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What PetSmart, Petco or ANY Pet Store Dog Training Don’t Tell You

* If You Refuse to Use Treats… you are on your own.
* If You Hate Group Classes… you are on your own.
 If Your Dog is Protective you are on your own.

FACT: That is What You Are Up Against When You Enroll in ANY PetSmart or Petco.

Pet Store Trainers Are Usually Young, Inexperienced and Hobbyist!!

8 out of 10 of our clients have tried Petsmart or Petco and failed miserably.

Here’s What Will Shock You:

You’ll find it challenging to drag your entire family there.
The trainers rarely work with stubborn/overprotective dogs.
They hate dogs that whine, bark or act super hyper.
They rely heavily on the use of treats to train your dog.

It Gets Worse; Wayyyyyyyy W-O-R-S-E !!!

Even their advanced class doesn’t get you a fully off-leash trained dog.
You’ll end up with a dog that listens in the class, but hardly at home.
They hate educating you about the use of different training tools, yet they sell it all from choke chains, pinch collars to even shock collars in a locked cabinet.

Their trainers are just employees of the store who on two nights out of the week teach dog training classes, and the next, they are working the cashier or straightening up the aisles. Don’t forget taking care of that spill on aisle F U.

The trainer, if not some youngster, will most likely be a butch lady that could probably beat your man in arm wrestling. Lol

Back to their training philosophy: They will ask you NOT to feed your dog that day. That’s right; you’ll spend lots of money on different treats. I have two words for ya: Explosive Diarrhea!

If you can’t get your dog’s attention when around other dogs, then they’ll suggest that you stop feeding your dog two days before. If that doesn’t work, try hot dogs, if your dog doesn’t care for that, try steak, sushi, caviar…you get the idea.

Folks, you can bribe your dog yourself. You don’t need to follow TJ or anybody else’s advice to give your dog treats just for being alive and call it “dog training.”

REALITY CHECKWould you still work for your company if they stopped paying you? Then how can you expect the same from your dog? And when you think about it, your dog should sit, stay or lie down because you said so and not because he’s going to get a treat. It’s the same mentality and principle we apply to raising kids.

How Much Should You Pay for Dog Training?
(PetSmart Claims They’ll Do it For 110 Bucks!)

It’s common knowledge that private sessions with a top expert of ANY field will cost you more. After all, you DO get what you pay for. But think about this for a minute: What does is it really mean when we choose to pay more for something, someone, or a service? As Dr. Phil would say, “This can’t be your first rodeo.” So I’ll assume you know what I’m talking about here.

Now, Doesn’t “Expensive” Usually Get You:

The Very Best
The Highly Skilled
A True Pro
Years of Experience
Peace of Mind
One-on-One Support

And maybe even: luxury, reliability, durable, efficiency, warranty, the rarest, the cleanest, the healthiest, the tastiest, the newest, the fastest, the strongest, the smartest, much comfortable, much safer, much bigger, more, the most-admired or that WOW Factor? How about from top medical treatment to top VIP treatment?

Let’s face it; real life isn’t like e bay, secondhand store, or a garage sale where you can always bargain or find killer deals. Sadly, not everything is on sale everywhere and every time. So you probably guessed what’s coming next by now: The same rule applies when it comes to Getting Your Dog Trained by a Real PRO!

Bottom line, when people pay top money, they automatically expect to GET top dog training. Going out of your way to get the early-bird special in some park or your local pet store will NOT get you top dog training.

Now, I know in some chatroom or on Facebook some of these pet store trainers’ hackles are up and they are calling me a liar.

But hey, don’t prove it to me. Prove it to yourself that ANY pet store training will do. Don’t forget. You want efficient and long-term results! Again, don’t take our word for it. Research every one of these facts for yourself.

Using Treats + Extreme Spoiling = A Half-Trained Stubborn Dog

!!! Stupid Mistakes that “Real Pros” NEVER EVER Make !!!

Mistake #1: Hitting, yelling, hanging or slamming your dog on its back to make him listen or submit.
(Hint: You want your dog to respect you and NEVER fear you.)

