Does Your Dog Do This…

Does your fur baby not know its role in your family?

Is Fido confused at who exactly is the Pack Leader in your home?

We consistently hear problems like:

-My dog doesn’t understand commands.

-My dog barks aggressively at other dogs on a walk.

-My dog has a hard time calming down.

-My dog is causing my family stress.

-My dog won’t heel.

-I can’t have guests over without my dog jumping on them.

-I just want my dog to listen to me.

-I want my dog to stop chewing things.

-My dog likes to dig.

-I have a new puppy and I don’t know where to start.


Dog Training requires Behavior Modification. Any unwanted behavior in your canine can be corrected with the proper training.

It takes work. It takes a commitment by you, The Pack Leader. It takes follow up by The Boss.

But how do I know where to start?

Why Professional Dog Training? Can’t I just do it myself?

Having a Professional Dog Trainer makes a world of difference.

And by professional, we mean, Experience, Success and Dedication.


Mark “Dogman” Castillero has trained over 10,000 dogs in his 40 year career. Mark is the owner and founder of Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training. His skilled team of professionals KNOW DOGS. Most of the canine owners that come to Pro-Train for help have been REFERRED by a previous client.

We have a 95% Success Rate!

Plus, we GUARANTEE the Training for the Lifetime of the Dog.

-This includes refresher training and discounted boarding for extended periods due to travel or other needs.

Personalized Training Can Make All the Difference.

Are You Ready to Hear…

-Wow, your dog is so well-behaved!

-How did you get your dog to be so well-trained?

-I wish my dog behaved as well as yours!

Then, call us today to set up an initial consultation at 760-749-0897.

We consistently OUTRANK our competition.

-Our facility is beautiful and relaxing and each canine, no matter the size, loves it.

-Our trainers bond quickly with your dog.

-Each of our trainers has been through the Pro-Train apprenticeship program and is fully equipped to handle all behavior issues.

-We rank high on YELP and receive High Ranks online with our clients.

-Once we have trained a client’s dog, we typically train their future fur babies as well.

-We are Passionate about what we do…and it shows!

Here’s What Others Are Saying About Us…

“I have a wonderful five year old Labrador that Dogman trained. Before he worked with her I was about to give her away. She had chewed furniture, chewed garden and pool hoses, chewed wiring under my RV she would bark for anything and the worst was I couldn’t walk her. She is not that dog anymore. Thanks so much!” 

“I have been a Pro-Train client since 2004. Mark is the world’s greatest guide dog trainer. He custom trained two beautiful Labs; Scooby and Captain to guide me from a motorized wheelchair after all of the non-profit guide dog training programs turned me away because I have severe cerebral palsy and use a wheelchair for mobility in addition to being nearly blind. His innovative training methods and excellent in-community handler instruction with a touch of good humor, enabled me to function confidently and successfully with my dogs in any situation. Pro-Train WORKS MIRACLES WITH DOGS AND PEOPLE!!!!!”

“EVERYONE [at Pro-Train] is so professional and they love what they do. As Dogman Mark says “There’s no such thing as a bad dog” They train and re-train all sorts of dogs and it is amazing to watch them work!”

“Mark and his team at Pro-Train are the greatest. My former wife and I have used Mark for years. She trained two therapy dogs on the foundation Mark laid and still has one (retired). The other died several years ago. We got the female I now have (Belgian Sheepdog/Belgian Malinois mix: Malinois coat, Sheepdog color) when she was about two out of a neglect/abuse situation. She was very insecure, over protective and at one point bit someone inside the house. After five weeks of “boot camp” with Mark, she was a completely renewed dog, living up to her name – Grace. Grace loves to spend time with the team. I travel several times a year and she hangs out for a refresher.”

What are you waiting for? Email us at to set up an evaluation of your beloved canine. We are straightforward and will tell you exactly what your family needs to have a well-behaved furry family member.


