About Training


No prong collars.

No electronic collars.

No clickers.

No treats.

No aggression.

Extreme patience is the rule. Calm, balanced dogs are the result.


“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.

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!!

    1. 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 ****

    1. 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

    1. 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.

      Regards,

      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! 🙂

    1. 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!!

    1. 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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