Dog Training Services: San Francisco Bay Area & Sacramento
Our Social Reward Training System is unique, easy to learn, and gets great results.  The social relationship between you and your dog forms the basis for successful training.   It is based on a strong bond, communication, and teamwork.  Using your dog’s natural social behaviors to teach new behaviors provides extra motivation to do the right thing. This is a positive-reinforcement, force-free, approach to training.

What is Social Reward?

Using a social reward system teaches your dog to happily respond to you because of your relationship.  The social value of praise, petting and play are maximized.   Your dog enjoys socially interacting with you and eagerly responds to your movements, postures, touch and tones of voice.  While treats are a great reward and motivator that we will also utilize; our goal is not to become a food dispenser– where a dog works primarily to get treats– but to maximize petting, praising, and playing.  Training tools like treats, leashes, and toys are used, but they’re not over-emphasized.

What is a “Willing to Please” Dog?

Some dogs are more naturally willing to please than others, but this desirable trait can be developed in all dogs – even independent ones.  To us, this means fostering a love of working together, and learning, in your dog. What does a “willing to please” dog look like?

A willing to please dog:

  • “tunes in” and focuses on the trainer for direction
  • learns your “language” (while you learn his) and tries to understand what you want
  • responds quickly and eagerly to your body language, touch and tones of voice
  • happily responds to your commands and cues
  • eagerly works for your praise, petting and other rewards
  • does what you want because he wants to (i.e. he’s motivated to work with you)
Remember: The best way to bring out willingness to please in your dog is to develop a close, trusting relationship based on positive interactions developed through training.

Motivational Training

Motivational or reward-based methods make training more enjoyable for you and your dog.   Immediate rewards like praise, retrieving, play and treats all provide positive incentives to respond consistently to commands.  “Real world” rewards, like going for a walk, play sessions, or going for a ride become increasingly important as your training progresses.

We will not use training methods or techniques that depend on fear, intimidation or pain.  A punishment-based approach is detrimental to you and your dog.  It is never necessary to frighten or hurt your dog to get good results. We do not use e-collars or prong collars in our training.

Instead we emphasize methods that build teamwork and mutual communication and bring out your dog’s eagerness to work with you and for you.  Whatever you do should work without physical or emotional detriment to the dog.

Dogs should enjoy their training.  Motivation is the key.  When your dog wants to do what’s asked of them, it becomes much easier to shape their behavior.

San Joaquin Valley & Sacramento

We offer services throughout the San Joaquin Valley (Tracy, Lodi, Stockton, Manteca), and as far north as Sacramento.

Tri Valley Area

We also provide opportunities to the Tri Valley Area (Livermore, Dublin, and Pleasanton)

San Francisco Peninsula

We continue to offer services in San Francisco as well as the greater Bay Area.

Stanislaus County

We are conveniently located to service areas within the Stanislaus County.