Puppy Head-Start Program

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 may look at puppy training different from other trainers and organizations. I can teach a 12-year-old dog obedience but I may not be able to fix very problematic behavior issues in the same dog.

 

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 dog is best prepared for their lives in the home, but you as owners are best prepared, too. 

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 housebreaking, severe puppy biting, leash walking, extreme whining, barking, and more. 

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, I work with you before your pup arrives, when you come home together or after your pup is in the house. 

 

I 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. 

  • 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, Heel, and Place

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 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 Lonestar Dog Trainer, is Texas' #1 dog trainer. 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

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James Hamm, the Lonestar Dog Trainer, can help you achieve the goals you have for your adult dog or puppy. Lonstar Dog Trainer offers the Texas Board and Train program to all of Texas including:

 

Central Texas (Waco, Killeen, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Fort Hood, Belton, Temple ), 

Austin ( Round Rock, Georgetown, Leander, Marble Falls, Cedar Park, Fredricksburg, Canyon Lake, Pflugerville )  

Houston including The Woodlands, Pasadena, Missouri City, Rosenberg, Texas City, Danbury, Friendswood, Prarie View, Surgerland, Magnolia, Conroe, Spring, and Galveston.

Dallas and Fort Worth including Arlington, Irving, Mesquite, Garland Carrolton, McKinney, Frisco, Denton, Grapevine Richardson, Plano, Lewisville, Flower Mound Waxahachie and Alvardo, Desoto, Burelson, Hillsboro and Univiersity Park. 

Waco, College Station, Corsicana and Texarkana

San Antonio including San Marcos, New Braunfels and Selma.  

West Texas including  El Paso, Midland, Odessa, Abilene, Sweetwater, Colorado City, Fort Stockton, San Angelo, Brownwood, and El Dorado),

Texas Panhandle  including Amarillo, Lubbock and Wichita Falls region 

East Texas including Beaumont, Port Arthur, Palestine, Tyler, Nacogdoches, Kilgore, Mt Pleasant,

South Texas  (including Brownsville, Laredo, Padre Island, Corpus Christi 

Southern Oklahoma

 

 Call to ask questons, discuss program options or reserve your spot for the finest quality dog training and puppy training at (254) 449-6993.

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