Why Adopt a Shelter Dog

Animal shelters rescue millions of companion dogs every year. Dog shelters provide a temporary home for these lovable creatures until they find a new one who will love them, show them the way of the pack, and reciprocate their undying love, loyalty, and companionship that these dogs are well-known for.

They are knocking on the doors of your heart and imploring the kindness in you to bring them home where they can repay it with their own brand of affection, loyalty, protection, and never-ending companionship. shows you the facts about why bringing home a shelter dog is good for you and your family.
Adopting a Shelter Dog

Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training has trained hundreds of shelter dogs over the years. Whether your need is for a service dog, protection dog or simply just a family pet, our highly-skilled dog training professionals love what they do and are here to help! Give us a a call at 760-749-0897 to learn how we can help.



Top 5 Good Reasons You Should Train Your Dog

Train your dog…that sounds ominous and challenging to some. Dog training is not just for dogs who enter competitions. This could not be further from the truth and such potentially dangerous misconceptions should be nipped in the bud. While it may not seem like a big deal to let a tiny little puppy run around and do what he wants, it will soon become obvious that he needs training as he grows into an adult. The trouble is, by then it becomes more difficult. Training is a lot easier if it is a gradual process and starts early in the pet’s life.

There are several reasons why you should train your dog. It has proven benefits for both the pet and you. Let us have a look at the top 5 reasons to train your dog:

Reason 1: To Get You Closer to Your Dog and Build a Positive Relationship

Training will let you gel with your dog and get the two of you closer than ever. Dogs are pack animals and tend to look up to a leader. If you impart quality training using positive reinforcement techniques, then your pet will look up to you as a leader. It will bolster the bond between the two of you and ensure order at home.

Reason 2: For The Safety of the Public and The Pet Himself

As stated earlier, a little pup running around may do little damage, but what happens if a fully grown adult dog strains against the leash trying to break free, or runs on the road amidst traffic, or chases other people or animals? It is imperative that your pet is trained properly to behave. Otherwise, things could get out of hand very quickly and put those around you at risk. Of course, an untrained pet running amidst traffic will also put himself at great risk. And that’s where choosing the best retractable dog leash comes into play.

Reason 3: For Optimal Pet Health and Disease Prevention

Many pets tend to be quite reluctant when it comes to things like getting their coats cleaned or their teeth brushed. If you stop trying at the slightest hint of a protest from your pet, then it will eventually lead to health issues.



Reason 4: To Eliminate Problematic Behaviors

Incessant barking, destructive chewing and even biting are all characteristics of untrained dogs. And that’s a big struggle among dog owners, especially if you’ve got a Golden Retriever Husky mix at home. That would be an even more problematic issue to deal with.  You require would special approach to deal with him. But overall proper training will eliminate such issues and ensure that any underlying causes are identified and addressed pronto.

Reason 5: Increases Social Like-ability and Provides More Freedom

A well-trained dog is far more agreeable in a social context and is much more likely to be allowed in restaurants, planes and other places than an untrained dog incessantly growling or barking his head off. Therefore, as counter intuitive as it may appear, training actually provides your pet (and by extension, you) with more freedom.

Of course, these reasons are just the tip of the iceberg, but hopefully you will now appreciate how vital it is that dogs be trained and trained properly. Go ahead and train your dog without further ado! Seek professional help if you feel the need. It will result in a far more enriching and fulfilling experience for both your best friend and you.












Preventing Your Dog From Destructive Chewing

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All dogs love to chew. It helps relieve stress and releases pleasurable endorphins into the body.  Some breeds have a worse reputation for chewing than others, notably Jack Russell Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, Golden Retrievers and Labradors. Destructive chewing could be part of your dog’s DNA or genetics, but what training techniques can you implement to prevent this unwanted behavior in the future?