Mistake #2: Relying heavily on the use of treats instead of your praise and technique. For example, give the poor dog his food, for God’s sake. Nobody’s asking you to do bunch of tricks or jump through hoops before feeding you. Plus, he’s really putting on a show for his food and NOT for you.

Hint: You’ll be far more effective if you give your dog treats at the very END of your training sessions and not before each command. Treat or not treat, your dog should Sit, Stay or Lie Down for you and because you said so and not because he sees/smells chicken in your hand.

Mistake #3: Just plain refusing to say “NO” to your dog and instead, correcting it with funny terms and noises like: Uh, Uh-Uh, or worse of all, barking or growling at your dog to make your point. Hmm… now, who’s the animal here?

Mistake #4: Turning your back to your dog when he is jumping up on you or when he is in the middle of body-slamming your visitors or the poor kids. Folks, by doing so, all you are teaching the dog is to keep humping your back, keep jumping on your guests, keep knocking down the poor kids, and to get your back all dirty and scratched up. (So in a way, you are encouraging your dog to NOT sniff your crotch, but rather shove that wet and cold nose up your tush.)

How’s that working for out you???

PetSmart Dog Trainers, Petco and Clicker Dog Training recommend these techniques. That explains why 8 out of 10 of our clients have already tried a pet store class and failed miserably.

Mistake #5: Yelping or whimpering like a hurt or scared puppy to stop your dog’s play-biting and mouthing at your hands and feet. That is mimicking a weaker or a beta dog. Your dog will see you as a giant, warm and animated squeak toy. ‘No bite’ simply means—NO BITE—every time and your dog should respect that no matter who says it!

 97% of All Pet Store Trainers Struggle When it Comes to…

 Getting Your Dog to Listen Without Constantly Bribing it with Lots of Treats
 Complete Off-leash Control of Your Dog – Because it Sucks to Have that Doubt
 Overprotectiveness w/ Dogs, People, Your Cat or Even Towards You and Your Family…

Consider These Facts Before Trying ANY Pet Store Trainer!!

How Can Any Group Class Help You with Your Dog’s:

 Jumping Up
 Barking Nonstop
 Counter Surfing
 Food Stealing
 Bolting Out
 Leash Pulling
 Begging, Whining

How About…

 Chasing and Terrorizing Your Poor Cat
 Marking Inappropriately or to Get it House Trained
 Overprotectiveness Toward Men, Kids or Your Other Dog
 Attacking and Barking at the Fence Trying to Fight/Scare Other Dogs

Effective Training Doesn’t Require You…

 Raising Your Voice, Repeating Your Dog’s Name or Snapping Your Finger
 Nagging Him to Look at You. Your Dog Should “Listen” to You Regardless
 Getting Physical/Abusive – NO Need to Swat, Hit or Slam Your Dog on its Back


All the Reasons Your Dog Doesn’t Listen Around Other Dogs

All the Reasons Why You Can’t Get Your Dog
Under Control Around Other Dogs!

by Master Trainer and Dog Psychologist 
Kevin “The Dog Prodigy” 

Have you ever wondered why your dog loses focus as soon as he sees another dog? Well, get ready. Because whether your dog barks, lunges, growls, attacks, acts hyper, shies away, or just ignores you around different dogs, this chapter will explain it in great details.

So, Which of These You Can Relate to: 

* You have a sloppy training technique or poor foundation at home. Let me clarify: your dog doesn’t listen to you one hundred percent of the time in your home or around your guests. So why would he respond perfectly around different dogs that get playful, aggressive or bark nonstop?

* Your dog always lunges at other dogs and doesn’t exactly know how to behave. Like a barbarian, it’s totally normal for him to act this way. As far as he’s concerned: “It doesn’t matter if the other dog is big, small, black, white, friendly or vicious. I always lose it when I see ANY dog. It’s fun. It keeps me alive, and hey, nobody has been able to stop me so far!”

* Your dog is desperately trying to play or just sniff the other dog. Plain and simple. But the reason you don’t have any control could be because you’ve been wasting your time with the wrong training tool.

* At some point, your dog must have been badly attacked by another dog. Maybe he didn’t need medical attention, but it still was enough to traumatize him psychologically. The incident made him lose trust and confidence in humans. This explains why he gets so defensive as soon as he spots ANY dog.

