What does Train as You Live® mean?

Trying to train our dogs the way we were trained is a mistake.

The way we humans are is  “there is time to work/study”; and then “there is time to play”.


“The Time” is a human made concept. Unlike us, our dogs spend their lives  living only “in the now”.

In dog training, trying to apply “training time” and “play time”  creates inconsistent behavior.

When you have “designated” training times and “rest of the life times”, that teaches your dog  there are times when you have to listen/obey/follow me, and then there are times where you don’t.

So How do we solve this problem?

Train as you live®

In Train as you live® System  we start with looking at the whole life of the family unit to figure out needed behaviors for the dog to maximize safety and fun based on their real life scenarios. (See Our dogs are family™)
A family with 5 kids who likes camping, boating likely would need different set of behaviors than someone who lives on 25th floor studio apartment alone with her dog.
By concentrating on desired/needed/wanted actions first we develop the list of the useful commands to achieve those sets of actions.  Once we know the commands/actions we can start teaching  our dog.

Because dogs learn by pictures we start by teaching our dog the meaning of the commands in a controlled environment so our dog sees/understands exactly what specific command mean (ie Come = Come close enough for me to touch you) Once the dog begins demonstrating she understands the command by performing the actions based on the command 90% or better on first command  then and only then we begin integrating them into our real life places/situations. Hence the name Train as you live™
Continuing on “Come” example Once the dog learned what “Come” means at home/back yard then next step is to work on it in front yard while neighbors are walking their dogs, once that is done then we move to other places that is inline with the family’s life style.

Off Leash Dog Training® Group Lessons/ Meet Up Guidelines


To See the latest Group Lesson Schedule click here:

Dog training becomes fun when you qualify to come to the group lessons.

But What does THAT  mean?

In Train as You live® method “Qualified” means you have demonstrated “some”control of your dog in distracting situations.

You are ready to integrate other dogs, and higher level of dog training distractions.

These Guidelines are here to maximize everyone’s gain in their dog training  session.

(By Participating on your first Group Lesson You are acknowledging to have read and understood this post)


The group:  The power of group lesson is “The Group” If there are less than 3 clients RSVPed 48hrs. prior to the Group Lessons/ Meet-Ups, we will cancel that session.

RSVP:  via our Facebook Clients Only Group or email Off Leash Dog Training  Office more than 48 hours before the class to reserve your place in the group session.  If you attend without registering, you may be asked to observe (rather than participate in) the session.

MAXIMUM 14 DOGS ALLOWED:  By limiting the number of dogs in Group Lessons/ Meet-Ups everyone’s experience as well as safety is improved.  At this time Facebook is not capable of limiting the number of attendees.  So we ask our clients to use HONOR System to Self regulate. REMEMBER: If you attend without registering, you may be asked to observe (rather than participate in) the session.

Dog Training Safety

1 dog per handler.

Be prepared.   Make sure you’re ready for dog training. Make sure your dog understands and able perform the commands taught during the “First Phase”  of the training. If you  are unprepared, you’re welcome to observe, but may not participate.

Leash / Muzzle All dogs must be on-leash, BEFORE the training. If your dog is people- or dog-aggressive must be wearing a well-fitted muzzle. Mesh muzzles are not acceptable.

Arrived Late?  New dogs and owners will be methodically integrated into the group.  Do not allow your dog to approach newcomers either on- or off-leash until the trainer has indicated that it is safe to do so, since this can be intimidating and dangerous.   If you are a late comer wait until you are OKed to get in.

Don’t be “That Guy” Playing is the best part of dog training. But! Please watch your dog.  Keep  your dog away from bystanders, dogs that are new to the group ,  or uncomfortable dogs. You are responsible for your dog at all times, so please monitor your dog’s behavior.

The Family For safety reasons, during outdoor sessions, children, dogs, and other adults who are not participating directly in the class are not allowed in the exercises. Children must NEVER approach any dog without permission of the trainer or the owner.  All children under ten years of age must be directly supervised by an adult not participating in the session.  Please note that this does not apply to a child over the age of ten who is directly handling a dog, or couples alternating sessions.

There are no limits to weird things we will face while training with our dogs. We hope these guidelines will provide some basic guidance.

Looking forward to seeing you at our group lessons!


To See the latest Group Lesson Schedule click here:

Off Leash Dog Training offers FREE Water buckets for local dog friendly breweries

in Charlotte we are spoiled with having lots of out doggie friendly places to chose from.


A few years ago we  made some  water buckets for sponsoring an event.

I immediately thought if we offered FREE buckets to local Dog Friendly establishments they would provide fresh water to their clients easier.

First year we made 8 buckets. …..

Ha Ha Ha.  This year we are going to give away 50 buckets.

We just completed the 1st batch of the season.

If you need bucket(s) droppped off please contact our office.

How to introduce an e-collar to your dog without causing fear and pain

“When you’re putting on a shirt,  if the first button is wrong…. rest of them will be wrong also.”

With the invention of vibrating collars and e-collars with “low stim” controls  the use of e-collars for dog training  is now more popular AND more humane than ever before…..

