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puppy training classes

Puppy Training Classes

 Puppy Pak – 5 sessions at your home

A perfect option for young pooches to get a head start on training! Puppyhood provides the best opportunity to instill a solid foundation for a lifetime of good behavior. This package includes personal home visits and lifetime follow-ups by our own James Brooks.  We introduce your puppy to the concepts below and help guide you through the wonderful, yet sometimes stressful, stages of raising a young puppy into a good citizen in your home.  This pak addresses:

  • Mouthing/Chewing
  • Jumping and Greetings
  • Basic Obedience Commands (come, sit, stay, etc.)
  • House Manners
  • Relationship Building
  • Socialization

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in-home training

Private In-Home Training

Basic Obedience and Manners Program – 6 Sessions at your home

This program is our most popular and an excellent way to help your unruly pup become a cooperative member of your family. Designed for adolescent and adult dogs, your dog will develop a foundation in the following behaviors by working individually with James and enjoying socialization during our last couple of sessions which are held in public environments out in a public environment when appropriate:

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Place
  • Recall
  • Leave-It
  • Greeting Manners
  • Socialization

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Board and Train Program

If you are looking for an intensive program where you can drop your dog off to our location for 2-3 weeks where we will work with him, socialize him and teach him the ins and outs of behavior then work with you on what he’s learned when we return him to you, then our Board and Train Program might be the right one for you.  In our board and Train Program you will get everything that you get in our popular Basic Obedience and Manners Program but with the advantage of having Grandpaws spend 24 hours per day with your dog in an intensive training session for either 2 or 3 weeks then when this time is done, you will get 2 sessions with James to debrief you both.  This is a great solution for pet owners who have limited amount of time to spend on training exercises.

To recap what the benefits of this program:

An excellent way to help your unruly pup become a cooperative member of your family. Designed for adolescent and adult dogs, your dog will develop a foundation in the following behaviors by working individually with our staff and learning:

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Place
  • Recall
  • Leave-It
  • Greeting Manners
  • Socialization


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Here are just a few kind words from some of Grandpaws’ current and former clients:


–“…Very professional and has great knowledge of dogs and their behaviors. Mr. Brooks is very personable and trustworthy and I would recommend him for training without hesitation” – Rachel Diamond

–“…A hero for dogs and humans. When I got Bono, my supposed American Bulldog, from Craigslist, I realized that I didn’t know as much about dogs as I thought I did. He ate everything from books to my iPad. A friend of mine recommended James to me. I called him as a last effort before I tried to find Bono a new owner. What a difference in just ONE session. James retrained me. James is brilliant at training. He is brilliant at teaching owners and teacher their pets. Bono owes him easy life to James” –Amber and Bono Roldan

–“We have always considered ourselves competent “parents” for these special members of our family. We realized recently that we needed help with some personality issues we allowed to form in our Springer Spaniels ages 10 and 2. From the moment James walked into our home, he took charge of the situation. Over the next several weeks, he taught us how to establish ourselves as “Alpha Leader” and we noticed remarkable changes beginning with that first visit. On a scale from 1-10, we give Grandpaw’s a 100. James Brooks is a true “dog whisperer”. We recommend Grandpaw’s to anyone wanting to make their dog a valuable member of the family. With gratitude James, for all you did for us and the girls.” –Gary and Judy Compton

–“It has been our great pleasure to know James Brooks and we whole heartedly vouch for his personal character and work ethic. We have known James for more than 7 years after moving to Clayton and needing a dog trainer. We quickly became friends and have been in constant contact on a weekly basis. He has proven over the years to be a hardworking and trustworthy person in caring for our dogs and can always be counted on to be professional in his business dealings with us as well as being a valued friend.” –Peter and Judi Thompson

–“James did something for me that I thought was impossible! He actually turned two female dogs that were enemies into friends. If I hadn’t seen it happen with my own eyes, then I would have NEVER believed it. No kidding! It took James two and two dogs on leashes less than 30 minutes in the backyard. James is a lifesaver and I can never thank him enough for the freedom he gave to us. Thank for James from the bottom of our hearts.” –Heather Darcy

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About Us

"Grandpaws" James Brooks with Baby Bear and Sampson Bear

Who is Grandpaws?


Welcome to Grandpaws K9, where our dedicated and certified professional dog trainer, James Brooks - AKA Grandpaws, will come to your home or location of choice and help you gain control of your home in a gentle, loving manner.  If you are at the end of your rope and don’t know what to do with your dog’s behavior, don’t give up, we can help.  Grandpaws offers a variety of services that may be the right one to help meet your needs.

Various programs available to meet your needs.

  • Puppy Training
  • Basic Obedience Training
  • Behavior Modification
  • Board and Train programs
  • Private lessons customized to you and your dog
  • Rescue, Adoption and Re-homing Assistance
  • Mid-day Exercising Program
  • Bootcamp Program

James Brooks has been around dogs all of his life and has always had a special connection with them.  About 20 years ago he decided to take his passion for dogs and teach others how to work with their dogs and strengthen their bond and most importantly, keep dogs in their homes and reduce the number of dogs that are sent to the pound because they don’t listen.  Many people in the area refer to James as the local “Dog Whisperer”.

James resides outside of the Cleveland/Clayton area with his wife and 2  children. They have 4 dogs and 2 cats of their own that have all been rescued from various local organizations. He is passionate about rescuing and works with many local organizations around the area to help the harder to place dogs become better trained in an effort to help them find a forever home.

James has been a life-long animal lover and has taught his children responsible pet ownership.  He believes that pet-ownership is a lifelong commitment and that it is important to do as much as possible to try to salvage the relationship.  James believes that at the core of many behavioral problems is a communication problem; the dog parents and the dog are just not speaking in the same way. With some patience and understanding, there are very few problems that cannot be overcome.

Over the years, James, has developed strong relationships with veterinarians and dog care facilities in the Triangle and has amassed resources to help you and your dog stay together and live happily ever after.

Don’t see what you need, give us a call and let Grandpaws customize a training package to fit your needs. 

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Our mission at Grandpaws is to help you be able to keep your family intact.  We want you to be able to help you to get rid of the bad behavior and not have to get rid of your dog.  We will customize an affordable solution to help you get your pack in a happy stable state.  You will see results right away...guaranteed!

Grandpaws K-9

Clayton, North Carolina, United States

(919) 255-8322