• Soviet Union National Schutzhund Champion

  • Michigan Tails Magazine's Dog Trainer of Choice



  • OC Hot List - Best of 2015-2017

  • Animal Fair Magazine's "Detroit Dog Whisper"

  • Dog Trainer of the Year - Governor of Michigan



Dog Fancy Magazine Feature: German Shepherd Secrets:  "Training in a non-aggressive way to establish human authority", says 'The Russian Dog Wizard' Vladae Roytapel, the Orange County CA based owner of SoCal Dog Training who has trained thousands of dogs throughout his 28-year career in 5 different

countries around the world. He is the go-to trainer for German Sheperd Rescue of Orange County and specializes in the breed." - Summer 2013

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06/01/08 HomeTowmLife "Dog Wizardry Makes a Miracle" 
02/16/08 Oakland Press "Dog Wizard helps canines improve their behavior" 
10/30/07 KUDOS Sedona Arizona "Magic unfolds with Vladae The Dog Wizard." 
10/16/07 Daily Tribune: Dog Czar specializes in last chances. "Trainer works with aggressive pets ..."
09/01/2007 Monthly Pet Magazine: "The Dog Wizard"
02/22/2007 Arizona Republic: "Dog Wizard comes to town"
10/22/2006 Detroit Free Press: "He turns delinquents into well-behaved pets"
10/08/2006 Observer & Eccentric: "Dog trainer leads David Letterman around on show"
10/02/06 Hour Detroit Magazine: "The Amazing Russian Dog Wizard"
04/16/2006 Oakland Press: “Change the owners and dogs will obey”
01/03/2006 Suburban Lifestyles: "The secret to dog training? An innovative approach"
10/17/2005 Troy-summerset Gazette: “Who’s Top Dog? Says It Should be the Human”
10/16/2005 Observer & Eccentric: "Dog trainer honored"
09/22/05 ClickonDetroit: "Ruth to the Rescue" 
07/03/2005 Macomb Daily: “Learning to speak 'doglish
05/29/2005 Oakland Press: “Dog Whisperer”

01/18/2004 Observer & Eccentric: "Becoming a "top dog"
09/27/2003 Advertiser Times: “Good canine Discipline requires Speaking the Language of the Dogs”

06/25/2003 Birmingham – Bloomfield Eagle: “Pet Peeves” 

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Our Founder Vladae Roytapel has been honored with several awards for his revolutionary dog training techniques and has been featured in numerous articles from all around the country.  Here are just some of his top awards and articles.




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We are seeking new clients that have a loving heart and open mind that want the best training for their dog and family.  We specialize in loving firmness coupled with a sincere desire to teach our clients how to make their dog welcome and accepted in most situations.  Our dogs, like our children, need firm boundaries, routines, and loving discipline.  We define clear-cut roles and expectations. 

Our head trainer has over 40 years ‘of international experience and SoCal dog training firmly believes that we have developed one of the best training programs in California. We recognize that different owners and dogs experience life in different ways.  Therefore, we will provide individual training and programs to meet these needs.  A good trainer can train the dog, a great trainer coordinates the individual owner and his beloved pet so that both the dog and the owner understand their roles and how to best reach the end goal of a well behaved dog and a proud and relaxed owner that is confident that he can control his dog in the most challenging situations.  Our training team is well versed in best practices and how to work with the dog and owners and help them to become the best team imaginable.

Our trainers will work with you to create harmony and joy with your dog.  We have many tools and methods based on many years of success.  We often receive recommendations from other trainers, breeders, and Veterinarians for dogs that others have given up on due to their behavioral issues.  Once you experience the joy of success, you will understand why our methods work when others fail. 

We serve the greater Souther California area including: Bel Air, Los Angeles Palos Verdes   Los Angeles ..Irvine ... Newport Beach..Corona Del Mar.. Newport Coast  …  Huntington Beach.. Laguna Beach ..Costa Mesa ..Aliso Viejo ..Tustin ..Mission Viejo.. San Clemente ..Dana Point ..Laguna Niguel.. Lake Forest.. Yorba Linda…. San Juan Capistrano… Fountain Valley.. Laguna Hills.. Rancho Santa Margarita, California.. Coto de Caza..Trabuco Canyon 

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