6 Factors to Consider Before Getting a Service Dog
Did you know that nearly 70 million American households have a dog? Yet, the majority of those dogs are pets.
Pets are a massive responsibility, and service dogs are even more so. Owning a pet dog and a service dog are two very different realities.
But getting a service dog can also be incredibly rewarding and help improve your quality of life. So if you’ve been considering your service dog options, here are seven things to consider before you commit to getting one.
You may think your service dog will already be fully trained when you get them. And oftentimes, they are. But getting a trained service dog doesn’t mean you’ll never have to train it again.
Service dogs still need consistent training like any other dog. They will lose their training and skills if you don’t uphold them. You can’t skimp on the rules or have off time because this will affect their abilities. By continuing their education, you help them become of better service, which is beneficial for both you and the dog.
If you’re only looking for companionship, consider getting a pet rather than a service dog.
2. Questions and Attention
Having a service dog will draw you a lot of attention. You will have to get used to people always stopping you to ask questions.
And don’t forget about the people who will try to challenge your need for a service dog or whether your dog is allowed in certain places. You may become an advocate or educator for business owners about laws regarding service animals from your constant explanations.
While there will be wonderful people you meet in public, you must also prepare yourself for the ones who aren’t so kind.
If you aren’t comfortable with many personal interactions and conflict resolution, you could find yourself in unpleasant situations. It would be best if you learned to be assertive, so you can stand up for yourself and your service dog. This includes not letting anyone pet or feed them.
The expense of getting a service dog is relatively high. The initial cost can be anywhere from $25,000 to $60,000. After all, you’re not getting any dog, but one that comes with a unique demeanor and set of skills to help guide you through life.
You can choose to train a dog yourself to lessen costs, but this takes a massive amount of time and effort. If you don’t have experience training service dogs, this isn’t something you should consider.
Getting a service dog is an extensive process. You can’t just go to the shelter in your area and pick up the one you want.
First, you need to fill out an application. Then, if the service dog program or owner accepts your application, you’ll need to sit for an interview and provide private information. This will include more information about your medical condition because the service dog provider needs to match you with a dog trained to help with your specific disability.
You will also have to discuss your lifestyle to ensure you can handle taking care of a service dog. Once your application and interview are complete, you’ll probably have to wait months for the program to train your dog or for the right dog to become available.
5. Lifestyle Changes
When you get a service dog, you must realize you will never be alone. Your dog will go with you everywhere and always be within a few feet of you.
If you’re the type of person who needs alone time or significant time away from responsibility, a service dog isn’t the best choice for you. Not only will you have to adapt to always moving around with a dog, which can be tricky in itself, but you need to support them emotionally, even on your worst days.
Changing your lifestyle to support your service dog is essential.
6. How a Service Dog Can Help Mitigate Your Disability
When exploring your service dog options, you need to consider how your dog will help you manage your disability and daily tasks. There are many types of service dogs to help people with various disabilities. Some service dogs you may recognize are:
When choosing a service dog, you’ll need to ensure they’ve been trained to help with your specific medical condition. But also consider what specific tasks you need help with so your dog can get additional training, if necessary.
Is Getting a Service Dog Right for You?
After considering these seven factors, you should know if getting a service dog is the right decision.
Think about the level of care the dog needs, the costs, training, and lifestyle changes you’ll need to make. But also consider how a service dog can positively impact and improve your life.
If you’re ready to get a service dog, fill out our application at Service Dog School of America. We have fully-trained service dogs to help with PTSD, autism, traumatic brain injury, and more.
If you’re living with a disability, a service animal could save your life.
While you may consider your dog to be your best friend or a member of the family, a service dog is much more.
Service dogs can perform any number of tasks to help their humans navigate life more easily, such as opening jars, turning on light switches, etc. But before your dog can work for you, they need proper training.
If you’re in need of a service dog to help you navigate a disability, it’s crucial that you put intensive time and care into training a service dog.
Think about it, if you expect a service dog to work hard for you, you need to put in the effort to provide it with quality training.
Read on to discover how to train your own service dog!
1. Qualities of a Good Service Dog
Not every dog is cut out to be a service dog. Service dogs need to be smart and trainable, but they also need to be prepared for all of the responsibilities that come with the job title.
For example, service dogs need to be comfortable in social environments, as they will likely need to go out in public with you and may encounter other people, animals, and children.
Dogs that are too anxious, aggressive, or reactive typically do not make good service animals, as they won’t be able to focus on doing their job.
If your dog is calm, focused, and social, they may make strong service animals.
Service dogs also typically begin training at a young age, sometimes when they’re less than 3 months old. If your dog is above the age of 5, it may be more difficult for them to absorb the training that they need.
2. Professionally Training a Service Dog
If you aren’t sure where to start with training your service dog, outsourcing your training to professional dog trainers may be the way to go.
Professional service dog trainers will be able to assess your dog to see if they’re a good candidate to become a service dog.
From there, they’ll be able to work with your dog and train them using tried and true training methods and techniques.
Additionally, professional service dog trainers can even work with you to personalize your dog’s training to meet your specific needs.
While the cost to enroll your dog in this training will vary highly depending on location and other factors, $150-$250/hour is an average number that you can expect to pay.
3. Individually Training a Service Dog
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals are not legally required to be trained by a professional.
If you prefer to train your own service dog, you definitely have that option. While this option may be more budget-friendly than outsourcing to a professional dog trainer, it can also be more difficult and time intensive.
Training a service dog requires a lot of research and patience. Below, we’ll go over the first few steps to begin your training.
4. Start with the Basics
If you want to train your dog to work as a service dog, you of course, need to start with basic dog training that any dog should know.
For one, make sure that your service dog is potty trained and can use the bathroom on command.
Other basic or foundational skills that your dog should know are not reacting to other people or animals, not pulling on the leash, and not barking or being loud in public.
Once your dog has mastered these skills, you’ll be able to add on skills specific to assisting you with your disability.
5. Socializing A Service Dog
Another crucial step to training your service animal is to socialize them. Socializing a service dog encompasses a lot of different skills.
Taking your dog into public and “people-watching” with them is one way to socialize them and familiarize them with busy surroundings.
Once your dog is comfortable with being in public situations, you can start to introduce them to other people and work on their manners. This is where we want to ensure that your dog doesn’t react to their surroundings by chasing things or approaching people.
Introducing your dog to other dogs is another essential step, but one that should be done cautiously to ensure the safety of all of the animals.
Your dog needs to be comfortable around other dogs without being overly reactive.
6. Specific to Your Disability
When training your dog to perform specific tasks that will help you with your disability, there are several training methods that you could use.
If your dog is highly food-motivated, using lots of treats will help you teach them. Certain trainers use training collars (shock collars, prong collars) to help train their dogs, but others believe that this can be a damaging practice.
Begin by identifying what types of tasks you want your service dog to be able to perform. From there, break those tasks into smaller steps for your dog. Repeated training, reinforcement, and reward will teach your dog to perform these behaviors on its own.
Service dog training duration is highly specific to your situation, but there is no specific length of time that your dog is required to be in training. 120 hours of training over a period of about 6 months is considered standard but not required in order for certification.
Training A Service Dog Takes Work
For anyone, a pet may take on a lot of roles in their life. Best friend, family member, playmate, and confidant, just name a few.
If you’re training a service dog to assist you with your disability, they’ll become even more important to your daily life.
A service dog has a very serious job, and it’s only fair that you are just as serious about preparing them to do it.
Click here to look into our professional service dog training programs to ensure your dog learns everything that they need to know!
How well your dog responds to you is directly proportional to your ability to engage him or her. Mostly, you engage your dog with your attitude which is reflected in your voice. Your voice alone should be enough to engage your dog.
If your dog does not focus on you, then you will probably not be able to engage your dog and get him to be calm or obey commands.
Your ability to get your dog to respond to you is directly proportional to what your dog thinks of you as a person. Speaking with authority and conviction are imperative if you want dogs, or people, to respect and trust you.
You mostly want to focus on getting the dog to listen to your voice by practicing first with little things like stop sniffing, playing, whatever with nothing more than a, “Hey, Hey,” or clearing your throat. Some people have a special unique sound they use for each of their dogs. You start with little things, then work up to the big things. This is what we call Passive Obedience versus Active Obedience which is working on obedience commands.
You don’t need to train your dog to do everything but to simply just be obedient, the rest follows. Either dogs are obedient or they are not.
