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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.

 

Four Things a Dog Training Specialist Can Teach You

professional dog trainers in Woodlands, TXYour precious pup is more than just your furbaby, it will be a member of your family.  There are dozens of things to think about when getting a dog, especially the time, cost, and training that is necessary to make sure your new puppy is well-behaved both in and out of the house.  And never forget about crate, potty, and obedience training!  You want to make sure that adorable puppy learns good behavior and manners immediately, which is why even experienced pet owners should seek out qualified dog trainers as soon as they get a puppy or a dog.  And if you are seeking dog training specialists, head over to our website to learn about the best trainers in Richmond and The Woodlands Texas!

Teaching Pet Parents

Obedience training isn’t just for puppies and dogs, we are also on a mission to train pet parents as well!  It is imperative for owners to work with their dogs on a daily basis to make sure they truly learn the behaviors necessary to be well-behaved pups.  A great example is potty training.  Owners have to watch their dogs to learn their eating and drinking behaviors then be ready to take their dogs outside.  Do not wait for signs as your dog might not give them.  Instead talk to our trainers and ask when a good time is to walk your dog.  Not only will you pick up this behavior, so will your pooch.  Yet teaching pet parents doesn’t stop at instructing them on how to potty train, we will also show you how to work with your dog to develop other good behaviors.

Leash Training

As almost every state has leash laws, plus you do not want any harm to come to your dog while it is outside with you, walking well on a leash is an imperative skill for a dog to learn for both safety and liability reasons.  Teaching this skill from time a dog is a puppy can be easier than teaching an older dog who already has a tendency of pulling or tugging.  Yet never fear as any dog can be taught to be a great walking companion.  Our Pup Town trainers will work with you and your dog to demonstrate the “secrets” to make sure your pooch doesn’t walk you!.

Crate Training

Some people think crating a dog is cruel, but this is certainly not the case.  No matter how much training you provide a puppy or dog with, there are some circumstances in which it might be necessary to crate your dog when you are not there to keep an eye on it.  Emotional behavior like a dog acting out and destroying the house due to separation anxiety is extremely difficult to correct, even in the otherwise most well-behaved of dogs.  Then there is the possibility of another pet possibly being more dominant, even down to a jealous cat who doesn’t like sharing space with the new pooch.

For these and other reasons, crate training might be necessary.  Yet this is done with the approach that a crate should never be a cage but instead a warm, comfortable place your dog actually wants to be in.  By putting toys, blankets, and any other calming object in a crate, your dog will see this as its own special place.  The goal is to make your dog want to go into the crate, even when the door is open and everyone is home.  Here at Puptown, we can help you every step of the way on this essential training and help to make sure your dog will love their home within a home.

Obedience

professional dog trainers in Woodlands, TXTraining your dog goes far beyond potty and leash training, it also includes overall good canine behavior.  While we are happy to teach things like advanced tricks and agility, we realize that not every pet parent is looking for this specialized training.  Basic obedience, however, is something that every dog needs to learn.  These behaviors include things like sit, stay, wait, stop, lay down, and leave something alone.  Not only will this teach good behavior, it can protect a dog from injury or even potential death.

For example, if your pooch decides to make friends with a snake, a quick command of “leave it” can prevent a snake bite.  You can see how this would be especially important if your dog was close to a poisonous snake.  The most basic of these commands, being sit, can calm down an excited pup who might otherwise jump on a person.  When you see the meaning for these simple commands, you can easily see the importance behind them.

If you are ready to visit the best professional dog trainers in Woodlands, TX we are looking forward to meeting you and your four-legged companion and working with both of you!  Call us today at 832-930-0073 to put your best paws forward.

Best dog training Houston

Who provides the best dog training in Houston? There are several trainers out there and deciding whose best is not price or even experience sometimes. Deciding who the best dog trainer in Houston is a personal opinion you need to make on your own. Find a trainer whose knowledgable, shares your ideas on training, meshes well with your personality and will support you in your dog training endeavors and most importantly ask lots of questions!  

 

Dog Training in Tanglewood 77056

Puptown Houston offers full service dog training in Tanglewood. Puptown offers a wide variety of services including private lessons, Group classes, Puppy training, Potty training, behavior modification, and our featured program the Lodge and Learn program. The lodge and learn program takes place in one of our certified trainers homes not in a Kennel environment.

