Foundation Style Dog Training

The methods you choose to use while training your dog are important. Since dogs don't have the ability to rationalize the way humans do, it's easy for them to get confused if our expectations or command structure are unclear.  That is why K9 Precision™️ has partnered with professional dog trainer, Mike D'Abruzzo, and adopted his "Foundation Style Dog Training" approach.

In this approach, we work our way up a 10-level pyramid, establishing a new training base for the dog at each level. By using this method (when done correctly), the dog will start to make a clear connection between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors, commands and consequences.



1. Ethology: 

Understanding the natural instincts that drive your dog's behavior is a crucial first step in training. These instincts influence how your dog responds in various environments. 


2. Health: 

The health of your dog is a significant factor in building a strong training foundation. Often times health issues can be overlooked leading us to believe the dog is being disobedient when in fact they are in pain. We always must rule out health issues prior to labeling them behavior problems.



3. Diagnosis: 

Learning how to properly diagnose your dog's behaviors accurately so we can develop a training plan that will actually work. So many times owners and professional trainers alike don't take the time or have the knowledge to properly diagnose the multitude of behavior challenges that arise.


4. Attitude: 

The way we feel about our dog and their behaviors. As well as the way the dog feels about the training.

Imagine the type of sessions you'll have with your dog if you go into it thinking they are being "jerks" or "just stubborn". 


5. Management: 

Utilizing the resources, environments and objects around you in order to manage your dog's behavior. All of these things can happen prior to training. Imagine putting yourself ahead of the game everyday. That's what management allows you to do.


6. Applied Behavior Analysis:

A scientific approach to understanding your dog's current behavior and then working to improve or change that behavior. 

Observe, interpret, and then design a plan to either encourage or alter the behaviors based on your needs.

In a nutshell once you've determined a behavior you don't want, the most important next step is to define and then create a replacement behavior  that you do want.


If you're interested in learning more, check out our Leash Master Videos on YouTube.