The words you use are not so important, but the tone, pitch, volume and intensity you use are. Dogs only have a few dog words, “Woof Woof, Bark Bark and Whine Whine.” We are not dogs and even we usually can tell what they are whining or barking about. Most people calling dog trainers are remarkably monotone.
Everything sounds the same. Some are baby-talkers while others are screamers. The answer is to make your voice match the intention and be rich in emotional content.
The more training a dog has, the more it will pick up on subtle nuances in your intention. The better a trainer is, the more their voice will be rich with emotional content. One little sound out of the trainer’s mouth can control six dogs or more. This is what we are doing here at DogAnswers Ranch and what our trainers teach people in their homes in seven states now.
What makes our program a lot different is that it is mostly about the people. Who you are to your dog is what matters most. Respect and trust are paramount.
WHAT REALLY MATTERS MOST
Being together still and calm with people or other dogs teaches cohesiveness and about being a small part of something big.
The dogs focus on being together with the “On The Bed” command rather than just not moving as with “Stay.”
For Off-Leash obedience, many dogs need to be taught to stick close. It is hard to get Off-Leash compliance if the dog does not know how to relax and hang out indefinitely first.
Think of it this way: Off-leash obedience away from the house is “Stay” together with me indefinitely and do what I say.
What most people really want who call for dog training is to be able to hang out with their dog. “Down-Stay” while your on the computer or the kids are doing their homework is how you teach your dog to be mellow.
It is not that your dog knows something, but that you are working with him/her. It is not about the commands or even the quality of the interraction you have with your dog; it is WHO YOU ARE TO YOUR DOG, a real somebody your dog lives for at-your-service. How do you get that you ask? The only way we know is you getting out the leash, if necessary, and making your dog “Stay” for a couple hours a day while you watch TV, are on the computer, or talking with friends.
For this to be effective though you will need to follow through with the “Stay” command 100% of the time no matter what. No matter what you cannot let the dog break the command or you must take the dog back immediately and back the dog down so it stays and does not move even if you walk away. Forget leash corrections, penny cans and spray bottles, you need to be able to literally look your dog in the eye and have him know that you are not taking NO for an answer and aspire to back up everything you say, especially “Down-Stay.”
In the spiritual realm your tools are love, praise, affection, fun and friendship. In the physical world you have your voice, attitude, posture, body language and hand signals to get your dog to do things for you.
Look closely at the dogs’ faces and eyes.
“Stay” is the one where you find out if your dog respects you or not.
It’s not just about another command, “Stay” creates a lot of tension and makes dogs want to be with you and come when you call. “Stay” is the opposite of “Come” and many dogs have a hard time with “Come” unless they learn “Stay” first.
The Most Important Command
The most important and first skill that needs to be mastered is to get your dog to go away from you. Some people use “Out,” we use “Go On.” For many dogs, there will be no “Stay” or “Heel” or stopping jumping without the owner being able to get the dog to go away first.
The clients who call and say they are having problems with “Come” and “Stay” are usually the same people who forgot all about “Go On” and failed to notice that “Go On” is the #1 item at the top the homework sheet. If the dog breaks “Stay” or “Heel,” you need to be able to challenge your dog back to the spot or to get behind you.
Think of it as a triad: Go Away-Stay-Come What you are doing is controlling where the dog is. Dog owners that can’t get their dog to go away from them are like people with cars with no reverse gear.
If you are having problems with not getting your dog to retract away from from you when appropriate, it could because your dog is hard-headed, dominant, controlling, was taken out of the litter prematurely and never, or inadequately, learned inhibition during the early development.
People often say their dog does all the command perfectly, but also say they have no control over their dog when it matters or when it gets aggressive. The problem is they ineffectively challenge their dog and have an animal that knows it can hold its ground and blow off the owner. “GO On” teaches dogs that they need to take you seriously or there will be immediate consequences and you will take action unless they do what you say immediately.
“Go On” is primal and essential if you want a dog that respects your personal space, is not pushy and controlling, listens off-leash, and listens off-leash with distractions.
The dogs with Separation Anxiety are in distress or worried, but inappropriately make it your problem. If your dog has this, you need to tell him or her, “”Go On” and get a life and get used to not being with Mommy constantly.”
The dog doesn’t need therapy or Prozac, it needs to “Go On” and get a life and do what you say. Why? Because you say so. Remember, this is obedience, “You need to look, think and feel what I tell you because I say so. I know what is best for you and you need to trust me. I insist.”
Just as your dog is born knowing only life, you must teach him that you are not the only thing in the universe that matters. It is kind of hard to teach a dog autonomy when you can’t tell him to “Go On” and keep away from you.
The best dog training method is the one that actually works.
We teach techniques and make the dog owner the dog trainer. We teach clients proper posture, timing, body language, voice tonation, inflection and attitude. We make sure the dog does everything for the client. It doesn’t matter if we can train your dog. What matters is your dog responding for you.
It is important to calm your dogs’ mind so you and your dog(s) can hang out together without all the yelling and constant correcting bad behavior.
What we do is more about who you are to your dog versus how much time you spend on training and conditioning.
95% of the problems people have with their dogs are about relationship out of whack and inconsistent leadership in the household
Leadership is also the key to dog owners controlling their animal’s instinct and genetics. You are not a leader, and only deluding yourself if you think you are, if your dog will not lie “Down” from 20 feet and “Stay” for 20 minutes (submissive) and “Heel” with the front paws at least 12 inches behind your feet (subordinate)
We are primarily behavior trainers. What that means is that there is not going to be any real obedience unless your dog stops jumping on people, whining, and not being really, really pushy and demanding.
The original Better Dog Training Demo Team.
Most dog trainers are no better at training dogs than you are. . .
People call and write from all over the world asking, “We had two, three, even four and five trainers out, how come nothing is working?” Because the dogs doesn’t “Down-Stay” and/or “Heel” is why. That, and the dog does not like being told the “Go On” command.
The dog is not on “Heel” if you complain about dog or people-aggression while on leash. We never before saw a dog get aggressive behind the owner, aggressive dogs are always in front of the owner and the person can’t back the dog down. ALWAYS!
Forget about behavior problem solving if your dog will not “Down,” and “Stay” for 30 minutes to an hour and will not walk behind you or go away if you say “Go On”–basic fundamentals of dog training and obedience.
Most dog trainers euphemize their inability to get your dog on “Heel” and turn that into a positive selling point by calling it “Loose-Leash Walking,” the dog can walk in front as long as it is not pulling or they call “Loose-Leash Walking” “Heel” mistakenly. Pausing a minute or two with no distractions is passed off as “Stay.”
This is why most dog trainers don’t have hardly any pictures to show you of dogs off-leash and don’t have many successes you can see with your eyes. “Sounds good” is a lot different than “Wow! Look at these pictures of dogs.” The rubber hits the road in your checkbook when the training doesn’t work. Then you have to hire another trainer. Many sincere dog owners have paid three and four dog trainers and behaviorists and still are NOWHERE.
If your dog trainer can’t get dogs on “Heel,” “Down,” “Stay” and to do “Go On” they are not having any more success than most dog owners on their own—who usually don’t have many pictures of well-trained dogs to proudly display either.
It is very important to teach your dog to wait and be very calm.
Our big secret is we get dogs to be good citizens and relax around their people first.
Certain things have to happen or you can forget about having an obedient dog.
If the dog will not “Down” and “Stay” for 20 minutes or longer, it is not submissive. If it won’t walk unrestrained behind you, without you having to use prong collars, choke chains or head halters, it is not subordinate to you.
Don’t forget to teach your dog that being obedient and performing commands is the most wonderful thing in the world or your dog will look like Archie the Border Collie Mix on the right. Archie mostly cares about the ball. Our program is dog psychology, following through, and getting dogs to want to be good.
You will never get Off-Leash Obedience or control with Food-Bribery You need to win psychologically, manage the dog correctly, follow through with commands every time and form a love bond with the dog. Compulsion and Food-Bribery are not enough. You need to get the dog to want to cooperate just because the dog loves you and trusts you.
A realistic and effective dog training program!
No other pet dog trainer in North America is going to have anything remotely close to what you see here. If you are going to spend money on dog training with someone else it doesn’t make sense because we have something that is a million times better that ALWAYS COSTS LESS because it actually works. Look at the pictures.
What you see in the dogs’ eyes is what makes the Superdog method different.
Notice how relaxed and happy the dogs look.
What you see in these pictures are typical results. Anything you see on this website we can get your dog to do.
We want you to hire us and not other dog trainers or behaviorists.
