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Puppy Training Classes Houston

 In Home Puppy Training, Fun and Easy

 Puppy Training by Jim Burwell

Call us at 713.728.0610

My in-home puppy training helps you get started off right with your new puppy right there in the convenience of your home.

  • Potty training
  • Crate Training
  • Biting
  • Jumping
  • Barking
  • Kids and Puppies
  • Obedience
  • Leash Walking
  • Crate Training Guilt
  • A system that works for you!
  • And More….

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.

How We Do It

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:

  • I work with you in your home, with as many family members as possible and your children are encouraged to participate.
  • These new puppy lessons can be personalized to fit your family’s specific needs and the way you have your home set up.
  • These new puppy lessons give you the vital information and positive reinforcement skills you need, to get your new puppy started off correctly right from the beginning.
  • Build on successes with your puppy and minimize errors.
  • Have a relationship with your puppy based on mutual trust and respect – everything should always be a positive experience.

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.

Puppy Training DVD

Jim Burwell, dog trainer

About Us

Best Dog Trainer in Houston As Selected by Houston Press

Dog Training in Houston for 30 years
trained well over 10,000 dogs and clients
Founder, Rover Oaks Pet Resort – Houston

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.

Everything Started with Charlie

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.

Business Changed from Banking to Barking

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’ll Tell You a Secret

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:

  • Past president

    of Lone Star Search and Rescue Dog Association

  • Dog training for TV commercials and theater

    Among my students: “Sandy,” the dog featured in the musical production of Annie in 1998 at Houston’s Wortham Theater

  • Training of "Radar"

    celebrity dog owned by NBC’s affiliate station, KPRC-TV, in Houston. Radar appeared on the weeknight news with anchor weatherman, Frank Billingsly.

  • Trainer

    of the Goldendoodle for Houston’s Ronald McDonald House

  • Selected as "Best Dog Trainer in Houston"

    by the readers (500,000+) of the Houston Press

Working to Remain the Best at Dog Training in Houston

Jim-and-Leila-copyIn 2003, I met and married my wife Leila. She works with me in the business.

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.

Together we can raise a happy and obedient dog.

Contact Us

   Do You Need Dog Behavior, Puppy or Obedience Help?

In Your Home or Live Interactive Video Lessons

dog behavior Houston, Jim Burwell

Professional training to help keep EVERY  dog in its FOREVER  home!

We Do Private Lessons  in your home with your dog and your family.

Call us at 713.728.0610

Office Hours:   

Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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Dog Training in a Dog Obedience Group Class

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:

  • Great socialization for your dog in group obedience class (not every group class instructor allows group play.)
  • Helps your dog begin to learn obedience commands in a real life environment – an environment with distractions.
  • The chance to learn in-home practical ways to work with your dog at home where his dog behavior is the concern.  A good group obedience class is not just sits and downs.

Here’s a checklist for you to help you choose a good group class

  • Make sure the instructor you choose uses positive reinforcement – no harsh corrections.  Check references if you can.
  • Make sure the class size is not more than 12 dogs per instructor.  This allows the instructor to spend time with you and your dog.
  • Ask if you can audit a class to confirm the instructor spends adequate time with each person and their dog
  • A good training facility is designed with space that meets the needs of the owner and dog i.e. adequate space with minimal extraneous distractions.
  • Price should by no means be the determining factor in choosing a group class.
  • Most instructors will stay after class for questions and assistance.

Here’s a little video of some playtime before one of my group classes.

Playtime in Jim Burwell\’s Group Class