You see, when you or someone else couldn’t protect your pooch from another dog attacking it, he had to find a way to protect himself. Maybe he witnessed a nasty dogfight. So now he anticipates a confrontation from any dog that he encounters. Or, at the very least, he acts tough by putting on a good show to scare the other dogs away. Can you blame him?

* You’ve been avoiding all dogs you came across by changing routes on your walks or by taking your dog out late or super early in the morning. We all know that this out-of-sight, out-of-mind game won’t accomplish much.

* You spot a dog on your walk, get tense, and immediately start patting your pooch while saying, “It’s okaaaaaaay. Be good now. It’s a niiiiiiiiiice doggie.” But by acting this way, you are unknowingly making your dog more nervous and unpredictable toward ALL dogs out there.

It’s obvious: You come across as less confident and skittish. And when dogs sense that doubt or that fear in you, they’ll try to take advantage of your demeanor. It’s even worse if your dog is charging, snapping, barking and growling the entire time, and you are petting him nonstop hoping that might calm him down.

When in reality, by reacting this way, all your dog make sense out of it is: “Go ahead. KILL ’EM!” Even if you correct him by tugging on his leash and screaming, “NO,” your intent literally contradicts your words and actions.

* Your dog used to be friendly with every dog, but you slacked off with his daily walks. So now, he doesn’t know how to behave around dogs he hasn’t seen or met before.

* You never thought socializing your dog with other dogs was really important or even possible. Like the majority of pet owners, you kept putting it off and now you noticed that it has become a serious and embarrassing problem.

* You misread the other dog or possibly your own dog’s posture and demeanor. Be honest. Aren’t the majority of the dogs that you run into seem friendly and harmless? Actually, it’s always the lovely owners who overreact and even panic by pulling their dogs closer to them. Sadly, this makes even the friendliest dogs appear unpredictable or ready for a confrontation.

So please; don’t wrap the leash around your hand three times anticipating a major dogfight just because you spotted a soul walking a dog. Again, by holding onto your dog’s leash so tightly, you are making your harmless dog seem as if she is looking for a fight or trying to protect you from any danger.

* You’ve been letting your dog mark on walks and thought it was completely normal and harmless. But did you know that is how dogs actually mark their territory? So now when he sees another dog, he gets upset and tries to defend his neighborhood.

Just as your dog is overprotective of your house and your yard, he now thinks that he owns the entire zip code. Even when your dog scratches the grass with his hind legs, or rubs his back on the ground, he is marking it by leaving his scent. 

* Your dog or maybe the other dog isn’t spayed or neutered. So they are dying to get it on or prove themselves. That’s right; the combination of jealousy and sexual tension is another big factor that causes many dogs to become aggressive towards one another.

* Your dog whines and whimpers to trick you into thinking that all it wants to do is play with the other dog. But when you get close enough, he goes in for the kill. Very misleading and sneaky!

* You might be prejudiced or terrified of certain breeds. And guess what? Dogs rarely miss this and attempt to protect you or at least try to scare the other dog away. You see, when you dislike or might be afraid of certain breeds, your dog and the other dog can sense it from your overall demeanor. (Or, your energy. Come on. I had to throw that in there for all you Cesar lovers out there. You’re very welcome.)

Don’t forget that other pet owners aren’t blind and rarely miss your reaction or facial expressions. After all, we can always tell when someone admires, ignores, or might be terrified of someone or something. Dogs, however, pay more attention to our actions. That’s right. They hardly miss it when you tense up, move faster, slower, change direction, walk to the other side of the street, or pick up your small dog in fear or disgust.

* Your dog has never lost a fight in his life and always managed to intimidate, bully and attack every dog and got away with it. He probably sent a few to the hospital and sees himself as undefeated. The bigger the other dog, the more of a challenge; the bigger the fight, and the more the pay per view.

* Certain dogs provoke your dog more than others. Pay attention to any pattern. Is your dog getting more aggressive toward males, females, puppies, small dogs, big dogs, black dogs, white dogs, fluffy dogs, animated dogs, dogs with floppy ears, pointy ears, unaltered dogs or even dogs with cropped tails?