We don’t want you to hire anyone else because the other dog trainers are not as good.
Amazing behavioral results regardless of size and age.
If you want your dog to listen to you off-leash, you need to consider its proximity and postioning.
How to train dogs using The Canine Spatial Relationship
Dogs have a Spatial Relationship with others.
The first thing you need to understand about this is:
1. The proximity of one dog to another,
2. who is higher or lower,
3. who is in front or in back,
often determines who is the more “Dominant” dog.
4.Dogs control other dogs by getting them to “Come,” “Stay,” “Go Away,” leaving something alone (“Leave It”) making other dogs lay down, making dogs get up, and making other dogs get behind them (“Heel”).
If you could make your dog do all these things, your dog would be good for you, you would not need a dog trainer, and your dog would do what you say and respect you.
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My whole dog training system is based on having the right kind of Spatial Relationship with your dog, not corrections, positive and negative reinforcement, or domination.
The dogs “Come” when called and don’t run away.
The dog can “Stay” even with Mimi Huun and Kiki Puun teasing him.
The dogs “Go On” away from you and disengage.
This is useful if you are eating dinner or running a chain saw and need your dog away from you.
YOU MUST BE ABLE TO BACK YOUR DOG DOWN
If you can’t make your dog go away from you a minimum of ten feet and get it to disengage and leave you alone, you are wasting your time.
Either you can make your dog go ten feet away from you and stay away from you, or you cannot. There is no in-between. You can do that or you can’t.
When given the “Go On” command, the dog needs to accelerate away from you in the direction you say.
You dog running down the street away from you is not “Go On.” It is your dog running away from you.
You should be able to get your dog to leave things alone like people dancing at street festivals.
“Mister Puppy” the Tibetan Mastiff was only 17 weeks old in these photos.
We use the “Leave It” command to get dogs to leave things alone.
YOU DON’T NEED A GERMAN SHEPHERD
You can get a Chihuahua and teach it all the same things, except most people are not afraid of Chihuahuas.
WHAT “SUBORDINATE” LOOKS LIKE
If your dog will not “Heel” it is not subordinate to you. Dogs walk single file with the leader in front.
You can forget about any kind of meaningful obedience, behavioral problem solving, or off-leash obedience if you cannot make your dog walk behind you.
Having the dog walk at your side is a totally inadequate substitute for being able to make your dog walk behind you. Dogs pretty much walk singe-file with the leader in front.
Once you get your dog trained, you can make your dog walk in front, in back, at your side, or wherever you want.
We train dogs psychologically with the minimum amount of force so we have a consistent message about who is in charge.
If you can’t get your dog to walk behind you six feet as a training exercise, you are just pretending to go through the motions of training your dog.
Remember, Dog training is controlling where the dog is at.
Dogs untrained fight over who is in front. Your dog has little, or no, respect for you if it demands or insists on walking in front of you.
If you allow your dog to walk in front of you, you are giving the dog mixed signals about who is in charge.
Leadershipis the only thing we know of that works to control a dog’s instinct and genetics.
There won’t be any Leadership unless:
1) The dog will go 6 to 10 feet away from you and disengage contact,
2) The dog will hold a “Down-Stay” for 30 minutes to an hour, and
3) “Heel” with the nose behind your leg and will even walk 3 to 6 feet back if asked.
There is not going to be significant Obedience or behavior problem solving if your dog won’t do three things. There is no in-between, either the dog does these or not.
*To accomplish the mandatory obedience benchmarks mentioned typically takes about three private lessons.
If you are not winning psychologically, then all you are left with is force, coercion and/or bribing with food and toys.
I hope you enjoyed my article on how to train dogs and the Canine Spatial Relationship.
You definitely want to hire me. I will go everything I can to help you and your dog. You get me for your money doing my best for you.
Call me if you are looking for something where the dog trainer blows your mind in the first lesson. The training is actually many times better than this web site makes it seem.
Imagine if you knew how to hypnotize a dog and even if your pet or service dog was mid-air you could get him to decide to obey what you say instantly as if everyone’s lives counted on it.
I do this by INDUCING A HYPNOTIC STATE with a dog hypnosis training method from Europe that uses dog hypnosis and somnambulism. The method I use to train service dogs has been passed down from generation to generation.
All the photos and videos on my website are to show the public THE MOST AMAZING DOG TRAINING METHOD ever developed using dog hypnosis training.
I can’t give away everything, but read what I say about how our dog hypnosis training method works.
My dog training method using dog hypnosis utilizes HYPNOTIC INDUCTION.
I use a number of techniques to induce dogs into the hypnotic state, but the main one I use involves first getting the dog to stop small muscle movements.
I get the dogs to stop and their eyes to quit looking around. The dog doesn’t need to stare at me, but instead needs to pay attention to me. I call it “Neutral.”
There is no “Neutral” command and this is all done non-verbally.
Even if your dog was in mid-air or 100 feet away it will do everything you say.
Before I tell you the SECOND PART of the INDUCTION. . .
Notice how if you look at every other pet or service dog trainer website in North America, only a couple other dog trainers have anything remotely close to what you see in my photos and videos.
If there were something better that what I am doing, I would drop what I am doing, and do what they are doing instead. Write me if you see someone getting better results training dogs using Dog Hypnosis.
The second part of the induction is I get LARGE MUSCLES to let go and relax.
Once I go through the induction and deepening process with the dog I can relax and activate dogs’ small and large muscle groups at will, both audibly and visually.
Not only can I relax the dogs’ muscles and activate them, I can slow and accelerate muscle groups using this service dog hypnosis training method.
So how I get large muscle relaxation is using the “Down” or “Stand-Stay” commands.
Don’t be fooled. “Sit-Stay” is an inadequate substitute for “Down.” “Sit” is a sprinter position where the dog can run and chase prey.
If the dog will only “Sit” and not do “Down” means the dog is not ‘submissive’ to you, period. You haven’t convinced your dog of anything if you can’t get it to lay down and stay for a significant period of time.
“Significant period of time” means an hour since all my clients can get their dog to stay for an hour on the second visit to my dog hypnosis training facility in Roseville, California.
Either the dog can stay still for an hour or it can’t. Again, all my clients can make their dogs stay for an hour after the second lesson.
The DEEPENER I use is to simply to make the dogs do down. They go deeper and deeper into a trance, becoming more and more compliant and focused on doing what I say, waiting patiently for ‘that instant in time’ where Dave gives THE COMMAND.
The fossil is 350-500 million years old, but most dog training methods take almost as long to work. If you and your dog live to 100 years, that is not enough time to get your dog trained. I’m not making this up. Really.
Most of my clients are like you. They want a Tibetan Mastiff that is totally compliant like Mister Puppy.
Mister Puppy moults and his hair comes out in chunks.
The big puppy gets pretty skanky-looking in early summer.
A lot of hair comes off when Misty Puppy is combed.
Imagine your dog looking like Mister Puppy. My website has lots of other dogs getting Off-Leash Dog Training on “Stand-Stay” in the pool too.
This is after just a couple lessons of training. Really. I have Chihuahuas and other little dogs doing the same thing.
You don’t have to own a Pit Bull or German Shepherd if you want a well-trained dog.
This is the kind of dog training where the people are standing around with their mouths open dumbfounded because they never saw anything like Dog Hypnosis before and are astounded.
My clients are blown away in the first lesson.
With my method, you pay me money cheerfully and right away you get your money’s worth, what the whole program costs, in the first lesson.
You do what I say and you will get the same results as I do with dogs. I told you everything you need to know on this page to have a perfectly trained dog. You have to be able to implement what I told you though.
Most people can’t stop anything on their dog and need help to get it trained.
Call me or one of my trainers and we will show you how to hypnotize a dog and it will be a big relief finally having what you want.
Mister Puppy cools off in the pool on a hot afternoon.
Everyone wishes they were here, but the road is narrow and everyone has to make their own choices about who they are going to listen to.
Occasionally, you run across something unbelievably wonderful like learning to hypnotize a dog and things turn out better than you could have ever imagined, and the price you pay is small compared to the alternatives.
Service Dog School of America is America’s #1 Dog Hypnosis trainer, the only Dog Hynosis trainer or Service Dog trainer in America teaching Off-Leash Dog Training without shock collars.
AMERICA’S MOST DOG TRUSTED HYPNOTIST
Dog Hypnosis Training
Service Dog School of America is the most trusted service dog training brand and the only dog trainer or service dog trainer in California teaching Off-Leash Training Without Shock Collars, much less Dog Hypnosis.
