Natural Dog Training and Obedience

"There is nothing magical about training dogs. A good dog trainer employs common sense combined with a foundation based upon experience and a clear understanding of the way dogs think, learn and interact - known as pack dynamics."
John the Dog Trainer

For the Love of Dog

Since 1990 we've been focusing on what we know best - dogs. We have done the work for you as far as nutrition, health and training. For over 20 years we have sought out and tested products that we feel will get and keep dogs healthy and happy (and out of the vets office!)

Natural Dog Training"John the Dog Trainer"

My philosophy of how to train dogs began to form when I moved from my home town of St. Louis to Indiana in the  1980's.  I volunteered at a local animal shelter and had the pleasure of meeting and working with many dedicated animal advocates. I also began working on a friend's farm where my love of herding dogs began. What those dogs taught me actually made me the dog trainer I am today.

As my experience evolved I also learned to understand what owners needed. Our lives are so busy these days and since my primary pet parent is usually a career woman who is often also a mom, she has many roles she has to juggle and my understanding of this is essential. Having a well-mannered, loving canine family member is not only the goal for most owners but most definitely a necessity.

Common Types of Dog Trainers

There are basically three types;

The Click & Treat Trainers are those who lure dogs to do something by offering a food or toy reward. Don’t get me wrong, I sometimes use food and toys in training, but I also use distractions and corrections. Click & Treat Trainers do not.

Many vets and shelters blindly support this category of training because it sounds better so it must be better. They often have no practical  knowledge of how dogs learn.

Dogs trained this way often choose not to do what’s asked because they don’t think the reward is of a high enough value to them. These dogs can end up being food and toys obsessed - often pushy and dominant dogs.

The Dominance Dog Trainers use intimidation or force their dogs to do what they want.  These are “yank and crank” trainers who often teach owners to roll their dogs on their backs and often growl at them. Some even use physical force like kneeing the dog in the chest or poking them in the ribs.

They often us choke or shock collars as a method to force the dog to do everything. Many professional dog trainers use these methods because for them "time is money" and they can get a dog trained much quicker by forcing the dog to perform. The bottom line is with enough force a dog can be trained to do almost anything.

The problem with the dominant trainer is that the dog seldom seems stable and comfortable with the handler. Dog's rarely build confidence under these handling methods. Dogs with sensitive temperaments can be ruined by these methods. These methods create fear and mistrust because the dog never knows when they might be punished.

Our Methods

We have always used positive, "motivational" techniques.  Throughout the learning phase, and especially for young pups, we utilize toys, praise, petting and sometimes food. The adding of commands happens in phases and with the use of effective communication - attaching the command (sit, stay, down and come) with the action followed by praise. Motivational trainers such as us use the dogs natural instincts to learn. Repetition and consistency are key but praise is the essential motivating factor. The desired result is a confident dog that blends well into the family and neighborhood, is a canine good citizen as well as a life-long stable and loving companion.

Once your dog learns any command, the next step is to introduce distraction and correction when necessary.

We employ the "as gentle as possible, as firm as necessary" philosophy. NEVER pain and NEVER punishment. 

Need Help?

Contact John Knows Dogs, John's Natural Dog Training - 877-447-8597