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Let a Dog Training Specialist Socialize Your Puppy

When it comes to a new puppy, early training is the key to a well-behaved pooch and overall good canine citizen.  Socialization means polite interaction with other dogs and people, which can be a big relief when it comes to having your puppy out in public.  The last thing people want to worry about is their dog hurting or scaring a person or another pooch.  At the same time, you want to make sure your dog is properly acclimated to the elements they will encounter all of their lives.  You also need to get your dog accustomed to being along, i.e. without their human by their side every moment. Read More…

Three Factors that Might Affect Puppy Behavior

Here at Puptown Houston in The Woodlands, TX  we understand that various behaviors can provide additional training challenges with your new puppy.  Our Woodlands puppy training specialist actually specialize in behavior-based, positive reinforcement training.  So not only can we help identify these behaviors we can help your pup overcome them.  It’s all about consistency and communication, and not just for the dogs.  We also train a dog’s human to help them work with their canine companion when not at Puptown for optimal results.  Read More…

Training Your Puppy the Right Way

Do you live in or near The Woodlands, TX?  If so you are fortunate enough to be close to one of the top-notch puppy and dog training businesses you can hope to find:  Puptown Houston.  For more information have a look at their terrific website.  If you have a new puppy and you want to train this little one correctly from Day One, Puptown is your answer.  Their Woodlands dog training specialists use behavioral and social based training to shape a well-mannered and well-trained pup which will be nothing less than an outstanding canine citizen plus a beautifully behaved companion for some very lucky humans. Read More…

Pros and Cons of Dog Whistle Training

Loacted in The Woodlands, Texas, Puptown Houston offers positive reinforcement training for dogs of all ages.  My teaching dogs to associate praise and correction with certain behaviors, these top-notch professional dog trainers understand that there is only 1.3 second window for a pup to understand desirable versus undesirable behaviors.   These trainers offer group classes, private training, and even doggy “day camp” to teach your puppy or dog how to be a well-mannered caning citizen. Read More…

Using Treats to Train Your Dog

The best way you can train your dog or puppy is through positive reinforcement.  Not only is this an effective training method, it also allows you to form a special bond with your pup.  Training is about developing good manners, obeying commands, and teaching your dog to be a good canine citizen.  It is also a way for you and your dog to learn about each other and build a relationship based on love and trust.  A dog can be an irreplaceable companion and quickly become a true family member.  This is why training is so critical in that you teach your dog who is the “alpha” while the two of you develop mutual respect for each other.  And one of the easiest ways to train your puppy or dog is with a variety of treats. Read More…

Working with Your Puppy at Home to Make Sure Training Sticks

If you are in the market for the best puppy training in Woodlands, TX, look no further than Puptown.  We work with pooches off all ages, from young puppies to dogs in their “golden years”.  You see, we are avid believers that a dog is never too old to learn new tricks, or even to behave politely.  Almost any dog can be a well-mannered companion, and even though we offer a very effective training program through positive reinforcement customized for each dog we train, training does not stop there. Read More…

Three Behavioral Traits to Work out of Your Small Dog

Small dogs can be the perfect companions for a large segment of the population.  If you cannot handle a medium to large dog, don’t have much space, want to potty train your pup to “go” indoors, or simply prefer a smaller dog, you have countless options when it comes to choosing your furbaby.  Yet while small dogs do have their upsides, they also have some very specific behavioral problems. Read More…

Teaching Your Dog to Deal with Distractions in Public

Woodland sdog training expertsLet’s be honest, your dog is going to be exposed to a lot of things in their lifetime.  This includes distractions like other people, animals, and things that might scare or ‘trigger” your dog like sirens, loud voices, and even thunder (a lot of dogs are terrified of storms).  Good training can help your dog ignore a lot of these distractions and consistently behave well.  Our Woodlands dog training experts  incorporate this as part of our training for dogs of all ages.  Our “no approach fits all” training style helps us to understand what distracts one dog instead of another and why so we can provide individualized training for great results.  To learn more please visit us online at Pup Town Houston.

Dog obedience classes are a must to ensure you have a well-mannered, socialized dog that is a great companion and faithful friend.  You want to make sure that your dog doesn’t “walk you” or find its way into a harmful situation.  This is why training, including ignoring or avoiding distractions, is so important for your dog.  Not to mention you don’t want your dog to hurt another animal or even worse, a person.  If you aren’t ready to enroll your pup in classes just yet, here are some tips on teaching your dog to overcome distractions and be a good canine citizen.