David Baron is an internationally acclaimed dog-hypnotist who performs dog hypnosis and teaches you how to hypnotize a dog. He has over 50 years experience hynotizing dogs and training them with his dog training method using hypnosis. The Service Dog School of America Library of Dog Hypnosis was created to be the largest repository of photographs and video documentation and instruction on how to hypnotize a dog. There are thousands of photographs and video showing a hypnotist hypnotize a dog.
This page is about how to get your service dog off-leash without shock collars.
OFF-LEASH DOG TRAINING
Kyla’s owners needed Off-Leash Service Dog Training and could not take their Egyptian Ibizan to the beach without her stealing flip-flops from peoples’ towels on the sand and running around with them and not listening.
HOW TO GET YOUR DOG OFF-LEASH by David Baron
“OFF-LEASH DOG TRAINING”
Just means that your dog does not run off and comes when called.
I tell people that the typical level of obedience they can hope to expect to achieve with my Service Dog School of America program would be them able to wash their car with their dog off-leash, or able to have their dog on a “Down-Stay” for an hour or longer when friends visit their house or in a crowded hotel lobby.
If someone has children, they should be able to have the kids and dog play in the front yard without fear that the dog will run down the street.
People call and say they want just “Basic Off-Leash Dog Training,” but when I ask them if they want their dog to come to them even if it is not on a leash, the answer is always, “Yes.” Either a dog is trained, is obedient and listens—or it is not. There is not a whole lot of in-between.
The Service Dog School of America program does not have Level I, II and III’s because I do not know how to half-train a dog.
THE RELATIONSHIP, ATTITUDE AND HONESTY
I have a relationship with my dogs based on respect and trust where the dog does things for the right reasons. My dogs love me and know I will take care of them. If I say, “No,” they listen. Who I am to my dog is everything.
Before I can tell you how to be who I am to dogs we need to discuss what “Attitude’ means. When you have the right attitude you think, act, move the way you should, and your posture, timing, body language and voice will all be in accordance. If you have the wrong attitude, who you are to your dog will not seem believable or worthy of respect.
The off-leash dog training system I use and teach is all about the right attitude. Although there are a few techniques, none matter if the person or dog has the wrong attitude. There are only a few commands or techniques: the dogs just do not run away, come when called, listen and do a few basic commands like “Come” and “Stay.”
I get off-leash dog training to my dogs because we have a relationship where everyone has the right attitude. Like anything in life, one cannot affect much change without having the right attitude first.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF I HAVE IT OR NOT?
I probably have the right attitude when everything is easy and there are no problems and life is carefree and rewarding. When I have the right attitude I have a bright future and everything under the stars and heavens to look forward to—and the dogs do everything just the way they should.
And If I could just be honest enough while training and practicing with my dogs then I could know everything there is to know about dog training. It is like being almost blind and then putting on glasses and seeing everything perfectly clear when I am totally honest my dog. When I am honest with myself I have all the right information.
Some people it takes a little longer to get their dog trained because being honest is not just a character trait but also a skill that can only be cultivated through time and a lot of practice with their dog. I am talking about the skill of gaining clarity through being very honest about why the dog acts the way it does and what they need to do about it. Everyone has their own level of expertise in being honest with themselves in different areas. So the question of when will the dog gets trained depends on when, and if, someone gets honest enough to be able to have the right kind of relationship with their dog. That there is a relationship implies a certain level of honesty exists.
If your dog is not as trained as you would like, you need the kind of clarity that can only be gained by self-reflection during interaction with your dog. This clarity can only be obtained by being very honest while practicing dog obedience and in everyday interaction.
My job is to lead dog owners in the right direction in that regard and teach off-leash dog training.
Training is a series of choices. You need to make the good ones wonderful and the bad ones not good or even lousy. The problem is that dog owners often make the good ones lousy and the bad ones rewarding. They do things like scream “Sit” at their dog or pet them when they jump on people. The message you give your dog needs to be the right one and you need to be sure your dog receives the message you intend.
Children do not listen either, but parents have consequences like time outs, taking away privileges, etc. Dogs quickly correct other dogs with their voice and act quickly to set other dogs straight if necessary. One dog attacks another dog for an instant and one minute later they are playing with the ball. Dogs do not punish each other, so we do not punish dogs either, we correct them. The correction I use is “No.”
The key to whether your dog will listen or not often depends on how motivating your “No” is. If your “No” is not believable, unconvincing and weak it is not motivating. Keeping this in mind, you don’t need to be as motivating or convincing if your dog is submissive and subordinate, and you have the dogs focus.
THE DOG NEEDS TO PAY ATTENTION
You can forget about being motivating if your dog does not even hear you. “Trained” means your dog focuses on you. Dogs in a pack do not run after all the animals, they go after the one the leader chooses.
Either your dog is focused on you or it is probably not focused on you. There are no doggie lifeguards because all the dogs would drown except one or two. As where people can keep track of a lot of things at one time, dogs cannot. If your dog is not focused on you, you can probably forget about much off-leash obedience.
I see a lot of people trying to teach their dog off-leash dog training telling their dog “Sit” over and over and it is not even focused on them at all. They would not talk to a person that was blowing them off, but they do it with their dog. With a dog, it is no different from a parent turning off the TV before they tell the kids to do their homework and do chores. Do not give your dog commands if it is blowing you off. The first thing before you even give a command is everything need to come to a complete stop.
Waiting around for the dog to be good is NOT what I am talking about. Many people wait for their dog to be good. I make them stop and listen. I do that by either saying something like “Hey, Hey, Hey” or making the dog stop and look at me by demanding its attention by putting it on command.
THE FIRST SKILL YOU NEED TO HAVE
If your dog does not obey you when it hears “No” it is more than likely because you are unable to back your dog down. If you told a child to put down a cookie jar and the child ignored you, you would need to back the kid down to get her to comply. With dog training it is no different.
Generally, when a dog tells another dog “No” it is accompanied by movement and the dog backs the other dog down. People often just stand there screaming “No” and it does not get an effect. For “No” to be effective it must be accompanied with movement, someone moving forward, someone moving back.
I teach the command “Go On” where the dog goes at least six to 10 feet away and disengages to condition the retraction response. This is the hardest thing for me I teach.
Many people have been taught and/or conditioned to be non-confrontational and are loath to change. I do not ask my clients to change themselves. I say things like they need to move forward and back up their dog when they say “No.” In this case, that the person moves forward when they say “No” makes it confrontational. Another way to say it would be that the person becomes confrontational by virtue of moving forward while saying “No.”
It does not matter what your dog knows if you do not have the right kind of relationship based on certain objective benchmarks. Some people go to dog training for years and have little to show for it.
If you do not work with your dog, and if it will not walk and keep itself behind you subordinately, if it will not submissively hold “Down-Stay” for an hour, and if it will not go away ten feet and disengage when you tell it to—you can forget about off-leash dog obedience.
Either your dog can do the things listed in the last paragraph or it cannot. Many people think that can make up for not demanding standards by loving their dog even more to make up for not really working with it. Trust me on this. No one loves their dogs more than me and how I love them is by doing the right things with them. Affection is only one of the ways I love my dogs. Another way is Off-Leash Dog Training.
A SPATIAL RELATIONSHIP
I cultivate a spatial relationship with my dogs. Where the dog is in proximity to me determines what kind of relationship I have with the dog. The dog needs to come when I call it, stay when I say, hold its distance behind me when we walk, not crowd, block or lean on me, and go away quickly and disengage when I say to.
UNDER CONTROL vs. REGAINING CONTROL
Dog owners say that their dog runs away from them and does not listen. Some dogs like how Kyla was will steal things from people and run loose and make you catch them. Then they almost always say that they want to get their dog back under control when the dog goes off, gets an attitude, or gets loose and runs.
You probably cannot regain control of your dog if you never had it in the first place. Well, you might be able to, but it will be a lot harder than having your dog under control and maintaining control.
Ancient Dogs Getting Off-Leash Dog Training
The Ibizan Hound is also called Podenco Ibicenco. The body is fine boned and slender. The head is long and narrow with a long muzzle that tapers to a point, giving the appearance of a cone. It has a very small stop. The nose is a rosy flesh color. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The small eyes are a clear amber to caramel in color. The erect ears are large and pointed. The neck is long, slender and slightly arched. The back is level and straight. The chest is long and deep. The front legs are straight.
