Is your dog:
- A "Feisty Fido" or "Reactive Rover"?
- Pulling on the leash?
- Barking and lunging at other dogs or people?
- Driving you crazy with non-stop barking?
- Jumping on everyone?
- Not staying off the furniture?
- Counter surfing?
- Chewing or digging?
- Door dashing, running away?
- Not listening to you or coming when called?
- Playing too rough, nipping or biting?
- Reactive to noises, doorbells, the vacuum?
- Struggling with fear, anxiety or aggression?
Whether you're struggling with challenging behaviors or just want to train your dog the basics, no worries! Our Phoenix dog trainer & behavior specialist provides the best professional dog training methods
to help your pet learn to have good manners, behave, and listen to you! We don't make excuses for unwanted behaviors, we get to the underlying cause of your dog's behavior problems and use proven science-based methods that focus on getting you lasting results!
We offer behavior consultations
, private dog & puppy training classes
, board and train bootcamps
, and dog socialization
. Our programs include:
- Walking nicely on a leash
- Coming when called
- Sitting & laying down
- Staying put until released
- Listening to commands on & off-leash
- Helping your dog to calm down & relax
- Crate training
- Puppy obedience training
- Socializing with other dogs
- Behavior modification
- Lifetime Support
Know that it's our priority to make you and your furry friends happy! Our affordable canine training programs
are customized and guaranteed to ensure your dog's success. Should you later need any additional help after completing one of our programs, we offer lifetime support
, providing you additional training lessons at no additional cost. We've helped many puppies and dogs with mild nuisance behaviors as well as dogs other trainers have deemed "untrainable", and we can help your dog too!
How to Get My Dog to Stop Pulling on Walks
Walking your dog is a great form of bonding and exercise you can share with your canine companion (so put away the cell phone!). However, allowing dogs to walk out in front of you can cause them to become anxious and pull as they try to anticipate where you both are going. As they pull, frustration can build causing them to lunge and bark at others.
The most effective way to stop your dog from pulling on walks
, is to train your dog to follow you. This allows your furry friend to calmly observe the environment while also paying attention to you, greatly reducing leash pulling and reactivity. Yet before you even step outside, remember "no forward movement unless everyone is calm". Make sure both you and your dog are calm before, during, and after attaching the leash, opening the door, and stepping outside.
Continue reading... "How To Stop Your Dog From Pulling On Walks
How to Get My Dog to Stop Barking
Excessive nuisance barking can not only be a frustrating problem for you, it can be a sign that your dog is actually having a hard time and needs your help. If your dog is normally quiet and has now started to vocalize for no reason, see your veterinarian to rule out any medical causes. Otherwise, the typical advice given on the internet is to provide toys to keep your dog occupied, spay or neuter your dog, put up barriers to block your dog's view, leave a radio on, etc. When none of these suggestions help to quiet your dog, it's time for actual training.
To stop or reduce your dog's barking
, training helps provide clarity for dogs so they can understand what is expected from them and calm down. However, before correcting unwanted behaviors, first know that you won't be able to change your dog's behavior if you are frustrated and upset with your dog, so take a moment to quiet your
Continue reading... "How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking
How to House Train or Potty Train My Dog
Until house-trained, remember "Confine & Observe". From your dog's point of view there is no wrong place to go potty, he'll feel like going and just do it. Using a doggy door to let your dog out will not house train your dog. If you allow your dog to free roam unsupervised, you should also expect other unwanted behaviors such as chewing, getting into trash, and stealing food or clothing. House training will help prevent mistakes and establish good habits.
Continue reading... "How to House Train Your Dog
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Happy Dogs, Happy Owners!
