Want to know the secret to successful dog training? The secret is to only train when you control the outcome.

In other words, choosing the right time to train is important. When you are in the middle of something and your dog misbehaves, you may not have time to train. In these situations, INTERRUPT your dog and quickly MANAGE the situation.

Rather than trying to “train” your dog in front of your guests, dedicate time each day to creating TEACHING MOMENTS where you practice exercises that teach your dog expected outcomes.


This kind of Zen Dog Training encourages dog owners to understand when they should MANAGE and when they should train.

When there is time to train, training means taking time to set-up an environment where you can teach a lesson or prevent bad behaviors from happening in the first place.  Once you control the outcome training becomes easier as you repeat exercises over and over (in a controlled setting) so your dog understands your rules.

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Essentially, you want to teach your dog they get praise, treats, and love for making good decisions, but you also want them to learn they get ignored, interrupted, or controlled if they make a bad decision.

At Zen Dog Training, we recommend you set-up situations – every day – where you teach your dog the rules with repetition.

Great trainers create TEACHING MOMENTS by using the right MANAGEMENT TOOLS. Set your dog up for success by carefully structuring the environment in a way that guarantees you control the outcome and you will be able to both reward good behaviors and ignore, interrupt, or control bad ones until you teach a lesson.


The Secret to Zen Dog Training is getting people to think like dogs do, and understand what truly motivates their dog. Training comes from a place of mutual understanding where you set your dog up to succeed, and even fail, in training scenarios that reinforce the rules of your house.

Zen Dog Training is balanced and includes Positive Reinforcement, Negative Reinforcement, Interrupting, Management, and Ultimatums so your dog learns quickly to become a Zen Dog!

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