Becoming a Dog Trainer: Living My Passion!

Becoming a Dog Trainer: Living My Passion!

Meet Saheed “Shadow” Lawal: Celebrating 2 Years at Pro-Train

A chance meeting at a local rider event turned out to be a game changer for Saheed Lawal. Affectionately known by the nickname “Shadow”, the Marine Corps veteran and dad of two recently celebrated his Two Year Anniversary with Pro-Train Innovative. Shadow shared about his success with the dog training school and his joy of doing something he loves.

After leaving the Corps, Shadow tried direct sales and knew right away this line of work was not for him. At the time he had his own German Shepherd and was told by friends that he should look into becoming a dog trainer. A futile search online revealed very few “hands-on” options.

That’s when fate stepped in. “I met Mark and ironically he was out of his Moose Rider cards, so he gave me his Pro-Train card.” Shadow looked into Pro-Train’s Dog Training School and really liked the options, ranging from a six-month program to a two-year program.

Shadow has now trained hundreds of dogs under the program. He points to the ability to gain experience while working and the range of skills he has learned. “I now have the confidence to manage and run my own dog training business, all thanks to Pro-Train. And, a career in dog training is a rewarding experience because I know I’m impacting others’ lives in a positive way,” he said.

To the person who is looking for a change of careers and is ready to take a leap of faith, Shadow gives this advice. “Just start, no excuses, jump in with an open mind and an open heart. Those who choose the path of dog trainer will be changed forever.”

To learn more about this exciting and rewarding field, grab a copy of More than a Dog Whisperer by Mark Dogman Castillero. Or, email Mark at You have nothing to lose…and it may be the game changer in your life!

Questions to ask when looking for a private dog training, Orange County

Questions to ask when looking for a private dog training, Orange County

With lots of facilities today offering private dog training, Orange County, it can be challenging for a dog owner to decide which one to choose from the list of options. This is why, it is important to ask the right questions. Asking the right questions will help a dog owner effectively assess whether a particular private dog training facility fits the criteria for best dog training service provider.

So, what questions a dog owner should ask a private dog trainer? One should not miss asking the following:

Which breeds do you handle? A dog training expert should be able to handle different breeds, but it still better to confirm it than knowing later that the trainer does not cater to your breed.

How do you evaluate and determine the right training for a dog? Here at Pro-Train, for instance, professional dog trainers evaluate dogs with initial consultation of 1-2 hours and then recommend a training program based on specific needs. Evaluation will also identify a particular dog’s needs. It might need more training for behavior modification, obedience training, among others.

What are the training methods you use? An expert dog trainer should be able to pinpoint several training methods that he is sure effective for the dog to train. If a dog trainer is able to explain the why’s and how’s of the training methods he recommends, that is a signal of a good training ahead.

How much and what are the payment options? Of course, regardless of how good the dog training is if the price just doesn’t add up, it’s not worth-taking the offer. Thus, it is imperative that a dog owner can discuss the cost early on and the payment options available. When it comes to cost, a dog owner might find it helpful to know the prevailing average cost of private dog training, Orange County. This allows an easy comparison of costs and makes an assessment on whether or not one is going to pay way higher than the average market price.

The takeaway is this: Hiring for a private dog training, Orange County is one important decision a dog owner can make. It isn’t just about the cost that one is going to decide about, but more importantly, on the dog’s welfare. Therefore, one should not hesitate to ask questions before making a decision.

For questions on Pro-Train private dog training, contact us at (760) 749-0897

Should you choose a private dog training, La Jolla, CA?

Want your dog to learn new tricks or some obedience commands? Enrolling your adorable canine to a training program can be a great idea. With a help from a dog training professional, surely it will learn something new – and something awesome.

If you are in La Jolla area, there are a number of trainings available for your dog to try. However, they can be classified as either group or private dog training. Which one should you choose for your adorable dog?

In this blog, we focus on a private dog training La Jolla, CA – reasons why you should go for it. Some of them are the following:

Not all dogs will respond well in a class setting, most especially if they are an aggressive type. If you send an aggressive dog to a training class, chances are you will find your dog end up in trouble with other dogs, which could present more problems later on. With a private training, you can avoid such ‘social aggression’ while letting it to learn useful tricks and obedience commands.

If your daily job has a naturally erratic schedule. If you are like some dog owners who work in a non-conventional time schedule (not the usual 9 to 5 working schedules), it could be a pretty challenge for you to find a dog class schedule ideal for your time demand. As an alternative, you can have the option of choosing a private dog training La Jolla, CA, which can be done at your residence or at a private dog training camp such as here at ProTrain.

A private dog training is also ideal for too young puppies. Young puppies need quite custom attention from a trainer for they cannot cope with the demanding class training.

Beneficial for dogs with specific problem. There are specific problems that a class training might not be able to address (or might not be able to address well enough). For instance, your dog might be territorial that sending it to a class training might give you some headache.