My goldendoodle, Atlas, stayed with Troy for a 3 week board and train. Let me just tell you - GAME CHANGER. Atlas is your typical goofy dood with what I like to call "ants in his pants". Bye bye jumping and counter surfing! Troy takes the time to not only train your dog, but also you as the owner (which is arguably the most important). From the education, to the patience, to the love he has for dogs, Troy is incredible. Thank you for forever changing the relationship I have with Atlas for the better! ~ Sydni Smack
We struggled at home with our little Hobbit barking and jumping on visitors, not listening to us, and being aggressive towards other dogs. Retired and now traveling in our RV, we wanted him to behave. I looked for a professional dog trainer near me and found Troy. We were so impressed with his knowledge, commitment, and training methods! He spends as much time educating us as he does Hobbit. We always leave feeling good about what we've learned and look forward to the next lesson. Thank you Troy for making this world a better place for dogs and their owners! You're the best! ~ Jan & John Petrie | Peoria Az
My Toby was aggressive toward people which was very stressful and scary. I looked for the best Phoenix dog trainer in my area and met with Troy. When we arrived, Toby was lunging at Troy, but he was able to calm Toby and had him walking quietly on a leash within 10-15 min. We learned Toby's behavior was fear based, not real aggression. Troy truly cares about dogs and knows how to communicate with them. We know understand our dog and have the skills for helping him. I am so happy and pleased with the amazing progress Toby has made. I highly recommend Troy to anyone looking for a dog trainer! ~ Marisa Arroyo
After searching for puppy training classes near me, we met with Troy. He has been an amazing help with our new puppy! His knowledge and commitment are second to none! He worked with us to help make Stanley's transition to his forever home a smooth one. Troy has always been available for follow-up lessons and email advice after the training to encourage us and answer any questions that have come up. I highly recommend Troy for puppy training! ~ Beth & Don Schmal | Phoenix Az
Finding a Professional Dog Trainer Near You
Dog training is an unregulated industry so don't simply pick the closest local dog trainer, do your research to determine if the trainer is going to be the right fit for you and your canine companion. The following is a quick check list that can help you:
- Does the dog trainer have excellent Google reviews? Make sure the reviews are from local customers and take the time to check the integrity of both good and bad reviews as some may be fake.
- Is this a franchise training facility using inexperienced trainers just to turn a quick profit, or a professional dog trainer with education and years of experience?
- Does the trainer offer a free evaluation? Know that professional dog trainers and behavior specialists in high demand are paid for their time.
- Where will the training sessions take place? Those who come to you for in-home private lessons are typically still learning and looking to gain experience. Professional dog trainers will require you to travel to them where they are better equipped to help you and can control the environment and any distractions, much like your veterinarian.
- Make sure the dog trainer uses tools and training methods that you are comfortable with and can explain the science behind them. The best dog trainers will also guarantee their training, offering unlimited follow-up at no additional charge.
About Our Dog Trainers
(Owner / Head Trainer)
Despite growing up with dogs and training many for family and friends, I ended up adopting a couple of dogs who were exhibiting some severe behavior issues that I was unable to resolve. After working with a few local dog trainers and getting no results, like many dog owners, it didn't take long for me to begin feeling frustrated. So I began attending dog trainer schools and workshops, as well as shadowing and learning from some of the best well‑known and respected dog trainers and behaviorists around the country.
Over the years, I've worked to create training programs that offer the best solutions to even the most challenging dog issues, enabling me to help dogs that other trainers have given up on or not willing to work with. If you're ready to transform your dog into a well-behaved companion, I am ready to help!
Here is a partial list of my certificates, course work, and memberships:
- Certified ForceFree Method™ Dog Trainer
- Certified Pack To Basics™ Dog Socialization Instructor
- Cesar Millan's Foundation Training
- Ian Dunbar's Growl Class for Reactive Dogs
- Grisha Stewart's Behavior Adjustment Training
- Chad Mackin's Dogmanship
- Tyler Muto's Dogmanship
- Sarah Kalnajs' Language Of Dogs
- Michael Ellis' Obedience Intensive Course
- Marc Goldberg's ForceFree E-Collar Method
- Martin Deeley's E-Touch E-Collar Method
- Leslie Horton's Service Dog Training
- Teri Ann Tate's Pet CPR & First Aid Clinic
- International Assoc. of Canine Professionals (IACP)
Best Dog Obedience Training in Phoenix!
Our Clients Love Us!
