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Developing a career in service dog training, San Diego

So, you want to become a certified service dog trainer San Diego? Just like obtaining other certifications, there are certain requirements you need to accomplish to realize your dream and to experience the exciting and fulfilling career of a dog trainer.

So how to become a certified dog trainer? The following can help you inch closer to that dream:

Reach out to community of like-minded people. Get acquainted with the profession by attending conferences and workshops in canine behavior and training. Remember, learning can be way more effective when you reach out to the community with the same goal or aspiration, rather than doing it alone. It’s an opportunity to learn and share with like-minded people.

Apply for apprenticeship. Here’s the thing: most schools that offer service dog training, San Diego only consider applicants who have already undergone an apprenticeship. So, you want to develop a career as a service dog trainer, consider applying for apprenticeship that is under the supervision of an experienced instructor. With that, you have the opportunity to enhance important skills by training dogs to assist humans in specific functions and teach disabled owners how to handle / control their service dogs.

Complete a service dog training course to obtain certifications. Enrolling in formal classes for a dog trainer is necessary not just to acquire skills and techniques on how to become an effective dog trainer but to get certifications as well. If you are in California, The Pro-Train Institute, which is considered as one of the most reputable facilities for service dog training, San Diego, is available to help you to become a professional, competent dog trainer. The facility gives various dog trainer courses that include classroom discussions as well as hands-on experience with service dogs.

To enroll in a service dog training, San Diego, contact us at (760) 749-0897.

Questions to ask when looking for a service dog training, Oceanside, CA

With lots of facilities today offering a service dog training, Oceanside, CA, it can be a challenge for a dog owner to make a decision on which one to choose from a list of options. What are the questions to ask your prospective dog trainer? Asking the right questions will help you effectively assess whether or not a particular dog training facility fits your criteria.

Consider the following questions for your assessment:

Which breeds do you handle? This is given; a dog training expert should be able to handle different breeds, but it is still better to confirm it than knowing later that the trainer you hire 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 by making an initial consultation that lasts 1-2 hours, and then recommend a training program based on the results. Evaluation will also identify a particular dog’s needs. For instance, it might need more training for behaviour modification, obedience training, among others.

What are the training methods you use? An expert dog trainer should be able to discuss with you several training methods that he is sure effective for your dog. If a dog trainer is able to explain the why’s and how’s of the training methods he recommends, that is a signal that your dog is going to have 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. That said, it is imperative that you can ask about the cost early on and the payment options available. When it comes to cost, you might find it useful to know the prevailing average cost of service dog training, Oceanside, CA. This gives you an opportunity for a more easy comparison of costs and make an assessment on whether or not the offer is worth-taking.

The takeaway is this: Hiring for a service dog training, Oceanside, CA is one important decision you can make. It isn’t just the cost that you are going to decide about, but, more importantly, for your dog’s welfare. Therefore, you should not hesitate to ask questions before making a decision.

Looking for an expert service dog training, contact us at (760) 749-0897

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!

Service Dog Training: A Visual Step by Step

Service Dog Training: A Visual Step by Step

Training Service Dogs: From Puppy to Invaluable Partner

DogMan Mark Castillero Follows These Guidelines as Shown from Our Friends at Petco


Labradoodle_Assistance_DogsEveryone has probably seen service dogs, helping people who have physical challenges operate more effectively in their day-to-day routines, or offering comfort to others such as returning soldiers. But what goes into the training of a service dog to make it such a great companion?

For starters, there’s the gear: Different leaders, also called leashes, can help dogs learn to respond to different tasks and to-dos. A gentle leader, for example, allows a service-dog- in-training to eat and play, all while learning to focus on their handler. A vest is a great tool to use for puppies and dogs in the community, allowing others to know that the dog is working and should not be disturbed.

Although gear is important, so too are the people who train service dogs. The end result of the hours, weeks, and months involved is not a pet, but a hardworking animal that offers help to others. It takes a variety of skills, including the willingness to take an animal out into the community so it develops the social skills that are necessary to daily life. There are also different types of service training programs that provide dogs to people of different needs—guide dogs for the blind, for example, or companion dogs for veterans.

Interested in learning more about the specifics that go into helping train a service dog? Click on the cool infographic below to learn more.


Service Dog Infographic

Service Dog Infographic

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Service Dog Training Done Right…and Custom Tailored to the Specific Individual

Service Dog Training Done Right…and Custom Tailored to the Specific Individual
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Becoming a certified dog and handler takes work…but it’s worth the reward.

Local Animal Expert and Behaviorist DogMan Mark Castillero Helps People Gain their Independence

Independence means different things to different people. For Carol Stoveken, who suffers from post-polio syndrome, it means trusting in a mixed breed rescue dog named Hendrix. Carol, a Connecticut native who transplanted to San Diego due to her disability, is among the estimated 53 million disabled Americans. In the United States, one out of every five adults has a disability, according to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common functional disability type was a mobility limitation – defined as serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

So, when Carol moved to San Diego’s downtown area some fifteen years ago, she quickly found that she would need the help of a service dog to help with her daily routine and to act as a protector. She had great success with her first service dog, a German shepherd named Barry. Hendrix, like Barry, was service-dog trained by DogMan Mark Castillero, owner of Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training in Vista, California.

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Hendrix and Carol at the local mall getting ready to pass round two of the exam.

This past Independence Day Weekend, while a majority of Americans were gearing up for a weekend of summer BBQ’s and trips to the beach, Carol and the staff at Pro-Train were at the local mall proving that Hendrix is certified as an official service dog. From simple things like helping grab a shopping cart to riding in the glass elevator, Carol and Hendrix worked hard to pass their final exam with flying colors. And, after roughly two hours of testing, both Carol and her beloved canine had successfully completed the requirements of a certified dog and handler.

