FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

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 Way of a Dog is an advocate for a dog’s mental recovery. We truly want them to succeed. We assess their demeanor, create a strategy to achieve the goal of the owner, and then implement it. Every approach involves leash training and getting and keeping the dog’s attention. Leash training is where the dog owner communicates their wishes to the dog…their likes and dislikes. Just like a telephone line!

Through sound and touch and sight & body language, we show the owners how to express their disappointments, or their satisfaction and joy in their dog’s better decisions and accomplishments…big or small.

They are motivated in the positive way, not negative. You can force your will on most any dog, but it will not change their core values.

We teach the owners how to win over the dog’s allegiance by positive reinforcement and calm assertive techniques. When a dog understands and respects it’s owner, they are bathed in their own confidence for a job will done, and are more apt to keep listening and progressing forward with what you have to offer them.

Be who your dog looks up to! It’s the Way of a Dog.

Joe’s philosophy and method evolved out of a positive approach to dog training and of gaining a dogs attention through calm steady leadership. He teaches that the rewards for good behavior and for listening are plentiful and honest. Getting and keeping a dogs attention and focus on it’s owner is of paramount importance.  Joe’s training is accomplished through clear hand signals, taps from the Leash, vocal commands and “treats” of affection and for a job well done!

Joe has synthesized his practice into a modern and upgraded approach.  He’s developed his program from what the latest dog science tells us, and what Joe discovered since working with his family dogs from age six.  Stop Sit & Wait has proven it’s effectiveness to Joe’s standards.  It is progressive and effective in humanely administering instant corrections to the dog.  Joe harnesses positive energy to override the dogs worries, fears and trepidations when he wants them to “let go and let Joe”!

Joe believes in his method much more than the old school dominance type of approach to dog training. He feels that the domination and fear based training, only work for the moments the dog is feeling worried or afraid of the punishing outcome.  Joe’s method encourages the dog to continue working towards keeping themselves and their owner(s) happy and positive!

Joe’s Way of a Dog training service works best for families & homeowners and anyone wanting to turn the corner on changing their dog’s bad habits and disruptions. Way of a Dog is the most recommended dog training service in the valley!

No. However, we offer a program called Dog Day Immersion in which your dog spends roughly 10 hours immersed in my training method.

Yes, but it is done in conjunction with the overall dog behavior training techniques that are provided by Way of a Dog…and the puppy needs to be at least 3.5-4 months old.  Out program is all encompassing in terms of helping the dog’s overall mental awareness and understanding and attention abilities towards their humans.  Joe calls it Mutt Management!

Absolutely, but Joe recommends that the puppy be at least 3.5 to 4  months old prior to it’s beginning the Stop Sit and Wait training course. Typically, it’s best to for the dog to be given obedience and behavior training once they begin to be too much for the owners to handle or maintain.

As dogs come of age, they need to be guided and led through their worries and decision process. Like humans, they wrestle with their own instincts and their ideas on how to approach things. Most humans let their dogs just be dogs and do what they do when they want to do it. Not a good choice.

Typically, Joe can change a dog’s direction and some of their negative attributes its displaying in the first 3 hours of his 2 x 3 hr. sessions of the You Take It From Here program.  Joe shows you real change so that you can keep the momentum going for the week until he returns for the second 3 hr session. The second three hours is to make sure your techniques and timing are fine-tuned so that you can keep the progress going forward.

Training will establish a connection to your pet that will only get better and clearer over the months and years with the training you will learn.  You will always be using and refreshing your pet’s training for your lifetime together. You can always incorporate new trainers and new training depending on what areas of training you wish for your dog to learn.

My program helps dog owners deal with issues like these, along with others:

  • Doesn’t pay attention to you
  • Jumping up on people
  • Overreacting to doorbells
  • Escaping out the front door
  • Too much tugging on a leash
  • Property Destruction
  • Excessive Barking
  • Play biting too hard
  • Aggression towards humans or Dogs
  • Nervousness or Anxiousness
  • Excessive excitement in the home
  • Stealing your food off counters
  • Integrating a new dog into a home

Absolutely.  You’ll see clear changes on the very first day. Moving forward,  you simply incorporate the timing and techniques that joe demonstrates for you.

Joe guarantees that you will see the change you seek before he leaves. He also guarantees that you will be able to implement his training method to your pet, and move your progress forward well after your sessions.  This is usually enough, but you may always add 2 hour sessions

The follow-up session and your efforts using the timing, consistency and patience will all determine your training effectiveness and outcome.

The training time should eventually taper down into just simple reminders or corrections to your pet for the rest of your lives together.

No.  My price includes any and all the dogs you wish to be on the program  (Some dogs may be already trained, too old or physically unable to participate)

Only if they want to be trained.  If they cannot be present, I suggest that those who are trained, teach what they have been taught to others in the family.  That way, they actually get a deeper understanding of what they have learned when they teach it or explain it to someone else.

Joe uses Stop, Sit & Wait method of positive reinforcement — calm assertive leadership techniques and attitude.

Way of a Dog does not use treats, shock collars, pinch collars, e-collars, clickers, or aggression.

Joe helps owners train their dogs through a healthy relationship built on trust, knowledge and clear communication methods.

Yes, Joe found that dogs who are always outside are the most problematic.  Since they live outdoors, they tend to make up their own rules as a “Pack of One” and can be a bit crazy because they are social beings like humans and they need social interactions and rules to guide them.

Also, very aggressive dogs can be out of range to help…if he can’t put a leash around them without them attacking or biting him, then Joe can’t really help them.

Joe prefers working with dogs that are at least 3 to 4 months old.  He can’t do much work with certain puppies who cannot focus and pay attention to even the simplest of commands.

Joe has been a professional in-home dog trainer for over 7 years and seen every type of dog issue.  Joe has developed his own cutting edge method that is easy to perform and it works well for most dogs and homeowners.

Your dog’s issues are mostly developed and displayed in their own home and they’re probably not fully visible or displayed during group classes held away from the dogs home.

Joe has proved time and time again that the best and most effective type of dog training is in the dogs own home. Joe works in each of the homes of his clients, where the dogs live and where they act poorly.

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