Puppy training in Houston to help you start out right with your new puppy. Our puppy foundation training in Houston is the best program available for puppies under 16 weeks old. Amaze family and friends with your professionally trained puppy!
How old does my puppy have to be to start training? This is the most common question we receive, the answer is never. The day your puppy is born is the day training starts. A good breeder will have started establishing a routine, potty manners and crate training from birth.
But a puppy can’t learn to sit and heel right? Wrong! Our trainers start obedience training with their puppies at 8 weeks of age and everything is done off leash!
Is it really worth it to start so early? Yes! Yes! and Yes! All dogs go through a period known as the imprinting age. During this time your puppy learns things that will stay with your puppy for the rest of his or her life. During this time we can teach your puppy anything, such as but not limited to obedience, sit, down, heel, come, climb, house etiquette, socialization and more. Just tell us what you have in mind and we will design a program fit for you and your new puppy.
The minimum recommended stay is 21 days, included in this program are 3 private lessons and one professionally trained puppy.
5 categories make up our puppy training program in order for your puppy to be a great canine citizen for all. These categories cover socialization, confidence building, grooming manners, and house manners, and obedience.
Our first category of puppy training is socialization. For socialization we teach our puppies to be friendly with other dogs but also understand proper play behavior. This means teaching our puppies if another dog asks them to leave them alone or doesn’t want to engage in play, the puppy should learn to pick up on these cues and leave the older dog alone. We also socialize our puppies with a variety of surfaces and environmental stimulus, such as pools, slick tile, inflatable objects, bicycles and more. We also socialize with a variety of different animals such as horses, deer, goats, cats or squirrels!
Our second category of puppy training is confidence building. We focus on building our young puppies confidence when it comes to sudden loud noises. Noises such as such as fireworks, gun shots, or even a house hold pan suddenly clattering on the floor. Confidence building is about teaching our dogs how to problem solve rather then be full of fear or anxiety. Something simple such as a pool filled with empty water bottles can be a daunting task for a young puppy, building their confidence and teaching them how to work through that fear will help them be more well rounded as they continue to grow.
Our third category of puppy training is handling manners. We want our puppies to enjoy grooming time with their owners rather then a difficult and struggled task. Puppies learn to be relaxed when in our arms, rather then struggling and wiggling to get away. We teach our puppies to remain calm while having their nails clipped and ears cleaned. We do small tooth and eye checks and show our puppies how to remain calm while going through this exam. Last but not least during bath time we show our puppies how to stand still while being bathed. This means no clawing out of the tub or shaking water and drenching us! We simply give the command ’shake it off’ at the end of the bath letting the dog know when it’s ok.
Our fourth category of puppy training is house manners. We want to ensure our puppies are calm and sweet inside our homes without being mischievous or naughty! House manners includes teaching our puppies to be calm inside the house. It includes teaching them not to run inside the house or play roughly. House manners also includes teaching our dogs not to bolt out doors, jump on people, bark excessively, steal food from tables or get in the trash, chew up household belongings, nibble chew or bite our fingers and toes, or even jump on the furniture! We also want to make sure our dogs understand to go potty outside not on our favorite rug.
Our last category of puppy training is obedience. Obedience training is done both on and off leash. The commands we go over in addition to the behaviors listed above are as follows: