About Us

Welcome to PuppyInTraining.com! The premier website for new puppy owners, answering all your puppy raising and training questions.

PuppyInTraining.com is best known for its award-winning blog and YouTube channel where Colby shares his puppy training tips and experiences raising guide and service dog puppies.

Bringing home a new puppy can be one of the most exciting things you experience in your life. There’s nothing better than a cute, adorable, cuddly puppy sleeping on your lap.

However, what do you do when your puppy starts chewing your valuables (I literally had a puppy chew up $500 in cash), biting your hands, barking in the crate, or peeing and pooping in the house?

If you’ve run into any of these problems then you’re in luck, because here at PuppyInTraining.com we have the answers.

On January 7th, 2022 we started raising our 17th puppy in training!

Follow our journey as we share our tips and experiences raising our Goldador (Golden Lab mix) guide dog puppy, Anna!

Our Story

Me and Stetson, 8 week old black lab puppy in training
Colby and Puppy In Training, Stetson

In October 2006 I applied to raise a puppy for Guide Dogs of America and a few months later in February 2007 I brought home my first guide dog puppy in training, Stetson.

From day one my plan was to document the journey of raising and training a guide dog puppy by writing to a blog.

…6 months later…

I clicked the publish button and PuppyInTraining.com was officially launched on August 1st, 2007.

Since our launch over 14 years ago we’ve helped thousands of new puppy owners with their puppy training and behavior problems, reached over 10 million readers through our blog and started a successful Facebook page and YouTube channel chronicling the journey of puppy in training #3, Dublin from 8 week old puppy to working guide dog.

We also have over 20,000 subscribers to our FREE Resource Library giving our readers access to all of our printable Puppy In Training PDFs.

As Seen In

As Seen On: OC Register, OCTA, Carlson Pet Products, OC Pet Expo, PetSafe

PuppyInTraining.com has been awarded as a top dog blog and featured in many print and online publications including OC Register, OCTA, Carlson Pet Products, America’s Family Pet Expo, and PetSafe.

About Colby Morita

Colby the human and Stetson the black lab puppy in training
Colby & Stetson at Union Station

Colby Morita is a service dog puppy raiser/trainer and founder of PuppyInTraining.com, a blog that has been visited by tens of millions of people since its inception on August 1st, 2007.

My Work Story

As a working I.T. professional, I always gave back to my community by volunteering at various organizations including the Special Olympics, Working Wardrobes, and Habitat for Humanity.

In 2005 I rescued my first puppy, Linus from the Carson Animal Shelter starting my journey as a new puppy owner.

Shortly after rescuing Linus, I decided to merge my love for dogs with my enthusiasm for giving back to the community.

At a local Pet Expo, I inquired about the various volunteer opportunities with rescue organizations, therapy dog schools, and guide dog schools.

While I was intrigued by the idea of raising a guide dog puppy I decided a 2-year commitment might be more than I could handle. So, I decided a short-term assignment like fostering dogs and puppies would be a better test of my dedication.

I ended up fostering 11 dogs for local rescue including a litter of German Shepherd mix and Chihuahua mix puppies.

After my adventures fostering rescue and shelter dogs I decided I was ready to commit to raising a guide dog and on February 2007 I brought home my first guide dog puppy, Stetson.

This started my journey to learn all I could about training dogs, specifically service dogs.

Since February 2007 I’ve raised and trained 16 guide and service dog puppies in training.

In 2016 I raised my first litter of English Cream Golden Retriever puppies and donated three pups to service dog schools. Since then I raised litters in 2017, 2019, 2020 and donated puppies from each litter to service dog schools in California and Washington.

I’ve worked with several service and guide dog schools over the years including:

As a lifelong learner, I continue to attend classes, seminars, and conferences about training dogs.

Recognition & Awards

Here are a few of my accomplishments over the years:

  • B.S. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
  • Service Dog Puppy Raiser (15+ years)
  • Dog Trainer Apprenticeship, Wags And Wiggles
  • Dog Trainer Apprenticeship, TLCAD
  • Suzanne Clothier Dog Training Seminar
  • Clicker Expo Training

The Puppies

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Growth and Development Week 4
Our 2nd litter of Golden Retriever puppies

I’m most proud of all the puppies I’ve trained over the years whether they became working service dogs, therapy dogs, or career changed into family pets.