Lastly, a private dog training can also be a great option during holidays when class dog training facilities are usually fully-booked.

For private dog training La Jolla, CA, come to the training camp of ProTrain. Call today at (760) 749-0897

22 Ways Dogs Make Humans Healthier

22 Ways Dogs Make Humans Healthier

Do you love having dogs at home? If yes, you are in luck. Dogs are not only the best companion ever; they also provide health benefits to their owners. The next time you think about dogs, you don’t just consider them as best friends but also your fitness buddies.

In many ways, dogs help humans live a healthier and more active lifestyle. It is because of your dogs that you get out of your house more often. You need to walk them to the park or play with them. It is also because of them that you become more emotionally stable. When you are down and depressed, you can always lean on them for comfort.

Dogs don’t talk back when you talk to them, but their presence and warmth alone can make you feel loved. They will calm you down when you are at the height of your emotions. They will also help you cope with challenges in life even if they don’t give you advice.

There are a lot more ways in which dogs can help you stay healthy, both physically and emotionally. You are lucky if you have a dog at home. We have compiled an infographic that details the ways in which dogs can help you live a healthier lifestyle. Hopefully, this changes your mind in getting a dog at home. You might think of them as playful creatures that mess up your place, but they can be of help to you in more ways than you think.

22 Ways Dogs Make Humans Healthier

Consider These Things Before Getting a Service Dog

A lot of individuals are interested in getting a service dog and, perhaps, you are one of them. Honestly, why are you considering a service dog? Perhaps, because you need some assistance in your daily life. However, there are some important considerations to take into account before you get one.

The costs

Getting a service dog means allocating some serious amount as it may cost you from several hundreds to some thousands of dollars. The cost usually includes application fee, payment for equipment, training. In addition to that, there is also called maintaining cost, which is estimated at around $1,600 annually (cost varies based on location). However, there are available ‘scholarships’ offered by various state agencies and local civic organizations meant to help those who want to send their service dog for training. In addition, there are dog programs that are offered at affordable prices such as the program provided for service dogs in San Diego by ProTrain.

The care

Aside from taking the costs into account, you will also need to consider the care it needs. Having a service dog means caring for the animal on a daily basis. In other words, it is an also an investment of time; there is a need for your service dog to fit into your lifestyle. Although a service dog is meant to help you in your daily living, you will need to do reciprocate such service with the necessary care. A ‘symbiosis’ relationship it is. For instance, you will decide when will you walk the dog or when will you feed it, or when is the scheduled grooming, among others.

The possible legal constraints

It is imperative that you understand the possible legal constraints when getting a service dog. You need to know the law associated with service dog in your state so that you will not be entangled with the legal complexities that possibly come along with it. At the same time, know your legal rights (and the rights of your service dogs). For instance, what are the restrictions associated with having a service dog during your air travel?

Looking for a training program for service dogs in San Diego? Contact ProTrain today.

Call us at (760) 749-0897

12 Amazing Reasons Why Dogs Are Good to Help Raise Children

12 Amazing Reasons Why Dogs Are Good to Help Raise Children

People say that there’s more than enough love to go around when you have a dog and a child in the same home. This has been proven time and again by people who raise dogs and children at the same time.

The kids and the dogs grow up together and become inseparable for the rest of their lives. It’s a bond that is not easily broken, even when the child moves away to college or in the sad event of the dog’s death.

A dog is a fiercely loyal friend that can be counted on in times of need. As the child grows up, there will be days that he will be lonely or sad especially when his parents are not there with him. Having a dog would help him cope with the pressures and confusing time of adolescence as well as help him become more physically active.

Dogs are playful and prefer to be outside all the time. This will keep the child on his toes instead of being sedentary and focused on his computer or mobile phone all the time.

Apart from these, a dog will also provide security not just for the child, but for the entire home. Nothing beats the alert senses of a dog when it comes to guarding your house against burglars and thieves.

This infographic lists down the benefits of having a dog help raise your kids and why it is truly beneficial for them to grow up with one inside the house.

12 Amazing Reasons Why Dogs Are Good to Help Raise Children

Happy New Year: Four Ways to Include Your Dog in Celebrations

Happy New Year: Four Ways to Include Your Dog in Celebrations

Dogs Want to Be IncludedWith New Year’s Eve right around the corner, most of us are thinking about how we will celebrate. And if you have a dog in your family there’s every chance that your dog would like to be included when you celebrate.
Including your dog in celebrations can be a lot of fun. Here are some tips to having a great time with your dog.

Is the Celebration Dog Appropriate?

Decide whether or not the occasion is appropriate for your dog. Some celebrations are appropriate and some aren’t. For instance if you’re having a backyard barbecue, your dog will probably have a terrific time, up to a point. Make sure that he minds his manners when food is being served. On the other hand, if you’re planning a sit-down dinner for twelve, you may not want to invite your dog to the occasion. Some dogs don’t have the best table manners.