When It’s Alright to Chew

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Puppies explore the world through their mouths. And when they begin teething, chewing can really help to alleviate the symptoms. This can go on for six months, so it’s best to comfort them and provide something cold they can put in their mouths to soothe the pain. Ice cubes work well or putting a favorite rubber toy in the freezer. Start training your puppy on what’s acceptable and not acceptable to chew, focus on encouragement and rewards for chewing their own toys.

As they get older, their desire to chew will continue but it’s important you channel it in the right way and recognize any behavioral triggers. Dogs will rarely chew to annoy you, but by understanding any possible causes of destructive chewing you can put appropriate measures in place and tailor training methods accordingly.



Why Do Dogs Chew?

  • Older dogs may chew because they are bored or want attention.
  • They might chew to relieve nervousness or reduce any feelings of fear.
  • Separation anxiety is another cause of destructive chewing. Your dog might become stressed anytime they’re left alone.
  • Medical reasons. Chewing can be a result of an unbalanced diet, too little calcium or gastrointestinal issues.

Preventing Destructive Chewing

Whatever the reason for destructive chewing, there are strategies you can put in place to help. First, it’s important to “dog-proof” your house. Tidy things away that you don’t want your dog to pick up and consider leaving your dog in a crate or utility room when you’re out of the house.

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Everyone knows a tired dog is a happy dog. By providing enough physical exercise and mental stimulation, you can help release any excess energy and avoid issues with boredom. Hiding treats, indoor play and plenty of interaction will all tire your dog out.

Training your dog to chew their own toys is essential. This review of which toys work best to stop unwanted chewing could help. There is a variety to choose from and it helps to rotate them to maintain your dog’s interest. Kongs, Nylabones and Dental Sticks are all worth consideration. You can also discourage any destructive chewing on specific items by spraying them with unpleasant scents.

Separation Anxiety

If you think your dog is experiencing separation anxiety, start introducing training techniques early to encourage independence and calmness. Establishing yourself as the leader and getting your dog to respond to commands will all help increase their confidence. It’s important to remember to avoid scolding or yelling at your dog if they do destroy something. Unless its immediate discipline, they won’t know why they are being shouted at.

By taking these preventative measures, understanding your dog’s behavior and encouraging appropriate chewing through positive training and reinforcement, you should get the results you want and avoid any destructive chewing in the future.

Want to talk to a professional about further training for your beloved Fido? Mark “Dogman” Castillero has trained over 10,000 dogs in his 40-year career. He and his team at Pro-Train Innovative are ready to help.

Pet Survival Kit Basics: Be Prepared

Today we have a great infographic to show you from It has been made to make owners aware of what they should have packed in a bag for their dogs just in case of an emergency situation such as a terror attack or natural disaster.


Service Dog Training La Jolla CA

Service Dog Training La Jolla CA

Service Dog Training La Jolla CA

Are you searching for the best Service Dog Training provider in La Jolla, CA?

Look no further – call Pro-Train!

With over 40 years experience Pro-Train certified dog trainers will provide the absolute highest quality service dog training lessons you’ll find anywhere in La Jolla and San Diego, CA!

Your results are 100% GUARANTEED for the life of your dog !!!

The Pro-Train team can help you with creating a truly loving and long lasting relationship between you and your dog.

Our Private Dog Training Course is professionally and personally customized for you and your dog.

Don’t wait another day – call Pro-Train now …

Service Dog Training La Jolla CA

There is no dog too skittish, too aggressive, or too old.

Pro-Train certified dog trainers specialize in all aspects of dog training, dog obedience, and Private Dog Training including:

  • Dog Training
  • Obedience Training
  • Puppy Management
  • Puppy Biting
  • Dog Behavior Modification
  • Dog Protection Training
  • Service Dog Training
  • Guide Dog Training
  • Become A Dog Trainer

There are no bad dogs, just dogs who need Pro-Train!

Give us the opportunity to help you and your dog – you’ll be ecstatic with the results!

Call Pro-Train today …

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What Areas Do We Service In San Diego/La Jolla?

