About Training

Patience is the Rule.The DOuG Trainer

“His methods are like nothing I have ever seen in my 53 years. I used to watch a guy on TV that was coined the Dog Whisperer but trust me, that guy has absolutely nothing on DOuG.” Juleta C., Las Vegas, via Yelp

“Doug’s approach to training is very different than I imagined and it is very effective. I saw changes in my most sensitive dog’s bad behavior day 1! Very impressive!”Marcya F., Henderson, via Thumbtack

…within the first 20 minutes Doug had my dog responding. I was simply amazed the technics (sic) he used simply worked. I highly recommend Doug he is very skilled and knowledgeable with dog behavior and issues.” James S., Las Vegas, via Yelp

“Doug made a house call…[Lily’s] submissions are effortless.” Sarah S., Las Vegas

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What’s Dog Training Really About?

skyIt’s about people training. 

If you’re willing to do anything and everything to get to where you need to be to be your dog’s pack leader, then it’s very likely that The DOuG Trainer, or any dog trainer, can help. If you’re hoping for a magic button that changes your dog’s behavior while you stay the same, then it’s doubtful any dog trainer is going to be able to do much. Surprisingly, learning about your dog makes you learn a lot about yourself. You’ll learn oodles about yourself as you begin to relate better and better with your dog.

Your dog is your mirror. I see the dog – I see the owner. I look at the owner – I can usually visualize their dog. There’s no hiding. It’s not magic, it’s more like science. Don’t be embarrassed, just let this motivate you!

The Real Question

PennySideNAsk yourself if you’re eager enough, interested enough, and passionate enough to learn as much as you can about you and your dog. Hopefully, you’re excited about calling The DOuG Trainer and you can’t wait until he shows up at your doorstep to help you with your favorite companion. That’s the attitude of a leader. Leaders continue to look at and learn about themselves, and in the process they help others.

On the other hand, if you leave The DOuG Trainer alone in a room to fix your dog while you go do laundry, cook dinner, or watch cable, that’s probably a lost cause. Your dog picks up your attitude and responds to it moment by moment. If your attitude tells your dog that you’re not leading, his programming tells him to take over.

Lead or Follow?

DooligSunglassesDog’s are not people. They’re programmed to lead, but if there’s a strong leader, they’re programmed to follow…but…if their leader is suddenly MIA, they’re programmed to lead. It’s a pendulum swing about which nature can never know the condition it’s covering, so in Her divine wisdom, She allowed it to alternate in real time. We forget that it’s always changing. It’s never stagnant, although sometimes we are.

Dog’s behaviors are black and white – lead or follow. If you’re not leading, they will lead. If they’re leading, then you’re unwittingly agreeing to be their follower – you don’t want that.

Don’t be a weak leader, and don’t get angry at them (don’t get angry period) when they disappoint you. Don’t be a weak leader and expect them to follow you. Don’t be a weak leader and expect them to be faithful followers. In all of these cases, you’re asking for an impossibility. You’re not acting with integrity. You’re sending mixed messages. It’s a nice way of saying you’re being hypocritical. If that’s too harsh, then take a breath and come back in a few days. As you change, so will your dog’s behavior change. It’s kind of like a science. You have no idea how good it can get for both you and your dog! You have to be the source of the good, not your dog.

It’s Easy?

pepeIt’s not easy, but it’s also not hard. The first time is always the hardest and usually takes the longest. That’s generally true for you and for your dog. Your dog usually gets it immediately. The human sometimes takes a little bit longer!

It’s all for the goal of becoming the calm, assertive leader. Calm assertiveness always wins. Your dog will sense when you have that, she’ll sense when you’re owning that, expressing that, and living that, and she’ll adjust her behavior and submit to it. Submission is the  job you give her when you act as the pack leader and you make her submit. She likes that, and most dogs want that. She has to know that she’s safe, protected, taken care of, and has a leader who’s consistently calm and assertive. You win when you’re calm assertive. She wins when you’re calm assertive, and an upward spiral starts that continues to get better and better as you both move forward, and grow, and learn about each other.

The The DOuG Trainer has trained since 2009 in Orlando, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Regardless of the issue, age, history, or whatever, it always comes down to leadership.

Training is at your home. You’ll see the results in minutes.

The The DOuG Trainer shows you how to be calm and assertive, that is, how to be your dog’s pack leader. Many owners have dogs that don’t listen, that bark, that do what they want, they may even be eliminating in the home. It’s hard to understand, but it all comes down to leadership. It’s what your dog wants, and it’s what many owners are missing in the delivery. The DOuG Trainer shows you how to be that calm, assertive leader.

There’s nothing new in the world of training tools. It’s all the same, effective techniques repackaged and delivered by different teachers. The DOuG Trainer is able to quickly establish trust and communication, and involves you in the training process so that he trains the dog and he trains you at the same time.

If you’re not consciously leading your pack, then your dog is being your leader–you don’t want that. The DOuG Trainer works with you and your dog to show you how to be the pack leader–how to be calm assertive.

Thumbtack – Questions and Answers

Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
The DOuG Trainer’s testimonials say it best. “It’s not because of what he does, it’s because of how he does it.”

What do you like most about your job?
I like being able to quickly enter a dog owner’s home, develop the trust, and start communicating on a very personal level to accomplish the goals they want.

What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What’s your answer?
Why does my dog ___? (Fill in the blank.)

It doesn’t matter what the issue is. It doesn’t matter how old the dog is. It doesn’t matter how old the owner is. It all comes down to leadership. When I show you in three minutes or less how your dog can act differently, you immediately start to see how effective my approach is.

If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
Dogs are programmed by nature to take over if their owners don’t. Therefore, owners must act calm and assertive, like leaders, or they’re going to get into trouble. The thing is, our human culture doesn’t do a good job of telling our human friends how to be good, effective, calm, assertive dog leaders. That’s where the system fails.

There are no new tricks, only different teachers and trainers. Find one who has something you want, who has something you like. Make sure they can communicate clearly and patiently. If there are any uncomfortable feelings, don’t buy in–find yourself a different trainer, but do get one who’s effective.

What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
My client Pam H. said it best. “Doug not only trained me and my dog–but he gracefully penetrated our emotional armor and left a permanent and exquisitely lovely mark on our lives. For that, I am forever grateful. In summary: Hire The DOuG Trainer. You will be pleased and amazed!”

Do you have a favorite story from your work?
Pam H. has a chihuahua named Gertrude–Gertie. Gertie barked and barked and barked. The first day I showed up at Pam’s home, I ignored Gertie–which was probably the first time anyone had ever treated Gertie that way.

Within minutes, Gertie came over to me–while I was still ignoring her–and sat down at my feet and shut up.

It’s said that a dog responds to a person’s energy. This was proof.

Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
Most of what I do deals with getting control back into the hands of the owner. I bring conceptual information that many owners are missing. I present it in ways that are easy to remember, and then engage them in the training process with that information and their dog so they can see how it works, so they can see how it all fits together.

What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
The way you address getting training for your dog is a microcosm of the larger picture. How you treat yourself is mirrored in the way you treat your dog. How your dog behaves is how you are, and vice versa, how you are is how your dog will act. You mirror your dog, and your dog mirrors you. The two are interwoven and a trainer who’s savvy enough will be able to discern this and use it to his or her advantage in the training process. It’s uncanny, and it’s accurate. Much of the task of dog ownership and pack leadership comes down to being a better person yourself. It’s about being a strong, calm, assertive leader who’s got humility in the mix.

How did you decide to get in your line of work?
I have a minor in psychology, I spent almost four years on a crisis hotline in college, and I found I had a natural knack with dogs.

Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
If you go to www.dougtrainer.com, on the front page there’s a video of Candy and Teddy. Candy and Teddy are Bichon Frisés who quickly understood The DOuG Trainer‘s approach. In less than two hours, they were sitting quiet and pretty.

Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
I’m always reading, watching videos, and talking to other trainers about our dog training.

If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
I have a simple hourly rate.

For those who can’t afford my rates, I leave it up to them to propose a Pay it Forward plan that is reasonable for them and reasonable for me, and I honor that agreed upon alternative.

In about one case per month, I volunteer my training time, because I think it’s more important to get the training for a dog than to be making a profit on them. In the end it all works out, because word of mouth creates more advertising from the training than I could ever imagine.

Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
All of my training is in the greater Las Vegas area. Most of my training can be accomplished in a two hour session. That doesn’t mean I’m not ever going to come back–I certainly will if it’s necessary–but my goal is to not come back.

I’m always available by email, phone, or via an at-home visit.

What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
There’s nothing new in the dog training business. There are only effective trainers and ineffective trainers.

In your mind, while working with your trainer, you should always see a green light and no red flags. The instant you get a red light or a red flag–regardless of its cause–stop everything and talk about what it was that triggered it. The way you address the red flag is indicative of your attitude toward the training, toward yourself, and your dog. Identify it, talk about it, shine the light on it, and address it. If the red doesn’t go away, get a different trainer.

If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
Be honest, be open, be vulnerable, be transparent, be humble. Dogs know your energy, and they’ll see right through you otherwise.

