Why You Need More Than Sit

Dog training is a journey that never ends. Our dogs will never be perfect, you should always strive to teach them more and continue to create purpose in your dogs.   My Story From the time I was 12 years old I found a deep love for dogs but it was deeper than that and […]

7 Myths About Dog Training

We can always come up with excuses why our dog has a certain behavior, the secret is there is no excuses for bad behaviors     There are so many reasons why we don’t train our dogs but at the end of the day we need to create a connection through training!   Myth 1: […]

Top 5 Dog Training Mistakes

Stay consistent, use your tools when needed, have the confidence!   Below are the top 5 mistakes that most dog owners make when training their dog. All can be solved with a little help and encouragement. Just because you have a dog does not mean you need to go to dog training but you should […]


What and how much should you feed your dog Feed them right How do I know how much to feed my dog? You need to count calories on everything that goes into your dogs mouth. Snacks, bones, training treats, dog food, left over salmon what ever it is know how many calories your dog is […]

Questions To Ask A Dog Trainer

Does it matter what the answer is? Below are a few questions and my answers that from time to time I have been asked. Do they really mean anything at the end of the day? Does it make me or any dog trainer better than another? What it comes down to is, people are trying […]

Training With Rules

Structure, Routines,, Expectations and Purpose The Biggest Challenge Why do we put our own emotions on our dogs Own Your Own Emotions The biggest challenge we have as dog owners is thinking our dogs have the same feelings and emotions as we do. I am not saying dogs don’t have emotions, what I am saying […]

Is Daycare Right for My Dog? Is My Dog Right for Daycare?

Daycare seems to offer today’s busy dog owner the perfect solution to the dilemma of what to do with the dog during the 8-10 hour workday. They (should) offer safe, clean, engaging surroundings that will keep dogs happy while their people are away. Some offer incredible amenities – Barley’s Canine Recreation Center in Salt Lake […]

What’s “Accountability” and why is it a good thing-for us AND our dogs

Western States K9 College trains, employs and advocates for trainers who focus on understanding and helping dogs and their people, and who believe that teaching accountability (on the part of dogs and people) is central to creating true connection between them. “Accountability” is a word that gets tossed around a LOT in dog training, so […]

Foster a Dog. Save a Life. Do it Right!

Every year, millions of adoptable dogs are euthanized in American shelters. While this number is appalling, it would be much higher absent the work of reputable rescue groups. Most of these groups, in turn, rely on the generosity of caring fosters who open their homes and hearts, who volunteer to be a temporary caregiver while […]

Alpha Leadership: What it Really Means!

This photograph has gotten a fair amount of attention, and has been subject to a healthy debate on what a “pack leader” is among undomesticated wolves. The caption is as follows: “A wolf pack: the first 3 are the old or sick, they give the pace to the entire pack. If it was the other […]