BUT!  study after study repeats  The Key Indicator for Success with the use of e-collars for training a dog is  “Properly Trained Human” PERIOD !

Here at Off Leash Dog Training our claim to fame is : We help our clients’ dogs become  great members of their families while keeping their personality.  Visit our Testimonials Page to Read More… And we do this by properly introducing the new tool to our dog in a non-threatening and non-painful way.  Here is a Video

Dog Training Exercise: 2 minute Sit

Here at Off Leash Dog Training® the cornerstone of our Dog Training philosophy is  Train as you live®. What that means is Human/Dog relationship is an ongoing exchange of information rather than human occasionally barks orders at his dog.

The Exercise: This Dog Training Exercise is called “2 Minute Sit”

The Purpose: is to teach your dog to sit while You the owner are doing some other activity independent of  your dog. This will teach your dog to Sit and remain calm without needing to be constantly supervised and praised.

Troubleshooting If you are new or have never done this exercise before, it’s unlikely your dog will be able to maintain a 2 minute sit right away.  First Get a starting point: Sit your dog and time it to see how long s/he sits naturally (No correction at the moment) So ifs/he breaks the command 5 sec. 19 sec. Doesn’t matter. Just get a natural normal time for your dog. This is your starting point for this dog training exercise.  Next is to keep increasing the time (about 15% at a time) until reaching 2 minutes mark.

Dog Training Exercise: Auto Sit

Charlotte is a great city for dog training. We have great weather and lots of places to take our dogs with us.  Here at Off Leash Dog Training® the cornerstone of our Dog Training philosophy is  Train as you live®. What that means is Human/Dog relationship is an ongoing exchange of information rather than human occasionally barks orders at his dog.

The Exercise: Auto Sit

Purpose: It conditions your dog to not rush thru your walks.  And while you’re walking your dog if you want to stop for whatever reason (talk to a neighbor, smell the roses, tie your shoe)  Your dog knows what to do.

Training: Start by walking your dog (on leash).  Next add regular Stops to your walk  (start with every 5th step) As soon as you stop give “Sit” command. After about 7th or 8th time your dog will begin guessing your command and will offer Sit. Praise BIG and celebrate… Then drop the command and praise the Auto-Sit

Success Indicator: While you are walking with your dog (on a leash) Your dog sits every time you stop.

Off Leash Dog Training® Muzzle Policy Update

As our Off Leash Dog Training® community gets bigger (currently we are a community of 3,000+ families) the number of aggressive dogs in our system also grows.

Since we train all breeds and all issues, It’s common for some of our clients to see an aggressive dog for the very first time in their lives during a group lesson…. and that can be scary. In fact life changing (Read about Turk suffering from dog phobia most of his life.)

Here at Off Leash Dog Training® we pride ourselves on always listening to our clients and make the adjustments based on our clients’ feedback fast.  So, today we have updated our Muzzle Policy:

For the safety of all our clients and their dogs,  Off Leash Dog Training requires ALL aggressive dogs (dog aggressive, people aggressive, dog reactive or people reactive dogs)  to be muzzled during the group lessons.

If during the group lesson at any time your dog  snarls, bites, lunges at other dogs, please muzzle your dog right away… This is NOT a punishment and should not be viewed as such by you or your dog.  It is a safety measure so you and your dog along with others can continue training.

Our goal of course is for you and your dog to come to more groups and interact more with other dogs and humans.

We recommend Baskerville Ultra muzzles, which can be purchased at Amazon.

Here is a video of one of my good friends Josh aka Barefoot Dog Trainer explaining how to condition your dog to actually like the muzzle.

Why Off Leash Dog Training® ?

Charlotte is one of the most dog friendly cities in the Nation.

There is no limit to places  to take our dogs….. As long as they are well trained dogs of course.

and that’s what we do.

We’ve been training dogs  for 9 years.  Trained a few thousand dogs here in Charlotte.   What do you think is the #1 question we get from general public?

Why Off Leash ?  Aren’t there leash laws?

The simple answer is There are leash laws. (and you should follow them)

But there are many places (like Lake Wylie) where the law allows dogs to be off leash as long as your dog is in your voice control.

Remember!  in all honesty  if your dog is properly trained  do you really “need” to  have them on a leash?

Not to mention just like human children if your dog is trained she doesn’t need to be restrained.

Here is an example of a GSP named Anabelle.

Anabelle is a rescue dog who was a bolter……  Her owner hired us Off Leash DOG Training because she ran away and almost got hit by a car on South Blvd.

Look at here now.

She can take Anabelle to places where she can be a real German Short Hair

Off Leash Dog Training Downtown Charlotte MeetUp

One of the benefits of Off Leash Dog Training benefits of course is Our Community.

Once you are completed the Phase 1 of your Ultimate Off Leash Training™ you can then register for Meet Ups and Group Lessons (Click Here to see the current dog training schedule)

Here is a video shot on Down Town Charlotte with Off Leash Dog Training Downtown Meeting.