“When we found Hendrix at a local shelter, he didn’t respond to a name or any commands,” says Carol. “He’s come a long way in a relatively short time.” Hendrix is approximately 1 year old and was trained for four months as a service dog specifically for Carol by Castillero and his Crew at Pro-Train. “My first dog, Barry, passed at the end of last year and I was heartbroken. But I knew I needed another helper and I knew who to contact.”

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They passed the exam with flying colors.

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The Pro-Train Crew says Congratulations to Carol and Hendrix!

Animal Specialist and Behaviorist, Mark Castillero of Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training has trained over 9,000 dogs in his 40-year career. His center specializes in service dog training and will custom-tailor the training specific to the individual. A California State Licensed Guide Dog Instructor, Castillero offers a lifetime guarantee and allows for service dogs to have “brush-up” skills training and recertification of service dogs as required by local and state law.

In fact, on that hot summer day last week, Devora Exline a Navy veteran was having her dog Daffy, an 8 year old golden retriever recertified by the Pro-Train Crew. Devora, who spent 25 years in the Navy and served overseas in Kuwait, suffers from PTSD and other medical issues. Daffy was trained specifically for her Devora’s disability.

“Working with Mark has been a learning experience. Despite his rough exterior, he’s a big teddy bear whose only aspiration is that your working animal does the things that your animal needs for you to do,” said Devora. “I wouldn’t be golfing or surfing or attending my high school reunion had it not been for Pro-Train. I’ve been given me my life back,” she exclaimed.

Do you know of a disabled person who could benefit from a service dog? Pro-Train is a trusted partner of Red Basket, an online fundraising platform that seeks to fully fund individuals with great needs like Carol and Devora. Mark and his team will help the client launch a fundraising campaign, including writing the backstory and including photos.

For more information on service dog training, contact Pro-Train at or call Mark directly on his cell at 760-809-9148.





Service Dog Training California

Service Dog Training CaliforniaAre you searching for the absolute best Service Dog Training in California, 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 California, 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 …

Service Dog Training California

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 …

Service Dog Training California

What Areas Do We Service In California?

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, California, Fallbrook, Guatay, Imperial Beach, Jacumba, Jamul, Julian, California, 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, California: 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 California in the News:

Photos: PAWS Service Dog Training – The News-Press Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:34:46 GMT

The News-PressPhotos: PAWS Service Dog TrainingThe News-PressMarty Monkiewicz, from left, and Ray Dillman work with PAWS trainer Sally O’Neil to help train and bond with their future service dogs Que (Marty’s) and Hope (not pictured) at the PAWS faci …

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Training service dogs in student housing – Central Florida Future Wed, 06 Jul 2016 23:21:00 GMT

Central Florida FutureTraining service dogs in student housingCentral Florida FutureUCF will allow a few four-legged residents to live on campus this fall. They’ll be joined by their trainers, students who will turn these canine companions into full- …

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Service dogs helps veterans battle addictions, PTSD – KPRC Houston Sat, 02 Jul 2016 21:22:44 GMT

KPRC HoustonService dogs helps veterans battle addictions, PTSDKPRC HoustonBANDERA, Texas – Brice Cavanaugh has over two decades of experience training dogs for the military and dogs for use as average pets. A veteran with 11 years of service in the …

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Service Dog Training California on Youtube:

Service Dog Training Session

Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) trainers and dogs attend our AKC Meet the Breeds® event in New York City every year. We were so amazed with everything these dogs could do that we checked out one of their training sessions at a local New York train station. Laura, Bosch, Tuna and Boone and their trainers practice tugging doors open, pressing elevator buttons, navigating stairs and more.

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Life of a service dog (in training) and tips!

I thought it would be nice to make a video of Lady and what we go through everyday! Feel free to ask questions and I will try to address them! Remember, not all service animals and owners are the same so my input is from my personal experiences!

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National Service Dogs Advanced Training

As a new batch of NSD dogs prepared for graduation, they were followed by Rogers TV to give an inside look into a day in the life of a Certified Service Dog in training. Video courtesy of Rogers TV

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Finding a Trusted Service Dog Provider in San Diego, CA

For individuals who have disabilities such as visual and hearing impairments or mental illnesses (posttraumatic stress disorder) a service dog can be a great buddy to have. Most of us can agree that dogs in general are delightful creatures to have around.

When looking for a trusted service dog provider in San Diego, CA there is one name that tops other providers – Pro-Train. It is an organization of professional dog trainers, dedicated to the training of top quality animals for the purpose of private ownership of properly trained and obedient dogs.

Why Pro-Train is a trusted service dog provider in San Diego, CA?

Here are a some compelling reasons:

  • Accepts qualified applicants from throughout the United States. Clients from anywhere in the country who are looking for service dog provider in San Diego, CA can rest assured that Pro-Train can cater to their need for a service dog.
  • Decades of experience in dog training. Pro-Train has been around for almost four decades now. That is quite a long time of experience in this business. It means that the organization has refined its training process for better training results.
  • Customized service dog training. Trainings at Pro-Train are done in an individual and customized basis. Our company recognizes the fact that every dog (and its would-be-owner) is unique, so we design a training program for a customer’s specific needs.

Trained service dogs a customer can have from Pro-Train

  • Hearing dogs – these dogs respond to different sounds, which may include knocking, doorbells, and a phone ringing
  • Service dogs – these dogs can turn lights on or off, retrieve dropped objects, as well as can open and close doors.
  • Guide dogs – these dogs are specifically useful to those who are visually impaired and can be taught to guide an individual around obstacles
  • Dual trained dogs – for individuals with multiple disabilities

Have more questions about service dogs? Don’t hesitate to contact the number one service dog provider in San Diego, CA – Pro-Train.

Call today at (760) 749-0897