With over 25+ Years of experience, Dog Works Training Company has developed a well-respected reputation for dog training in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and beyond. To date, Dog Works Training Company has trained over 1,200 dogs and are the trusted dog training professionals for all of your dog training needs.
Our Certified Dog Trainers specialize in Puppy Training, Obedience, Aggression, Anxiety, and Working Dogs
Dog Works Training Company has spent years developing our programs.
Dog Works Training Company offers unique programs fully customized to match each individual client and dog. We will discuss further during your consultation to see what your individual needs are and develop a training plan to fit your needs and goals.
These programs have been designed is unlike no other. From the moment the dog steps foot into Camp, everything changes. We begin a bond with your dog, which will last a lifetime as well as start a new beginning of learning and understanding what will be expected of them from here forward. We begin by removing the bad habits, building confidence, and educating the dog on what is expected of them. We hold the dogs accountable for their actions; this is the key to our success.
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This is our most popular program for the everyday family dog. We have taken everything we have learned about designing training programs in our 25+ years and developed a program that is totally unique.
Many dog training programs fail because there is no extended follow through. Many dog trainers offer a board and train where your dog stays with them for a period of time, and you meet with the trainer when you pick them up and that is usually it. Well, in our program we meet not only when you pick your dog up, but two or three weeks later depending on your program, then at six months and then at one year. Imagine if that dog trainer that you used before gave you the option of working with them well after your lessons were over?
This program includes two lessons before coming to a 14 day Camp. These two lessons get you started. This Camp focuses on the foundations of obedience. Your dog will learn on leash focusing on the following commands: sit, down, place, heel, and recall. You’ll no longer have to ask your dog several times to do a simple task, this will be instilled in your dog over hundreds of reps while here for training. The majority of the time we see behavioral issues is when the dog does not know these basic commands, therefore owners are not able to redirect the problem behavior, instead, it just leads to frustration. We take the frustration out by making sure the dog has a very clear understanding of what is being asked, therefore the frustration is removed by an obedient dog willing to do the task at hand. Once your dog has finished this program you will have complete control of your dog no matter the situation or environment.
If you have found your way to this page you have done your research and are interested in working with Alaska Dog Works. Here we have our proven programs that will help take you and your dog to the next level from teaching advanced applications to helping clients with small issues. We have excelled at a high level due to the education and the experience of our staff.
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Our number one priority is client satisfaction and we will deliver immediate results. Whether you want your dog to listen to you at any time around any distraction, be competitive in the obedience ring or be a well-mannered dog at home, we can help you make your dog one of the best-trained dogs in Alaska.
As you may have already read, there are a lot of great trainers out there. What sets us apart is that we have a proven system for dog training and that is almost unheard of in our industry.
What many dog trainers try to do is either hyper-customize their programs or provide a basic solution that is often ineffective. What that means is dog owners never know what to expect when hiring a trainer.
If that doesn’t sound like you, we may not be the best dog training company for you. But for dog owners that love to work with their dogs, we decided to stop doing any sort of just basic dog training. We stopped trying to convince people who did not want those four things to use our training.
Instead, we designed a system so that any dog of any age could see fantastic and consistent results through our Peak Performance Program.
If you live on the road system in Alaska we would love the chance to show you how we can help you make your dog one of the best!
If you have a dog that is five months or older you are in the right place.
If you have a puppy that is younger than five months, click here.
It has been used by dog owners across Alaska and around the country.
It has been successful with big dogs and little dogs. It has worked for owners that are experienced with dogs to first time pet parents.
Our Peak Performance Program has had MAJOR success in solving all sorts of behavioral problems too!
Problems like anxiety (whining, barking, pacing, separation), house training problems, destruction problems, jumping, not coming when called, leash pulling, and so much more.
This program has worked for dogs that are five months old all the way to a twelve-year-old dog.
The reason why we have so much success is that it sets the right foundation.
It helps your dog think right and teaches you how to understand your dog.
Most dog training programs and dog trainers address the problem as it occurs.
While this isn’t wrong, it ignores the root of the problem.
It helps establish the right relationship with your dog, helps your dog become a problem solver and make the right choices, and helps both you and your dog work together as a team.
Now that we are all practicing social distancing, you probably have seen all of the other dog trainers try and offer some form of a virtual training program. That’s great but we bet they are new to the game. We have refined our virtual dog training program to meet the needs of our clients here in Alaska and beyond. We promise you, there is no other program like this in the country. In Alaska distance is an issue. We know because we have trained dogs from Bethel to Barrow to Ketchikan and everyplace in between. In our unique virtual dog training program in the form of Zoom/video chat consultations, we can help your dog become one of the best.
This program can be great for new puppy raisers, service dog clients, families wanting specific assistance on one issue or many. We can also assist you with puppy selection, successful first weeks and months of puppy ownership, and more.
Companion Dog (AKC Novice) is a 10-week private lesson course under the instruction of Robert Forto. There is very limited availability for this option. This course will teach you and the dog essential obedience skills. This is a “homework intensive” course. During this course please expect to dedicate 60 minutes a day 6 days a week for 10 weeks to your homework. In this course, he will teach foundational skills all dogs should have. All dogs need to be 6 months or older unless approved by the instructor.
Please do not enroll in this course unless you are committed to doing the work AND are open to learning yourself.
Please do not enroll in this course if you have mobility issues. Contact the instructor if unsure about any of the above.
This course will include practical instruction both in person as well as in an online format only available to you. All homework will be submitted by videos you can create with any phone. Homework is required and will be submitted to a closed Facebook group for critique by the trainer.
Your dog will learn to sit, automatic-sit, sit-stay, down, down-stay, stand, stand-stay, recall, and of course heeling on and off-leash without the use of remote collars.
We also cover physical handling drills and much more.
Should you desire this to enroll in this program, it will prepare you for the Novice level Companion Dog (CD) test by the American Kennel Club.
This will include all necessary equipment and access to online coaching and coursework.
Private lesson slots with Robert Forto are only available on Wed-Friday during normal daytime work hours.
The 10-scheduled private sessions must be completed by no more than 12 weeks barring a major medical emergency.
Repeated class cancellations that run you past 12 weeks from the time you started may result in forfeiture of the remaining lessons without a refund.
An opportunity to dive into answers & information around a specific topic, technique, or issue you’re facing. We can provide powerful solutions and immediate action steps, information regarding training tools and methods to best suit your dog, and counsel you on a long-term plan of action to achieve the results you desire.
Video consults can be done by means of FB Video Messenger, Zoom, etc.
For one time sessions, topics often include:
Puppy Selection Know-How
Whether to Keep or Re-Home Your Dog
What to Look For in an Adoptable Adult Dog
Which breed is best for you?
Crate Training Issues
Potty Training Issues
Nutrition / Health / Feeding Consultation
Understanding Canine Behavior
How to Fit or Select Specific Training Tools:
We also have customizable programs including our Level Up, Lead Dog Service Dog Program, D.A.W.G.s Therapy Program and more. Call for details.
Let’s jump on a call together and let’s get started on making your dog one of the best!