Puppy Training

Puppy Training: From Chaos to Calm

When I do puppy training I don’t expect to find a family in total chaos. But this puppy family was different. The proud but frustrated owners of Maddie, the French Bull Dog puppy were stressed beyond belief in their puppy training efforts.

Their troubles, on our lesson day, started right before I arrived. As I walked down the 4th floor hallway of the condo making my way to their unit, I could hear screaming, “Help me clean up this mess, the trainer is almost here!”

By that time it was too late. I was knocking on the door. As I entered, the all too familiar “puppy poop” stink hit me. I sat down looking at their small condo littered with pee-pads and exclaimed, “At least I don’t have to wonder where we start our lesson!”

Puppy Training

John and Mary, a young couple in their late 20’s had both grown up with family pets in their respective homes. But their recollection was of older, laid back dogs that just sat around the family room and fireplace. The dogs were just there. They were great dogs – in fact – perfect dogs.

As kids, they had not given much thought to how the dogs got that way. Was it puppy training by their parents, or did they just come that way. I assured them, “Most likely not the latter. It probably took as much work for your moms and dads as you two are going to learn here with Maddie but I’m here to help you along the way. “

I find that many new puppy owners think, “It wasn’t a problem for mom and dad when I grew up so, how much trouble can it be?” For some it’s a rude awakening – trouble from day one with their puppy training and there are those that really luck out and get a problem-free puppy right from the get-go. John and Mary were just getting through the rude awakening part.

By the time we got through the first lesson, John and Mary had a plan for everything: puppy potty training, nutrition, how best to prepare her food to maximize nutrition and to help with potty training success, obedience training that was age appropriate, the importance of sticking to schedules and routines and – we replaced all the pee pads with ONE”grass potty pad with a tray.”

Our first lesson was on a Friday and by Monday morning Maddie was hitting the grass 90% of the time. They gated her in the kitchen during the work day – grass potty at one end, bed, bone and Kong at the other and just a little water in her bowl.  

What also helped them to help Maddie succeed were the following potty guidelines:

Develop a reward history for going on her grass potty: Praise and treat on the spot.
Catch mistakes before they happen: Keeping her on a leash when out of her space and with them in the house.
Secure Maddie: Put her in her space when you cannot supervise her.


Once potty training was under control, Maddie learned her obedience commands and John and Mary learned how to use the commands to teach her “give before she receives” (sit for food, toys, affection, etc.) so that they always stayed in control of the relationship which we call the Ground Rules for Great Dogs.  I also recommended that John and Mary keep up Maddie’s obedience  training by doing 3 short training sessions daily but only for two minutes. This gave Maddie a sense of working for them instead of John and Mary following Maddie’s lead by giving in to her nudging for affection or anything else she wanted.

I told them, “Puppies have a lot of love to give – and maybe you get a lot of frustration and hard work along the way. It winds up being very rewarding in the end with many years of good times and memories. Good dogs just don’t come that way. You have to earn it to enjoy it. Just ask your mom and dad!

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“Together, We Can Raise a Happy and Obedient Dog”

Jim Burwell, professional dog trainer for 25+ years, has a profound understanding of dog behavior and the many things, we as humans, do that influence that behavior – good or bad.  Jim has the ability to not only steer dogs and puppies down the right path but to also train the owners to understand their part in having a great dog.


His Nose to Tail Puppy Training is the culmination of these years of training into an easy, step-by-step process so that your puppy understands what you expect of him because you know how to teach him.  You empower him to be able to give you the behavior you want and you empower him to be successful at living in a human home.  The result – one awesome puppy and one happy family.


Video Review: Potty training a junk yard puppy

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Hi my name is Tracy, this is Curly.   Curly was wandering in my scrap yard in the middle of the heat with all kinds of fleas so we took her to the vet and got her all cleaned up and she’s on the mend.

And I called Jim Burwell for some help in potty training.  Jim came over and gave me some lessons, specifically on what to do and not to do.  Lo and behold Curly is now potty trained, Curly will respond to commands and Curly and i are both very happy.

