Sofu’s Dog Care Training and Rehabilitation was founded by Don Wilson owner and trainer. He created Sofu’s Dog Care to help dog owners who struggle with their dogs. We at Sofu’s Dog Care know firsthand the struggles owners have with their dogs, the pulling on the leash, not sitting, downing, or staying in place. We can help you with these struggles. We will train your dog and teach you how to have an obedient dog not one that just knows obedience. Don is a proud member of Train the Trainers (T-3) founded by Sean O’shea and Jeff Gellman. He’s member of International Association of Canine Professionals, a member of Phoenix Field and Obedience where he is also a Board member
Am I the right trainer for you? Are you the right client for me?
In order to be successful at transforming your dogs behavior, it is important for you to be familiar with my philosophy and the training techniques I use. I make information readily available to all my clients (and non-clients) on my website. I want you to be comfortable with my training tools and just as excited to train dogs as I am!
You should recognize that even through your dog seems smart and has possibly learned a few commands that there’s a problem. Something you’re doing or not doing is contributing to that problem, and you’re going to have to make some changes if you want to get different results.
We need you to be 100% comfortable with our training techniques the tools we use and be willing to not only teach your dog but be willing to give appropriate corrections. You should be open to a balanced training approach. Yes, we use praise and reward our dogs, but we will also correct bad behavior. This brings me to my next point…
With a lot of our clients we ask them to put a 30 to 60 day hold on “over-praising” or being over affectionate with their dog. That doesn’t mean you can never give praise or offer affection what we’re talking about is over praising your dog or offering affection at the wrong times–it’s not working or helping. If giving your dog verbal, physical, and food praise was working, you wouldn’t be looking for help. You will be very happy when you create an environment that can be shared with your dog in a controlled manner–where your dog behaves politely and understands what is expected of them.
We want you to follow up with 100% of our training program. We have a system and philosophy of training that along with tools works. We want our clients to take our advice, techniques, and tools, apply them to their life and get positive results.
We want our clients to follow through with their responsibility. The concept that we’re going to work together an hour per week or that sending your dog to a board and train will be all the training your dog needs, is not going to work. Your follow through at home is imperative to the success of your dog’s training.
We want the whole family on board. This includes the other dogs in the home, as well. Dogs are influenced by everyone around them, so we need everybody to be on board with everything–tools, techniques, philosophy, exercise, and the household management. We’re not just training ONE dog–we are creating a new lifestyle for the ENTIRE family!
We want to make sure that you’re going to follow through with our household management program–this can be tricky for you. Your dog might have to get off the bed and furniture. You will also have to start crating your dog at night and when you’re gone. Your dog will need to be in a command for long periods of time, multiple times per day. There’s a reason that we are going to make these suggestions. You will need to be consistent. It is counterproductive to send mixed and confusing signals to your dog.
Just like humans, dogs need to get out and see the world and get some exercise. We want all of our clients to commit to exercise and taking their dog out and about when they can. That doesn’t mean just letting your dog in the back yard, but actually taking structured walks and including your dog in your outings. Exercise, pattering and routine are key to the success of training.
For us, dog training is not a series of commands rewarded by a treat. Dog training is a lifestyle, rewarded by inclusion in our lives. We want the whole family to benefit from our experience together–We want a successful and balanced pack of humans and dogs living peacefully and happy together. If you are willing to take this journey, we can make that happen!