Services and Rates

In-Home and Remote Dog Training

Achieve your training goals while enhancing your relationship with your dog through modern, positive reinforcement dog training! Whether you seek to modify your dog’s problem behaviors or proactively teach your puppy the skills they need to succeed in your home, you can achieve household harmony while bonding with your companion. We can also help you with public access training for your service or emotional support dog so they’ll be welcome anywhere! All breeds, sizes, and ages are welcome. Appointments available weekdays, evenings, and weekends to accommodate your busy schedule.

We also offer convenient remote training sessions in which which we meet by video chat. Based on our initial consultation, we will coach you through easy-to-follow training instructions designed to meet your dog training goals. After each online dog training session, you’ll receive a short summary, including resources and next steps to practice with your pup. Online dog training is flexible, and you can achieve the same great results as with in-person training. Remote training is an excellent choice for addressing separation anxiety, too!

Initial Consultation $200

Book a one-on-one appointment to address your specific training objectives. Together, we’ll start implementing a solution custom-tailored for you and your dog! Session runs approximately 1.5 – 2 hours.

Follow-up Training $150

After your initial consultation, get ongoing support and guidance to develop behavioral momentum toward your training goals! Get individualized coaching in your own home (or other preferred location), either in-person or remotely. Day training is also available–your dog receives one-on-one training directly with the trainer while you’re busy working, studying, running errands, or otherwise doing what needs to be done! Sessions are approximately one hour; discounted dog training packages available–contact us to inquire.

Puppy/Newly Adopted Dog Package $540

Help your new puppy/adopted dog make a smooth transition to your home and proactively address or entirely avoid problem behaviors. During four 60-minute sessions, you’ll learn how to communicate clearly with your pup and help them adjust to your household, including potty training, walking on leash, coming when called, polite greetings, and other life skills. We’ll customize these sessions based on your goals. Fill out the contact form and let’s get started!

Non-refundable payment collected at time of booking; no-shows and cancellations less than 48 hours in advance will result in loss of training credit (no refunds). Prices subject to change without notice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your dog training philosophy? Positive reinforcement is a key part of our modern training approach, and it’s a highly effective way to teach dogs. Positive reinforcement means giving your dog something desirable immediately after they perform a requested behavior so they’ll happily agree to do what you’re asking. For example, you ask the dog to sit, the dog sits, and you give them a treat–or let them out in the backyard. You might also have heard the terms fear-free (or force-free) training and clicker training; owner/trainer Karen DiCostanzo is certified in these techniques.

What is your service area? Matters of the Canine Kind is located in Johnson County, Kansas and provides dog training services throughout the area. In-home training makes it convenient for you, and we can even work with your pupper while you’re busy working, studying, running errands, or traveling.

What are examples of the behavior issues you help pet parents address?

  • Aggression and reactivity
  • Persistent barking or whining
  • Leash manners
  • Coming when called
  • Potty training
  • Jumping (on people, furniture, kitchen counters, etc.)
  • Separation anxiety
  • Mouthing/nipping/biting
  • Crate training
  • Getting along with other pets
  • Canine Good Citizen (CGC) training
  • Public access training for service/emotional support dogs

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“Karen is simply GREAT. She’s professional, extremely knowledgeable, and easy to work with. She is very passionate about creating strong human/canine connections. After using another trainer and not seeing progress, we were fortunate to find Karen. She has really helped my fearful, aggressive puppy. The most important quality about Karen is her hands on approach. She is always there for you. I strongly recommend her!”

Nancy Bryant

“Our experience with Karen has been great! She is extremely knowledgeable and compassionate. I appreciate greatly her communication both in person and with follow up questions via text or email. Her training techniques are very different from what we have experienced with other trainers we have worked with, and our dogs are responding very well to everything she has recommended. I would highly recommend Karen!”

Terri Hatch

“Karen is an amazingly patient teacher who will help you understand and learn how to read your dog. I have a rescue pup who has extreme separation anxiety and a history of fear-biting/inappropriate herding. Karen came to my home for some intensive behavioral consultation and worked with both my dog and me. She gave me lots of great resources and checked in regularly to see how we were doing. I cannot recommend Karen highly enough–she is gentle, patient, and willing to work with you on your schedule. If you are looking for a positive, educated, and patient behavior consultant, Karen DiCostanzo is the one for you and your pup.”

Nancy Payton

Get the polite companion dog you've always wanted.