I enjoyed the lessons, I was able to use the lessons and I would suggest if you have a dog old or new that needs some help call Jim and he will help you out.

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Video Review: Puppy Training a Pomeranian

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Mr. Burwell was really nice and he helped train her and now she’s a much better doggie. I really love to train my puppy and now that Mr. Burwell has taught me how to train Phoebe in a fun way, I work with her all the time


Dog Training Success Story: Housetraining an Older Dog

We engaged Jim Burwell’s Petiquette services to help us with both our 8 year old Springer Spaniel and our 8 month old
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

We needed basic training for our Cavalier who is 8 months old, including house training, response to basic  commands, etc.

With our older dog, we had quite an issue with him eating any food that was in plain sight along with unusual barking issues.

Jim came highly recommended, and exceeded our expectations! His techniques worked well and quickly, and were right on point and easy to enforce — especially with a busy family of seven including our dogs.

Dog Training Success Story: Puppy Training a Goldendoodle

This is Peggy Gerst and we have Bentley who is a 3 month old Goldendoodle.  We got Bentley when he was 7 weeks old and it had been 20+ years since we had had a puppy but we knew we needed some help.

So we called Jim Burwell at Petiquette and asked for his advice and at 10 weeks he came out and we had 3 private lessons with Jim in our home and are amazed, truly amazed at Bentley’s progress and all that he’s learned.

We’ve had great help with understanding crate training which we had never done before and the benefits of a crate as far as house training goes.

He knows all of his basic commands now, he knows sit, and down and wait and place and he’s made great progress on coming and learning to walk on a leash.  And we’re amazed!  We’re just absolutely amazed at the progress he’s made using Jim’s methods and Jim’s training

We would highly recommend Jim Burwell and his method of training especially  if you’re gonig to have a puppy or an issue that you want to resolve he is extremely talented and knows a lot about dogs and answered all of our questions.

We are very pleased with Bentley’s behavior and we don’t have children anymore, we have grandchildren.  So having a well behaved dog is very important to us and we are well on the road to having exactly what we wanted.

Listen to her testimonial  Puppy Training

Getting A Puppy For Christmas? 7 Puppy Training Commandments To Keep In Mind

I recently answered an e-mail from a mom thinking about getting her two children a puppy for Christmas. A quick review, never get anyone of any age a “surprise” puppy.  So, for those of you who have decided to take the big step of adding a dog to your family, these are the 7 puppy training commandments you should know:

  1. Be consistent in your training. Train simple come, sit and down three times daily for no longer than 2 minutes and do it the same way every single time. It doesn’t really take much time out of your schedule. Setting aside 2 minutes three times daily 2 minutes is a great start. Puppies have a short attention span and will tire and get bored quickly. That’s why we keep it short.
  2. Never, ever punish your puppy in any way, shape or form. If your puppy does not obey a command simply say wrong in a neutral tone of voice and start again. It’s really that simple.
  3. Keep your expectations in line with reality. Do not expect a young, 8 week old puppy to be able to hold a sit or a down for more than a few seconds.
  4. Be consistent with your command each time. Pick one word and stick to it. Speaking in sentences or multiple words will not be as easy for your new puppy to learn. One behavior – one command word.
  5. Begin to train around relevant distractions. For example, if you always have a house full of kids, begin training your puppy around kids once he’s learned to obey his commands only with you.
  6. As your puppy begins to learn and perform his come, sit and down commands each and every time when asked, wean him off food treats by giving him a treat every other time and then even less frequently after that. Always click when your puppy performs a behavior properly. Your clicker will eventually be replaced with praise.
  7. For those of you that do not want to use a clicker, simply use your voice by saying, “Yes!” or “Good!” followed by a food treat when your puppy performs a command.

Be as comfortable with trainer of your dog as you are with the teacher of your children. And remember, “Opportunity Barks!”

Jim’s  Nose to Tail Puppy Training is the culmination of these years of training into an easy, step-by-step process so that your puppy understands what you expect of him because you know how to teach him.  You empower him to be able to give you the behavior you want and you empower him to be successful at living in a human home.  The result – one awesome puppy and one happy family.

