About Us

 Dog Trainers with Experience

Dog trainers who work with Puptown Houston welcome your pup into their homes and into their pack at our facility. Whether you are looking for obedience training, puppy training, service dog training, or private lessons, our dog trainers have the skills to meet your training needs. Every dog trainer at Puptown Houston has gone through extensive training to ensure your pup is in capable hands. Our dog trainers continue their education by attending seminars, lectures, and workshops. This ensures our trainers further their knowledge, all in order to benefit you and your pup!

 Our Dog Training Philosophy

Our dog training philosophy is each dog is unique and should be trained according to their individual needs. Each dog should be evaluated to determine the best development path to ensure their success. We remove the cookie cutter approach and look at what your dog’s training needs really are.

Our dog training theory is built around three training principles. These principles are the core ingredients to behavior modification. This remains true whether training the family pet or teaching a police dog to find drugs. Understanding how these principles work is the secret to clear communication between you and your dog.

Three Pillars of Dog Training

First, timing is incredibly important in dog training.  It has to do with the way a dog’s brain processes cause and effect. Any behavior a dog acts out must have a consequence within 1.3 seconds in order for the dog to associate that behavior with that reward or consequence. As a result, too often people praise or reprimand a dog far after the event took place. Help your dog connect the dots of what behavior you were praising.

Consistency is the second principle of our dog training philosophy.  This creates clear communication between dog and owner. It means promptly reacting the same way every time to any significant behavior you want to reinforce or discourage. Dogs have a hard time understanding that you don’t want them to jump on you when you are carrying groceries in. Again, praise or correction must occur within the 1.3 seconds of the specific behavior for the dog to understand.

The last pillar or our dog training philosophy is understanding what motivates your dog. This is how your dog’s decision making is influenced. There are two types of motivation – positive and negative. If your dog comes to you when you ask him to, you want to make sure you positively motivate that behavior. You can do that by saying words of praise, offering a petting, or maybe a treat. If your dog jumps all over you you want to provide very clear negative motivation such as ignoring the dog, withholding petting, or saying no firmly.

With these three building blocks you will find training your dog easy and progressive. Our trainers offer free evaluations and are happy to answer any question you might have. Give us a call today at 832-930-0073.

Our Dog Trainers

Sheena has been training dogs for over 10 years. Like so many others, she got her first dog and didn’t have a clue what to next! While on her search for help she became passionate about dog training. So she began educating other dog owners on positive training techniques

to deepen their bond with their dog. Sheena has competed in AKC Obedience, Agility, and Rally. She has done show confirmation and actively competes in Schutzhund and French Ring. All of which are protection dog sports that demand a deep bond and understanding between dog and handler.

Recently, Sheena worked with dogs overseas in western Africa, helping build awareness of proper pet care and training and to create new safety and health standards for the emerging pet owner market.

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Chris has been training dogs for over 25 years. Also, he has worked extensively as a training decoy in that time. As a result, he has titled many of his own dogs and others in ring sport and other competitive training forums.

Field Trial Dog Training

Our dog trainers also actively compete in a variety of dog sports. We have competed in agility, AKC obedience, French ring, Mondioring, IPO, Protections Sports of America, and many more. Due to years of experience on the trial field, we can assist with those owners who have goals of competing in specific sports or even the show ring.

 Have our dog trainers at your next event!

Furthermore, Puptown Houston dog trainers are also available to do seminars, lectures, and demonstrations for schools, companies, and other organizations as well. We love to educate the public on dog safety skills, socialization, even specific dog training and benefits. Please email us at info@puptownhouston.com today to find out more!