The Ibizan Hounds, sometimes called “Beezers” by their fanciers, are quiet, clean, playful and polite. Good with children, gentle, sensible and sensitive. Protective and somewhat independent. They will hold back watchfully with strangers. Once they decide the stranger means no harm, they will relax very quickly.
This breed is said to have been used to hunt by the pharaohs of Egypt. Sculptures and paintings from ancient Egyptian tombs around 3000 B.C. depict a dog bearing a striking resemblance to the Ibizan hound. This was discovered in 1922, when the tomb of Tutankhamon was excavated. In the eighth century B.C., Phoenician and Libyan merchants took this Egyptian dog on a ship to present Spanish Balearic Islands, where it was named after the island of Ibiza. The islanders kept these dogs away from the other breeds and bred them for hunting hare.
Your service dog will not listen to you if you have the wrong attitude.
Often the most educated service dog owners are clueless when asked, “What is the right attitude for training and handling dogs?”
I tell them that when someone has the right attitude for dog training, their voice, body language, posture and timing all match up, and that having the right attitude is essential for success in any field, especially service dog training.
My service dog training method relies on the right attitude for communicating and to get dogs to comply with what I ask of them.
I am not saying dogs communicate with each other this way too, just that my dog training method is, in large part, about people having the right attitude when interacting with their dog(s).
When I talk about the right attitude for service dog training, I mean something much more subtle than someone ‘getting tough’, becoming a disciplinarian, or acting like they are resolute and steadfast with their dog.
Just like dog trainers give verbal dog training commands, such as Sit , Down, Stay and Heel, I give dogs commands both verbally, but moistly non-verbally.
An example, would be moving forward, rather than backwards, if a dog were to challenge or jump on me. I might use a lower voice, not a high one, because the lower tones back dogs up, as where higher tones and pitch are for getting dogs to come forward. An attitude can be so much more subtle though, such as a only a mere shrug or a barely perceptible whisper.
I personally never use profanity, but some people do because the words are emotionally charged. There is another way that is just as effective as cussing.
I sometimes threaten my Tibetan Mastiff “Mister Puppy” with sending him to live with my in-laws if he barks too much. I know that sounds stupid, but it is more about how the message is delivered than what I say.
I teach dog owners how to have a relationship with a lot of petting, loving and friendship where everyone trusts each other.
My dog service training method does not believe in dominating dogs like the “dog behaviorist” on TV Cesar Millan, nor do I use Dominance-Submission models or Compulsion-Correction and shock collars to gain compliance like he does.
The best dog trainer just happens to be the one getting all the results.
Anything you see on this website is typical results and what you can expect if you hire me.
My dog training is the one where people stand around on the first lesson with their jaws on the floor because the training is totally amazing and they just can’t believe how good the trainer is.
Leadershipis the only thing we know of that works to control a dog’s instinct and genetics.
There won’t be any Leadership unless:
1) The dog will go 6 to 10 feet away from you and disengage contact,
2) The dog will hold a “Down-Stay” for 30 minutes to an hour, and
3) “Heel” with the nose behind your leg and will even walk 3 to 6 feet back if asked.
There is not going to be significant Obedience or behavior problem solving if your dog won’t do three things. There is no in-between, either the dog does these or not.
If you are not winning psychologically, then all you are left with is force, coercion and/or bribing with food and toys.
I hope you enjoyed my page about how to train service dogs by having the proper attitude.
`What you need to know about the standards and acceptable practices of those training dogs professionally.`
1.Minimum Standard of Proficiency To Demonstrate Competency Performing Obedience Commands
1) The will stop moving on command and pay attention to the handler,
2) The dog will go 6 to 10 feet away from you and disengage contact,
3) The dog will hold a “Down-Stay” for an hour, and
4) “Heel” with the nose behind your leg and will even walk 3 to 6 feet back if asked.
There is not going to be significant Obedience or behavior problem solving if your dog won’t do four things. There is no in-between. Either your dog can demonstrate competency with the four basic obedience commands, or it cannot.
4 dogs on “Stand-Stay” at a distance off-leash with other dogs present is just basic dog obedience and nothing fancy.
2. OBJECTIVE PROOF means having a lot to show that the training actually works.
BE HONEST BECAUSE MONEY IS INVOLVED!!!
Everyone has a camera on their cell phone. Either a dog trainer can show you 100’s of dogs they trained to substantiate their competence, or they cannot.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy just ordinary dogs doing basic commands and tasks willingly without wearing shock collars, and the dogs are good whether there is food or not.
Who is going to put a shock collar on their Chihuahua or other toy or small breed anyway? Why even have a dog if you have hurt it? This is why we are trying to warn you. The dog trainers that do not have videos of trained dogs want you to hurt yours, or drop it off at their doggy boot camp and let them hurt it for you.
3. “OFF-LEASH TRAINED” means the dogs are not wearing a radio collar.
If you need a shock collar for the dog to listen means it is not trained. We hate to judge, but you don’t have to hurt your dog to train it. We feel bad and love dogs and not able to use shock collars. How about you?
To say shock collars speed up the training and ignore that the dogs trained with shock collars almost always become neurotic, fearful and anxious is deceptive. Most normal people, unless they have been desensitized to violence, do not have the stomach to do what amounts to torturing their dog with electricity.
Typically “doggy boot camp” means operators who use shock collars. You drop your dog off in an in an industrial neiborhood or residential house in the bad part of town and the dog is kept in a cage for two or three weeks, and tortured into submission.
Why even send your dog to Doggy Boot Camp when you can buy a shock collar and torture your dog yourself, and save a lot of money?
Why would anybody hire a dog trainer that says that dogs cannot be trained off-leash?
Common sense tells us that if a dog NEEDS to be on a leash means it is not trained. Someone who would tell you this is not a real dog trainer and preying on gullible dog owners.
“RECALL” means the dog comes to you off-leash. Why would anyone hire a trainer who can’t train dogs not on leashes to “Come” when called?
Most dog trainers all but tell you they can’t train dogs, and people are so confused they actually hire the person anyway because good people just cannot even imagine how anyone could be so dishonest. Then when the training does not work, they blow you off and blame you, BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY about getting ripped off because you can Spy The Trainer Lieand have been educated about the “Confidence Game,” and no longer need to worry about becoming a dog owner-victim.
4. ALL DOG BREEDS CAN BE TRAINED, whether the dog is large or small.
You do not need a German Shepherd. Other breeds can be equally as well-trained and obedient.
No matter what kind of dog you have, never let a dog trainer make excuses about your dog not being able to be trained because of its breed or size.
5. Training hyenas in Africa or dolphins at Sea World does not qualify you to train dogs.
Switching from dolphins to dogs does not make you a dog trainer. A fish isn’t going to take a dump on your sofa. We see dogs that have been to 3 or 4 trainers and you cannot tell they have had any training whatsoever. To be fair, they sometimes do cute pet tricks like “Sit” for food if there are no distractions.
Maybe it is better not to ruin someone’s fun and just let them pretend they can train dogs too. Although, I would not recommend giving them money.
A lot of people get taken by a friendly-sounding voice on the telephone. Door-to-door are friendly too, but no ones hires one to train their dog.
We hate to judge, but some people are freaks and should not be training dogs. This page is about educating you so you do not hire them.
If you use the guidelines on this page you don’t have to worry about hiring the wrong trainer by mistake.
The California Civil Code and the Food and Agriculture Code provide remedies for potentially dangerous and vicious dogs.
The Civil Code requires owners to take reasonable steps to protect other people from dog bites from dogs previously known to bite: 3342.5. (a) The owner of any dog that has bitten a human being shall have the duty to take such reasonable steps as are necessary to remove any danger presented to other persons from bites by the animal. Do not assume, however, that California law permits every dog “one free bite.” That is not the case; as seen in the section on Civil liability for dog bites, an owner is responsible in damages for that first bite and every subsequent one, and a dog that was trained to fight can be destroyed after the first bite, as will be seen below. Any person, the local district attorney or city attorney may take action if the same dog has bitten a human being two or more times:
An owner is responsible for damages for the first bite and every subsequent one, and a dog that was trained to fight can be destroyed after the first bite, as will be seen below.