We put our younger dog, Spencer in the board & train program while I did weekly private training lessons with our older dog, Mochi. Troy was fantastic to work with. He is very flexible to go over whatever you or your dog are struggling with and sets you up for success after the lessons are over. Our dogs were anxious messes before, and now we know how to communicate with them and they know how to relax. I recommend Paws to Train Your Dog to anyone who wants their dog trained right with an expert dog trainer who cares about your success. ~ Taylor & Savannah Finklea | Mesa, Az
Sinbad was not good around kids and we were expecting a baby. When family came over, we were not sure if he wanted to hurt them, we just did not trust him, so we locked him away. We already invested a lot of time and money with local in-home dog trainers who couldn't help when we found Troy at Paws To Train Your Dog. Sinbad is now the best trained dog we ever had. I can walk him with our baby in the stroller without any trouble, they are now best buddies! Thank you again Troy for all your help! ~ Shawn & Carolin | Phoenix Az
Bunny & Cowboy
We could not be happier with the results from Paws To Train Your Dog! It feels like we have our lives back and our dogs are happier than ever. Cowboy & Bunny were both reactive with other dogs and had virtually 0 training. After searching for a Phoenix dog trainer near us, we reached out to Troy and have seen dramatic improvements. Now, they are both more confident, walk perfectly on the leash, can be safe and respectful around other dogs, follows sit/come/down/place commands, and more. We will forever recommend Troy with Paws To Train Your Dog! ~ Ben & Laura Frelka | Phoenix Az
We were having trouble with our puppy, Koda, trying to get her to calm down and listen to us. She caught on to tricks but we struggled with basic obedience. We searched for puppy training classes and found Troy at Paws To Train Your Dog. Troy is patient, kind and extremely knowledgeable. After a few private training lessons (and lots of practice at home!) Koda is walking without pulling and obeying commands. Koda is now a happier, calmer and more confident pup! We can't say enough about how positive this experience has been for all of us. Thank you, Troy!!! ~ Sarah & Chaz Feuerborn | Scottsdale Az
Why Training Your Dog is Important
Know that your dog is not trying to give you a hard time, but is actually just having a hard time and needs your help. Dogs are learning every moment, but without clear and consistent communication, they can become anxious and confused about what is expected of them. As dogs become more desperate to understand how to live in the human world, their behaviors can make you crazy.
Training isn't for bad dogs, it's to stop bad behaviors such as pulling and lunging on the leash, jumping on visitors, or barking incessantly. Is your dog chewing on everything, digging up your garden, getting into the trash, urinating or leaving "deposits" in your home? Training can help stop these unwanted behaviors too!
Training is an opportunity to show your dogs just how much you love them by spending quality time bonding and learning together. Learn more by reading "5 Reasons You Should Train Your Dog
Our training programs will help your dog become a well-behaved member of your family.
What Our Clients Are Saying About Us!
Bailey lunged, growled, and barked at other dogs. Walking her was a nightmare. We felt we were in over our heads and we were expecting our first child. After searching for board and train that was close to us, we met with Troy and on the first day he had her playing with other dogs and being a good girl on a leash. It was amazing! Troy showed us how to keep her calm and now we feel comfortable and in control, walks are enjoyable, and we can trust her around our kids. We are thrilled that Troy continues to help us when we struggle with any issues. We highly recommend Paws To Train Your Dog! ~ Briana & Chris Dvorchak | Phoenix Az
Barnaby cowered when anyone tried to pet him, was afraid of his doggy-door and loud noises, and had separation anxiety. He would hear a dog bark or see a person walk in front of the house and go nuts. He lunged and bit a few dogs and even some family members. We went through a few in-home trainers and began to think that nothing could be done. Troy helped Barnaby learn to be off leash and coexist around other dogs and people! Barnaby began sniffing and actually playing with other dogs like a normal, well adjusted dog! He is a calmer, happier dog. Thank you Troy! ~ Darryl & Betty Oesterle | Glendale Az
Happiness is having Huck so well behaved! Huck had OCD, chasing his tail, keeping balls & rocks in his mouth, would jump up on the kitchen counters, and was aggressive toward dogs and people. When we dropped him off for training, Huck launched over the driver seat, lunging, snarling, and barking at Troy. I must give a HUGE shout out to Troy at Paws to Train your Dog -amazing work with Huck- he is a new dog! Now when visitors come over, he doesn't bark or go crazy trying to attack them, I am in heaven! He obeys my commands and is calm - many thanks Troy! ~ Age Drago | Tempe Az
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Science-Based Dog Training & Positive Reinforcement
We frequently hear these terms, but what do they actually mean? In many circles, "Science-Based" is a code phrase used for "Only All Positive" or "Force Free" training which means "Ignore what you don't like. Reward what you do like." The reason this doesn't work well is because it falls short on reliability when your dog discovers something he wants more than what you can offer. The best dog trainers will instead use all four quadrants of Operant Conditioning to teach your dog, rewarding correct responses and compassionately correcting their mistakes.