Puptown Houston: Puppy Training: There 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 Houston, TX are standing by to help you turn your puppy into well-mannered little lady or gentleman.
Puptown Houston Training Philosophy
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 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.
Our 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.