Mutt Masters K9 Academy Dog Training Services

Mutt Masters K9 Academy Dog Training Services

In order to train our dogs humanely and efficiently we must learn their needs and natural behaviors. Then we need to learn how we relate with our dogs, as studied in the “Human-Canine Companion Bond.” To achieve this ‘balance” or harmony of communication” we need an understanding of what motivates (drives) an animal’s behavior, and an understanding of clear teaching skills to “Shape” the behavior or actions.

We need to develop our ability to read a dog, know what is motivating the animal to respond, and have the capability to show clearly what we require from our pet (teaching skills) aka Handler Skills. There you have it! The three steps or skills needed to our dogs becoming happy, safe, and responsive pets. Reading the dog’s body language will tell us what the dog is thinking and feeling. Knowing what the dog responds to will allow us to anticipate his next move and be prepared. Showing the dog clearly what we require will take but a moment, but it will take weeks if not months of hard, intelligent practice for us to become so proficient and understood.

Adult dog with puppy sitting - Dog Training Colorado Springs

Dealing with the Difficult and Dangerous Dog

The number one cause of problem behavior is stress. The number one cause of stress is change. Change is spelled “New!” 

“Dysfunction” is simply an animal’s ability to deal with its stress, so it cannot relax and correctly perceive and respond to situations. The response that the animal exhibits will range from passive/submissive, avoiding the situation, to hyper-active (anxiety energy-producing over activity) to sharp explosive release, aka, aggressive.

Factors that affect expression are the same that make up basic behavior traits. Nature (predetermined genetics dispositions i.e., species, breed traits and individual characteristics) plus nurture (what its growing experience have not taught).

Why Professionally Train Your Dog?

Because Training is a dog’s Best Friend!


All training programs start with a private 60-90 minute session to evaluate the personality of your dog, and to understand your goals and expectations.

This assessment will provide you with a professional opinion of your dog and what you can and cannot expect from our various training programs.

This initial appointment will allow you to be better informed and make an educated decision as to which program is best for you and your pet. 

We offer a variety of training programs for you and your dog. We offer private and small group classes on location, at your home, or through our in-kennel training program where we start with the dog and then work with you. The following is a list of our more popular programs:

Dog Training Group

A puppy is never too young to have an owner know what they are doing better by the owner knowing better how to we are the dog we will properly housebreak, crate training, give chewing discrimination and not let the dog get into mischief and otherwise bad behavior patterns.

On Leash, off leash…….

An Obedient Dog:

  • Obeys your commands
  • Comes when called- the first time
  • Does not dig or jump on people
  • Does not beg
  • Does not attack people or dogs
  • Is a trouble-free companion

A Trained Protection Dog:

  • Is a psychological deterrent
  • Affords peace of mind
  • Is always alert
  • Can detect intruders long before you suspect trouble

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Problems in Behavior

The amount of aggression, or degree of assertiveness that a dog has can cause difficulty in handling of our pet. One way will be referred to as positive distraction, the second way as negative distraction. A distraction is anything that solicits a response from our pet. A positive distraction the animal is working forward to see and interact, and a negative distraction is working to avoid (a “sharp” dog will attack (offense) its negative distraction (perceived as a threat).

A dog who is high in drive and wishes to lead or control the situation is aggressive without be vicious. This dog would exhibit its assertiveness by totally committing itself to games such as fetch, tag, or tug-of-war. And stopping on your command would be totally out of the question. He would be more likely to chew through the couch when his ball rolls underneath it then stop when you say so. Although this type of dog could be the biggest pain you ever had he is a well balanced pet, probably more dominant (bossy) and active than you wished for.

A hyper-active dog is not a dog who is too active for your preference, but a dog whose increase in activity is stress produced. This excessive activity starts when the animal receives stimuli that it perceives as stressful.

Dog Relaxing in chair

The dog (loads up) energy because of the stress negative distraction then “unloads” the energy as excitable behavior as it relaxes. This pet would be very difficult to control during these periods of “over-drive.”

Our most difficult dog to handle is the shy/sharp or defensive-aggressive dog. A sharp dog will react aggressively (hostile) at the slightest provocation.

I believe that the shy/sharp dogs are commonly mis-read, critically misunderstood, and definitely mis-managed as afar as controlling its hostile expressions.

Viciousness (sharpness) is not the result of an animal’s aggression, it is the learned response of an animal who has genetic nervousness or insecure (sensitivity) as well as assertive in its expression (vicious=nervous+ aggression). This animal learns with maturity and experience what we have always been told:” The best defense is a strong defense.” What happens to generate a “sharp” expression from an animal has several variables to consider.

Man’s Best Friend

Owner with Dog and Poem

As the leading species on earth, we feel we must know something about the raising, training, and development of our canine friends. We often take to heart when our “loved ones” disobey or act unruly. When they’re destructive, we feel they’re getting back at us for something. But why should our intelligence and common sense help us when dealing with canines, a species with different needs, drives and natural laws.