Any person, the local district attorney or city attorney may take action if the same dog has bitten a human being two or more times:
3342.5 (b) Whenever a dog has bitten a human being on at least two separate occasions, any person, the district attorney, or city attorney may bring an action against the owner of the animal to determine whether conditions of the treatment or confinement of the dog or other circumstances existing at the time of the bites have been changed so as to remove the danger to other persons presented by the animal. This action shall be brought in the county where a bite occurred. The court, after hearing, may make any order it deems appropriate to prevent the recurrence of such an incident, including, but not limited to, the removal of the animal from the area or its destruction if necessary. The “two bite” requirement of section
3342.5(b) is reduced to one bite, and any person may commence legal proceedings against the owner, if the dog has been trained to fight, attack or kill:
The “two bite” requirement of section 3342.5(b) is reduced to one bite, and any person may commence legal proceedings against the owner, if the dog has been trained to fight, attack or kill: 3342.5 (c) Whenever a dog trained to fight, attack, or kill has bitten a human being, causing substantial physical injury, any person, including the district attorney, or city attorney may bring an action against the owner of the animal to determine whether conditions of the treatment or confinement of the dog or other circumstances existing at the time of the bites have been changed so as to remove the danger to other persons presented by the animal. This action shall be brought in the county where a bite occurred. The court, after hearing, may make any order it deems appropriate to prevent the recurrence of such an incident, including, but not limited to, the removal of the animal from the area or its destruction if necessary. The foregoing provisions do not authorize proceedings if the dog bit a trespasser or was being used for military or police work:
3342.5 (d) Nothing in this section shall authorize the bringing of an action pursuant to subdivision (b) based on a bite or bites inflicted upon a trespasser, or by a dog used in military or police work if the bite or bites occurred while the dog was actually performing in that capacity.
The California Food & Agriculture Code contains a number of sections pertaining to dogs:
A “potentially dangerous dog” is a dog that meets the criteria set forth in section 31602 of the California Food & Agriculture Code:
31602. “Potentially dangerous dog” means any of the following: (a) Any dog which, when unprovoked, on two separate occasions within the prior 36-month period, engages in any behavior that requires a defensive action by any person to prevent bodily injury when the person and the dog are off the property of the owner or keeper of the dog. (b) Any dog which, when unprovoked, bites a person causing a less severe injury than as defined in Section 31604. (c) Any dog which, when unprovoked, on two separate occasions within the prior 36-month period, has killed, seriously bitten, inflicted injury, or otherwise caused injury attacking a domestic animal off the property of the owner or keeper of the dog.
A “vicious dog” is one that meets the criteria set forth in section 31603 from the same code:
31603. “Vicious dog” means any of the following (a) Any dog seized under Section 599a of the Penal Code and upon the sustaining of a conviction of the owner or keeper under subdivision (a) of Section 597.5 of the Penal Code. (b) Any dog which, when unprovoked, in an aggressive manner, inflicts severe injury on or kills a human being. (c) Any dog previously determined to be and currently listed as a potentially dangerous dog which, after its owner or keeper has been notified of this determination, continues the behavior described in Section 31602 or is maintained in violation of section 31641, 31642, or 31643.
A “severe injury” is defined as follows:
31604. “Severe injury” means any physical injury to a human being that results in muscle tears or disfiguring lacerations or requires multiple sutures or corrective or cosmetic surgery.
DON’T LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO TELL YOU TO KILL YOUR DOG!
DAVID BARONis the #1Behavioral Dog Trainerin the United States and can train your dog and get it under control no matter how dominant, stubborn or aggressive.
PLEASE, DO NOT KILL YOUR DOG!
DAVID BARON can show you how you can keep your dog alive and get it under control.
A MORAL IMPERATIVE. You don’t kill “your best friend” when the dog can be trained.
Doing the right thing is a reward in itself. Sometimes doing the right thing is a little scary at first, but people who do the right thing are usually always rewarded with a positive outcome.
KILLING YOUR DOG is a huge mistake you may regret the rest of your life if you have a conscience.
Call DAVID BARON when other dog trainers, canine behaviorists and veterinarians say your dog cannot be trained and you should kill it.
Killing anything is wrong and you may be asked to account for putting down a dog that loved you and counted on you, when you can keep your dog alive.
People who do the right thing will always be able to look their children in the eye.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINING LOOKS LIKE
99% OF DOG TRAINING DOESN’T WORK
Everyone has a camera on their cellphone. Either a dog trainer has 1000’s of photos and videos to substantiate the dog training actually works, or they do not.
There is no in-between. The dog training works or it doesn’t.
If 99% of dog training did work all the other dog trainers would have 100’s of dogs off-leash obedient they trained to show you too.
There are no other dog trainers we can find in North America with as much to show dog owners thinking of hiring a dog trainer.
We don’t have anything bad to say about anyone.
Ask other dog trainers why DAVID BARON is the only dog trainer in North America with 1000’s of photos and videos of dogs BIG and small off-leash.
DAVID BARON is the only dog trainer in North America with 1000’s of photos of dogs BIG and small off-leash.
Why not hire an awesome dog trainer the first time?
No other dog trainers have are as successful with small dogs and toy breeds.
Again, we do not have anything bad to say about anyone.
THESE ARE TYPICAL RESULTS CLIENTS CAN EXPECT
The point of these photos is to show you DAVID BARON can train dogs and is getting much better results than 99% of other dog trainers.
DAVID BARON can train your dog no matter how bad the do might seem to you.
No one has more experience with aggressive dogs and gets better results training aggressive dogs than DAVID BARON.
A lot of our clients live on ranches and their dogs getting along with farm animals is a concern.
DAVID BARON can definitely help you with that too and has a lot of direct experience because he lives on a ranch too in Roseville, California.
There is a reason other dog trainers do not have pictures of dogs with farm animals.
The dog training has to work is one reason.
The other reason is “Sit” in the kitchen with treats is a lot easier to accomplish than showing the public Chihuahuas and Siberian Huskies off-leash with horses.
PRIVATE LESSONS work great and are effective 99% of the time. Sometimes the level of training a dog needs surpasses what the owner is capable of achieving on their own and Board Training is a more appropriate option.
TRUST and CREDIBILITY are of PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE. Most of our clients are MD’s, RN’s, teachers, business owners, police, fire and other professionals. Let us know if you need references or have other concerns. We have an A+ rating with the BBB.
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Superdog provides On and Off-Leash Dog Training and behavioral services in the Sacramento Region, the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.
Mena has been in service dog training to be good in public so she will even behave on airplane flight.
Denio’s Auction is a famous flea market In Roseville, California.
Mena sniffed all the bags for drugs and other contraband.
She found this portrait of Elvis Presley and was fascinated.
The flea market is a very colorful place to train dogs.
Mena picked out this travel bag for Niki.
Mena did perfect with people and was great off-leash.
Everyone enjoyed the doggie clothing store.
This was the most aggressive Chihuahua of them all.
What is different about the Superdog program is clients get the same results from home lessons even with mixed and small breeds, and family pets.
Mena looks like the German Shepherd that everyone wishes they had, but Superdog gets the same results with other breeds.
Mena and her friends watch the sunset and migrating birds.
It was a nice fall evening after a pleasant day in the 70’s.
Look at how good the Pit Bull “Rocco” and “Archie” the Border Collie are. They didn’t break “Down-Stay” like the German Shepherd.
You have to admit Mena is a good-looking German Shepherd though.
Mena’s new owners already have a German Shepherd male and are excited to replace the female dog they recently lost.
Mena has a great personality and is very obedient off-leash.
We had a great time delivering Mena to her new home in Colorado after she completed her service dog training with Superdog.
Sometimes things work out better than one could ever imagine. Mena did stellar in the Sacramento and Denver airports and in the cabin of the airplane. The two dogs got along fabulously and were in no time a bonded pair.
Off-Leash obedience is critical when you live at 11,000 feet. You can’t have your dogs run after deer, much less predators. A buck like this one could seriously injure or kill a dog.
Anyone can train a German Shepherd, but not everyone can get a doe and buck on “Stand-Stay.”
It was hard to give up a dog we spent so long training. Mena’s new mate “Ryny” will look out for her now and continue her training.
Integrity is what goes on when no one is looking.
Doing the right thing is a reward in itself.
Justice is about everyone getting what they deserve.
The best anyone can hope for in this life is an opportunity to love another with all their heart. Mena found her “Notebook Love” and will live happily ever after as someone’s companion and service dog.
The point of this website is that you don’t need a German Shepherd. This website has hundreds of photos of small dogs and other breeds equally as trained.
The Superdog program is based on having a relationship with your dog, not on rewards or punishments.
It is always good to cover your bases.
Service Dog Training Sacramento
Amazing behavioral results regardless of size and age. Most any dog can complete Service Dog Training Sacramento with the right professional.
A Great Dog With Just A Few Issues. . . . This is “Buddy” the rescue dog. He is a Rottweiler-German Shepherd mix.