Understand Triggers

As simple as this sounds, it is important to know what your dog finds particularly fascinating.  Some dogs can’t resist the urge to run up to another pup while others love to chase squirrels or other small animals.  If your dog has a penchant for sniffing holes in the ground, this could be a potentially dangerous behavior as this could be an insect nest or home to a poisonous snake.  And if you think a high-pitched siren makes humans wince, imagine what it does to Fido’s senses!  Once you know what your dog’s triggers are, you can figure out the best way to help your pup not give them a second thought.

Set up Success

When helping your dog overcome distractions, develop a series of steps like levels 1-5 to help your dog reach its goal.  If you are teaching your dog to sit, begin in a quiet environment until your dog has the command down pat.  Then gradually introduce a series of distractions while you are giving the command to help your dog ignore the outside factors and focus solely on you.  Start off with a very mild distraction like having the TV on in the background and as your dog completes each step, move your pooch to the final step, like being outside next to a whole family of squirrels while successfully sitting on command.

Positive Reinforcement

Woodlands Puppy TrainerAs you have a level of 1-5 for your dog’s distraction factors, find a level 1-5 of treats for your dog with 1 being something they love and 5 being a treat your pooch will dance and do backflips for.  As your dog completes each level of overcoming distractions, increase the level of treat to increase positive reinforcement and a greater reward for a greater level of difficulty.  Increasing the positive reinforcement is an effective way of holding your dog’s attention no matter what distraction may arise and you want to make sure you and your dog are prepared for any situation.

Create Distance

While you are teaching your dog to ignore distractions, an effective tactic is to create distance from the distraction.  Let’s say your dog loves to chase squirrels and you realize you need to help your dog overcome this behavior.  While you are in the first steps of helping your dog ignore this distraction, put as much distance between your dog and the squirrels as possible.  When you are in the final steps of training, move your dog closer to the squirrels.  By desensitizing your pup to the distraction, the goal is to reach the point of said object no longer being a distraction.

The same principle can be applied to dogs who are very eager to make new friends as you should be cautious of a new dog until you are familiar with its personality.  By shrinking the stimulus area, you are not only teaching but also protecting yourself and your dog during this important learning experience.

 

Is Your Dog Ready for the Real World? – Socialization Tips that Will Help

Good canine manners and obedience training are only part of having a well-trained dog.  The third piece of the puzzle is socialization and while this is easiest to teach a puppy of young dog, it can be learned by dogs of any age.  Your dog will most likely be facing a multitude of people, places, and situations in their life and needs to be prepared for the outside world.  Dogs take a lot of time, money, patience, and persistence.  Hopefully you thought of these things before you got your furbaby and if you cannot devote these needs to a dog, you might want to consider your choice of pet.  If you can provide these necessities you are most likely ready to be a great pet parent.

Dog Training Woodlands TXNew puppies and even old dogs can always learn new tricks, it just takes some work.  So if you are in the Woodlands, TX area and looking for dog training experts, look no further than here at Puptown Houston!  We believe that training begins a moment a dog is born and we start teaching dogs (entirely off leash) at just six weeks old.  Our philosophy is simple:  all dogs, regardless of age or breed, are able to learn.  Sure some dogs learn faster than others but the same holds true for people.  Puptown offers an individualized approach to each dog instead of a “one size fits all” training method.  We offer obedience training, behavior modification, plus therapy dog and protection training.  We even offer drop off services for “doggie day camp” as we understand that pet parents have busy schedules.

With your permission, our training includes taking your dog to several different places where they will encounter a variety of people, situations, and other animals.  Socialization cannot be taught in a ring which is why Puptown exposes dogs to real-world situations as part of their training.  And we don’t just train pets, we train their owners too so they can continue to work with their dog and home and understand what their canine company specifically needs to learn necessary behaviors.  To give you an example of what our Woodlands dog trainers teach dogs, here are four socializations tips that can lead to a well-mannered pooch.

Being Around Other Dogs

If you want your dog to get along with other dogs then your pooch must be able to interact with other dogs.  Part of our training method at Puptown is to let pups run and play with each other to interact, make friends, and learn how to behave with other dogs.  Like people, dogs tend to accept what they feel is a pleasant encounter.  We feel like lettings dogs simply be dogs is a pleasant encounter as they experience sights, smells, and sounds they deem “safe”.  Not only does Puptown achieve this by introducing your dog to other pups, but also by taking your dog to various places and expose them to different people.

Trust

Let’s be honest, a puppy or young dog is easier to socialize as an older dog will require more time and attention to this training.  From the age of 3-20 weeks, puppies are in a sensitive period in which they are generally accepting of new dogs, people, and places.  If a dog experiences any trauma during this period, it can make trust and acceptance much more difficult, especially if the dog is not removed from a bad situation as it gets older.  This mistrust can be overcome, but it will take a lot of work and patience.  Proper socialization can eventually instill that trust in a dog that will lead to good socialization.