No.NameDOBBreedStatus
1.Linus11/7/2004Aussie Lab MixFormer rescue puppy. We said goodbye to Linus on 5/7/18, RIP.
2.Stetson12/21/2006Black LabFormer career changed Guide Dog puppy. We said goodbye to Stetson on 6/23/19, RIP.
3.Derby5/7/2008Yellow LabCareer changed Guide Dog placed through GDA adoption program
4.Dublin5/18/2010Yellow LabRetired Guide Dog living in Arizona
5.Apache12/22/2011Golden RetrieverPTSD Service Dog living in Oklahoma
6.Adelle5/2/2013Yellow LabMobility Service Dog living in California
7.Raven6/15/2014Golden RetrieverBreeder for future Service Dogs
8.Archer7/13/2015Yellow LabTBI Service Dog living in Washington
9.Buster11/9/2016Golden RetrieverAutism Service Dog
10.Berlin11/9/2016Golden RetrieverBreeder for future Service Dogs
11.Bear11/9/2016Golden RetrieverCareer changed from Service Dog to family pet
12.Charlie12/29/2017Golden RetrieverCareer changed from Service Dog to family pet
13.Downey4/30/2019Golden RetrieverMobility Service Dog
14.Doni4/30/2019Golden RetrieverCareer changed from Service Dog to family pet
15.Elsa5/16/2020Black LabPotential breeder for future service dogs. Career changed to family pet
16.Sandy10/27/2020Golden RetrieverService Dog Puppy In Training
17.Anna11/2/2021Golden/Lab MixGuide Dog Puppy In Training

My Personal Story

Picking up Archer. Prepping for another first night home with a new puppy :)
Picking up Archer. Prepping for another first night home with a new puppy 🙂

I’m the quiet guy in the back of the room. The wallflower at a party. I was the shy kid in high school.

It may seem different when you read one of my blog posts, watch one of my YouTube videos, or see our latest post on Facebook, but make no mistake I am an introvert.

However, even as an introvert I can talk about three things for days: My three little girls, training puppies, and hockey.

I grew up in Fountain Valley, California, and went to college at the University of Arizona earning my degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

My freshman year I remember seeing a shirt that read “The University of Arizona, the best 5 or 6 years of your life.” I laughed at that t-shirt, but 6 years later I was still living the college life in Tucson, AZ!

And yes they were the best 5 or 6 years of my life!

That was a long time ago, now my life revolves around my wife, 4-year-old daughter, 3-year-old twin girls, 7-year-old Golden Retriever, 1-year-old black Labrador Retriever, and 16-week old Goldador guide dog puppy in training.

Yep, the days of staying up until 3 am with my college buddies are long gone.

Now I marvel at every remarkable new accomplishment my kids make in life. I’m loving every minute of it!

Outside of my family and raising puppies I love playing sports. I played tennis in college and I’ve been playing ice hockey for over 30 years.

In more recent years I started playing pickleball, a cross between tennis, ping-pong, and badminton.

Life is great!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out through our contact form.

All the best,
Colby

Top Picks For Our Puppies

  1. BEST PUPPY TOY
    We Like: Calmeroos Puppy Toy w/ Heartbeat and Heat Packs - Perfect for new puppies. Helps ease anxiety in their new home.
  2. BEST DOG CHEW
    We Like: Bones & Chews Bully Sticks - All of our puppies love to bite, nip, and chew. We love using Bully Sticks to help divert these unwanted behaviors.
  3. BEST DOG TREATS
    We Like: Crazy Dog Train-Me Treats - We use these as our high-value treats for our guide dog puppies.
  4. BEST FRESH DOG FOOD
    We Like: The Farmer's Dog - A couple months ago we started feeding Raven fresh dog food and she loves it! Get 50% off your first order of The Farmer's Dog.

Check out more of our favorites on our New Puppy Checklist.