Buddy is about 13 to 17 years old and is a very soulful dog.
What he lacks in looks he makes up for in good fortune.
Not that many people want a dog that looks like Buddy.
Buddy is fascinated by the grave marker. He seems to know that when he goes there won’t be any monuments, but he will live on eternally in the hearts of everyone who sees this page.
Stanley Baron would have liked Buddy because he had character.
Buddy likes living here at DogAnswers Ranch.
Buddy is a senior citizen but the fossils are 350-500 million years old.
Buddy likes Steve the Groundskeeper.
Buddy and his crew hang out together.
Buddy has a nice run and would like to take you on the tour.
“This is my water bowl and my afternoon shade spot.”
“This is the view from my run looking out.”
“This is my own personal yard and lawn.”
“I watch the other dogs and the people a lot from here.”
“I like it here, but I need a permanent home with a person of my own to love though.”
No one ever wanted to adopt Buddy and we kept him until he passed away on April 7, 2014.
Everyone has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
This was the last picture I took of Buddy on March 28, 2014.
This is Buddy in his house in December 2013. It was very warm in there with the 3-inch styrofoam walls and his blanket he loved. Buddy loved his house, his blanket and his yard.
Buddy was great with the other dogs and liked them coming into his yard a lot, except for he hated Mister Puppy the Tibetan Mastiff and his uncle Popo. He liked “Mister Puppy” when he was a puppy, but as soon as he got into maturity, he tried to kill him. Mister Puppy was with me in Buddy’s yard while I picked up poop one day and he locked onto Mister Puppy. Kicking and the hose did nothing. After what seemed like an eternity, I said, “Mister Puppy Come!” and he walked out of the run with Buddy locked onto his back. Buddy got tired and finally I got Mister Puppy away. Buddy was like this with Popo too the first day Buddy came to stay here. Dozens of other dogs no problem; the Tibetan Mastiffs he hated them.
We would walk Buddy for awhile, but he would run back in his yard, so we quit trying.
Buddy had cancer in his nose and mouth. I tried keeping him going as long as I could. He always ate really fast, and was full-weight and robust to the end, but the last two days he did not finish his food and I knew it was time. I drove him to the vet’s office and she gave him the shots and he stopped breathing.
A lot of dogs are not as fortunate and no is there who loves them or there when they go. Buddy had as long a life as he could have had. No one is dead as long as there is someone who remembers them.
I am David Baron the dog trainer. The reason I exist is that I train dogs that help people be more productive and happy.
I used to train pets and specialized in behaviorally-challeged pet dog training and aggressive dogs, but now I am old and just train dogs I own myself, and sell them as service dogs.
Looking for dog training that works?
I show dog owners how to have a relationship with their dog(s) where there is a lot of petting, affection, friendship and hanging out together.
People always tell me that I must like dogs a lot.
I like trained dogs, not un-trained ones that don’t listen, jump all over people, run away, and do not come when called.
A well-trained dog brings many people much joy. That is what this page is about.
Good dog training is the best investment you will ever make if you hire me.
A lot of people think I am the best dog trainer.
You can hire someone else, but you won’t get. . . .
DAVID BARON the DOG TRAINER
Superdog provides On and Off-Leash Dog Training and behavioral services in the Sacramento Region, the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California, but mostly we sell trained service dogs and therapy dogs now.
When push comes to shove, it is good to know Hypnosis when training a service dog.
These are some of my most jealously guarded PROSPECTING SECRETS.
Sometimes you get lucky in life and just happen to be in the right place at the right time because God has chosen you for something great.
Certain good things happen in life and then nothing is the same ever again.
One new person or opportunity can change everything forever and suddenly life is a million times better.
ALWAYS LOOK AT THE FACES AND EYES, THEY DON’T LIE. . .
Why do you think these people were smiling?
I am here to tell you that it is because someone asked them to do something.
People are happy when you ask them to do things. People usually will want to try their best to please you.
PHYSIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF INTERPERSONAL INTERACTION
What are these people thinking? More importantly, what is going on physiologically when they are asked to squat and then stand up. How does that change how they think, feel and act?
If you need someone to see things your way or needed them to do someting for you, should they be sitting, standing, squatting, kneeling?
What should you be doing? Mirroring, be higher than the person, lower than the person, leaning a little bit or standing up straight? How much distance should you keep between yourself and the other person? Is it better to have people sit for awhile before you ask them something?
If you do not know precisely the answer to any of these questions, you are at a distinct disadvantage if you deal with other people. Whether it is dealing with friends and family, or people in business, you need to undersand how people are going to think based on their physical actions and activities.
This article is to make you aware of the subject. Think about it. If you were a salesperson or a bachelor/bachelorette and you had to close a deal, would you do it on Facebook with them sitting down, on the telephone with them standing up, or on fly out to where they live and close them face-to-face in person over dinner and drinks? It could make a HUGE difference which modality you decide.
I have been studying psysiological aspects of interpersonal interaction since 1979. As a professional dog trainer, I have to get others to do the things they need to do to get their dog to listen to them. I cannot do this with people sitting when they should be standing and vice versa.
What do you think? Is it more important what you say, or what is going on biologically in the other person that most determines what others do and say?
Do you think she was thinking the same thing as I was?
First Rule ofProspecting is you want people to approach you and ask you, “Hey whats up? And them ask you what you are doing, not the other way around.
You want prospects to see you as the friends they wish they always had because you have something they want before you ever talk to them.
People who do the right thing and are honest always have a bright future and few worries. People will recognize it instantly when they meet you.
It is almost like others are magically drawn to you and want to hear what you have to say.
Again, it is not what you say particularly, but what’s going on inside of the other person that determines if the other person will talk to you and be receptive to what you have to offer.
What muscles the other person is using, what part of their body is stretching, how fast their heart is beating, how they are breathing, what their blood pressure is, ALL makes a difference.
PEOPLE WANT YOU TO TELL THEM WHAT TO DO
Most of our smiles are frowns turned up-side down because we are destined for greatness, but are having trouble being great because no one has ever told us how to do that exactly.
Most people are very shy and unsure of themselves. You need to tell them what is happening and what the course of events is going to be.
You can’t expect someone to just say yes to you or give you their phone number.
You need to tell the other person what you are doing, tell them their role in that plan and the course of events, and get them to do things for you over and over.
NEVER PRE-JUDGE PEOPLE BASED ON LOOKS
YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU ARE TALKING TO
Some of us are very successful and worth millions of dollars. Most don’t brag about it ever, don’t live in 25 million dollar homes, or drive half million dollar cars. You never know who you are talking to.
If you walk in a Porsche dealer, and even if you look like me, a dog trainer, they treat you really nice because “People walking onto car lots are looking to buy cars.” If ANYONE walks onto a car lot where they are selling $150,000 cars, the assumption is you must have the means to buy expensive German cars that go fast.
These picture were taken in the affluent area of our town where the median income is about $150,000 per year. My assumption is everyone has money and is well-qualified financially.
Remember though, you will be judged by how you treat the least important people. I have met people worth billions of dollars and they look like anyone else. Again, you never know who you are talking to.
Don’t be a jerk to people you think are unimportant, as they very well could turn out to be someone very important and be someone who could change your life dramatically for the better as your friend.
Mister Puppy is a chick magnet for sure. Few can resist his magnetic personality and charisma. He smells good too. Everyone loves Mister Puppy.
LOOK LIKE AN ADULT AND DRESS LIKE ONE
Successful people look like successful people. You don’t have to overdress, but you must always play the part. If dressing like a surfer works for you, dress the part, but look like the leader of the surfers. People want to talk to someone they think is the leader or is very successful [same thing].
PEOPLE want to be friends with SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE. If you dress like a teenager even teenagers may not trust you. Everyone wants the people they are friends with, and the people they do business with, to be successsful besause it tells them you are STABLE and can be trusted.
If you were single and went to a bar to meet someone, you would dress up there too to show you are serious, same thing in business.
Everyone wants to talk to people who are successful and who are very ADULT. You always want to be the more adult than everyone else and have good taste. People want to take direction from someone who looks a certain way.
REMEMBER: It is not what you think, but what other people think about how you dress and look that matters.
People will get cold to you and turn you off as soon as they get any information that is inconsistent with you being the ideal person they IDEALIZE you to be.
HYPNOTIC SALES TECHNIQUES FOR PROSPECTING
1. You want prospects to think about enjoying the moment. Tell people what you want them to think about and do for you.
Don’t forget talking about making the wonderful moment last forever with them writing down their telephone number FOR YOU too.
