Dog Training Quotes

Dog Training Quotes

This page contains some of the best dog training quotes I have heard over the years. It will be updated regularly with additional wisdom. Last Updated: 05/07/2021

Contemporary Dog Training Quotes

"Excellence requires that you not be satisfied." - Michael Ellis

"Understand, a poorly socialized, but friendly dog can easily start a fight he’s not looking or prepared for. If I ran up to every stranger I met and tried to hug them, sooner or later someone would punch me in the face." - Chad Mackin

"Excitement + Frustration = Fuck You" - Jay Jack

"Your dog is not being a problem, your dog is having a problem." - Chad Mackin

"Great dog trainers have broad skills, not inflexible ideologies." - Ralf Weber

"Pattern + Relevance = Response" - Chad Mackin

"If you don't need it, don't use it." - Michael Ellis

"Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen." - Orhan Pamuk

"Don't make your out command a signal for war." - Michael Ellis

"Train the dog in front of you." - Denise Fenzi

"Dog training is a never-ending process of evolving." - Ivan Balabanov

"Be the most interesting human your dog has ever met." - Ralf Weber

"People get a dog, because they want a friend. People hire a dog trainer, because they don't want their friend to be an asshole." - Chad Mackin

"The dog must always have hope." - Bart Bellon

"Be firm in all you do. Be gentle in how you do it." - Chad Mackin (adopted from Buck Brannaman)

"The answer to any question - It depends on the dog." - Michael Ellis

"Timing; the difference between making it better or making it worse." - Ralf Weber

"Stubborn is a good thing. If they are doing the wrong thing they are stubborn. If they are doing the right thing they are 'committed' ... just get them stubborn on the right thing." - Chad Mackin

"I can lure with the best of them, but why would I want to?" - Bart Bellon

More Contemporary Dog Training Quotes

"Prevent what you can not control and control what you teach." - Duke Ferguson

"A boring socialization is a good socialization. It’s hours of boredom punctuated with moments of sheer terror." - Chad Mackin

"My goal with every client is, they don’t need me anymore." - Robin McFarlane

"If you want to become a great trainer, get your ass in group class." - Chad Mackin

"Leadership is protection and direction." - Cesar Millan

"Being a professional isn’t about not making mistakes. You’re going to make mistakes. Get over it. Get over yourself. Being a professional is about how you handle those mistakes." - Marc Goldberg

"It's not a problem, unless it's a problem." - Chad Mackin

"The best dog training method is the one the client will actually do." - Sarah Dixon

"Training for compliance is not the same as training for motivation." - Tecla Walton

"Find a game, blow it out their ass, give 'em a rub down." - Jay Jack

"In dog training you must stay un-fucked." - Bart Bellon

"Dogs negotiate through threat of violence and escalation of force." - Jay Jack

"If the dog clearly shows motivation and is searching for the correct answer, more intensity in the aversive is not useful." - Ivan Balabanov

"Always challenge, never overwhelm." - Chad Mackin

"The biggest problem with positive reinforcement is how well it works, until it doesn’t." - Pat Stuart

"The only people who care that you faded the lure, are other dog trainers." - Josh Moran

"If you want the dog to stop fighting the leash, stop using the leash to fight the dog." - Chad Mackin

"Dogs should be allowed as much liberty as they can responsibly handle. The greatest gift of training is that it increases the dog’s ability to handle liberty." - Chad Mackin

"If the leash wraps around you ... move it." - Jay Jack

More Contemporary Dog Training Quotes

"It's easier to steer than stop a dog." - Chad Mackin

"The effectiveness of a punisher is 100% dependent on how instructive it is." - Dr. Ian Dunbar

"If the best, that exists now isn’t good enough, do better." - Bart Bellon

"Treat all dogs like they’re axe murders." - Jay Jack

"I am responsible for what I say. I am not responsible for what you hear." - Bart Bellon

"Don’t push dogs past their desire." - Jay Jack

"You’re not done training the dog, until you can trust him at liberty." - Chad Mackin

"“… and he follows obedience with commitment." - Jay Jack

"Just because a dog is not giving you the response you're looking for, doesn't mean he is a hard dog." - Ivan Balabanov

