Puppy Training and Private Lessons

Puppy Training begins the moment you encounter your pup and continues over the life of your dog. Your dog is never too young to begin training and the earlier you start, the better.  

 

I can teach a 12 year old dog obedience but fixing a behavior problem that started in puppyhood can often be far more difficult and time consuming.  We get one opportunity to do puppies right.   I classify puppies as all dogs from 6 to 20 weeks of age.  

 

My main focus with puppies is teaching them to live in our homes and avoiding common mistakes before unwanted behaviors begin. Housebreaking is my #1 priority followed closely by social behavior, confidence building, building a tolerance to touch and handling and eliminating puppy biting and destructive behavior.  

 

Each of my puppy programs ensures that not only your is dog prepared for their lives in the home, but you as owners are best prepared, too.  In Home Training is only available in the following areas.  Monteverde, Clermont, Winter Garden, Oakland, Minneola, Windermere, Bay Hill, Dr. Phillips (no travel charge).  Mascotte, Groveland, Leesburg, Tavares, Mt Dora, Umatilla, Sorrento, Apopa, Ocoee, gotta, Metrowest, Wedgwood, Belle Isle, Baldwin Park, Winter Park, Maitland, Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Winter Springs, Longwood, Lake Mary, Sandord, Oviedo, Orlando and Kissimmee (travel charge required).  I support the rest of Florida with the Resident Board and Train program.

Puppy Consultation

In this Private (in your home) lesson, I work with you before your pup arrives, when you come home together or after your pup is in the house. 

Puppy Steps Class

This 4-week program is conducted privately in your home for puppies under 16 weeks of age. I go over everything in the puppy consultation but in greater detail.

Puppy Boot Camp

This program is only for very difficult cases. For pups between 8 and 18 weeks old who have serious problems for example inability to housebreak through traditional means, no bite inhibition and inconsolable in confinement.

Insights

Obedience commands & training such as Sit, Down, Here and Heel are relatively minor in importance to building a puppy that is confident, social, pleasant, quiet, relaxed and fun instead of vocal, destructive, nipping & biting, fearful, anti-social or one who pees on your carpet and tile or poops in every corner of your house, on your bed or even in your shoes (yes this happens!!).

 

There are plenty of dogs in the world who know only a couple of commands but are amazing dogs because they are polite, respectfully and know the house rules.  In an older pup (over 20 weeks) obedience can help you control your dog, lead your dog, show your pup what you are looking for because their brain is at a more mature point of development.

 

In young puppies, we have to shape behaviors and create good habits which allow us to avoid problems entirely instead of trying over the life of your dog to fix a problem that really began in puppyhood. I have seen many dogs with behavior problems that actually have good obedience behaviors because obedience was the focus in the beginning. Obedience is important but it can be trained at any point over a dog's life. I generally begin formal obedience in dogs over 20 weeks old. 

 

I do introduce puppies to the basic command but I do not hold them accountable to them the way I may hold an adult or adolescent dog to the same command.  I shape the behavior, repeat it often and keep it fun so your pup doesn't even realize he is "working". I build good habits which can then be refined and polished as the pup matures.

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I have seen many dogs with behavioral problems that actually have good obedience behaviors because obedience was the focus in the beginning.

Puppy Consultation

 

In this Private (in your home) lesson, We work with you before your pup arrives, when you come home together or after your pup is in the house. 

 

We will teach you and your family how to interact with your pup and avoid mistakes to prevent major problems later in life and make your new puppy everything you want it to be. 

 

The session lasts about three hours and covers a spectrum of different subjects. 

We teach you through demonstration, talk through, walk through, hands methods. You will also get a 55 page Puppy Manual, 16 videos and several articles to use as reference material

  • Housebreaking / Crate Training 

  • Control of Resources

  • Food / Feeding

  • Handling Drills / Building a tolerance to touch

  • Preparing your dog for the Vet

  • Grooming (including nail trimming)

  • Leash management

  • Socialization

  • Toys & Games

  • Schedules

  • Reducing barking, whining and crying

  • Avoiding major and minor mistakes

  • Getting the family involved

  • Preventing / Stopping puppy biting

  • Fear / Nervousness / Imprinting

  • Timelines for Training

  • Types and Methods of Training

  • Advantages / Disadvantages of each method

 

Puppy Steps Class

This 4-week program is conducted privately in your home for puppies under 16 weeks of age that goes over everything in the puppy consultation but in greater detail over these subjects in an easier to digest format.

 

Additionally, the Puppy Steps Program begins the following:

Obedience

Sit

Down

Here / Come

Heel

Place

In / Out

Relieve on command

Leash Manners

Socialization

Interacting with puppies and adult dogs at the end of each session.

Games

Frisbee, Tug, Retrieving,

 and Agility

Tactical Experiences

building confidence on a variety of item surfaces & shapes including agility and confidence building equipment

Puppy Boot Camp

 

This program is only for very difficult cases.  If your pup is between 8 and 18 weeks old and you have serious problems housebreaking your puppy, severe puppy biting with no bite inhibition, problems with leash walking, extreme whining, barking and or crying we can do much of the hard work for you and build a schedule that fits your lifestyle and needs of your dog.

 

We introduce your little one to your expectations including all the items included in the Puppy Consultation and Puppy Steps Program such as obedience commands, patience, handling, leash walking, crating, socialization and housetraining and then help you reintegrate your pup back into your home.  

 

This program is not for everyone.  Only about 5% of puppies ever need this and I do my best to ensure you do not but in the case that your pup is one of the tough ones, I can and will help you with this option.  

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James Hamm, the Florida Dog Trainer (previously Lonestar Dog Trainer), is Florida's #1 dog behavioral expert. James can help you achieve the goals you have for your adult dog or puppy through improving lines of communication between you and your dog. 

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(254) 449-6993

EMAIL

James@floridadogtrainer.com

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