Behavioral Reinforcement

Dog Training Woodlands TXWhile trying to socialize your dog, behavioral reinforcement is a must.  A dog only has a window of a few seconds to know if an action is “good or bad” based on how their handler responds to the behavior.  If a dog is rewarded immediately following the successful completion of a command, the dog realizes this is a “good” behavior and they will be rewarded for it.  If a dog is (gently) reprimanded for a behavior in that short window of cognition, the dog will learn this behavior is undesirable thus “bad”.  Unless someone acts within the window of cognition, a dog will not understand why it is being rewarded versus disciplined.

Step by Step

No matter how old the dog is, socialization must be taught as a series of steps.  Begin by introducing your dog to just one dog then gradually move up to letting your pooch run about in a dog park.  The same goes for people, start by introducing your dog to one person at a time.  Keep a pleasant, relaxed voice when working with your dog and keep interactions brief at first, gradually increasing the times.  Socialization should be enjoyable for your dog and yourself and don’t doubt for a second that your dog isn’t picking up on your thoughts and feelings.  After all, if you can’t build a trusting relationship with your dog how can you expect him/her to build such a relationship with anyone else?

 

Why You Need to Seek Puppy Training From the Start

professional puppy trainers in Woodlands, TXThere are few things more precious and delightful in this world than a new puppy.  That little face with its big eyes can make you want to melt, as can those little paws and tail.  Puppy kisses with that tiny tongue are equally adorable, as are the yawns and first attempts at barks.  All you want to do is just snuggle with this little furball, and not worry about anything else.  Let’s certainly hope that before getting your precious pup you took into consideration the commitment you have just made.

A puppy will require time, attention, and considerable expense to make sure it is happy, healthy, and well-behaved.  Potty training aside, there are a lot of other things a pet parent needs to be prepared for to make sure they give their dog the best care possible.  After all, do you want to come home to “presents” on your floor, garbage everywhere, and your sofa closely resembling a chewing toy?  Even worse, do you want you pup getting into something that could make it sick, or worse?  Never fear, because the best professional puppy trainers in Woodlands, TX are standing by to help you turn your puppy into well-mannered little lady or gentleman.

Here at Puptown we believe that each dog is unique and should be trained to their individual needs.  We don’t have a “cookie cutter” approach, which is why each dog receives the time and attention it needs to learn a healthy and happy lifestyle.  Not only do we take each dog’s needs into consideration, we do the same with the pet parents to make sure they can provide optimal training at home.

Our program is built around three core principles:  timing, consistency, and motivation.  Timing has to do with the way a dog’s brain processes cause and effect.  This is very important because any dog’s behavior must have a consequence within 1.3 seconds for the dog to associate a behavior with a consequence.  People usually praise or reprimand a dog too long after an event has taken place thus it is important for your dog to understand what behavior you are reacting to.  Consistency is clear communication between a dog and its owner.  You must promptly react the same way to any behavior your dog exhibits.  Once more correction or praise must occur within the 1.3 second window.  Finally, motivation influences a dog’s decision making.  Positive and negative motivation can help praise or correct a dog’s behavior, as long as it is within the associated window of time.

These are the three things that training at Puptown is centered around.  Our most popular program, Lodge and Learn, consists of your dog staying with our trainers at “doggy day camp” to learn and explore while learning manners and simple commands.  Our professional trainers will take your dogs out on errands and to parks in order to learn real-world skills in different environments instead of being confined to a training ring.  This also means that trainers won’t be working with your dog for a short period of time, but for several days to maximize your pup’s training experience.

professional puppy trainers in Woodlands, TXOur dog training experts don’t just teach basic obedience but an array of skills to dogs of all ages.  Dogs need to be on their best behavior not just for their owners, but to all members of society.  The last thing a person wants is for the dog to frighten or even worse, bite someone.  No owner wants to get a complaint about their dog or see it be taken away by the police or animal control.  Here at Puptown we understand that dogs must also be good members of society, which is why our training includes controlling excessive barking, chasing people, and even redirecting bad potty habits.  Our goal is to correct not only a dog’s bad behavior, but also an owner’s bad behavior.  We want to see people and pets have mutual bonds that will bring more joy and a happier relationship.

When it comes to dog training patience is key, and our trainers want to help owners develop patience with their dogs in order to continue training and further foster improved behaviors.  While training is imperative for young puppies to learn these behaviors as early as possible, here at Puptown we believe that all dogs are able to learn new things and can break bad habits.  If a dog is having trouble learning, then the communication and motivation need to be altered so the dog can effectively learn a command or behavior.  This goes back to understanding what a dog needs, and more specifically, the individual needs one dog will have instead of another.  As every dog is unique, so is the Puptown approach to training.  It is this approach that delivers great results and well-behaved dogs.