Pupstart Family Dog Training



Let's talk. When calling, please provide your name and phone number twice and the reason for your call. If you use the contact form, please give a brief history of your needs and concerns.

Book the Initial Consult, Behavior Consult, or New Puppy Visit then fill out the questionnaire(s) I will send you. Block off 90 minutes to two uninterrupted hours for the first visit. The Initial Consult 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. 

  • Initial Consults are $95/hour in person. Remote consults bill at $40-$60/half-hour.

  • New Puppy Visits are $95/hour in person. A New Puppy Visit via Zoom is $100 and may take up to 90 minutes.

  • An in-person or Zoom Pre-Pet Consult is $100.00.

  • An in-person Pet Selection Consult is $80.00/hour.

  • Behavior Consults (not including threatening behavior or dog bite cases) are $125.00/hour in person or $60/half-hour remote.

  • Behavior Consults for dog aggression or dog bite cases are charged at $150-$300/hour. 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. 

After the first visit, there is the option to purchase a package of sessions. The number of sessions you'll need varies depending on what your training goals are or the scope of work needed to sufficiently address a behavior problem. Package sessions are longer than an hour. A 3-pack is $270, a 4-pack is $340, and a 6-pack is $480. You must use up your package sessions within 90 days of signing the contract. You also have the option of continuing on a pay-as-you-go basis at the regular hourly rate of $95/hour.

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

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