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* So this page can better assist you in determining what type of personality your dog possesses, please click here to go to the personality types section.

 At Mr. O’s The Dog Training Place, we strive to give you a stress and problem free environment for you and your dog.  Mr. O’s Training Program is second to none, we expect and we achieve the highest level of respectability that your dog is capable of due to Mr. O's God given gift of communicating with dogs with just the right amount of patience, understanding, and devoted Love.

The words, thoughts and training philosophy presented on this page are from Mr. O's own mind and heart. They are from his personal, educational, spiritual, and training experiences, that he was able to achieve through the Miraculous Grace of God to live by and dedicate his life to being an advocate for all dogs and to change the Dog World one dog at a time. All information contained on Mr. O's website is Mr. O's own philosophy and is protected by the copyright laws.

 There are two reasons why our training program is above all the rest.  First and always, the most important thing is that our training is achieved by the miraculous grace of God.  And second is the process we use to make this happen.  We use four steps:

bullet Get in sync with the dog:  This means as soon as I come in contact with the dog I become focused on his/her every move, every reaction he/she has to me, and how he/she is responding on the leash.   I become one with the dog.  This allows me to read the dog and determine what kind of personality he/she possesses. 
bullet Understanding the dog:  Once I determine the dog’s personality type, then I am able to understand exactly why your dog is displaying a specific behavior.  I will observe the different characteristics your dog will display during training.  By these characteristics I am able to determine if your dog’s personality issues are hereditary or environmental.  In cases where the personality is hereditary, the wrong environment can magnify the problem behavior.  To understand your dog you must be able to read your dog’s emotions.  This is a crucial part of your dog’s training.  This determines two very important things; one it tells you what type of diversity would be most beneficial with your dog and two it allows you to determine how long and in what manner to work your dog in each training session.  There can be a very fine line depending on the particular dog issuesIf you don’t push the dog to his/her extend level of acceptance, it will effect the percentage of the healing process at the end of his/her trainingThat is why a lot of trainers and training programs fail to bring out the best in your dog.  The other side of the fine line is that if you work your dog to long in a session you will stress him/her to the point of damaging your dog’s spirit or ability to function in a social manner.  This condition can also be associated with abusive or harsh training methods.
bullet Communication with the dog:  To enable your dog to understand you, you must take your dog’s mind from one level to another.  Mr. O uses a very unique way of verbalizing with the dog, mixed with eye contact and hand gestures.  Your dog’s intelligence is measured by his/her attention span.  It is extremely important to keep and expand your dog’s attention span in each training session.  This not only determines the amount of healing that will be achieved, but the level of respectability your dog will have in responding to his/her commands.  Mr. O achieves this by using his God given gift of communicating with your dog with positive re-enforcement.   He does this in such a miraculous way that not only will your dog want to do what is asked of him/her, but will enjoy it to the degree that his/her work is their reward.  Other training programs use treats as the reward to try to achieve this outcome.  I’m not sure how this can be considered communicating with your dog.  It should be called “your dog communicating with a treat”.
bullet Use of the exact timing when working with the dog: Timing is physically communicating with your dog.  Dogs use body language all the time to communicate with other dogs.  Dogs use body gestures to show aggressive, submissive, and playful behavior.  Mr. O has an amazing way of physically communicating with your dog.  He does it in such a calm, passionate manner that he instantly gains your dog’s respect, without any intimidation whatsoever.  This is important because not only do you have to maintain your dog’s confidence level, but you have to increase it as well.  Some personalities need the confidence level increased by at least 50 percent and timing is the only way to achieve that.  Exact timing is the ingredient that makes the perfect package of a well-trained dog complete.  Another words, timing is the vehicle that takes you there!

By being blessed by the Almighty Lord, I have been able to have the wonderful opportunity to work with numerous dog organizations (listed on About The Trainer page of this website) throughout my 30 years of training, curbing, and studying dogs behaviors.  These organizations were in the beginning stages of their wonderful contribution to the dog world; with their incredible knowledge and undying dedication, they were able to bring out the absolute best in the dogs.  These dogs were selected to perform unrelenting acts of service for mankind, more than anyone could expect from any animal. 

Personality Types

I have successfully developed a system that enables me to categorize any dog into one of the following personalities.

Overactive:  This personality is normally environment related, but at times it can be borderline hyperactivity.  Hyperactivity is a mental and genetically induced condition, which may also be referred to as high-strung.  This personality creates an annoyance in dogs that prohibit them from being still for any more than five seconds at any given time.  I have seen dogs with this type of personality do flips in mid-air with more grace than a trapeze performer at a circus; also leap over humans in a single bound! 

The reason it is so hard for a dog with this type of disorder to learn is because it’s mind is continuously racing like it’s body, which means the dog cannot concentrate on anything for more than five seconds. 

