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Concept Training

Concept training takes your dog's learning to a whole new level. It's not just about teaching them simple tricks; it's about getting their furry brains to understand big ideas. Imagine your dog making smart choices all on their own . That's what concept training is all about! 


And guess what? The secret to making learning super fun for your pup is through games. Yep, dogs love games just like we do. When they're having a blast, they're also learning. So, by mixing playtime and training, we can help our four-legged pals get the hang of complex stuff and use it in everyday situations.

In our journey into concept training, we'll uncover the cool ideas that make it work. Plus, we'll show you how games can be the superheroes that help your dog understand these big concepts. By choosing a concept trainer, you'll see how training with playful games can make your dog's training experience awesome and make your bond even stronger!

Why Games?

Games take a problem-solving approach, aiming to uncover the underlying reasons behind your dog's behavior rather than just addressing surface-level symptoms. This approach results in a significant and genuine transformation in your dog's behavior. Quick fix trainers do not focus on the building blocks that your dog uses for life. However, using games to level up these concepts will result in a calm dog that can make the correct decisions for themselves. They'll always carry those skills with them!



Imagine a dog's brain as a puzzle of different concepts that shape its personality. How well it understands these concepts influences its daily choices, and when you put all these concepts together, you get your dog's special personality.

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Here's some pawsitive news: the concepts in your pup's noggin can change and improve. With time, they can shift naturally, or you can guide the change yourself. Just like molding clay, you're the trainer with the treat, shaping those concepts. It's all about focusing on specific skills that need attention.


Many games involve problem-solving, memory, and decision-making, stimulating dogs' cognitive functions. Engaging the mind in this way enhances the learning experience, contributes to better understanding and long-term retention of trained behaviors. You also have a super fun time with your pup, adding value, trust and team work to your relationship!

Incorporating these concepts into dog training is not only about achieving obedience but also about nurturing a positive and cooperative relationship with your furry friend. It's a way to help dogs thrive in various situations and lead balanced, content lives. These concepts make both training and daily life more enjoyable, creating a fulfilling and rewarding experience for both dogs and their owners. By using these tools in training, you set the stage for a long-lasting and mutually beneficial partnership.

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What are these concepts that make up your dogs brain?

Concept trainers pay attention to the skills they're teaching a dog to set them up for success before the situation arises.

Lets look at 4 important concepts




​Imagine a dog's calmness like that Zen master who stays chill no matter what's happening around them. It's all about being super relaxed and keeping their cool, both in their mind and their body, even when there are exciting, scary, or annoying things going on. Learning to be calm is like a secret superpower for dogs that makes them happier and more fun to be around. It's like a magical tool for dog owners and trainers to help our furry pals handle all sorts of situations like a champ.

Key Aspects:

  • Establishes a natural state of calmness

  • Calmness reflects emotional stability in your dog

  • Calm dogs can effectively manage their level of arousal


  • Aids in returning your dog to a calm state after excitement​




Imagine disengagement as a dog's way of changing their mind, like switching from one thought to another. This skill helps dogs disengage and redirect their attention when they get locked on to those exciting dogs or pesky squirrels! For dog owners and trainers, it's a useful tool to keep your pup attentive and on their best behavior.

Key Features:

  • Disengagement means that a dog can shift their attention from a particular trigger.

  • Dogs that understand disengagement exhibit a high level of self-control.

  • Disengagement is a valuable tool for reducing reactivity in dogs.


  • Aids in distancing themselves from the source of their discomfort, promoting a sense of safety and relaxation.



Think of self-control in a dog's brain like them being the boss of their own behavior. It's like when they really want to gobble up a tasty treat, but they pause and think, "Maybe I shouldn't." It's about making smart decisions and not jumping headfirst into exciting stuff, this includes choosing not to chase, lunge and bark at potential triggers.

Key Features:

  • Self-control allows dogs to make smart decisions and choose well-mannered behaviors over impulsive actions.

  • Dogs with self-control can wait patiently for rewards or follow training commands, demonstrating patience and discipline.


  • They can resist the urge to chase a squirrel, snatch a treat, or jump on someone.




Imagine you and your buddy hanging out at a park. Proximity is when they want to stay close, like saying, "I enjoy being near you!" It's like having a great time together and them showing you, "You're awesome!" When your friend sticks by your side, comes back when you call, and checks in regularly, it's a sign of your strong connection.

  • Promotes regular check-ins with you


  • Encourages your dog to willingly return to you


  • Teaches your dog to naturally stay close by your side

  • Dogs feel safe and comfortable at a certain proximity to familiar things and people. Being  too close to a trigger can put them over their threshold

Improved Behaviour

 Teaching dogs to be calm, to disengage from distractions, and to exercise self-control leads to more polite and obedient behavior. It helps dogs make thoughtful choices and stay well-mannered.

Enhanced Safety

 Understanding proximity and the ability to call your dog back are key for ensuring your dog's safety in various situations, preventing them from wandering into danger or engaging in risky behaviors.

Regulate Emotions

Self Control & calmness helps regulate emotions and stress. They learn to cope with anxiety and frustration, ultimately leading to a happier, more relaxed canine companion.

Social Interactions

These concepts help dogs read body language, leading to smoother social interactions.  Respecting personal space & fostering pleasant exchanges. Their self-control and disengagement skills enable balanced and enjoyable social play.

Are you ready to start your dogs transformational 

My name is River Wilson

I'll be the trainer that guides you and your dog to becoming your best confident selves. Your dog will learn to be calm, confident and overcome their fears. No more barking, lunging, growling and biting! Walks will become enjoyable again! Your dog wont need to pull or run away when they're engaged and focused on you! Lets start pouring value into your relationship by building a loving, fun and trusting bond with your four legged friend! All through the power of games!

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