We’re proud to be North County ‘s premier dog training school and service all areas in the city of La Jolla including: Alpine, Bonita, Bonsall, Borrego Springs, Bostonia, Boulevard, Camp Pendleton, Campo, Cardiff, Cardiff by the Sea, Carlsbad, North County, Coronado, Crest, Del Mar, Descanso, Dulzura, North County, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, Fallbrook, Guatay, Imperial Beach, Jacumba, Jamul, Julian, San Diego, La Mesa, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, Leucadia, Lincoln Acres, Mount Laguna, National City, Nestor, Ocean Beach, North County, Olivenhain, Pacific Beach, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Paradise Hills, Pauma Valley, Pine Valley, Potrero, Poway, Rainbow, Ramona, Ranchita, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Santa FE, North County (County Seat), North County State University, San Luis Rey, Rancho Bernardo, San Ysidro, Santa Ysabel, Santee, Solana Beach, Spring Valley, Tecate, North County, Valley Center, Vista, and Warner Springs.

What Local Zip Codes Do We Serve?

We serve the following cities and zip codes throughout North County, La Jolla: 92101, 92102, 92103, 92104, 92105, 92106, 92107, 92108, 92109, 92110, 92111, 92112, 92113, 92114, 92115, 92116, 92117, 92119, 92120, 92121, 92122, 92123, 92124, 92126, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92130, 92131, 92132, 92133, 92134, 92135, 92136, 92137, 92138, 92139, 92140, 92142, 92145, 92147, 92149, 92150, 92152, 92153, 92154, 92155, 92158, 92159, 92160, 92161, 92162, 92163, 92164, 92165, 92166, 92167, 92168, 92169, 92170, 92171, 92172, 92174, 92175, 92176, 92177, 92179, 92182, 92184, 92186, 92187, 92190, 92191, 92192, 92193, 92194, 92195, 92196, 92197, 92198, 92199.

Service Dog Training in the News

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Disabled Parents on How to Create a Safe Home

The Pro-Train Baby Program is an awesome option for new parents!

Straight talk from disabled parents. Parenthood can have an enabling impact on disabled people. Confidence, self-esteem, and personal motivation levels may grow as you discover that you can overcome physical limitations and be as effective and nurturing at parenting as anyone else.

Parenthood also brings couples together in a unique way that enhances the relationship and encourages you to work together as a team. Working together helps disabled parents overcome many of the prevailing social attitudes and stereotypes through which people still tend to view disabled parents. It’s in that spirit of teamwork that couples need to come together to prepare for what will be the most challenging and rewarding experience of their married lives.

Here are four important considerations for creating a safe and convenient environment for your newborn when you’re disabled…as told by our friends at

Consult with Health Professionals

Begin by consulting with your doctor and a maternity nurse to talk through some of the hurdles you’ll confront. Health practitioners can help you understand the ramifications of what you’ll face as parents, and begin the process of preparing for the unique challenges that you, as a couple dealing with a disability, will need to address before bringing your child home. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to plan ahead in light of your disabilities.

A Well-Prepared Environment

Every expectant parent needs to carefully childproof their home. Disabled parents need to think through everything as they prepare their home for parenthood and how to deal with any physical and mobility limitations. As is always the case where little ones are involved, safety is your first concern.

Make sure that all fire detection and prevention items are working and easily accessible. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher at home, you’ll need to purchase one, know how to use it, and keep it where it’s easy to get to. Be sure that there are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor and make sure they’re working properly.

Heavy objects that aren’t secured to the wall constitute a potentially lethal danger to your child, so make sure that all bookcases, heavy furniture, television stands, entertainment centers, and large decorative items are well anchored. Make certain that your furniture and tables have soft corner guards, and install safety latches on all cabinets. Get into the habit of locking medications and cleaning fluids securely away. Keep any dangling electrical cords or drapery pulls safely attached to the floor or walls. All stairways should be blocked off with security gates, securely bolted to the wall, not spring-loaded.

