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


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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!


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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.