Dog Obedience Training Houston | Shelmar Kennels

Programs for Dog Obedience Training in Houston Area

Dog obedience training in Houston is the specialty of Shelmar Kennels. The dog training facility includes 20 acres of 8’ high fenced open space with a half-acre lake, varied cover of grasses and woods and mowed walking pathways. Dog behavior modification and training occurs in a safe and positive learning environment where dogs can learn to focus on commands regardless of distractions.

At Shelmar Kennels, we obedience train dogs of all breeds. Shelmar trainers teach your dog the 4 basic commands (sit, stay, heel and come). We also work on kenneling (portable kennels and larger kennel runs) and loading into a vehicle. If jumping on you and your guests is a problem, we will work diligently to correct this behavior. We can also incorporate whistle commands with verbal commands for park or open-field exercise opportunities. Each obedience dog is provided the opportunity for swimming and retrieving if desired.

Upon completion of your dog’s obedience program, Shelmar trainers work with the owner(s) to insure a smooth transition from our kennel to your home.

Compare our training program to those offered by other facilities:

Our obedience dogs learn their commands not in an enclosed room but on 20 acres of open space! Once a dog is trained at Shelmar they are less likely to have problems listening to their owners at parks and during other opportunities for them to free range as they have been trained in all commands of obedience in an uncontrollable environment as opposed to an enclosed room in a strip center.

We understand that our competitors offer a 2 week obedience program. At Shelmar we feel that 2 weeks is not enough time to develop a positive, trusting relationship with your dog, which is an important step to accomplish training. The more time we spend with your dog, the better we understand him, his behavior and his ability and we can then pass all of this useful information on to you, the owner.

All dog obedience training at Shelmar kennels is accomplished by Martin and Shelly Bell who have a combined dog training experience of 40 years. Rest assured your training dollar will be well spent as Martin and Shelly will be training your dog personally. We don’t rely on hired 'dog trainers'.

Before you read through all of our programs to decide which is best for you and your dog remember that each animal is an individual – we will tailor your training program to address your individual needs and desires.

We Offer Three Dog Obedience Training Programs

3 Week Basic "IN OUR HOME" Obedience Training

This program is 3 weeks in length and covers all of the basic commands on leash. Your pup will learn to sit, stay, heel and come when called in a controlled environment and on leash. Shelmar trainers also work extensively with issues such as jumping on you, your family and your guests, kenneling, dog and human socialization and maintaining cooperative behavior. This program is ideal for pet owners wanting basic control.

The cost of this program is $1200 and includes daily training, boarding and owner instruction to ensure a smooth transition from our kennel to your home. We also recommend a follow up lesson 2 weeks after pick up, which is included in the program cost, to reaffirm good behavior and improve the owner’s handling and training skills.

Fee $1200 including 2 follow up lessons

4 Week "IN OUR HOME" Dog Obedience Training

Yes, this program also takes place in the home of Shelmar trainers and owners Martin and Shelly Bell. This program incorporates dog obedience commands, crate training and socialization. The “in home” program caters to dog owners who desire a well-behaved dog with proper house manners. Shelmar trainers set a proper schedule for your dog that will aid with potty training issues. Other behavior concerns covered by this program include staying off furniture, waiting at the door to be invited in, learning how to relax with the family, and many others. It also includes all of the on-leash commands, heel, sit, sit-stay, down and down-stay in a controlled setting, as well as group training with other doggie students.

Space is limited in this program so call for a reservation. Be prepared to let us know specific concerns so we can modify our program accordingly.

Fee $1600 includes 2 follow up lessons

6 Week "IN OUR HOME" Obedience Training

This is the Cadillac of in home homeschooling 'board and train' dog obedience programs.

This program takes place in the home of Shelmar trainers and owners Martin and Shelly Bell. This program incorporates dog obedience commands, crate training and socialization. The "in home" program caters to dog owners who desire a well-behaved dog with proper house manners. Shelmar trainers set a proper schedule for your dog that will aid with potty training issues. Other behavior concerns covered by this program include staying off furniture, waiting at the door to be invited in, learning how to relax with the family, and many others. 6 weeks gives us enough time with your dog to handle most issues that arise with basic obedience and control issues and to develop a dog to be a pleasant member of the family.

