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:
An Up-to-the-Minute Update on Canine Communication
Dr. Patricia McConnell, PhD, CAAB January 2012
An Alternative to Rank-based Training Methodologies
Kathy Sdao, MA, AcAAB
Basic Canine Socialization Communication Human Directed Aggression Inter-Dog Aggression Anxiety/Fears/Phobias
Dr. Terry Curtis, DVM
November 3, 2012
Dog-Dog Group Dynamics Healthy interaction vs Aggression
July 27-28 2013
Bite-O-Meter Behavior Workshop
July 29, 2013
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
i May 14-18, 2014
Peggy Pinholster, CPDT-KA
Member Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Member Pet Professional Guild
Upon retiring from a career as a pediatric nurse practitioner, Peggy decided to return to her first love, dogs. While volunteering and working with The Puppy Ladies, Peggy graduated from the Karen Pryor Dog Training Foundations Course, Peaceable Paws Level I Intern Academy, Peaceable Paws Level II Behavior Modification Academy and passed the national certification exam.
Having a science-based background and education, Peggy practices training methods based on the most current research on dog behavior and cognition.
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
Janelle is an honors graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers at the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, where she received her certificate in training and counseling. At the academy Janelle studied with dog behaviorist Jean Donaldson, author of the books The Canine Clash and Fight, A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression. Janelle also trained puppies for PAWS, an organization that works with service and hearing dogs.
With over a decade of experience in training, Janelle uses the most current positive reinforcement methodology to work with the Puppy Ladies' clients.