"You can take the dog out of the pack but you will never be able to take the pack mentality out of your dog."

Balancing Both Ends of the Leash 

When society sees something in perfect balance, it is beautiful... art, dance, music. When we see someone who can go anywhere with their canine companions, we see the same beauty in that perfect balance. Bringing your dog with you should be a pleasure, not a hassle. We believe that anyone can achieve this when you understand the science behind the balance.

Despite some ten thousands of years of domestication, dogs still actively use status-determining behavior. Dogs are very simple, all they want is to lead or be lead. Dogs genetically have a need to eat food and live in a den but another equally important thing they need is a leader as a source of rules, structures, and discipline. Dogs feel a tremendous release when humans take charge and establish rules in their household. Life becomes understandable and relatively stress-free like it was in their mom's pack. When the owner refuses to take charge, instinctively the dogs thinks he/she must. 



Causes of Behavioral Issues

All behavior problems can be explained by three things:

  1. Lack of discipline and structures in the dog's life.

  2. Not meeting the dog's major needs

  3. A frustrated and insecure dog. 


Dog training comes down to two things: establishing a proper hierarchy with a human on top and establishing proper communication so the dog understands what you are saying. If you don't have authority over your dog you can't expect to communicate with him. We take dog training very seriously and teach dog owners to think ahead of their dog and always be in the position to prevent, correct, or praise. A dog's behavior can actually be very predictable, making it preventable because it is correctable. Our training system gives you a pet who RESPECTS you and not just  LOVES you. That respect will create a pet that will be more eager to please and obey you.

On one end of the leash is your dog. To keep this end of the leash balanced we have to look at a few things:

  • Nutrition 

  • Genetics (What your dog is bred to do)

  • Training and Adaptability

On the other end of the leash, we have you. To keep this end of the leash balanced we have to look at a few things:

  • Relationship

  • Dedication and Consistency

  • Expectations (What do you require of your dog)

When you achieve this balance, you and your dog are on the same page. The dog knows what is expected, the behaviors that you want are strong and reliable. You are going places and doing things with your dog! A true understanding of why dogs behave the way they do is the foundation for shaping behavior and building balance at both ends of the leash.


Changing the Dog, By Changing the Owner

You have to change your behavior to fulfill your dog's needs. While other high profile trainers and behaviorists focused on trying to fix the dog, our first order of business is to fulfill the dog's needs and change the people. In many cases, the dogs are not the major problem, so we help our clients help their dogs which in turn creates a healthy relationship. 


It can be frustrating to get mixed signals, not knowing what is expected of you, or wanting to help, but not knowing how. We will teach you how to ease your dog's frustration by being crystal clear about what you want from them. Using "Doglish" to communicate with your dog, and our unique technique of reinforcement and praise called "correct & praise" you can calm your dog and provide him that security he needs. When your dog feels secure, your dog feels loved. Life becomes as understandable and predictable as it was with its pack because your dog now knows who the boss is, he understands the language, rules, and how to behave.

We know that some of our clients have busy and stressful lives, but that energy can easily transfer to your dog. We work with those clients to help relax when they train their pets to help create a calm and balanced environment. As our founder Vladae Roytapel says, "if you are emotional and stressed, you cannot be logical!" You must be an assertive pet owner, not an aggressive one. If you are stressed or angry you can not set the right tone to train your dog. Training necessitates giving praise as well as direction.

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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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