Check the training page for videos of recent Top Dog obedience demos.
Older Dogs and Puppies All are WELCOME
JoAnn Fine, owner and operator of Top Dog Obedience, offers an alternative to training with chain or prong collars, clickers and treats. She believes
that as pack animals, dogs are hard-wired for leadership.If an owner does not take that position
in the pack, the dog will.
At Top Dog, training starts with owners claiming the
leadership role.A pack leader
controls the dog's environment and resources, provides sufficient exercise for
the energy level of the dog, establishes clear rules and consistently enforces
them.Some owners may resist
assuming a pack leader role for different reasons, including concerns about the
dog's past.They may view their
dogs as babies.An owner who
pities or babies a dog is unwittingly reinforcing unstable behavior.By taking the leadership position and
giving attention and affection at times that reward healthy behavior, owners
build a solid foundation for a mutually fulfilling life-long companionship with
When training at Top Dog, you will learn to make appropriate corrections and follow your dog's obedience with praise. Your voice and the positive energy projected by body language tells your dog you are pleased with his/her behavior. Your dog learns to focus on you. There is no magic or quick fix in dog training. With your time, effort and consistency everyone becomes happier and healthier.
JoAnn's pack over the Rainbow Bridge - Michael, Kaylee, Storm, Cody