I trained my first dog at the age of 16 using “The Koehler Method of Dog Training.” For those of you under the age of 40, W. Koehler trained most of the animals in Walt Disney’s movies of the 1950s and 60s. It went out of favor by some because of its use of “negative reinforcement.” I also studied Cesar Millan, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Doggy Dan and Jean Donaldson among many others in my past to develop my professional dog training in Minnesota.

The latest program I completed was Doggy Dan’s. His premise is quite simple — to help a dog, you have to think like a dog. You can’t use bird psychology, cat psychology or human psychology. Your dog is 99.8 percent the DNA of a wolf. As a former Zookeeper, with a degree in biology and writing a research paper on wolves, I was somewhat surprised that this notion has been lacking in most professional dog training programs.

To truly understand your dog, you need to first understand wolf social structure, hierarchy and communication. This will allow your dog to understand you! The concepts taught are very simple. There are basically five rules to follow in order to become the leader of your dog. They will follow your commands because they want to, not because you force them to or offer them treats. I would love to discuss all of my techniques and philosophies on professional dog training in Minnesota, so feel free to contact me today for a consultation and I will explain in much greater detail!


Don Dahlberg