Puppy Training at Puptown Houston
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.
What is Our
Puppy Training Program
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.
1) House Manners
Our first 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.
- Heel – heel indicates to our dog to follow our left leg, if that leg is stopped the puppy should be stopped sitting next to us awaiting for us to move forward. Even if someone stops to greet us the puppy should not break heel position unless asked to do so.
- Come/ Recall – Recall tells our dog to come to us when called the first time. They are expected to come into heel position on the left in a sit. This lets our dogs understand to not dart back off until we give the release marker.
- Sit/Stay and Down/Stay – Our expectation for a sit/stay or down/stay is for us to give the command once and the puppy follows our instructions. Instead of training a traditional stay command we teach whats called a release marker. So if we asked our dogs to lay down regardless if there is other dogs running around or people our dog is expected to dog what we asked until we give the release marker.
- Climb Command – Our climb command is great way to give our dogs a simple job to do during the day, as well as a phenomenal way to give our dogs a safe place to be when we are cooking, or have guests coming over.
- Quiet – Our quiet command indicates to our dogs when its time to stop barking or whining.
- Leave it/Drop it – A great command to use when our puppies are putting things in their mouth like sticks or rocks and shouldn’t be!
- Wait – Wait is a command we use to teach our dogs to not bolt out doors, or jump out of the car, dash out of their kennel. It tells them to wait a moment until we indicate we are ready for the dog to come along.
4) Confidence Building
Our fourth 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.
5) Handling Manners
Our fifth 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.