Pupstart Family Dog Training

Puppy Training

I come to you! Or we can meet remotely via phone or Zoom. Pupstart offers these dog training options:


A New Puppy Visit is a special session for new puppy owners that includes plans for house training, confinement training, chewing, nipping and biting and how to socialize during the pandemic. It will take 90 minutes to two hours. Plan on spending $142.50 to $190.00. I am available after this visit for phone or email support. Afterward, you can choose packages or pay-as-you-go for further training. Find out more about puppy training! And help yourself to free potty training tips

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


This is the same as in-person, just delivered remotely. Plan on 60 to 90 minutes! You'll be invoiced via Square and you can pay with your credit card.


An Initial Training Consult is $95/hour. Plan on 90 minutes to two hours. Training begins during the first visit. There will be plenty of homework! After the Initial Consult, you decide if Pupstart has the next step that fits your needs: 

  • Family Coaching Packages are $270.00 (3-pack), $340.00 (4-pack), and $460.00 (6-pack.) Packages must be completed within 90 days of signing up. These are "obedience classes" where we work on obedience skills and manners needed inside and outside your home with family and visitors. We also troubleshoot any other problems you are experiencing. Each session is longer than one hour. Learn more HERE.

  • Pay-As-You-Go at $95/hour. We'll work together on an as-needed basis.

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

BEHAVIOR CONSULTING for dogs of any age - $125/hour

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. When you know for sure your dog is healthy, call Pupstart for a behavior consult.

  • I do work with anxious, nervous, destructive, fearful, and shy dogs. (Separation distress/anxiety is referred out to specialists certified by Malena DeMartini.)

    Be aware that addressing these types of behavior problems always requires more than one session. You'll need cooperation and participation from all able family members. If you don't have that, there is no chance of improvement or resolution. There may be recommendations to manage your home environment differently. Please ensure that you are open to doing that and that everyone is on board before attempting behavior change. Behavior consulting packages are also discounted. Each case is considered individually.

  • If you need help with house training your new puppy or dog, you may only need one visit. 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. It will make your house mess-free as quickly as possible. You'll receive free follow-up support. Housetraining visits are billed at $95/hour and take 1.25 to 1.5 hours. Zoom consults for housetraining alone are $50/half-hour.

  • Leash walking for reactive dogs is discontinued.

  • If your dog has repeatedly shown threatening behavior to people or other animals but has not contacted skin, an Initial Behavior Consult is $125/hour.

Payment is due at the time of service with cash, check with photo ID, or credit card via Square for in-home visits. 


Same as above, just delivered remotely. You'll be invoiced via Square, and you can pay with your credit card.

DOG BITE CASES - $150-$250/hour (remote or in-person)

Pupstart accepts dog bite cases on a limited basis. If your dog has repeatedly shown threatening behavior or has bitten people, or has injured other pets, a referral is required from your veterinarian. NO EXCEPTIONS. I will provide a referral form for your veterinarian. The hourly rate for dogs who have nipped or bitten is $150-$250/hour. Click HERE to learn more.


Pupstart offers phone and virtual consults. If there is a concern that cannot be addressed adequately remotely, I will try to locate a qualified trainer closer to you. Payment is required in advance by check or via credit card after the consult. 

PET SELECTION CONSULT - $60/hour (phone or Zoom only)

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. Payment is due at the time of service with 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 helps you succeed! Find out the newest ways to set up your home, buy the right supplies, prevent destructive behavior, and bypass house training difficulties. Over 20 years of experience is in your corner. There's a lot of ground to cover. Get your notebook ready! Payment is due at the time of service with cash, check with photo ID, or credit card via Square. 

Talk to your veterinarian now if you see these changes in your dog's behavior:

  • 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 usual; licking walls, furniture or floors

  • Scooting, hiding, whining or crying

  • Rashes, hair loss, lumps and bumps

  • Redness or discharge from nose, eyes, ears, private parts

  • Coughing or sneezing, vomiting or diarrhea

  • Disorientation, acting tired and sluggish, or restless

  • Shaking or pawing at the head, trembling, jerky movements, staring at nothing

  • Vomiting

  • Changes in stool (poop) consistency or color

  • Can’t get up quickly from lying down, reluctant to climb stairs or walk on slippery surfaces, shows clumsiness

Contact Pupstart to get started today.

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