Our Philosophy

At Top Dog Obedience, we believe that a happy partnership with your dog begins with you taking the leadership role. We teach the dog to "yield" to leash pressure and then use appropriately timed leash corrections followed by lots of praise and affection in order to teach your dog which behaviors are wanted and which behaviors are not allowed. 

Being the leader

Taking the leadership role means that you decide the boundaries and rules that will govern the relationship you have with your dog, and be consistent in your enforcement of these rules. Your dog will learn to respect your leadership, and you will build a mutually fulfilling life-long partnership with your dog. 

Working as a team

Training your dog takes time and practice. You will need to be consistent and practice reguarly to teach your dog how to behave the way you want.  As you spend this time working together, you build mutual trust and gain a true canine partner that is a joy to be around.


A socialized dog is one who can behave calmly, respectfully, and attentively in any situation. A socialized dog will pay attention to you regardless of what is happening around them.  We do not believe that socialization means allowing your dog to greet and play with every dog or person he sees. In contrast, we believe a truly socialized dog is one who is focused on their handler regardless of the distractions.

Leash and collar

We use a lightweight training collar and a lightweight leash to make quick and effective leash corrections.  We are strong believers that your hands should make contact with your dog for praise, love, and affection only, and that all behavioral correction comes through the leash and collar.  Most behavioral issues can be solved by keeping your dog on leash and under control until you have taught them that the behavior is not allowed. 

Simple Methods

We teach simple, common sense training methods that get results, but there is no magic or quick fix in dog training. No dog is un-trainable, and the only limit to what you can accomplish with your dog is how much time and effort you are willing to put in. With your time, patience, and consistency both you and your dog develop a happier, healthier relationship that you can enjoy for years to come.