Developing a dog with no formal training through basic obedience then graduating into teaching advanced behavioral work is the focus of this program. During the course of 6 weeks the dog is taught control in a free ranging environment. It is a comprehensive program, with commands of heel, sit, sit-stay, down, down-stay, and off leash control including come and free playing off leash. The dogs are exercised in 500 square foot runs 4 times daily as well as trained twice a day. All dogs will have the opportunity to work in group sessions with up to 6 other dogs, exercise and play with different but suitable groups of other doggie students. This program incorporates working in and with groups of dogs. It’s one thing to have control over one dog, how about a dog educated to accept being trained and controlled in a group of 5 or 6! 6 dogs heeling, sitting and staying, playing and free running and coming when called. Off leash control is of paramount importance to many dog owners who want to free exercise their pets. We teach it thoroughly to ensure your dog’s safety in challenging situations. We specifically work on distraction training during the 6 week course, starting with group dog work and as advanced as group exercise and run (think Bark Park with no fences!). I have traveled to many kennels and have never seen a program as comprehensive as this one. This is the program of obedience that my personal competition dogs go through in readiness for formal AKC trial and test work. This system of basic training, taught by kennel owners Martin and Shelly Bell, has produced United States high point dogs, Top Professional Handler for Martin in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2007, in addition to the thousands of well-behaved dogs taught for households such as yours. No matter what your dog goals are, trials, tests, companion dog, therapy dog or just a well behaved member of the family, this is without question the most thorough basic grounding in obedience your pup can receive, one that will fulfill his being and enable a full experience of life with you in any and all situations.

Please compare our programs with other kennels: our prices are comparable with 2 week courses at other area facilities. Really-what can you expect in 2 weeks? Remember we do not use an electric collar to train your dog. Your pup will be taught all of the commands in a positive environment specifically designed to educate the dog and train and inform the owners.

This program is best suited for an owner who wants his dog to be able to free roam on long walks with complete control and always attentive to the handler. This program is custom: you tell us your lifestyle and we will do our best to fit your dog’s training to you. We have trained dogs for jogging moms, beach walkers, weekend lake house owners, fishing boat buddies and many more. Call us and give us a challenge!

Space is limited in this program so call for a reservation. Be prepared to let us know specific concerns so we can modify our program accordingly.

Fee $2300 including 2 follow up lessons

Dog Obedience / Aggression/ Behavior Modification

This program specifically addresses dog behavior problems such as biting, aggression, attention deficit and other undesirable behaviors that lead to unhappy dogs and owners. Shelmar trainers also work on the basic dog obedience commands during this program, which helps facilitate bad behavior recovery. It is extremely important that the owner of the misbehaving dog communicate all of the dog’s behavior issues in order for Shelmar trainers to rehabilitate the dog. This program also includes 2 follow up lessons. Owners of problem dogs are strongly encouraged to return for the follow up lessons to secure the leadership role necessary to control rehabilitated dogs.

Before any dog is taken in for aggression or behavior modification, whether for biting humans or animal intolerance, we require a consultation with dog and owner to fully assess each individual case as everyone is different. Most owners that come to Shelmar for this consultation are at the end of the line with their dog. We have rehabilitated many dogs that seemed unable to be saved by other training kennels with their techniques. We have extensive experience dealing with problem dogs. We rehabilitated and trained hundreds of dogs when we first started our kennel 18 years ago. At that time we were young and hungry and developed relationships with several rescue organizations and took in 20 dogs at a time to rehabilitate. All of these dogs had been surrendered due to major behavioral problems. Our success rate is high. It is important to understand aggressive behavior, why it happens and the techniques that work to correct such behavior. I guarantee you that this training cannot be accomplished by treat training (or as my mentor calls them ‘cookie tossers’!) or simple obedience training. The animal has to be held accountable for his own actions and be taught over time that aggression towards people or other animals is unacceptable.

Rescue Dogs and Shelter Dogs

We originally used these programs for dogs that need a good understanding of obedience, house manners, potty training and for those needing behavior modification training and problem dogs, dogs that have issues such as running away, display aggression towards other animals or people, separation anxiety, shy timid or fearful behavior, refusing to come when called, stubborn dogs, older dogs needing a gentle learning curve and highly active or hyperactive dogs that all needed the extra work need quality training. The benefits have been great for dogs and owners.

Martin Bell and Shelly Bell have extensive experience training rescue and former shelter dogs. We understand why they display certain behaviors and implement the training and socialization necessary for rehabilitation. We have worked with several rescue organizations in Houston for the past 18 years and have successfully rehabilitated and obedience trained thousands of dogs will all manner of issues. Nearly all of these dogs had very few options left. Most were surrendered to the shelters and pounds because of their bad behavior with little to no hope of being adopted into a family and ever living a fulfilling life.

Behavior Modification/Dog Aggression: fee starting at $2300 but please call to discuss options.

YOU MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT TO ENTER SHELMAR KENNELS

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We are predominantly a training kennel – we have a busy schedule giving lessons to clients picking up their dogs. We cannot be disturbed when giving lessons and instruction to our other clients. Each and every client deserves 100% of our concentration to ensure a successful transition from Shelmar Kennels to the owner’s home.
Hours of Operation:
By Appointment Only

Closed Wednesdays, Sundays and All Holidays for drop offs, pick ups and appointments.