If You Have Dogs…

You’ll also need to take steps to prepare your dogs for the new arrival. Well before the baby makes his or her debut, relocate your dog’s belongings to an area of the home that won’t interfere with your maneuverability when you’re carrying an eight pound bundle. When you bring your new son or daughter home, allow your dog to get close; he’ll be curious, and that’s okay as long as he respects boundaries and doesn’t show any aggression toward the baby. If your dog’s manners aren’t what they should be, consult a professional animal trainer. Many offer programs specifically for parents of newborns. Dogman Mark and his team have created an exclusive Baby Program to help canines and their newborn parents prepare for their new life.

A well-trained service dog can make a huge difference in the lives of a disabled person.

Key Childcare Duties

As parents, you’ll be changing lots of diapers, giving lots of baths, and holding a fussy baby several times a day (and night). If your disability makes mobility an issue, consider keeping the baby crib or child bed near your bed. That way, those frequent diaper changes and feedings will be a lot easier.

Bathing can be a particularly tricky task for any parent. Try setting up a sufficiently large, plastic container on a table that’s within easy reach. Consider bathing your child together. Carrying a baby or small child can also be tricky, so consider using a chest harness baby carrier if you’re in a wheelchair.

Remember, your living environment needs to be a readily accessible space. You may need to replace entry points with an access ramp, install expandable hinges on doorways to make them wheelchair accessible, and install slip-resistant flooring.


Try to think through parenting needs within the context of your physical challenges. That way, you’ll create a safer and healthier living space for your child and a more convenient home for you as a parent. Remember always to take a team approach to parenting.

Need an assistance dog to help you meet your daily needs? The professionals at Pro-Train KNOW Dogs…and owner, Mark Castillero has trained over 10,000 dogs in his career.

3 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Dog’s Brainpower

Have fun games for your dog to learn and play.

You can teach an old dog new tricks and in so doing, boost your dog’s brainpower. Just like us, dogs that don’t continually use their brains can lose the ability to function at a high level. Studies on the neurology of dogs have shown that one of the best things owners can do for their dogs is provide mental stimulation. No matter the form this takes, such as teaching the dog new tricks or giving the dog puzzle toys, research has shown that mental stimulation will lead to a much happier — and smarter — dog.

Personalized Training Can Make All the Difference.

Personalized Dog Training Classes

In order to test or bolster the IQ of your pet, training is essential to developing a basis of knowledge and instruction. In fact, dogs that participate in personalized training classes are less likely to develop cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS), which normally develops with old age and manifests as forgetfulness and general disorientation. In addition to undergoing training, there are several ways to boost your dog’s brainpower and improve their cognitive function for the long-term.

Hide and seek is a fun game for dogs too!

Improve Your Dog’s Vocabulary

Whenever we think of improving our own IQ, one of the immediate suggestions we hear is to learn a new language. In a similar vein, improving your dog’s use of language is a great way to boost brainpower. Even though we talk to our dogs on a daily basis, we don’t often times teach them what a word means. However, since dogs can’t talk, improving your dog’s vocabulary actually means teaching him/her how to associate words with certain actions.

For example, one command your dog probably knows is “go potty” or “go do your business.” For dogs, these words are immediately associated with going outside and, well, doing their business. Try teaching your dog new commands with new actions, as this will improve their IQ and make them smarter. We’ve all seen those dogs on TV or YouTube who can bring their owner a bag of chips or open the front door. You, too, can expand your dog’s vocabulary to learn new commands like these—much to the surprise of your neighbors and friends!

Your dog will be Ready to Play!

Get Playful with Brain Games

Another simple and fun way to improve your dog’s IQ is to create some brain games that will make them think. As mentioned before, stimulating their brains in anyway we’ll make them a happier and healthier dog overall. While everyone enjoys playing fetch, and that is great for exercise, the downside is that there is no real thinking involved for your dog.

