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Foundation Style Dog Training

The methods you choose to use while training your dog are important. Since dogs don't have the ability to rationalize the way humans do, it's easy for them to get confused if our expectations or command structure are unclear. That is precisely why we've adopted Mike D'Abruzzo's "Foundation Style Dog Training" approach. 

In this approach, we work our way up a 10-level pyramid, establishing a new training base for the dog at each level. By using this method (when done correctly), the dog will start to make a clear connection between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors, commands and consequences.

Foundation Style Dog Training Pyramid

Mike D'Abruzzo, Foundation Style Dog Training, 

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1. Ethology

Understanding the natural instincts that drive your dog's behavior is a crucial first step in training. These instincts influence how your dog responds in various environments. 

2. Health

The health of your dog is a significant factor in building a strong training foundation. Often times health issues can be overlooked leading us to believe the dog is being disobedient when in fact they are in pain.

We always must rule out health issues prior to labeling them behavior problems.


Learning how to properly diagnose your dog's behaviors accurately so we can develop a training plan that will actually work. So many times owners and professional trainers alike don't take the time or have the knowledge to properly diagnose the multitude of behavior challenges that arise.




This critical step takes a hard look at the way we feel about and talk about our dog and their behaviors. As well as the way the dog feels about the training.

Imagine the type of sessions you'll have with your dog if you go into it thinking they are being "jerks" or "just stubborn".

Attitude affects behavior, remember that :)

5. Management

Utilizing the resources, environments and objects around you in order to manage your dog's behavior.


All of these things can happen prior to training. Imagine putting yourself ahead of the game everyday. That's what management allows you to do.


A scientific approach to understanding your dog's current behavior and then working to improve or change that behavior. 

Observe, interpret, and then design a plan to either encourage or alter the behaviors based on your needs.

In a nutshell once you've determined a behavior you don't want, the most important next step is to define and then create a replacement behavior  that you do want.

7. Leadership

Identifying the main resources that we provide for our dogs each day is a wonderful and necessary step. Next, we take an honest look at how we are providing those resources.

When we internalize that the way in which we are providing these resources has a major impact on the dynamic of our relationship... major improvements are on the horizon.

8. Habitation

Providing proper leadership to your family dog is of utmost importance for several reasons. Firstly, dogs are social animals that thrive in a structured environment with clear guidance. By assuming the role of a confident leader, you establish a sense of security and stability for your dog, which fosters trust and a harmonious relationship. Effective leadership helps in preventing behavioral issues such as aggression, anxiety, and disobedience, as dogs look up to their human leaders for guidance and boundaries. Secondly, through leadership, you can effectively communicate your expectations and train your dog to exhibit desired behaviors, making them a well-behaved and pleasant member of the family. Lastly, proper leadership promotes a healthy and happy dog-owner bond, where both parties feel understood and respected. By providing consistent guidance, setting rules, and offering positive reinforcement, you create an environment that nurtures your dog's overall well-being and ensures a fulfilling companionship for years to come.

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10. Advanced


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