"I'm not dumb enough to think I know the only way to train a dog" - Pat Nolan

"Large field socialization for dogs is like putting a troubled dog in a field full of motivational speakers." - Jason Vasconi

"Train in the simplest and fastest way, with the dog wanting to do it." - Ivan Balabanov

"Never be more invested in the success of the dog than the owner is." - Marc Goldberg

"Just because we can use pressure with a dog doesn't mean we should rely on it." - Pat Nolan

"The worst dog I’ve ever seen, was raised by a behavioral psychologist." - Dr. Jorden B. Peterson

"If the dog does not perform well, living a good life, being well-fed, and with social interactions, the training system is flawed." - Ivan Balabanov

"Good dog training is undramatic." - Michael Ellis

Historical Dog Training Quotes

"Most of what people call aggression in dogs is really just an inappropriate response to fear and uncertainty. The way to address the problem is taking away the fear of the unknow, by making it known." - Dick Russel

"Your dog is doing the best it can with the information you are providing." - Unknown

"This old dog, ain’t half bad." - Dick Russel

"The only hard and fast rule is, there are no hard and fast rules." - Captain Arthur Haggerty

"Dogs are most joyful, when they get to do the things that fulfill them." - Dick Russell

"You have to do what is best for the dog." - Captain Arthur Haggerty

"Growling, snapping and snarling are efforts to avoid a conflict, not start one." - Dick Russel

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're probably right." - Henry Ford

"You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"Just thinking that my dog loves me more than I love him, I feel shame." - Konrad Lorenz

"Don't become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin." - Ivan Pavlov

General Quotes

"Learning is not an event. Learning is a process." - unknown

"Accumulation of information does not mean you actually know." - Ivan Balabanov

"It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become." - Dr. Seuss

"It takes as long as it takes." - Unknown

"If you want people to hear you, speak up. If you want people to listen, speak softer." - Chad Mackin

"Repetition builds success and consistency speeds it up." - Unknown

"You can't become less scared, you can only become more brave." - Jordan Petersen

"You don't rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training." - Pat Stuart

"If something has been heavily reinforced, the first reaction to failure is persistence." - Jay Jack

"We don't know, what we don't know." - Bart Bellon

"Skill = Talent x Effort; Achievement = Skill x Effort" - Angela Duckwort (from 'Grit')

"The goal of the teacher is to help create students that transcend the teacher." - Eugene Burger

"Anticipation is the genesis of motivation." - Chad Mackin

More General Quotes

"Arrogance is the brother of ignorance and humility is the sister of wisdom" - Glenn Cooke

"One of the great challenges in life is knowing enough to think you're right, but not knowing enough to know you're wrong." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

"There is no point to practice when you are not ready to learn." - Ivan Balabanov

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"What looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity." - Chip Heath

"If you don't understand how something works, you can't improve upon it." - Ivan Balabanov

"Parents matter, but don't make the difference." - Robert Plomin

"The ideal emotional state for learning is a state of a 'safe emergency'" - Louis Cozolino

"It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance." - Dr. Thomas Sowell


Websites for some of the people who have contributed the best dog training quotes to the dog world.

Ivan Balabanov: Training without Conflict

Michael Ellis: The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

Chad Mackin: Pack to Basics

Jay Jack: Next Level Dogs and GRC Dog Sports

Bart Bellon: NePoPo

Denise Fenzi: Fenzi Dog Sport Academy

Robin McFarlane: Your Dog's Hero

Sarah Dixon: Animal Training Academy

Marc Goldberg: Chicago Dog Trainer and The Art of Training Your Dog

Dog Training Quotes in Memes

The Master Has Failed More Often
Your Dog Is Not Giving You A Hard Time, Your Dog Is Having A Hard Time

This quote is a modification from Chad Mackin and the original is listed above. To my knowledge this version was coined by Jason Cohen.

To my knowledge this quote is attributed to Martin Deeley.

Dog Training Quotes
Dog Training Quotes
Emotional Support Animals
Dog Training Quotes
Treat Every Dog Like a Good Friend


Have the Best Dog Ever!

Enjoy Monthly Health and Training Tips for Your Dog.

Thank you for subscribing to our monthly newsletter!