Did you go through another day of “trying” to deal with your dog’s crazy behavior?
He used to be a good dog right? What the heck is going on!
All of a sudden, he’s just gotten weird. You have a dog that is acting out, getting into everything and you’re at a loss as to why.
You simply want your dog to behave as though he likes you, wants to be with you and does what you ask:
A reliable set of behaviors.
Let’s have a look. See dogs are not that different than kids with what they require to be well behaved – we just don’t think about that.
But first – you two have to start “speaking” a language your dog understands.
Wait wait, – trust me – it’s super easy and pretty much revolves around body language with a good foundation of::
Structure | Trust | Consistency | Reassurance | Rules | Clear, Consistent Expectations
We owe it to our dog to learn how to teach them in a way they understand.
Teaching them positive behaviors goes hand in hand with building a great relationship of trust and love with your dog .
So instead of staying frustrated and irritated, let’s work together you, me, and your dog to get back on track.
It’s simple. Private in-home lessons using positive reinforcement.
I give you a step-by-step system that flows right in line with your everyday schedule.
Our partnership includes personalized training that works for you, with you, your dog and your life.
Daily email support that helps keep you on track, deal with frustrations or questions. Go ahead – pick my brain.
The best part I come to YOU – in your home; on your timetable. After all that’s pretty much where the behavior starts the downward spiral right?
We need to go outside to deal with outside issues? We do that! It’s your training, your schedule, your needs.
Houston families and their dogs have had the benefit of my experience to deal with all types of behavior modification. Examples: separation anxiety, family dogs fighting, adult dog house soiling, leash aggression, barking, jumping, to dog aggression training and more.
It’s very frustrating when, despite all your dog obedience training, your dog won’t listen to you. Maybe, at times, it almost seems as if he goes out of his way to get you frustrated, doesn’t it? I know it feels like your dog is doing that on purpose, but in actuality he’s doing that because he doesn’t really understand what you want him to do.
Dog obedience training teaches your dog to listen to you. It creates a way for you to communicate with your dog in a way that he will understand.
Having your dog give you a sit or a down before he gets what he wants from you is an easy, non-confrontational way to help your dog learn manners.
Basically, he’s saying please. Starting obedience when he’s just a puppy with puppy training is, of course, the best way to get a well mannered dog. Obedience training also teaches your dog that when you speak, he responds to you with the appropriate behavior you’ve taught them.
This is very much like teaching your children to politely ask for things. And like children it also reinforces your role at the leader in the relationship as you train your dog on a consistent basis.
Dog obedience school is also a cornerstone of fixing dog behavior issues. When you are trying to stop a dog from doing a certain behavior, like jumping up, you must train them for the behavior you would prefer, like sit.
When I get home from work, Sammy, our lab, knows I have my treat bag on and he wants me to stuff a Kong with the treats. But, he has to earn that.
My process: I come in and greet my wife and my dogs (in that order then I wash my hands and put away my training equipment.) Now all this time Sammy knows the procedure and knows exactly when I’m going to stuff the Kong and hand them out to each dog.
The minute I’m done stuffing the Kong, Sammy knows he must give me a sit at a minimum and many occasions I will also ask for a down or “go to place.” He does these commands perfectly. His reward for doing what I ask—his stuffed Kong.
See how simple that can be. The more creative and fun you get with your dog, the more your dog will enjoy and look forward to doing what you ask. It’s all about the relationship.
My job is to teach you the simple steps to get there.
Dog obedience training around distractions that are relevant to your life and your lifestyle, in my opinion, is the most effective training.
I will work with and teach you, in simple, easy to understand lessons.
With my 30 years of dog training I know how to enroll your dog in obedience school and put a system of basic dog obedience training into place with your dog that works for both of you. You can partner with your dog and have an awesome relationship.
You got your dog for a reason. You wanted to share your life with a happy and loving dog. But now, your dog has big problems and life is not happy. I can help you get that happy, well behaved dog back. We’ll work together at your speed and both you and your dog will have fun every step of the way.
My in-home puppy training helps you get started off right with your new puppy right there in the convenience of your home.
All was great for a week or so, then all of a sudden, you start to see behaviors such as puppy biting and nipping, house training accidents, the puppy chasing your kids, the puppy growling at your kids.
You ask: Where in the world did that sweet, adorable, calm puppy go?
Relax, it’s very normal, and we’re here to help you navigate all of this. CLICK ON THE CALL US BUTTON ABOVE
Your job as a new “puppy parent” is to teach your puppy how to live in your home.
It’s not hard at all ! Houston families just like yours have enjoyed great success with this program!
There is little to no stress in our puppy training, and you are always setting your puppy up to succeed.
If you begin puppy training early you will have fewer, or no behavior problems in the future because you will be giving your puppy a strong foundation.
That’s my job to teach you how to do this. We work on this together, taking my 25+ years of professional dog training experience and letting it work for you and your new puppy.
Our puppy training is a series of 3, one-hour lessons spaced approximately 7 to 10 days apart. The series, which covers puppy potty and obedience training classes, is structured this way:
If you’re ready to begin, I’d love to work with you to help your new puppy be a wonderful member of your family.
Contact us today at 713-728-0610. We’re ready to help!
Also, be sure to also check out my highly rated Nose To Tail Puppy Training DVD.