Humans can be just as perceptive and judgmental! 🙂

What question do you always ask your clients?
The question I ask is, “Are you willing to do whatever is necessary to get your dog trained?” The answer to the question as well as the way the question is answered all point to the owner’s willingness and commitment level for the dog.

A half-hearted answer is a half-hearted owner. A quick, eager “yes” is an eager owner. The dog mirrors the owner; the owner mirrors the dog’s behaviors.

It’s uncanny.

Do you advocate group training in public places?
Generally, no, I don’t support public, group training.

For most owners to see the immediate response in their dog’s behavior, the initial training needs to be focused, intense, and one-on-one, and it’s not possible to get that in a public, group setting.

Trainings that clients usually pay for ahead of time which happens inside a brick and mortar store are only effective for getting the owner and their dog comfortable with walking around inside that store. The training has to be more focused initially, and has to be slowly broadened to larger and larger areas, and its scope also has to widen to include more situations. The owner has to be trained to be confident in all areas all the time, because when the owner’s confidence is always at its highest, she’s being the best pack leader she can be. That all starts at home, and it radiates from there.

What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
Buyers–dog owners–have to be ready to change; not the dog–the owner!

Owners who think the dog is the one that needs to change, and who keep thinking it’s the dog that needs to change have it all wrong. These are almost always the clients that I find impossible to work with their dogs, I find it extremely difficult to schedule, who are difficult to communicate with by phone, email, or text, and usually those who never ask me back. The lack of commitment in the contact and the lack of connection throughout the process is mirrored in the dog’s behavior, and the owner (not surprisingly) is never able to see it. It’s uncanny–it all fits together so seamlessly.

All adults need to be present, and all adults need to agree that whatever treatment plan is devised needs to be followed through by everyone, otherwise the dog gets different messages and the training breaks down. Children usually pick the training up more quickly than the adults, so they don’t need to be around for the training. Therefore, the adults need to be consistent in modeling the new training methods so it’s consistent for the dog and consistent for the children to see and model their behaviors after.

What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
Do you come to my house? The answer should be yes.

Do you train me or do you train my dog? The answer should be yes to both.

When you leave, will my dog’s behavior change? This is one of those grey areas.

If I’ve done my job well, then that means I’ve trained you well enough that when I leave, you take over as pack leader and the dog doesn’t change after I leave.

On the other hand, all dogs are always changing. They’re always challenging you to see if you’re still being calm and assertive. Provide you are still calm and assertive, they’ll continue to be the calm submissive follower. However, if you stop being the leader, you’re going to see them change as they reclaim pack leadership. It’s common sense, and it’s nature. They’re programmed to be that way, so provided you understand that, and you do your job to keep it from happening, it won’t happen.

Describe three recent jobs you’ve completed.
Bacchus the Beagle in north Las Vegas, Forte the rescue Maltese, and Norma A.’s two Bichon Frisés Candy and Teddy.

What is your greatest strength?
I have patience, patience, and more patience. It shows, and it really pays off quickly.

What are you currently working on improving?
I’m always learning about new and different dog breeds and their characteristics.


22 thoughts on “About Training

  1. Hi I have a 3 year old german sheapard have had her since she was 9 weeks old she is crazy in back yard we have a small yard but she is constanyly tearinf up the fence trying to get to neighbor dogs. I don’t really bring her in ehich I would like to but she pushes kids around doesnt listen to me and gets into things. Which I understand she is excited to be inside but she is teaching my 2 year old calm mannered sheapard pit mix bad habbits. So what I’m asking is would you be able to help me to where she can be inside more then out and calm I’m house to where she is a pleasure to have her around and how much is your services?
    Thank you

  2. Hi I have a 5yr old pitty who adopted me lol, yes he came to my backyard one day and just didn’t want to leave so we got him checked out found out the owners let him go and we kept him since we didnt want to send him to the pound. He is an awesome dog however my problem is he gets to excited around people and wants to sniff everyone and everything and it gets hard to control him, he gets very nosy and totally ignores what I say. Not sure what to do need help, really don’t want to give up on him!! Please in much needed help!!

    • Hi! It all comes down to calm, assertive leadership. Give me a call and we can talk about the training specifics.

      The DOuG Trainer
      4 0 7 – 2 5 7 – 3 6 8 4

  3. Hi,

    My 3 dogs and I need your help! 911!

    I have 3 pit bull rescues, Max 6, Bella 5 and Marble 2. My boyfriend of 6 years–and the dogs daddy–recently decided we were holding him back and left. He was the disciplinarian and I am the treat and love giver.

