Family Dog Training in SW Houston and Fort Bend County, TX

New Puppy Checklist

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Getting a new puppy? We compiled this puppy checklist to help you prepare for all the puppy love coming your way!


  • CRATE- A crate is an indispensable behavior management tool, it helps with potty training and prevents puppy misbehavior when you are unable to supervise them.
  • PUPPY/ exercise pen- This is another extremely useful management tool that expands into a larger area giving the pup more room to play while still keeping them in a safe confined area.
  • DOG FOOD (water and food bowls)
  • CARPET CLEANER – needs to be an enzymatic cleaner
  • TETHER – This is a short leash that I use to keep the pup with me when moving around the house or can tether to a piece of furniture.
  • TREATS- We use soft treats as the primary reward paired with the marker word telling them they did something right.
  • KONG TOYS or other interactive puzzle toys- Anything safe to put their food or treats in will work for hours of enjoyment and challenge their mind.
  • CHEW TOYS/FETCH TOYS such as bully sticks, Nylabones, etc.

Preparing and Puppy Proofing Your Home

Many common puppy problems can be prevented and managed with proper preparation for the puppy’s arrival. With the items listed above, you are on to a great start. Basic preparations
will help prevent your puppy from chasing anything dangerous and will give them an appropriate outlet for their chewing and mouthing.

Ideally, you, or another family member, should set time apart to give the puppy an appropriate amount of time to settle in, build independence when being left alone, and be appropriately crate and potty trained.

Another important thing to remember to do is to take the new pup to the vet, and research pet insurance. Adding a list of important emergency phone numbers and knowing where the nearest emergency pet doctor is will give you peace of mind if an emergency happens.


What It’s Like to Work with Valerie

Lori BauderLori Bauder
02:46 19 Oct 22
Absolutely 💯 hands down fantastic!Valerie is so sweet and super patient. She is one of a kind, and very knowledgeable. My Luna (5 month Boxer), is quite sassy, and she's easily distracted. But Valerie was so calm, and was able to work with Luna great. We did Paw Camp and Valerie came to our home (while we weren't home, so no distractions), and very trustworthy. Luna felt comfortable and learned manners, all kinds of fun tricks. (Bang dead is my fave!) Paw Camp worked well for us! Look no further... Smarty Paws 🐾 is who you need to call for good reliable service and trustworthy training.
00:41 11 Aug 22
Valerie seemed like the perfect fit for our needs. I bought a puppy for my niece at my sister’s suggestion and she lives with my mom. I liked the idea of the trainer coming to their house and me coming over to help them everyone packing up to go to training, especially with Covid still among us. Valerie was always professional, always prompt, always cheerful, always loving and a wealth of knowledge and patience! We were amazed at how responsive our puppy Shadow was!! Shadow performed every command - now comes the hard part - it’s up to us to maintain his behavior! Lol. We always felt comfortable when she came she was very thorough doing a summary of the training at the end to ensure we understood our homework for the week. Shadow even had a graduation photo with a mortarboard and diploma compliments of her! I would absolutely use her again if Shadow needed some reinforcement outside of our scope! Thanks again Valerie!
Andrew ShrefflerAndrew Shreffler
16:49 05 Aug 22
Helped a lot with me in getting my dawg to follow my commands. Highly recommend.
Son HoangSon Hoang
00:46 23 Jul 22
This is my first puppy. Valarie was very professional and patient with us. Highly recommend Smarty Paws RGV.
annie amayaannie amaya
17:25 09 Apr 22
Professional, knowledgeable, highly recommend!We did a short course with Valerie for our two rescue dogs, one who is a fearful dog. Valerie gave us the tools and guidance we needed to help both dogs build confidence and have better manners. Months prior to booking our training sessions, Valerie was extremely helpful and generous with her time and spoke to me over the phone about how to help our fearful dog from the shelter. She has a wealth of knowledge and really helped us navigate new territory with our two new dogs. Thank you Valerie!
16:42 26 Mar 22
Love it very profesional and odi learn the basic knowlegable trainer definetely will recomend smart paws
Monica BenitezMonica Benitez
03:12 24 Mar 22
As a new dog mom, I had alot of questions/concerns of how to even begin with training and setting reasonable expectations for my maltipoo (Sonny). I knew I was looking for more of a personalized experience with someone coming to my own home/space— and that person was Valerie with Smarty Paws! Her experience spoke volumes on how patient she was Sonny in teaching basic commands. She even gave me the tools and the confidence to live out a well trained environment for my Sonny and family. I would absolutely recommend Valerie to anyone seeking training services—you will not be disappointed!!
Ismael SantosIsmael Santos
14:50 20 Feb 22
Ms Valarie was very understanding and gave good pointers for us to use. Not only she taught Oreo but she also taught us. Gave us a lot of information .She is a very personable Lady. She definitely knows what she is doing. Highly recommend her to others.Unfortunately she is moving .We wish you the best and thank you.The Santos and Oreo.
Serena EnriquezSerena Enriquez
22:56 16 Jan 22
Valerie was AMAZING with my golden retriever pup!! All training sessions were so fun and Honey had a lot of successes thanks to her!
Angie DutyAngie Duty
22:29 12 Dec 21
Loved working with Valerie, she was very patient with my pet. She provided tips and great information to train our pets. As soon as she stepped in to our house she knew what we needed to work with and I can say we succeeded. It requires work and we are not finished but I Must say that I am very happy.
Tess GarciaTess Garcia
01:26 06 Dec 21
Valerie’s expertise guided me to continue being the best dog mom I can be for my big pup. She provided educational visual representation to help me care for our German Shepherd.
Linda Hinojosa-OchoaLinda Hinojosa-Ochoa
02:11 09 Nov 21
We had a great experience training our American Bully with Valerie. She was very knowledgeable and offered a lot of tips to train our pup.