How about their owners? Can you pinpoint anything that might trigger your dog to act up? Some prefer to go after the biggest dog that crosses their path. And some see those small breeds as Costco’s appetizers and can’t stand their nonstop yapping. 

* Something or someone irritated your dog, so now he decides to take it out on another dog. Be honest. Don’t you lash out at everyone when you are not in a good mood? (There you go. Your dog learned it from you!)

* Your pooch is dying to play or interact with the other dog, but doesn’t really know HOW. So he gets mad at you, mad at the other dog, at the leash, at your training tool and at the world! This could be a dog that once he manages to get loose, regardless of how aggressive he acts, just might lick the other dog all over to show his affection. 

We all know that when dogs want to play, they usually pull on their leash, whimper, wag their tails, or may even bark or whine in excitement—but NOT your dog! And it’s hard to know for sure exactly what he’ll do once he finally manages to get to the other dog. Will he play or go for the jugular? And who’s brave enough to really find out?

* You noticed that your dog gets aggressive only when he’s on leash. This kind of behavior is also very likely due to fear and frustration in an attempt to keep the other dogs away. Think about it. Your dog is not stupid and notices that whenever he acts this way, you or the other owner always pull back, stand-still, walk to the other side of the street, or literally change your walking route and try your best to never let the dogs lay eyes on each another.

Again, your pooch isn’t dumb and notices he can’t do much while being restrained by a leash. So he figures, “Hey, why not act like a maniac. It’s much safer and it seems to be working so far.” Basically, each bark and growl translates to: “Let me go. Let me go. I can take him. Let me put him on the news for you.” But you know your dog better than anyone and swear that he could fall under the “all bark and no bite” category.

* Your dog is using your other dog as a backup or partner-in-crime. Hey, why not. We all need a back up once in a while, right? These are the dogs that may walk fine one-on-one, but never as a pack. They get a thrill from terrorizing other dogs and their poor owners. (Even some people get loud and cocky when they are in groups.)

* And finally, your dog acts up only with YOU! In fact, he may behave like a perfect gentleman with your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or even your dog walker—but always a complete nightmare with you. Some of you might think of this behavior as the dog being protective. I’ll take a wild guess and say that the person with whom the dog acts up is also happen to be the spoiler of your family. This again proves that you need to be the spoiler AND the leader of your dog. 

Is Your Dog Being Protective or Aggressive? Here’s the Difference:

Do you actually see every person or every dog you run into as a threat? Some of the dogs you meet on your walks happen to be half your dog’s size. A few aren’t any bigger than your dog’s big head. I really want you to be fair here.

If you think about it, most of the dogs on walks are just wagging their tail with a big smile on their face dying to play. But your psycho dog acts as if he wants to kill them for even looking in your direction.

I’ll ask you again: Do you still believe that your dog is being a great watchdog here? Reality check! That is NOT being protective, my friend. Your dog is actually being full on vicious! 

Again, it’s one thing if someone or some dog is trying to really harm you and then your dog steps in to protect you. But we all know this is rarely the case. As matter of fact, some of you let your dog get away with it or even worse, think it’s not curable at all.

This kind of mentality only makes your dog more of a bully or a show-off around you. It reminds me of those kids who act totally different with the babysitter, the grandparents, or when one of the parents is away.

Conclusion: Never assume that if your pooch happens to love your other dog, your friends’ dogs, or even a few of your neighbors’ dogs, that it will remain dog-friendly with EVERY breed for the rest of his life. Some will and some won’t.

You must be able to get your dog’s full attention around friendly dogs, aggressive dogs, hyper dogs, loose dogs or dogs that keep whimpering or barking nonstop.

Ironically, the ones that get aggressive towards other dogs remind me of serial killers. They rarely go on a killing spree of their friends or relatives. Their victims are usually complete strangers. In this case, they prefer to kill the dogs that they don’t even know.

Written by Kevin Salem.


Doggie Boot Camp Cost to Consider

It shouldn’t take thousands and thousands of dollars to train your dog. After all, at the end of the day, it’s a dog for crying out loud–not a dragon

Even worse, abandoning your dog for 30 or 60 days in ANY dog boot camp totally ruins the bond with your best friend.

