Services and Rates

In-Home Dog Training Services

Positive reinforcement dog training, including  behavior modification; manners; service dog and emotional support dog training; and Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification.. All breeds, sizes, and ages are welcome! In-home appointments available weekdays, evenings, and weekends to accommodate your busy schedule; discounted dog training services packages available.

Virtual Dog Training

We also offer convenient virtual dog training sessions. With virtual training, the trainer and client meet via video chat. Based on our initial consultation, I will coach you and your dog 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 results as with in-person training. 


Initial consultation $195.00*

Receive an at-home, one-on-one appointment addressing your specific dog training goals. Together, we’ll start implementing a solution custom-tailored for you and your dog! Sessions are approximately two hours.

Private lessons, in-home $135/hr*

After your initial consultation, get ongoing support and guidance as you reach your dog training and behavior modification goals! Receive individualized coaching in your own home (or other preferred location), one-hour minimum.

Day training, in-home $135/hr*

The ultimate in convenience! Your dog receives one-on-one training while you’re away working, studying, running errands, or otherwise doing what needs to be done! Service available to existing clients (i.e. after initial consultation).

*Cash discount available. Payment collected at time of appointment booking; cancellations require 72-hour notice. Prices subject to change without notice.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is your dog training philosophy? Positive reinforcement is a key part of a modern training approach, and it’s a highly effective way to teach dogs. Positive reinforcement means giving your dog something they want right after they perform a behavior so they’re likely to do that behavior again. For example, you ask the dog to sit, the dog sits, and you give them a treat. You might also have heard the terms force-free (or fear-free) training and clicker training; trainer Karen DiCostanzo is certified in both.

What is your service area? Matters of the Canine Kind is located in Lenexa, Kansas and provides dog training services throughout Johnson County, Kansas. In-home training makes it easy 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/Reactivity
  • Nuisance barking
  • Leash manners
  • Potty training
  • Jumping (on people, furniture, or your kitchen counters)
  • Anxiety/fear
  • Mouthing/nipping/biting
  • Crate training
  • Getting along with other pets
  • Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification
  • Service/emotional support


Thank you for all of your help and support. It has saved our relationship with our dog!


Matters of the Canine Kind is a very good start to an awesome relationship with your pet. I’m so happy to have found MCK–my new puppy and I are beginning to understand each other!

Karen is awesome! We did a few in-home training sessions with her and saw an immediate difference in our dog. She is so incredibly knowledgeable about all things dog, is patient with her explanations and feedback, and is very flexible.