About The Puppy Ladies

The Puppy Ladies are puppy experts

We bring passion, education, and over two decades of 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 play to motivate our clients’ puppies. Best of all, positive reinforcement works!

Our Trainers

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.

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 focused her business on her true passion, working with the youngest of dogs to produce happy and confident canine ambassadors.

With a Masters Degree 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:

  • Training Classes – Group classes led by certified trainers
  • Basic commands (sit, down, stay, etc.) – Help with housetraining, biting, and more
  • Supervised group play sessions
  • Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced classes
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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

Adolescent Dogs
Ian Dunbar
March 2010

Aggression Cover-to-Cover Dr. Sophia Yin DVM, MS
October 2009

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

Marlee Head

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.