Fortunately, there are many fun activities that are basically dog-versions of classic children’s games that will exercise both your dog’s body and brain. Here are some ideas to get you started:




  •      Create a backyard treasure hunt with hidden toys or treats
  •      Play hide-and-go-seek by having one of your friends or family members hide while you distract your dog, then releasing your dog to start looking for the hidden person
  •      Make cleaning a game! If your dog has mastered the command “drop it”, then  you can encourage him/her to pick up all of the toys lying around and “drop” the toys into a bin or box.
  •      Play red light, green light if your dog knows how to heel!

By improving your dog’s vocabulary and planning some fun brain games to play together, can boost your dog’s brainpower and make them a happier, healthier and smarter pet for years to come.


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Pool Safety Tips for Dogs

If you have a pool, your number one priority is to teach your dog how to swim.

Pool safety for your beloved canines should be a top priority for all dog owners. Latest research finds that dog drowning is linked to various factors, such as accidents in the water, seizures near the pool, falling through ice and falling into the water.

Even if your dog knows how to swim, s/he might be afraid of the water. For such dogs, panic quickly ensues if s/he ends up in the water. Panic will cause a dog to tire easily, increasing the risk of drowning. To keep your beloved dog safe, your best bet is to dog-proof your pool for its safety.

Here are the Top 6 Considerations to ensure your pool area is safe for your dog.

Teach Your Dog How to Swim

The first and most important thing you can do is teach your dogs how to swim! Let s/he become familiar with the water by standing on steps in the shallow end. Then, hold your dog’s hind section to let it learn to kick the water with its bag legs. Professional swimming lessons can be a good idea too, so that you’ll have greater peace of mind when your dog is in the water.

A Fence Around the Pool

This is a must simply because you can’t watch where your beloved canine is every second of the day. When you’re inside the house, s/he might be sniffing around the pool. You’ll have more peace of mind if you have a fence to keep it away from the pool when you’re not outside. If you’ve got a chain link fence, make sure the fence’s diamond pattern isn’t larger than 1-¾ inches, as this can’t be climbed by children or dogs alike.

Be aware of paved areas when it gets hot.

Make sure your dog knows how to exit the pool.

Areas Can Get Hot

The pads under a dog’s paws are really delicate and prone to injury from the heat. Dogs love to run across a swimming pool pavement, especially if s/he is excited because you’re in the pool!  Bear in mind, hot concrete or bricks can really hurt or burn their paws. Be careful to keep the paved areas cool by strategically placing garden umbrellas to cast shade on the ground or by having more grass around the pool to offer their paws relief. If your dog has injured its paws due to heat scalding, keep it out of the swimming pool. Actually, swimming can make the situation worse instead of offering relief because it softens the paws and makes them more prone to getting burned.

An Easy Way Out of the Pool

Even if your dog can swim, you want to be sure that s/he knows how to get out of the water quickly if s/he encounters a problem. You can help by putting something on the steps leading out of the pool, such as a light to make the exit point more visible. Another idea is to install a ramp in the pool. This is easily attached to the top of the pool, making it easy for your dog to climb on it and walk out of the water.

A Pool Cover

You might think a pool cover is a great way to keep dogs out of the pool, but your good intentions can backfire. If your dog falls into the pool, s/he might get trapped under the pool cover and not be able to find its way out. This can lead to suffocation and drowning.

A clean pool is a happy pool.

Keep the Pool Water Clean

Some dogs love lapping up water from the swimming pool, and this is generally safe if your pool is well-maintained and disinfected. However, you should prevent your dog from drinking swimming pool water if the water has  just been treated with chemicals to kill algae. You don’t want your beloved furry family member to get sick from those toxins.

When it comes to your beloved fur babies, always be water wise! Dogs are curious beings and it’s really easy for disaster to strike. By ensuring you’ve got a safe pool and pool area, you can keep Fido and Fifi happy and healthy.



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