Professional Dog Training in Southern California
My name is Ralf Weber, and I’m a certified professional dog trainer. My training style is play-based and highly engaging. This is different from the still more common food-based approach in several ways. The most important distinction is that the dogs I train are having a great time during the training sessions and truly enjoy working with me. As a result, the outcomes are more reliable, don’t require constant bribing, and create highly motivated dogs. Everything we do is firmly rooted in proper learning science, ethology, and evolutionary psychology. I encourage you to watch my training videos below or any other training video on our YouTube channel. See the difference for yourself.
So far, in my eighteen-year career, I have worked with over 1,500 dogs. I am a Training without Conflict™ certified professional dog trainer (TWC-CPDT) and also a member of, and hold an advanced certification by, the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP-CDT, CDTA). Further, I earned multiple other certifications in a wide range of dog training disciplines. My team and I offer board-and-train programs, in-person training, virtual lessons, as well as coaching, workshops, and lectures. Whatever challenges you face, contact us today. We can help you. read more
How We Train & Dog Training Examples
Not all Dog Training is Equal
The dogs we work with are happy and enjoy their training. We encourage you to watch our training videos. They speak for themselves. As such, with each dog, we spend the time necessary to become their friend first. We only move forward once your dog is in the right emotional state and has the right motivation. Subsequently, the rest of the training becomes much easier and the outcomes far more reliable. In the beginning, we spend time building trust and the right relationship. That may take a bit longer than in other training programs, but it pays off big-time. As a result, your dog enjoys their time with us and is in a great state of mind each time you visit and when he/she goes home. Obviously, this approach is great for every dog but with aggressive and fearful dogs especially rewarding.
In Safe Hands
You can follow your dog’s training progress with regular video updates. Typically, we also ask you to come and visit your dog several times during training. Knowing how your dog is doing and seeing their progress can put your mind at ease. Also, you can feel part of the process and have some great memories to look back on. Your training videos will remain on your private YouTube playlist. And if you prefer in-person training over Board & Train, we offer that as well. Our training is different from what you see elsewhere. Contact us today to make your dog the best version of itself.
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Ralf’s Book: If Your Dog Could Talk
If Your Dog Could Talk is a straightforward guide to understanding your dog.
If you ever wonder what your dog is thinking, this book is for you. Dive inside your dog’s mind and read in plain English how your dog sees the world, relates to other animals and people, and what it is trying to tell you.
Understand how dogs learn, how their minds function, how their genetics and emotions affect their behavior, and the foundation of dog training and behavior modifications, including anxiety, fear, and aggression.
People don’t tend to value free things. This could be a costly mistake with these resources. You don’t need to hire a dog trainer to potty train your dog. You simply need the right plan. The free potty training guide is an excerpt from my book. If you’d like to buy it, I’d appreciate it, but I will give you the potty training section for free below.
The same goes for separation anxiety. Definitely try these highly effective strategies yourself first. You can always hire a dog trainer later if you run into challenges.