Consider Your Dog’s Reactions

Loud music and lots of people can be overwhelming to some dogs. If you’re planning a blow-out party, make sure that your dog has a place to retreat if he feels like it. Don’t force him to interact with your guests.
And, remember that most dogs don’t appreciate fireworks. If you’re planning on having fireworks at a celebration it’s usually best to allow your dog to stay in a quiet part of your home away from the noise.

Consider Your Guests

It may be hard to believe, but you should remember that not everyone is a dog lover. If you have your dog at a celebration try to have an area that is a “dog-free zone” for allergy-sufferers and non-dog people. If young children are present at your celebration make sure that they are supervised when they play with your dog.  It’s always best to be watchful when children play with dogs, especially if the children and dogs are strangers to each other. If you do include your dog in your celebrations make sure that he is well-behaved and able to follow at least a few basic commands so he won’t molest your guests or create havoc during the party.

Plan to Secure the Gates and Doors

Do be careful about gates and doors.  Visitors to your home can sometimes be careless and leaves doors or gates open which could allow your dog to escape so always double-check and watch your dog when people come and go. Simply be thoughtful and plan ahead and everyone can have a great time. Most dogs enjoy being part of any celebration.  They will happily scoop up food that’s dropped on the floor, go from person to person to be petted and watch everything that happens with pleasure.


Baby Program Is a Doggone Good Deal

Baby Program Is a Doggone Good Deal

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Making Sure Your Dog Loves Your Baby: A Pro-Train Innovative Exclusive!

Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training is offering a Baby Program for new parents and their canine companions. Affectionately called “Making Sure Your Dog Loves Your Baby”, Castillero has now trained over 100 prospective parents using his animal behavior expertise. The 10-day program starts while the parents are expecting and continues once baby has arrived. The innovative program helps teach beloved furry family members how to handle baby’s cries and teaches the beloved pet the needed boundaries for baby and the parents. From stroller walks to keeping clear of baby’s blankets, the Pro-Train Baby Program has had a 100 percent success rate.

Rachel and Rico were elated with their experience with their pit bull Lou, and their new baby girl. “When we found out we were expecting a baby, one of our main concerns was whether our dog would do well welcoming a new person into our home. Thanks to Mark’s baby program, there were no problems. He’s loves going on walks and does well with the stroller…isn’t afraid of it and heels well. Then when the baby cries he seems totally un-phased. It has been a smooth transition and we are so glad Lou went through the program, said new mom Rachel. And there are countless other testimonials about the program.

To learn more, contact Dogman Mark directly on his cell at 760-809-9148.

Private Dog Trainers San Clemente CA

Private Dog Trainers San Clemente CAAre you searching for the absolute best Private Dog Trainers in San Clemente, CA?

Look no further – call Pro-Train!

With over 40 years experience Pro-Train certified dog trainers will provide the absolute highest quality private dog training lessons you’ll find anywhere in North County and San Clemente, 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 program is professionally and personally customized for you and your dog.

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

Private Dog Trainers San Clemente 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 …

Private Dog Trainers San Clemente CA

What Areas Do We Service In San Diego?

We’re proud to be North County ‘s premier dog training school and service all areas in the city of Rancho Bernardo 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, San Diego: 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.

Take advantage of our refresher dog training course this holiday, San Diego, CA


What’s up dog enthusiasts?

Hope you are all doing well this holiday season!

First and foremost, we’d like to thank you all for your continued support and confidence in Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training. Rest assured that we keep on giving the best we can for you all – and for your lovable canine.

Speaking of the holiday, we are excited to announce our refresher dog training course, which you can take advantage of for your beloved dog. This refresher maintenance training program, which is perfect for the holiday break, is offered FREE to previously Pro-Trained clients who decide to board their dogs with us.

The importance of a refresher dog training course

Sure you sent your dog at some of our training classes before, but with this refresher course, it will give reinforcement on the basics skills (attention, sit, lie down, wait and stay, loose leash walking, come when called) they have acquired in the past – and they will learn more!

And, it will refine your skills too…It’s a good opportunity to fine-tune your knowledge in dog commands – from basics to more complex ones – and better dog management skills.

Why you should take advantage of our refresher dog training course

Now is the time of the year when we get extra busy and neglect our dogs. Days are shorter and colder and walks and hikes are not as easy as in other seasons. So give yourself a holiday break and think about boarding your dog at Pro-Train. Consider it a Free Tune- Up! Boarding is only $40 per day and includes a free bath as well as the free tuneup training.

New training enrollments usually slow down during the holidays. So we can offer good deals to entice you to commit now and keep us busy this December. Schedule a training consultation and let’s see what we can do for your particular situation.

Email us at or call us today at (760) 749-0897 or 1-877-BAD DOGS!

Wishing each of you a very safe and enjoyable Holiday Season!

– DogMan Mark and The Team

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