(C) Jim Burwell 2010

Review: Puppy Training for First Time Puppy Owner

Alright,  I’m Melissa and we have a mini Aussie named Dude and we are first time puppy owners.

We’ve never had a puppy before so it was very difficult training him because I knew nothing about it.

So we hired Jim and he came over and taught us leash training, sit and downs, feeding, pretty much ALL of it
since I knew nothing about it.

He did a great job and I would completely recommend Jim to any new puppy owner.

Listen to her testimonial here:   Dude

Labradoodle Puppy Training

Hello, our names are Kyle and Jessica Abarca and we have a new labradoodle who’s name is Occy.

He is approximately 14 weeks old  now and we hired Jim to help us train the dog with potty training, sits and downs and
walking and we have been very pleased with the service we received.

Jim is very professional and our dog Occy is actually, he’s very well trained now.  There you have it.  It’s also about training owners.

Listen to their testimonial here:   Abarca Testimonial

Review: Puppy biting, puppy nipping, puppy pooping

puppy biting Hi my name is Mary Lostak and we have a 4 month old Australian Shepherd puppy named Sadie.

We called Jim to have him help us with Sadie.  She was biting, not walking on the leash nicely, issues with potty training.

Just general bad puppy behavior, normal puppy behavior and Jim helped us kind of “see the light” and helped train us

to train Sadie.  And now she is doing much better;  she is potty trained, she is walking much better on the leash, learning

tricks and becoming a nice member of our household.  Thank you Jim!!!!   Listen to her testimonial here –   Puppy Puppy Biting, Nipping,

Your Puppy Training Questions: We Want A Puppy For Christmas!

Your Question:

My kids are in the middle of a campaign called We Want A Puppy For Christmas! I have to admit I am secretly rooting for them, but I’m not sure they are ready. They are 7 and 9. What do you think about giving a puppy to children as a gift?
– Ellen

My Answer:

A puppy can be a wonderful addition to the family. Even so, don’t take the decision lightly. My first piece of advice is to resist the temptation to make the gift a surprise. Instead, sit down as a family and talk about what a puppy needs: regular feeding, walks, training, grooming, veterinarian costs, etc. Talk about how the family will divide the responsibilities so everyone has reasonable expectations. A surprise puppy might make for a dramatic and sweet holiday moment, but that puppy will be a part of your family for the rest of its life.

Once you have decided everyone is ready and willing to take on the responsibility, it’s time to find the puppy. The best idea of course is to adopt from one of the many animal shelters and rescue groups nearby. If you decide on a pure breed puppy, be sure to throughly check out the breeder. A responsible breeder will welcome your questions, offer references and want to know as much about you and your family as possible. Keep the following in mind:

  • Make sure you buy from a reputable breeder who will, in writing, guarantee eyes, hips and heart health and will have already begun desensitizing all the puppies to noise, human handling and all things that go “bump in the night”.
  • Don’t accept puppies too young.  Ideally, puppies should stay with their litter mates until the 8th week of age or their 49th day.  This gives them time enough to learn their social graces like bite inhibition and how to play. Do not be afraid to ask questions about these behaviors.
  • When getting your new puppy from a shelter, you may not have the luxury of knowing the puppy’s past.  Remember that the window of socialization closes between the ages of 3 1/2 to 5 months of age.  This means that, to the extent you can, desensitize and socialize your pup to as many new distractions (his world as he will come to know it) as you can, to assure that he will be okay with people, noises, children, things. etc

My last and most important piece of advice is to make sure you get your puppy off to a good start by starting training early. The time you invest in training your puppy will pay off when you have a well-behaved dog. My new CD Puppy Training Sins Every New Puppy Owner Needs To Avoid is like having me in your home and is available to order on Amazon. Your gift of a Christmas puppy wouldn’t be complete without it!

Be as comfortable with the trainer of your dog as the teacher of your children and remember, “Opportunity Barks!”
(C) Jim Burwell 2010