Our philosophy is simple when we can give your dog a better choice, and they take that choice on their own, we can shape that into a learned behavior. When people speak about training methods they generally want to claim that their method is what will produce “the perfect dog”. The truth is that most methods are proven to have a certain amount of success, but few have proven to be able to combat different circumstances, places, and distractions.

The important part to remember is not that your dog learns the “come” command, but that he will do it no matter what is going on around you. This is true for all the obedience commands. It’s great if we can get our dogs to “sit” in the kitchen for a treat, but he should be able to do it in the middle of a 3 ring circus during a hurricane if need be. Obedience training that only works in a quiet distraction free environment isn’t very realistic< or useful for that matter.

I don’t know about you, but when I got my dog I didn’t say “Oh great now I have someone to leave at home in his kennel when I go to the park with my family!” I wanted him to be able to go everywhere we go. To do everything we do as a part of our family. That’s why it’s so important that his obedience training had to be relevant, and useful. It made his life better.


Patrick Shackleford grew up learning basic dog training as a hobby, but for our purposes here we will focus on when he started getting paid to do it as a professional. Patrick became a professional dog trainer in 2002 at a company in Dallas, TX. Since then he has continued the dream of helping people and their dogs with much success. He could not be more proud to be a part of the Dog Wizard, and the owner of the Orlando Dog Wizard. He is knowledgeable of all proven training methods. After your free evaluation he will make his professional recommendation as to which method would be right for you to attain the results you are looking for. In addition, you should be aware that the owner plays a significant role in any dog obedience program. Of course Patrick can teach your dog to listen to him, but his specialty lies in the talent to transfer your dogs’ newly learned behaviors back to you and every member of your family. Regardless of age, sex, or strength as long as he or she can speak clearly or give hand signals.


Exercise + Repitition+Consistency=Obedient Happy Dog

You may be asking yourself “What does that mean?” We believe that there is more to exercise than just letting our dog run around in the backyard, or after a tennis ball. Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise. If I told you to jump on an elliptical for 30 minutes you may get tired, but if I tell you to jump on an elliptical for 30 minutes and read a book while you do it you’re going to be a completely different kind of tired.

Obedience training gives us a way to achieve the same kind of result. Think of your daily walk with your dog as the elliptical. It’s good exercise for your dog without a doubt, but now think of the same daily walk while your dog does a “heel” command as the elliptical while reading a book. If we can teach your dog to do that, we have created a completely different kind of exercise. The more we do it, the more they understand what we want them to do in that situation. If we do it the same way every time they learn to behave in a different way. That is how we create a happy, healthy obedient dog.