One of the ways my program helps this type of dog is it calms the dog down to the point where it is able to concentrate.  This allows me to communicate with the dog, so I can teach the dog what he/she needs to know.  The more I teach him/her the calmer he/she becomes. 

Unsocialized:  This personality is the product of undesirable breeding, which means some dogs are born with this disorder.  I see this personality mostly in purebred dogs.  These dogs have been bred for conformation to look good, but unfortunately do not act in the same manner.  This type of personality can also be found in puppy mills or in some pet stores. 

I wish I had a nickel for every time I tell someone that their dog is unsocialized and their response is “How can he be unsocialized when I take him everywhere I go” or “He is constantly around people, he loves people”.  An unsocialized condition makes the dog unable to deal with any kind of stress and any stressful situation or environment.  It creates different behavior problems in different dogs.  For example, it may cause some dogs to bark and nip at people in an irate or excessive manner.  The dog doesn’t necessarily have to be around people to react this way.  It could be caused by different noises or recent changes to the dog’s environment.  Some dogs will act franticly if they are approached the wrong way.  The dog can possess numerous characteristics with this personality. 

The degree of unsocialness can vary with each dog.  Some dogs that are severely unsocialized can act like all of the above all of the time.  Others may only have some of the symptoms.  Some dogs may only display symptoms half of the time.  These dogs are a little more difficult to detect and treat, because of the inconsistency of their behavior.  What it narrows down to is the lack of understanding of what is going on around the dog in his/her mind.

The way my program helps this type of disorder is to create a level of understanding within the dog.  This allows me to do the things that would normally disturb the dog.  By me continually doing those things to the dog in a completely positive manner, he/she is able to build up a tolerance to what use to be something that was intolerable.  Once I achieve that level of tolerance in the dog then the owner will be able to continue to build up that tolerance.

Submissive:  This personality shows itself in two ways, shyness or timidness.  The difference between the two is really the degree of intimidation the dog displays at the particular time of interaction.  A shy dog will approach different situations in an extremely cautious manner or act very reserved.  This behavior prevents the dog from being overly friendly and of course not very happy.  Shy behavior can also be contributed to an unsocialized personality.

A dog that is timid is usually very fearful.  Fear is something that has many levels, from mild to severe.  Even a mild form of fear can be a devastating behavior for a dog.  Fear creates anxiety in dogs, which makes the dog feel extremely intimidated. 

Shyness can be genetically induced in dogs.  Most of the time fear is environmentally created, sometimes by physical abuse or mental abuse.  The abuse can be intentional or unintentional, mostly caused by owners disciplining their dog in an inappropriate way.  This could be by hitting or yelling or even both simultaneously.  This is also done by miscommunication, the owner thinks the dog knows why he/she is being punished, but in reality the dog has no idea.  This makes the dog very afraid of the owner, because the dog doesn’t know whether or not he will be punished when he is around the owner.  This of course creates a fearful anxiety in the dog.  This can also cause the dog to “submissively pee”.  The dog may “submissively pee” when the owner punishes him/her and depending on the severity of circumstance the dog could actually “submissively pee” anytime the owner approaches or looks at him/her. 

Submissive peeing can frustrate the owner even more and in some cases the owner will punish the dog for submissive peeing.  This is absolutely the worst thing you could do, because you could break the dog’s spirit.  If you break the dog’s spirit, he/she is ruined, not only will he/she fear you but anyone else that approaches him/her. 

All of this, because of an ignorant dog owner that had no dog sense and should not have been allowed to own a dog period.  This type of owner should have called a professional dog trainer first and then a psychiatrist to resolve his/her anger issues. 

The way my program will help this type of dog is with my ability to communicate in an extremely passive yet passionate way to first gain the dog’s trust so he/she will realize that he/she will not be harmed in any way.  After I get your dog to trust me then I would be able to build your dog’s confidence around other people and environments.  This type of dog is very difficult to work with because it requires an extreme amount of patience. 

Aggressive:  Only five percent of the dog population is truly aggressive.  An aggressive dog is one that will bite you just because you are in his/her way.  He/she does not care who or what you are.  If you are any where near them they are going to bite you!

There are however a lot of dogs with aggressive tendencies.  There are just as many small dogs as there are big dogs that feel the need to bite you on occasion.  There are different reasons why dog show aggression.  Some dogs show aggression from the instincts of that particular breed.  For example, herding dogs sometimes try to bite people that run or walk quickly by them, because they are bred to bite the hooves of cattle and sheep.  I have proven many times that dogs can be trained to adapt to any environment despite their age or the instincts of their breed.  I’ve trained hundreds of herding breeds and have curbed their instinctive behaviors. 

