The Atlanta Dog Wizard Philosophy

Our Philosophy

With all the different training philosophies out there, we believe there is one thing EVERYONE can agree on; no one gets a dog anticipating problems or issues. Everyone dreams of a dog to take relaxing walks with, cuddle on rainy days, play fetch with, introduce to their friends with no jumping, and most importantly that unconditional and no judgement love that only a dog can provide. However, dogs are not robots. They are actually complex thinkers and processors, so with a high number of dog related issues in the world, a lot of opinions have formed…

Treats or no treats, collars or harnesses, toys or no toys, positive or negative reinforcement, or electronic collars or no way?  Truth is, almost every training styles, methods, and philosophies out there has pros and cons. Our philosophy is simple. It takes a balanced technique to create a balanced dog.  As in any relationship, good communication is essential in creating the best experience for both parties. We believe your relationship with your dog is hinged on you and your dog’s ability to understand each other. Most trainers concentrate solely on the dog understanding you, but we put just as much value (if not more) on you understanding your dog and what they are trying to tell you. By establishing an effective two-way line of communication between ourselves and our dogs, we are able to actually have communication back and forth instead of just command after command.  

The goal of our training is to create happy and confident dogs who know what we need from them and are equally happy to be part of a working and balanced relationship with their families. We also strongly believe dogs have innate needs that must be met for them to feel balanced. What this means is dogs like to socialize, think, problem solve, and use their instincts, and if not allowed to do this and forced to be a “human” it makes them act in ways that are not natural or balanced.

Our Formula for Success

Our training is not just about teaching commands like sit, down, and come. We believe teaching your dog how to relax is equally important – and this is skipped in SO many other training programs. In the history of our 13 years in business, we have never had a client ask if we could help them make their dog more hyper. So, it would seem relaxation would be one of the most important aspects of training.  Just as important as relaxation is reliability. Of course, we teach dogs all the basic obedience and commands you will need to communicate with them, but we also teach them how to follow through with these commands even in the most distracting of environments. What good is the “Come” command if it does not work when you need your dog to come because he is running after a squirrel into the path of a car!  We believe in refining your dog’s comprehension of obedience so that it becomes a way of life for them, not just a few tricks they can show off when they are in the mood.  What do dogs get out of being relaxed and reliable? TONS of freedom.  When your dog is relaxed and reliable, they get to go more places, engage with more people and dogs, run and play like a dog, smell everything they want to smell at the park on their own terms….until their owner says “Come.” Why would they not come when they have all their needs met?  It is simple when you really think about it. 

This recipe has worked for us with thousands of dogs over the years. You will be amazed at how much happier your dogs will be when they are using their brains. Owners, in turn, feel happier when they have a reliable dog who is fun to be around. Who wouldn’t rather include their dog in their lives instead of having to leave them home or locked away because they are unmanageable? We can help you have the dog you have always wanted who is polite to your guests, can be calm in a hectic environment, and knows that with obedience comes more freedom!