That’s why dog-and-owner team instruction is encouraged at Mutt Masters K9 Academy. Successful training depends on the quality of communication between owner and pet. No dog is too young or old to train, nor is any behavior problem too ingrained to be controlled.

Since 1974, over 40,000 dog and owner teams have graduated from the academy, leaving prepared for a more happy, healthy and controllable relationship together. Each of our training programs is customized to meet the needs of the owner and their dog whether the goal is better control of the family pet, or for a highly trained family protector.

What Our Clients Say

For 10 years, I have been associated with numerous dog trainers, as well as attended a nationally known school for professionals. Recently I completed a trainer’s course at Canine Academy of Burlington, MA (Currently known as Mutt Masters K9 Academy).

In my opinion, this course is the most well rounded, thorough school in the field. Courses cover and go beyond the usual basics. I believe that the director, Bob Warren, is a master of his trade. He has studied with top German and American trainers, and his professional knowledge and skills make the Canine Academy a unique and successful school.

David Gordan

10 Commandments of Dog Training

1. Thou shalt start today

No puppy is too young! A young puppy can playfully learn tasks and social skills in a few days. These same skills will require weeks or even months of intense training when introduced to an adult dog.

2. Thou Shalt Be Your Dog’s Leader

Dogs are pack animals much like wolves. Dominance in the pack is linear, which means there can be only one leader, and that no two dogs share the same level of dominance. This means you, as one of the members of your dog’s pack, are either a leader or a follower.

3. Thou Shall Provide the Dog With a Place of His/Her Own

In its natural state, the dog is a den animal; current domesticated breeds also need a place to relax without interference or danger. Its den will be an area where it will be safe, content, and non-destructive.

4. Thou Shall Housebreak Properly

Do not spirit-break. Success will depend on these three factors:

  • A definite feeding schedule
  • Frequent exercise periods
  • Confinement to a small area

It does not depend on punishment after the fact

5. Thou Shall have patience

Make learning fun. Praise often and use rewards generously. Lose your cool, and you’ll lose your dog’s ability to learn as well as his confidence.

6. Thou Shall Be Consistent

Make it clear to your pet what it is that you require. Do not sometimes let him jump up or sleep in bed, then be mad at him when he does it on his own.

7. Thou Shall be Efficient

The art of training is mastering timing and the correct use of the “tool” you’re teaching with.

8. Thou Shall Not Humanize

Don’t treat your dog as a human child

9.Thou Shall Train Yourself-Then Train Your Dog

You must first know what a canine needs, then study their communication skills to know how they learn so we may better teach them

10.Thou Shall get a Professional’s Opinion

You may not know your dog as well as you think. Subtle behaviors that are not noticeable by you can be assessed by the professional behaviorist saving you later disappointment, frustration, and setback.

Frequently Asked Questions

The two main things which determine a dog’s behavior is its  degree of pushiness, known as its dominance factor…Confidence is first, because that’s like the foundation to a house. Everything sets upon a foundation, and if a dog is nervous when it shouldn’t be nervous, there will be a series of reactions that are accountable to that.

Usually it is a combination of having some genetic sensitivity to change and not getting the right level of confidence building to help the dog be less nervous/sensitive to change. Sometimes the puppy and young dog did not get out enough to become accustomed to change. And sometimes they were exposed to negative experiences  leaving a lack of confidence. But most often, the sensitivity to change starts with it’s genetics.

Almost always. Overprotectiveness is a big issue for us…. We have to teach owners what they need to be. Dogs, like children, need good direction.

WE ARE NOT the Dog’s Parents! We have 46 chromosomes and our canine family member has 78 chromosomes, so we can’t be it’s parent. We often don’t understand our dogs correctly because we don’t see them as a dog. If you treat your dog as a human, they will treat you as a dog, and that is not GOOD!

Our Training Philosophy is simple. First every dog is an individual. He is not his brother, she is not her sister. We make owners the best handlers they want to be, and sometimes the handlers, they need to be.
Our approach incorporates both teaching the owner how to lead, and what is motivating a particular behavior. Our customized training programs develop an owner’s  awareness of their pets needs and teaches them humane techniques they can use to efficiently train their dog.

Often, I would say yes.  It really depends on what dog we are going to get. Just because we want to get our dog a friend doesn’t mean our dog would want that dog as a friend. Selecting the right dog is the key.

Usually for attention or that they hear or see another person or dog. We need to teach the dog to stop barking when they are being annoying or overly defensive.

To own territory and show that they want to be top dog.

Usually provide a safe den in the middle of the house. Blocking the flashes of the lightning or fireworks and turning up the music to whitewash the noise. Unfortunately, for thunder we cannot de-sensitize to the static energy in the atmosphere. Thunder shirts often help, but not always.