HOUSTON 501(c)(3) PROVIDING FREE SERVICE DOG TRAINING FOR VETERANS AND
PAID TRAINING FOR CIVILIANS
SUFFERING FROM PTSD AND OTHER DISABILITIES

BASIC FOUNDATION SKILLS CLASSES

A well-trained dog is easy to live with!

Enjoy walking your dog again.

Do you want a calmer, more attentive family dog who knows how you want them to behave?
Just like kids, your dog needs to go to school. At Give Us Paws, we don't only train service dogs, we provide training for family and pet dogs, too! We customize training to your dog's specific needs and your schedule with a variety of training options.

These Karen Pryor Academy classes are designed to teach owners "foundation skills" and dogs "foundation behaviors." Owners will learn how to train their dogs without resorting to corrections, punishment, or force. The dogs will learn important "foundation behaviors" which will enable them to be the socially acceptable family dogs that caring owners desire.

A "foundation skill" is a skill that an owner and/or their dog need to know in order to enable a lifetime of successful learning. A "foundation behavior" is a specific action that is eventually put on cue, such as sitting politely for petting, walking nicely on leash, settling, or coming when called.

There are a total of nine foundation behaviors in this program and each behavior has up to 4 levels of learning and achievement. Instructors will track the progress of each owner and their dog as they learn each foundation skill and behavior at each level. Once successful at a particular level they will begin working on the next level of the behavior. This ensures each owner and dog is successful at each level and are able to progress at their own individual rates of learning. This class is a pre-requisite for our Emotional Support Animal(ESA) training. Classes are filling fast, so sign-up now!




Class Details:
  • For dogs 6 months of age or older (senior dogs welcome!)
  • On-leash only class (no off-leash play time)
  • 1-hour per week at the same day and time for 6 weeks (first week is an owner-only orientation)
  • 6 dogs per class maximum

Class Includes:
  • A clicker and wristband
  • Weekly homework assignments via e-mail
  • Unlimited email support throughout the duration of the 6-week class

Upcoming Classes:


Topics Covered:
  • Focus
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Leave it/take it
  • Touch (hand target)
  • Loose-leash walking
  • Come
  • Polite greetings
  • Handling

Pricing: $249.95
Make-up Lesson: $50


Leading the classes will be Erin Richardson, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, and Puppy Start Right trainer.


PUPPY START RIGHT PRESCHOOL

Most people understand the importance of socializing puppies, and there are numerous puppy classes available. However, many classes are not true socialization classes. Instead, they focus primarily on obedience training. While obedience and manners training are important components of behavior, at the puppy stage the focus should be on ensuring that the puppy is having positive experiences with as many new people, dogs, and situations as possible. This exposure is essential for developing a confident and well-adjusted adult dog that is comfortable with all life has to offer.

Give Us Paws offers puppy parents a safe way to socialize their puppies properly. We educate pet parents about how to prevent problems before they begin, how to address typical puppy behaviors, and how to address behavior issues through early intervention. This program has been recognized by and well-received within the veterinary community. Many veterinarians and vet staff members have participated in the course with their own puppies. In fact, the Puppy Start Right course has been called the best program for providing good social experiences for puppies before they are fully vaccinated.

If you plan on training your puppy as a service dog or emotional support animal, it is essential that they get the right start. With Puppy Start Right classes, you will have the edge when it comes time to test for service dog temperament and aptitude for learning.

  • For puppies between 8-20 weeks of age (if your dog is near 20 weeks old or slightly older, please contact us to see if an exception can be made)
  • 1-hour per week at same day and time for 6 weeks (first week is an owner-only orientation)
  • 6 dogs per class maximum

Topics Covered:
  • Focuses primarily on socializing your puppy to new people, sights, sounds, and other puppies!
  • Includes off-leash play periodically during each class
  • Introduces sit, loose-leash walking, leave it/take it, and come
  • Discusses common puppy problems such as handling (grooming and vet visits, collar grabs, etc.), potty training, nipping, chewing, jumping, resource guarding prevention, digging, counter surfing, separation anxiety prevention and crate training.

Class Includes:
  • Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog by Kenneth Martin and Debbie Martin for homework assignments
  • A clicker and wristband
  • Weekly homework assignments via e-mail
  • Unlimited e-mail support throughout the duration of the 5-week class

Pricing: $249.95
Make-up Lesson: $50

Upcoming Classes:

Start on any Saturday as long as there is availability in the class.
There is NO advantage to waiting, the window of socialization begins to close at 12 weeks of age!! Older puppies can join in the class, with prior instructor approval and some changes to accommodate for their age.

Leading the classes will be Erin Richardson, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, and Puppy Start Right trainer.


PRIVATE TRAINING

Whether you need some extra help to keep up with class or want to train your dog yourself without attending a class, PRIVATE TRAINING may be for you.

We offer private lessons where we work one-on-one with you training your dog. Our private trainers focus on the goals and behaviors that are most important to you.

Private training offers a wide selection of alternatives to group training. For busy people; for a family with little enough time for the kids, let alone the dog; for people with disabilities or physical problems, scheduling problems, split shifts, or other issues that make regular class attendance difficult; for people who want to zero in on a specific behavior without attending a class. If any of these is you, we offer many training options to help you get the dog of your dreams.

In our private lessons, we tailor the training for your specific, individual needs. At each lesson we'll work with you, then give you a homework assignment to practice between your lessons.

If you need to enhancing your class training with some extra practice, sharpening already-learned behavior, working with you one-on-one to fix a behavior, or coaching you to reach your goals, whatever you're looking for - we're here for you.


Pricing:
1-hour Private Lesson $100.00
1.5-hour Private Lesson $125.00


Private Training will be conducted by Paul Buescher, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, Director of Give Us Paws.


To learn more about our specific private-training programs, or to make an appointment for a lesson or give us a call at 281-509-9309.

We do not specialize in major reactivity or aggression. We will refer you to a local behavioral consultant who is qualified to handle behavior modifications of that nature.