About The Puppy Ladies
The Puppy Ladies are puppy experts
We bring passion, education, and over two decades of combined experience to our work. The Puppy Ladies are Tallahassee's puppy experts serving all of Leon County. We're the only local trainers focused exclusively on puppies, offering a variety of services to fit your dog and your schedule.
We use the humane methods of positive reinforcement, grounded in the science of operant conditioning, for the quickest, most effective training results. Since choke chains, shock collars, and punishment can result in behavior problems, we use natural rewards like treats, praise, and pets, to motivate our clients' puppies. Best of all, positive reinforcement works!
Jean Hewitt, CDT
A certified professional trainer since 1999, and the founder of The Puppy Ladies, Jean has offered a wealth of expert services to her clients and their dogs, including private training, group classes, basic and advanced obedience, temperament testing, assessments for rescue groups and private clients, and AKC Good Citizen testing.
Jean founded Mind Your Manners Dog Training and Behavior early in her career. Inspired by her daughter's observation that all well-behaved dogs begin as puppies, Jean recently focused her business on her true passion, working with the youngest of dogs to produce happy and confident canine ambassadors.
With a background in elementary school education and science, Jean continues to study and practice the most current training methods, which she puts to work with her clients. She's a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and regularly attends their annual conference. Other recent workshops and seminars include:
Pet Professional Guild Summit, November 2017
Why "Balanced Training" Can Lead To Mental Imbalance For Dogs Dr. Karen Overall, DVM
The Evolution Of Science- Based Training From 1938-2010 Bob Bailey
Research on the Behavioral Difference between Puppies Obtained from Pet Stores and from Non-Commercial Breeders Dr. Franklin D. Mcmillan, DVM
Canine Stereotypic Behavior: Research on Causes and Treatment Dr. Nathanial Hall
Dog Bites in Children: A Behavioral Perspective Dr. IIana Reisner, DVM
Ethical Dilemmas Working Session Pat Miller, CDT
Puppy Programs Dog Tec
Aggression Cover-to-Cover Dr. Sophia Yin DVM, MS
Performance Dogs in the Real World
Bob Bailey and Parvene Farhoody
September 21-22 2013
The Instructor Training Course for Professionals
Sue Sternberg and Pia Silvan
iMay 14-18, 20
An Alternative to Rank-Based Training Methodologies Kathy Sdao, MA, AcAAB January 2012
Basic Canine Socialization Communication Human Directed Aggression Interdog Aggression Anxiety/Fears/Phobias Dr.Terry Curtis, DVM November 3,2012
Dog-Dog Group Dynamics Healthy Interation Vs Aggression Sue Stenberg, July 27-28 2013
Bite-O-Meter Behavior Workshop Sue Sternberg, July 29, 2013
An Up-to-the-Minute Update on Canine Communication Dr.Patricia McConnell, PhD, CAAD January 2012
Alyson Baker, ABC-CDT
Member Pet Sitters International
Member Pet Professional Guild
Upon working as a Veterary Technician, Alyson decided she wanted to take a different approach to working with animals. She attended Animal Behavior College where she received her certification in Dog Training. While attending the college she volunteered at Humane Society's and put in hours working alongside "The Puppy Ladies." After Graduating she decided to take on a more permanent position with "The Puppy Ladies."
Seminars attended include:
- How Dogs Learn
Terry Curtis, DVM, DACVB
- Operant Conditioning Workshop
Bob Bailey and Parvene FarhoodySeptember 2013
- Refining Your Training Skills
Emily LarlhamSeptember 2014
Karen Prior Dog Training Course
Member Pet Professional Guild (PPG)
Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
Working as a Kennel Assisstant in Ohio, Julie decided to follow a career that would lead her back to what she wanted to do all her life: work with dogs. While still in Ohio, she graduated from The Karen Prior Dog Training Foundations Course. Soon after she discovered "The Puppy Ladies" and was thrilled to find dog trainers who believed in the same philosophy as she: postive reinforcement, grounded in the science of operate conditioning. Having a degree in elementary education, Julie practices training methods based on the most current research on dog behavior and cognition.
As Jean Hewitt's daughter, Marlee grew up with The Puppy Ladies. She now helps with puppy classes, boarding, and other training endeavors. She is in college and enjoys working with the puppies while working toward her degree. She is pictured with her collie, Keith.