Besides aggression shown from instincts, there is also possessive aggression.  There are two things that cause this type of aggression; one is allowing your dog to think that all of his/her toys belong solely to him/her.  This means you allow him/her to growl at you when you try to pick up or take things out of your dog’s mouth.  Your dog may even growl if you even go near his/her toys or food dish.  The second is manipulative aggression; owners have a hard time understanding this.  This is caused by over spoiling your dog without maintaining any respect from him/her, allowing your dog to control your behavior.  This means constant fondling your dog even when he/she displays bad behavior, petting your dog every time he/she tells you to by either jumping on you or doing some other controlling behavior, or allowing your dog to sleep with you without maintaining any type of discipline.

All of these things can make your dog extremely territorial.  Your dog will start to protect not only his/her things, but the house where all of this things are, the yard, the sidewalk that surrounds the house, his/her bed that use to be your bed, and last but certainly not least YOU!  Yes, you too will become a possession that he/she will not allow anyone to go near.

Another type of aggression is fear aggression, which makes dogs bite out of fear.  Dogs with unsocialized personalities can show fear aggression.  Generally dogs with fear aggression will not bite unless they feel threatened.  Mild fear aggression can result in the dog biting when the reason for intimidation has stopped.  For example, a person approaching your dog tries to pet him/her and the dog becomes intimidated by that gesture and may growl.  The person backs off and walks away, but the dog still bites the person.  What has happened in that situation is the dog’s aggression button has been pushed however the dog did not have enough courage to bite at the time of the intimidation, but as soon as the threat was gone the after effect of the aggression takes over and the dog then bites. 

In some cases someone just walking by the dog can trigger the aggression.  As the person approaches the dog it can trigger some anxiety and creates aggression.  Then as the person passes the dog will bite. 

Aggressive personality is the main reason why dogs end up in shelters and are eventually euthanized for.  Owners cannot tolerate this type of behavior for reasons understandably being for the safety of their families and liability issues.  Even though dog owners try their best to deal with this type of personality it ends up being a losing battle for them and more of one for their beloved pet.  Two big mistakes dog owners make with this type of personality are one they lock the dog away from people, which may keep the dog from biting someone at that point in time.  But, it also makes the dog not like the people even more because the dog sees it, as people are a threat to his/her freedom.   The second mistake is the owner takes their dog to a trainer that may not understand all types of aggression.  If they do not understand the characteristics or specific signs of aggression your dog is showing they could actually make your best friend become more aggressive by using the wrong methods of training.

In my 30 years of dog training I have studied, analyzed, curbed, and cured aggression in dogs by identifying, understanding, communicating, and rectifying aggressive behavior.  Equally important is knowing how to convey this to the dog owner so they will not only understand the specific reason why their dog is aggressive but also know exactly how to rectify it.  At Mr. O’s we call this method Rectifying not Pacifying.

Basket Case:  This is a personality that Mr. O deals with quite often.  This personality appropriately named is when a dog has two or more of the above personalities.  When owners take their dog with this type of personality to other trainers, their response is this dog can not be helped.  At Mr. O’s we strive on helping dogs that can’t be helped and we succeed in helping them by at least 50 percent.  The amount of success in this type of personality depends on the love, patience, ability, and determination of the dog owner during the reprogramming period of training.

Eighty percent of Mr. O’s clientele consists of desperate dog owners and desperate dogs.  Most of these dog owners have done everything within their power to cure their dog’s problems.  This may include taking their dog to every available trainer they could find to help them with their beloved pet only to be sadly disappointed and more frustrated in the end.  They come to Mr. O’s hoping for a miracle and if they don’t receive that miracle then they know the next step is something they regrettably must do, something they don’t even want to think about, which is either give their dog up for adoption or euthanize a treasured member of the family. 

There is hope for ALL dogs thanks to the miraculous Grace of Our Lord and Savior who has granted Mr. O with the ability and watches over him as he performs his ability to understand, communicate and fix these otherwise unfixable dogs.  Mr. O’s training programs have literally saved hundreds of dogs’ lives by performing what hundreds of dog owners call a miracle.  This miracle has allowed them to keep their beloved best friends and to control the behavior that could have been the reason of their demise.

Mr. O’s training program is designed to deal with all personalities and all behavior problems.  Mr. O personally guarantees that your dog’s problem will be corrected by at least 50 percent and in a lot of cases up to 80 percent.

Mr. O uses a positive re-enforcement method that is achieved by the use of a choke collar and a leash.  For those of you who have heard horror stories about the improper use of choke collars, let me assure you that there are absolutely no harsh or intimidating methods used at Mr. O’s.  In fact Mr. O ‘s program has successfully cured dogs that have been abused and/or have had their spirit broken by dog owners or other dog trainers that have used harsh or inappropriate training methods. 

When we say that our training is achieved by “The Miraculous Grace of God” we don’t just mean spiritually, but also physically.

If you are having a problem with your dog then “You Needs to Goes to Mr. O’s”  

Training is achieved through the miraculous grace of God. God bless you and your dog too.


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