Tip: Why is Consistency important during training?

Consistency is a key ingredient to clear communication between pet and owner. Consistency means promptly reacting the same way to any significant behavior your dog acts out. For the dog to learn that coming when called is a positive behavior, you must reward him every time he comes after hearing his name called. Remember praise must occur within 1.3 seconds of the specific behavior. Each time you miss a chance to reward your dog, you send a strong message to the dog that you do not have the ability to influence your dogs decision making.

Call to schedule a free Evaluation to find the best ways to be Consistent with your dog.

Puptown Houston offers pick up and drop off services to all clients in the Tanglewood area entered in our lodge and learn program.

 

Dog training in Katy 77494 77494 TX

Dog trainers are available in Katy TX for all programs such as puppy preschool, behavior modification, in home lessons, and board and train programs.

Dog Training Tip: How train around distractions

Puptown prides ourselves in being the most versatile dog training facility in the Katy area. A concern of many pet owners is having their dog behave in public situations. Their dog will listen perfect at home, but in public its a completely different dog. Some of the ways we tackle this situation at Puptown Katy

  1. Teach the dog in a low stress environment such as the command “sit” once the dog understands the word “sit” in a low stress environment start adding in small stressors such as clapping your hands. As soon as they have mastered the command in one location such as your home you are ready to move on to your next step.
  2. If you started the command in your living room your next location would be the driveway. Once your have conquered the command in your home and drive way your ready to move on.
  3. Each time you have mastered your command in a location of your choosing. Start moving your training locations. At Puptown we like to start going to parks , restaurants, and dog friendly stores.

Call today to set up a Free Evaluation in your area

Katy clients entered in our Lodge and learn program can take advantage of our pick up and drop off services.

Dog Training in Memorial TX 77024

Puptown offers dog training services in the Memorial area near Houston. Dog training services currently offered in the Memorial area include our Lodge and Learn program, private lessons and puppy training.

Dog Training Tip: How to Pick the right Dog Trainer 

There are a lot of training companies to choose from, Its sometimes hard to pick out which ones are the  quality professional trainers. Here are some tips finding a the right dog trainer for you and your dog.

  1. Always visit where your dog will be staying, ask yourself do you want your dog staying in a home environment or kennel setting.
  2. Ask to see their dogs in training. Make sure they are using a positive training style.
  3. Always find out their experience and background in training. Has the Training Company trained a similar dog to yours? If so what was the outcome.
  4. Make sure you are comfortable with your trainer!
  5. Does the Training Company service your area? Memorial near Houston is a high traffic area, so make sure there are drop-off or pick-up services available to you.

Memorial area clients enrolled in our lodge and learn program can take advantage of our pick up and drop off service.

Dog Training Downtown 77002

Downtown Puptown Houston offering a wide variety of training for you and your dog. We specialize in unique programs put together just for you. We can do anything from group classes, Private lessons, or take advantage of our Boarding School Program.  Our Boarding school program is designed for the busy pet owner. Your dog will get to train in one of our certified trainer’s homes, many of our happy pet owners take advantage of this program when going on vacation or getting a puppy and finding out they need a little extra attention.

Call to set up a Free evaluation to find out what unique program is best for your pet.

Our Downtown Puptown Boarding School Program offers pick up and drop off services.

 

Dog Training River Oaks 77019

Puptown River Oaks offers a wide variety of training catered to you and your pup. Some of the different programs include Private lessons, Group classes, Puppy jump start program, behavior modification, and our popular Lodge and Learn takes place in one our certified trainers homes. We do not train in a kennel environment all of our training takes place in realistic places such as Public Parks and Restaurants

Every dog is unique and as such we alter our training methods to fit the dog in order to achieve desired results. Puptown River oaks wants all dogs and their owners to find a balance in their home. Some dogs come to us unable to calm down in new environments. These dogs are reactive to environmental stressors  such as other dogs, strangers, or cars driving by. We first find the root of the problem and teach the dog how to properly deal with stress.  Through this we are able to accomplish putting the dog in a calm state of mind when previously would have sent them into panicked anxiety.

Puptown River Oaks’ clients eligible to use our pick up and drop off services when enrolled in our Lodge and Learn