My name is Jim Burwell, and I’m a Houston dog trainer. The first thing you need to know about me is that I am passionate about keeping dogs in their forever homes. If you know nothing else, this tells you who I am. Since you’re here, I’m happy to share with you how I became a dog trainer who is in love with what I do.
I never intended to build a career as a dog trainer in Houston. Heck, I didn’t even intend to get a dog. But one evening in 1986, I found myself in a tuxedo, with an 8-week-old golden retriever I’d “won” by successfully bidding in a charity auction. I named my new pal Charlie. Over time, Charlie proved to be headstrong and tenacious. But I was equally determined. And through obedience training, we both learned, and our bond grew. That’s when my life began to change.
I worked in Houston’s corporate America for two decades as a commercial banker and owner of a successful sign and graphics company. But I grew tired of suits, ties and board meetings so I started looking for a new and more fulfilling career opportunity.
Being Charlie’s dad gave me the idea! Through Charlie, I found new motivation, new inspiration and a new business opportunity. Charlie inspired me to change to a dog-training career in mid-life, and what a change it was! I thought a new career as a dog trainer would ideally give me greater independence and, just possibly, allow Charlie to go with me to work! I was right!
A career in dog training offered these benefits and more. As a dog trainer, I experienced the satisfaction that comes from seeing well-trained, happy animals bring joy to their owners, and also to help abandoned, lost and rescued dogs find their way into good, permanent Houston homes. I am largely self-taught, as there were few or no professional dog training schools when I started.
I started small by training the dogs of friends and family. All the while, I diligently studied dog-training books and videos and attended seminars to learn everything possible about dog behavior training and canine-human interactions. I devoured books by Bill Campbell, famous dog behaviorist, Ian Dunbar and more. I was determined to be the best Houston dog trainer I could be.
I was looking for the proprietary “tricks of the trade,” which I assumed were being passed privately from dog trainer to dog trainer. But, I gradually learned that there are no tricks to dog training. I worked hard at becoming an expert dog trainer.
Success came instead from months of intensive study, many hundreds of hours of practice, and a thorough understanding of pet dogs and their relationships with owners.
So because of Charlie, a gala, probably a glass of scotch, the rest of my life unfolded pretty much like this: My grass-roots, in-home dog-training business that began in 1988 grew from Texas Dog Training, to founding Rover Oaks Pet Resort, to becoming Jim Burwell’s Petiquette, and I was selected “Best Dog Trainer in Houston” by the readers (500,000+) of the Houston Press. I have been active in many professional dog training and search and rescue organizations like these:
of Lone Star Search and Rescue Dog Association
Among my students: “Sandy,” the dog featured in the musical production of Annie in 1998 at Houston’s Wortham Theater
celebrity dog owned by NBC’s affiliate station, KPRC-TV, in Houston. Radar appeared on the weeknight news with anchor weatherman, Frank Billingsly.
She’s awesome at speaking with clients and helping them see how we can help them with their dogs. She’s also responsible for all the marketing of our business. That same year The Houston Chronicle’s “Texas Magazine” published a cover story on me entitled “Dog Whisperer.” That glowing, five-page cover article resulted in nearly 2,000 phone calls and approximately 750 emails that included requests for dog obedience training and behavioral counseling. To sum it all up I just want to say that the success of your dog’s training and behavior begins with knowing about the trainer, his history and experience in dog handling and behavior training. You should be as comfortable with the trainer of your dog as you are with the teacher of your children. Accept no less than the best in training, handling and caring for your dog.
She’s awesome at speaking with clients and helping them see how we can help them with their dogs.
She’s also responsible for all the marketing of our business.
That same year The Houston Chronicle’s “Texas Magazine” published a cover story on me entitled “Dog Whisperer.” That glowing, five-page cover article resulted in nearly 2,000 phone calls and approximately 750 emails that included requests for dog obedience training and behavioral counseling.
To sum it all up I just want to say that the success of your dog’s training and behavior begins with knowing about the trainer, his history and experience in dog handling and behavior training. You should be as comfortable with the trainer of your dog as you are with the teacher of your children.
Accept no less than the best in training, handling and caring for your dog.
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I’ve taught group obedience classes for about 15 years. I hadn’t taught for over a year, since selling out of Rover Oaks Pet Resort. My client base kept asking, “When are you going to start teaching group obedience class again?”
I loved and missed the people, the dogs and the energy of my group obedience classes. I especially enjoyed the “playtime” before class and I know the dogs and owners enjoyed it as well. This prompted me to really start thinking about doing classes again and so “I’m back!” My first and second obedience classes were sold out quickly. As fast as I could get the word out, everyone signed up. It is good for you, good for your dog and I get a real kick out of teaching group.
This got me to thinking about the benefits of group obedience so I thought I would list a few of the benefits for you. Group obedience class IS mainly for the owners. It’s an economical way to show owners how to work with their dogs which allows them to take that information home and practice with their dogs in the home environment. Admittedly, group obedience class is probably not the best learning environment for dogs and puppies with the level of distraction; although, playtime before class, surely calms the pups down for a better focused class. Each week we see meaningful progress with both owners and dogs – if the work is done in between class.
Here’s some of the benefits of a group obedience class:
Here’s a checklist for you to help you choose a good group class
Here’s a little video of some playtime before one of my group classes.
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