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About
The Social Pup

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From adopting my first family dog, to working as a veterinary technician and shelter volunteer, I can't remember a time when I haven't been obsessed with dogs! In 2004, I attended and graduated from Triple Crown Academy for Professional Dog Trainers (now Star Mark Academy), in Hutto, TX, where I was taught a wide range of methods, including training with remote collars. After graduation, it didn't take very long before I decided that using any kind of force or threats of force in training was not okay with me. So I began my journey with positive reinforcement training, and haven't looked back since! I have continued to add to my knowledge and skills as a trainer, with experiences ranging from working for a small training business to a major national pet retailer. I also hold a B.A. in English from The University of Texas at Austin.

Since dog training is an unregulated industry, I believe it is important for people to choose a trainer that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards. That is why I have chosen to get certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Maintaining this certification requires me to complete 36 hours of continuing education units every three years. I firmly believe that positive reinforcement methods are not only the most humane, but also the most enjoyable and most effective way to train. I believe training is a lifelong journey, and one that should be fun!

Leannah Fulmer, CPDT-KA 

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Our Pup Team

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General Leia

Head of Security

"May the Fur be with you". Leia takes her job as guard dog very seriously. She ensures round the clock monitoring of the yard and house, and although we don't know if she would back up her bark with a bite, would-be robbers don't know either!

Master Luke

Entertainment Director

It's never a dull moment with Luke, a.k.a. Lucas Ruckus, a.k.a. Sir Licks a Lot, a.k.a. Uber Goober. Always ready to play, Luke fills our days and our hearts with all manner of canine vocalizations. When he's not busy "singing along" with the piano, he has a side gig as a blogger. :-)

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Puppy Socialization Facts

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

 "...the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated."

American Veterinary Medical Association

"Dogs who had more social contacts or attended puppy classes before twelve weeks of age were less likely to develop fearful or aggressive behavior."

American Veterinary Medical Association

"Puppies that have received at least one vaccine prior to attending puppy socialization classes are not at greater risk of infection, as long as good practices are followed."