But if you still prefer to pay us 5,000-7000, your dog better play the piano, help the kids with their homework and wash your car for you when you get it back. LOL

Professional Dog Training in Sacramento vs Cheesy Classes


Look, there is a saying that I always say: Good Dog Training Ain’t Cheap and Cheap Dog Training Ain’t Good.

If you’re looking for a dog trainer in Sacramento who trains dogs for a living and done so with puppies, adult dogs, old stubborn breeds and gladly tackles serious behavioral issues, you can’t find such trainer for under 200 bucks. Sorry. It ain’t gonna happen. Now, I’m not saying that you pay five to seven grand either and abandon your dog for 60 days or unless it is for hunting training or if you wanna fly this fancy shmancy trainer to you. Seven. Thousand. Dollars. It’s a dog for crying out loud. NOT a dragon. hahaha…

Professional dog training services whether be in Sacramento or in San Francisco, go far far beyond the obedience aspect of teaching and shaping your dog’s behavior. For instance, it isn’t that hard to teach a dog how to sit, lay down, shake, roll over and yada yada.

But to teach a puppy or an older dog to stop acting protective around other dogs, strangers, kids, cats, or teach it to stop barking, jumping up, nipping at you, behave in the car, or to listen off leash, that’s where a seasoned pro comes in handy.

Am I one of those professional dog trainers who happen to be right here in Sacramento region and knows what he’s talking about? I’ll leave that up to you after you watch my videos, and listen to the ones that I’m babbling about stuff. Thx for sticking around. 🙂




Best Dog Training Bay Area – San Francisco’s Top Trainer

I noticed an interesting pattern about dog trainers in bay area: Most are obsessed in using treats while obedience training a dog. You see, you really want to rely on: Praise, Leadership, Technique and Dog Psychology. I’m a professional dog trainer who taught group classes, private lessons and now, more busy with doggy boot camps.

For some reason, most frustrated dog owners from San Francisco are impressed with my dog boot camp and my rates being reasonable. Don’t get me wrong. I can’t beat 150 bucks of few weeks of group classes that all the positive reinforcement rave about. But who can take their dog to those and how much can you really expect out of it?

What’s best about boarding your dog while being trained is all the hard work is done. Then I train and educate you and your family so you guys know how to stay on top of things. Now when you think about it, doesn’t dog boot camp make more sense? If so, please click on my boot camp page. 🙂

Dog Training in Sacramento

Hot Dogs, Ham, Chicken and Sausage? 

Or, it Makes More Sense to Use:
Praise * Technique * Leadership * Psychology?

You Know What’s Crazy??

Kevin Has Trained Not Hundreds, But Thousands of Dogs with the 2nd Options. That’s Right. Thousands with Long-Lasting Results!!!

Even More Impressing; He Has Done So WITHOUT Yelling, Hitting or Alpha Rolls. It’s Hard to Ignore His Eyebrow Raising Results–With ALL Breeds and Mixtures. You’re in the Right Place. Keep Reading.

A Well-Trained Dog = A Happier Life 🙂

Is Your Lovely Dog Getting ANNOYING?!?!

99% of Dog Trainers CANNOT:


Train Your Dog WITHOUT Treats 
 Achieve Off-leash & Distance Control
 Teach Your Dog to Obey Around Dogs

Beating or Bribing
Your Poor Dog is NOT-

(Dog Training!!!)



Please Don’t Act Like a Fool by Following a Stupid Method Below:


Dog Boot Camp Bay Area - San Francisco Dog Training



If you think about it, doggy boot camp is the best and fastest way to get your dog trained. I am talking from 22 years of experience. Most dog boarding and training schools don't guarantee their work because they doubt their knowledge and expertise.

You see, teaching you the dog psychology aspect of dog training is critical. Anybody can board your dog for you. NOT every dog trainer is qualified enough to get your dog fully trained.

By fully, I mean solve its bad habits that bother you the most. That's right. Professional dog training. My doggie boot camp is in located in Sacramento CA. What's funny is I even get clients all the way from Bay Area. Also, most of the best trained dogs were trained by a professional dog trainer first. Dogs for the blind, handicap, hunting dogs and even police dogs... were are trained in a board & train fashion. Even with puppies. If you want more info about my dog boot camp, please click on boot camp page.