Dog Training Des Moines | Puppy Training Des Moines | Phone Consults

Pet Consulting Services

Pupstart offers these IN-HOME training options:

  • NEW PUPPY VISITS for brand new puppies. The charge is $80/hour. Detailed info HERE. In the meantime, get some quick potty training tips! 
  • INITIAL TRAINING CONSULTS FOR DOGS OF ALL AGES.. There is an investment of $120.00 to $160.00 at this appointment before considering further training such as...
    • Family Coaching - classes with you and your family in your home - for basic canine manners (obedience) training.These are $70/session when purchased as a package in advance. Sessions are longer than 1.25 hours. Learn more HERE.
    • Day Training - Private tutoring when you're home or away. It is "board and train" without the "board." This is great for new puppies. These programs are $350/week with a two-week minimum for one dog. Learn more HERE.
  • BEHAVIOR COUNSELING. 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. We do work with anxious, nervous, destructive, fearful, or shy dogs but in cases where your dog has shown threatening behavior or has bitten people or other dogs, I must have a referral from your veterinarian. Pupstart accepts these aggression cases on a very limited basis and they are charged accordingly. Click HERE to learn more.
  • Payment via cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover is accepted. 

If you need help with housetraining your new puppy or dog, usually one visit is all that you'll need. However, potty problems of long duration may require the initial consult and at least one follow-up visit. Housetraining provides you a plan to implement immediately for making your house mess-free as quickly as possible. Free follow-up support is included.


Pupstart offers long-distance phone consults for $40 per half-hour. If there is an 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, VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. 


Become an educated consumer when it comes to choosing dog breeders, rescue organizations 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 $40/hour due at time of service. Payment via cash, check with photo ID, VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover are accepted. 


  • 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, shows clumsiness



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