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Mar 18, 2016

Training You to Train Your Dog

Has your pooch not quite gotten the hang of the whole “good dog” thing yet? Sitting? Staying? Pottying outside? Well, you’re in luck because your local neighborhood shelter is offering dog training classes!
I can potty outside?

Barking, jumping, and pulling might be Youtube or Reddit “gold” in the beginning, but in the dead of night or when guests or neighbors are visiting, it can cause some pretty awkward and stressful situations.

Rules? Where we're going, we don't need rules.

That's where I come in.

Joseph is Here to Train YOU:  

Meet Joseph: Animal Behavior Program Supervisor at the San Antonio Humane Society! Joe has been training dogs professionally for nearly 10 years, but his interest in animal behavior and socialization began with his own childhood dog, Scuttles. 

Although social and lovable towards his own family, Scuttles exhibited anti-social behaviors, such as hiding and growling, towards strangers and other pets.

“I became interested in not only wanting to understand why he acted this way,” says Joseph, “but also wanting to figure out how I could help him become more social.”

Joseph has over 3,000 hours of private, group, and instructional training. He’s Canine Good Citizen instructor certified and will be acquiring his Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in a few months. 

He teaches obedience classes ranging from beginner to advanced levels and he’s worked with dogs of multiple breeds, sizes, temperaments, and behavioral issues—not to mention he’ s a HUGE dog lover!
Must love dogs.
“It is both my passion and privilege to come into work and to do not only what I love but to improve the lives and well-being of the dogs that I train.”

Joseph is Here to Help Us TOO:

We’re pretty happy about having Joseph with us. Public dog-training classes are only a fraction of what Joseph does here at the San Antonio Humane Society; he’s also an asset to the dogs already residing within our shelter! 

Every so often we receive an adult or senior dog that just needs a lil’ extra push to remain, as Joseph says, “calm, compliant, and social,” and he’s here to help those dogs.

“These are the three most desired behaviors that we generally desire our dogs to be.”



By working with our resident dogs to manage their behavioral issues or to encourage their sociability, Joe increases their chances of adoption, which means they have a greater chance of meeting their new family and going to a forever home!

Joseph Builds Relationships:

Joseph's training philosophy focuses on building a strong, healthy bond between a dog and their person through positive reinforcement. The dog training classes offered at the San Antonio Humane Society cover subjects such as potty training, obedience training (at various levels), and “puppy issues.”

There are many benefits of dog training, and dogs can be trained at any age! Joseph’s got the expertise to help you and your dog reach your obedience and socialization goals.

After all, Joe isn’t only improving the lives and well-being of the dogs he trains, but also the well-being and home life of the families whose daily life can be occasionally disrupted by their furry family member. 

Training classes can help you and your pooch get on the right track towards building a good routine and a strong, more respectful relationship that’ll make you proud and eager to say “Good dog!”.

“These things are possible," explains Joe, "but they will not just happen on their own. In order to accomplish such things, a strong relationship based off of love, trust, and respect needs to be developed between us and our dogs.” 

Those interested in learning more about the classes we offer or registering for dog training classes taught by Joseph, please click here!

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