    The dogs went to park to run everyday, and are used to that exercise routine. Since their daddy left three weeks ago the dogs have been depressed and I have only been able to walk them three times. I have to take each dog one at a time as the are wild pullers and very aggressive and so strong. My ex was the only one that was able to control my big boy Max.

    So, Doug, we need you 911! We do have a yard but that’s a problem also as the dogs don’t listen to me. So we all need some training and behavior changes.

    I start a new job soon and have yet to find someone to some let the dogs out and play with them, even for $, because they are so excitable, energetic, and overwhelming.

    Doug, can you help us?

    Beth Miller
    (312) 404 ****

    • Beth,

      Yes, and it’ll take some big adjustments from you to make this happen. I’ve already called you and left a message. Call me back as soon as you can. Let’s get some training for these pitties!

      Doug Parker
      The DOuG Trainer

    • I have a soft spot for chihuahuas–just read my testimonial on my web page.

      I emailed my rates to you directly. I’m always available by phone, email, or text for the long-term.

      Little dogs peeing in the house is a common problem. As a surprise to a lot of owners, it’s about human leadership. As I show you how to be a stronger leader, the bad behaviors go away.

      Call me and let’s talk a bit.


      Doug “The DOuG Trainer”

  4. Hi, I don’t know if you are still active, but I would appreciate some help with my 5 year old mix. He isn’t out-of-control by any means, at least inside the house. When we go outside, he completely ignores me, and there have been times when he escapes from his collar (which is crazy to me, since it does fit him perfectly), and he doesn’t respond to anything I say. He pulls on his leash and is more concerned with his surroundings than he is with focusing on me. I’ve tried to keep him from sniffing, I’ve tried letting him sniff around, I’ve tried the stop and start method for the pulling, I’ve tried treats. But nothing has worked so far.

    I would really like to get him to the point where he knows that being by my side is the best thing for him.

    Again, in the house, he is pretty good – he does get very excited when people visit, so that is something I’d like to address as well.

    I want to get this sorted out because I’ve been given the opportunity to make him my Emotional Support Animal, but I want to make sure he will willingly obey me in all situations (as I don’t want to be seen as one of “those” people). Besides, I want everyone to love him as much as I do! 🙂

    • I’ve emailed you separately.

      He sounds like his high energy is the cause of the behaviors you’re observing. That “he does get very excited when people visit” is another example of the same type of trigger going on.

      A five and a half year-old dog is going to need months of rehab, so

      • don’t let that surprise you, but also
      • don’t let that scare you.

      A leader does what they need to do for their dog, and this is one example. All dogs are rehabitable.

      IMHO, it’s not about love, either. Dogs don’t want love–they want strong leaders. Be sure to give them strong leadership first. Be their

      • calm,
      • strong,
      • patient,
      • assertive, and
      • non-aggressive (CSPAN, I call that The Magic Five)

      leader. Then, after time, there’s a time and a place for the loving, but you must be his Magic Five leader first.

      You’re going to have to rework your model of dog leadership, because I’m reading some red flags that are going to lead to failures if you continue, and are possible reasons things aren’t working out right now.

      –The DOuG Trainer

  5. mr DOuG i have a problem. I live in India and have a pitbull mix. My family and i love him more than anything. But there is a problem , he has started biting the family and growling which is very scary for the females in the family. We cannot bathe him, cannot clean his ears or even bring any cloth near him, he immidiately attacks the cloth. when given a chicken bone he doesnt let anyone near him. Iv tried many techniques like proper leash walking which he does fine without any pulling. He is fun and playful the rest of times. Iv had 2-3 trainers but they all left halfway. please help

  6. Hello, we have a 2 year old Cattle Dog, he’s well mannered in the house, no bad habits. He’s kennel trained and good with our cats. His problem is pulling on the lease, aggression toward other dogs, and getting overly excited when people come over. He can also be a by of a bully, when he wants to go on a walk or play he will non-stop bark until he gets his way.

    What are you prices and thoughts on how many lessons he would need?

    Thank you,

    Kelley F.

  7. I have a Malamute mix and a Husky that need some structure. I’m interested in possible private training/ boarding. My work schedule doesn’t give me much time to work with them alone especially due to separation anxiety between the two. How much are your rates?

  8. Hi there! I’ve got two pooches, a small American Eskimo Pomeranian mix, and a German Shepherd/Lab/Shiba Inu/Pitbull mix. I live in a small apartment, which makes for very high energy levels. I was wondering about your rates? Thank you!!

    • Sarah,

      I received this message just now, weeks after you left it. I just emailed you directly from my other account.

      Warm regards,

  9. Doug, we have two year old pits. We love them dearly, but they occasionally fight each other when I’m away. My wife isn’t sure if we should give up one or if training will help.
    Thank You

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