck in your favor" by adding as physically and behaviorally healthy pet as possible to your family.

  • Behavior Consults (not including cases where a dog's teeth or claws have scratched, bruised, or punctured human skin or another animal's skin) are $125.00/hour in person or remote. Package options are considered on an individual basis.

  • Dog bite consults for dogs are charged at $150-$200/hour in-person or via Zoom. These cases must be referred by your veterinarian. NO EXCEPTIONS. Contact Pupstart for more information on how to put that in motion. These dog bite cases are not accepted: your dog has a lengthy bite history, law enforcement has intervened, a lawsuit is pending, a dog killed another pet, or a human or animal victim suffered severe injury. 

Travel required more than 40 miles outside the Des Moines metro incurs an additional travel fee. 

Your dog must be healthy and current on vaccinations. Titers are accepted with proof from your veterinarian.   

Payment is required at the time of service. Pupstart takes cash, checks with a photo ID, and credit cards using Square for in-person visits. Remote visits are invoiced from Square and you'll pay by credit card.

For more information, contact Pupstart now to discuss your dog's training needs.

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