Our Philosophy on Dog Training

Treats or no treats? Collar or no collars? Praise or not enough praise? Positive or negative reinforcement? Yet, they all claim to create the “perfect dog.” All have demonstrated a certain amount of success, but few have proven the ability to withstand different circumstances, settings, and conditions.

Our Dog Trainer

Grand Rapids Dog Wizard is knowledgeable of all proven training methods. After a free evaluation, the trainer will educate you on the pros and cons of each method and make a professional recommendation regarding which style will produce the results you desire. The most important part is NOT that your dog learns the “Come” command, but that he will do it no matter what else is going on. In other words, what good is the “Come” command if your dog will only perform it in a sterile environment? The same is true for all commands. For example, anyone can teach their dog to “Sit” on the kitchen floor, but can you get your dog to “Sit” at the park as other people, dogs, and kids walk by? Your dog should listen to you whether you are in your kitchen, at the local park, or in the middle of a three ring circus. In addition, the owner plays a major role in the success of any dog obedience program. Of course we can teach your dog to perform for us, but our specialty lies in the ability to transfer these skills to you and every member of your family regardless of age, size, or strength (as long as he or she can speak clearly or give hand signals).

Our Formula for Success

Our “Formula for success” has produced successful results for endless dogs throughout the area already. Together, we will teach your dog things you had no idea he or she was capable of learning. You will obtain an obedient, devoted, and calmer companion for the rest of your lives. Sure, a reliable dog makes your life easier, but more importantly your dog’s life just got a lot better. Why? Because when you are washing your car in the driveway he or she can now be with you instead of locked away. He or she can now go the soccer games instead of staying at home in the garden. He or she can now be inside when guests are visiting without jumping all over them. Again, we cannot emphasize enough that obedience awards freedom in the dog world. Your best friend will be forever grateful for this gift, and the connection you will build in the process is priceless. If you live in Grand Rapids or any of the surrounding areas your dog will thank you for inquiring with the Grand Rapids Dog Wizard.

We look forward to working with you and your dog!