What does Train as You Live® mean?

  • Trying to train our dogs the way we were trained is a mistake.
  • As humans  “there is time to work”; and then “there is time to play”.
  • Time is a human-made concept and unlike humans, 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 “times when you are not training”, that teaches your dog there are times when they have to listen/obey/follow, and then there are times when they don’t.


How do we solve this problem?

The Train as you Live® program looks at the whole life of the family unit to figure out needed behaviors for the dog to maximize safety and fun based on real-life scenarios.
A family with 5 children that enjoy camping or boating likely would need a different set of behaviors than someone who lives on 10th-floor studio apartment alone with her dog.
By concentrating first on goals or desired/needed actions we develop a list of useful commands to achieve your families goals.  We can then start teaching a dog.

Because dogs learn by pictures, we start by teaching a dog the meaning of the commands in a controlled environment so he or she can see and understand exactly what a specific command means (i.e. Come = come close enough for me to touch you.) Once the dog begins demonstrating he/she understands the command by performing the correct action (90% of the time on the first command) then and only then can we begin integrating them into real life places/situations…   hence the philosophy, Train as you Live®. Continuing on the “Come” example, once a dog learns what “Come” means at home or in the backyard, then the next step is to work on this exercise in the front yard while neighbors are walking their dogs and there are various distractions, once that is done then we move on to other places that are in line with the family’s lifestyle.

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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