2. GIVE ONE COMMAND. Ask them to write their phone number down for you.
Don’t say stupid things that are AMBIGUOUS. “Maybe we should get together?” is not a command. “Can I get your telephone number?” is not a command.
A command is we like each other AND would like to continue that later, SO WRITE DOWN YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER [and I’ll be pleased].
3. When you first meet people you want to look them in the eye and think to yourself, “I love you, I really love you.”
Everyone really just wants to be loved by someone. You want to look like someone who will give them exactly what they want.
By thinking it out loud in your mind, they see it in your eyes and feel it just like if you said it out loud.
4. The #1 most important thing is you need to have RAPPORT with others and set their minds at ease.
5. People need to do what you say. You probably have heard about getting people to say YES over and over. That doesn’t work.
What you want to do is get PEOPLE DOING WHAT YOU SAY OVER AND OVER.
Getting the phone number starts with tell me about your day, you want your picture taken [statement], stand here and look at me, tell me more about you guys, tell me what time it is, think of a time, remember when?, etc.
6. You want people to DO WHAT YOU SAY, not think differently, or try to convince them of anything.
7. Use COMMANDS, not suggestions, hints, statements or requests SO you develop a pattern right away of them doing what you tell them.
8. If you could be honest enough, you would know everything there is to know.
If you could be totally honest, people will know it and they will be able to see it in your eyes and feel like they have known you for a long time.
9. Within you saying six words, I know everything about you. Really. A trained person would be able to tell you amazing things about yourself in just your first few words.
So you better think of how much you love the person when you say your first six words to them.
10. The one sales technique that works every time is to talk about what is most important to other people. Talk about much else and people will likely get bored and lose interest.
REMEMBER THIS: Only talk about what matters most to prospects, just that one thing. Talk about that one thing and they will find other reasons to choose you on their own.
11. Don’t spend time talking to people who have absolutely no social skills. You still have to love them and wish them well though.
Others may be watching to see how you treat that inept person and will judge you accordingly.
What me meeting you is about is me wanting to give you something valuable.
Something that will be worth a lot more in the future.
BEING ABLE to get your point across and getting people to see what you offer is important whether you are in sales, applying for a job, promotion or school, need someone to rent or sell to you, need to get elected, or for anything where OTHERS have a choice of people to choose from— and you need them to choose you.
Everything I have I got by teaching others to be successful.
Just as the moon speaks to the waves and the sea, so does the good news for those needing a change of seasons.
The best anyone can hope for is to love another with all their heart.
Sometimes life turns out better than you could have ever imagined and nothing is the same ever again.
TRUST and CREDIBILITY are of PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE.Most of our clients are MD’s, RN’s, teachers, business owners, police, fire and other professionals. Let us know if you need references or have other concerns. We have an A+ rating with the BBB.
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What is the California Dog Law Regarding Having An Aggressive Dog, Maintaining A Public Nuisance?
One can be charged with a crime for allowing their dog to become a Public Nuisance under California Penal Codes sections 370 to 373a.
370. Anything which is injurious to health, or is indecent, or offensive to the senses, or an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property by an entire community or neighborhood, or by any considerable number of persons, or unlawfully obstructs the free passage or use, in the customary manner, of any navigable lake, or river, bay, stream, canal, or basin, or any public park, square, street, or highway, is a public nuisance.
371. An act which affects an entire community or neighborhood, or any considerable number of persons, as specified in the last section, is not less a nuisance because the extent of the annoyance or damage inflicted upon individuals is unequal.
372. Every person who maintains or commits any public nuisance, the punishment for which is not otherwise prescribed, or who willfully omits to perform any legal duty relating to the removal of a public nuisance, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
373a. Every person who maintains, permits, or allows a public nuisance to exist upon his or her property or premises, and every person occupying or leasing the property or premises of another who maintains, permits or allows a public nuisance to exist thereon, after reasonable notice in writing from a health officer or district attorney or city attorney or prosecuting attorney to remove, discontinue or abate the same has been served upon such person, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished accordingly; and the existence of such nuisance for each and every day after the service of such notice shall be deemed a separate and distinct offense, and it is hereby made the duty of the district attorney, or the city attorney of any city the charter of which imposes the duty upon the city attorney to prosecute state misdemeanors, to prosecute all persons guilty of violating this section by continuous prosecutions until the nuisance is abated and removed.
DON’T LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO TELL YOU TO KILL YOUR DOG!
DAVID BARONthe #1Behavioral Dog Trainerin the United States can train your dog and get it under control no matter how dominant, stubborn or aggressive.
PLEASE, DO NOT KILL YOUR DOG!
DAVID BARON can show you how you can keep your dog alive and get it under control.
It is not about which is a better or faster method.
We teach dog owners how to have wonderful relationship with their pets where there is a lot of petting, affection and hanging out together—without behavior problems.
The best dog training method is the one that actually works. Before you spend a lot of money, you better make sure the dog training method actually works.
There is no in-between with VALIDITY. Something does what they say it can, or it does not.
There is no in-between with RELIABILITY. Something works over and over, or it does not.
There is no in-between with INTEGRITY. Someone is really who they say they are, or they are not.
Either someone can substantiate that the dog training method actually works or they cannot. There is no in-between.
Either someone has 1000’s of photos of 100’s of dogs they trained to substantiate that it works, OR THEY DO NOT.
If you are considering hiring a dog trainer in Sacramento or where you live, you need to ask if the dog training method will actually work with your dog, or make your dog’s behavior problems even worse.
If you think the gals at the park calling themselves dog trainers and bribing dogs with food or using shock collars for everything will work to get your dog trained or under control, hire them. You will be happier with their dog training method and they charge a lot less than we do anyway.
Legitimate dog training methods don’t bribe with food.
Shock collars, a dog training tool of last resort, are not supposed to be a dog training method, nor a substitute for having a relationship.
Having a relationship is not about dominating or correcting your dog.
THINK ABOUT IT – David Baron is the only dog trainer in North America with 1000’s of photos of small dogs off-leash.
There is no time to run back in the house and get the treats before your dog runs in the street and gets run over by a car.
Who wants a dog that won’t behave unless you bribe it with food anyway?
Small breeds are usually more stubborn, defiant and harder to train than large breeds, especially if they have been spoiled.
Food-Bribery does absolutely nothing to control bad puppy behavior.
Food-Bribery won’t work to control separation anxiety, destructive chewing and virtually every other behavior problem dog owners face.
TRUST and CREDIBILITY are of PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE. Most of our clients are MD’s, RN’s, teachers, business owners, police, fire and other professionals. Let us know if you need references or have other concerns.
IN MEMORY OF all the wonderful dogs that have come and gone at DogAnswers Ranch.
“Buddy Wong” the three-legged Border Collie had a one-in-a-million personality and matching attitude.
We miss Buddy the Border Collie and think about him often even though it has been many years now since he visited.
Like amazing people, certain dogs make the world a better place. When they pass, the world will never be as good or seem the same again.
There was a place in time and it was so good that all we can hope for now is something better.
There never will be anything the same as that one perfect instant in time.
“Rudy” the old Border Collie on the far right was aggressive for many years. Cancerous tumors tumors the size of grapefruits were removed and he was no longer aggressive and lived out his 14-year life. Rudy passed away on October 18, 2010.
“Mister Wilson” the Dalmation/Mastiff on the far right was a regular at DogAnswers for years. All the veterinarians, dog trainers and behaviorists said he could not be trained. He was totally aggressive and dangerous even wearing a muzzle because he was so powerful and determined.
After the second lesson Mister Wilson had a total conversion and was not aggressive again until he died about six years later on June 7, 2011. We loved taking care of him when his owner went on long trips as he was never any problem. Surely, he is in Heaven with Jesus and his dogs now. We hope to join him one day a long time from now.
May 23, 2012. “Happy Puppy” the Siberian Husky died from cancer yesterday. He was the best dog anyone could ever hope to have. He brought me a lot of happiness and joy. I got him during an unhappy time in my life. Then it was ‘at least someone will be Happy.’ It was amazing how things went from totally hopeless to unbelievably wonderful in a short period of time though. I’ll miss Happy, but am so grateful to have been blessed by him.
Service Dog School of America only trains dogs we own now, and then we sell them as fully-trained Medical and Psychiatric service dogs. We do not train dogs that are owned by anyone else. We do not provide instruction or service to anyone other than clients who buy service dogs from us.