Pupstart Family Dog Training

Dog Training

Due to the overwhelming amount of new client inquiries and to meet the needs of existing clients, I am pausing accepting new clients for in-home training until December 1st. Phone or Zoom consults are available now to new clients. If you prefer in-home training, go to the Contact page, tell me what you need help with, and I may be able to refer you to a colleague. 

I come to you! 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. 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, pay-as-you-go or Day 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.


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 from $270.00 (3-pack) to $340.00 (4-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.

  • Day Training is private tutoring in your home while you're there or at work. It's "Board and Train" without the "board." These programs are $500/week with a two-week minimum for one dog. There's an upcharge per additional dog. Learn more HERE.

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


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 work with anxious, nervous, destructive, fearful, and shy dogs.

  • 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.

  • If your dog has repeatedly shown threatening behavior or has bitten people or injured other animals, a referral is required from your veterinarian. No exceptions. I will provide a referral form for your veterinarian.

  • Addressing a behavior problem always requires more than one session. The hourly rate is discounted with packages. I am flexible on negotiating packages for behavior cases.

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

DOG BITE CASES - $150-$250/hour

Pupstart accepts dog bite cases on a limited basis. A referral is required from your veterinarian. I will provide a referral form. 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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