Hi, I’m Josh. Nice to meet you!

Does any of this sound familiar?

  • You love your dog, but you don’t know what to do when they start acting up. You sometimes feel kind of guilty about it.
  • You are a busy person. Maybe you can’t commit to training due to scheduling conflicts.
  • You tried the group class thing and didn’t get the results you wanted.
  • You are the do-it-yourself type. You are eager to learn and absorb information like a sponge.
  • You are completely overwhelmed with your dog and wish you knew how and what to prioritize to reduce personal stress.

If it does, then you already know how tough it can be trying to get practical advice and support that leads to results.

These days, training your dog is a must, but going to group classes can be inconvenient and incomplete. Let’s face it: There’s a lot more to know about living with dogs than just how to train them, such as household manners, public etiquette and bite prevention (just to name a few).

Luckily, by pure chance or divine intervention, you found me! 

I can teach you proven methods to prevent and manage unwanted behavior that are used by the world’s best professional dog trainers. My goal is to help you get where you want to be, understand why your dog behaves the way it does and show you how to modify the way you and your dog think, learn and communicate together.

Imagine a dog that…

  • Sits automaticallyinstead of jumping on you and mauling your guests at the door!
  • Comes when you callinstead of taking their time or ignoring you!
  • Walks nicely on leashinstead of dragging you all over the place or barking and lunging at other dogs!
  • Quiets easilyinstead of barking its head off every time something moves or guests visit!
  • Chills out on its bedinstead of seeking non-stop attention from you!

After over 11 years of dog training, a psychology degree, and hundreds of dogs and clients later, I’m more of a Canine Lifestyle Coach than ‘dog trainer’.

My Story

Although I’ve had dogs my entire life and had always considered myself a natural trainer, it wasn’t until I became a dog trainer that I realized just how much I didn’t know.

When I left the Army in 2005, I got my very own first dog to help transition back to civilian life. On our first walk, before I even made it one block, a lady crossed the street in fear of his breed. I was shocked! I had no idea that pit bull stigmas existed.

From then on, I was determined to have a well mannered dog, both at home and in public. I became obsessed about learning which strategies were the most effective and why. I’ve learned from dozens of the top dogs in the industry and I want to share this life changing knowledge with you for an unforgettable experience.

Here is a just a very small taste of what I can do for you:
  • Create a simple, step by step strategy to follow: Help alleviate stressful problems in your life and head in a better direction by teaching you how to communicate effectively with your dog, without costly and time consuming mistakes.
  • Provide world class support: Hold your hand every step of the way with phone and email assistance for the life of your dogs.
  • Develop your mindset and performance: Become confident in your skills and abilities for dealing with any dog situation you may encounter, now and in the future.

Ready to improve your dog life?

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Want to know more about me?

Here’s my boring, 3rd person bio:

Josh is a professional canine coach with over 10 years of experience in the pet industry as a business owner and consultant for dog training, pet sitting and dog walking, currently at work on bringing the new Clicker Ring and Treat Holster training tools to the market.

Josh is proud to be a US Army veteran and currently resides in his hometown of Chico, California, with his two American Staffordshire Terriers, Kane and Puppy.

  • Psychology (Bachelor of Arts) and Entrepreneurship – CSU Chico (2015)
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed – Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (2011-2014)
  • Certified Dog Walker – Dog*Tec (2011)
  • Certified Cadaver Dog Search – Andy Rebmann (2008)
  • Certified Dog Trainer – Animal Behavior College (2007)
  • Advanced Obedience
  • Basic Obedience
  • Behavior Consulting (Applied Behavior Analysis)
  • Bite Prevention (Prenatal, Infant, Toddler and K-12)
  • Canine Body Language
  • Clicker Training
  • Detection (Nosework)
  • Loose Leash Dog Walking
  • Household Manners
  • Off Leash Trail Manners
  • Pet Selection Counseling
  • Public Etiquette
  • Reactive Dog Desensitization and Management (barking, chasing or lunging at people or other animals)
  • Shy or Fearful Dog Enrichment
  • Socialization Strategies
Organizations

  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers (2007-2016)
  • Blog Paws Pet Blogger (2015)
  • Family Paws Parent Education (2011-2014)
  • Pet Professional Guild

Conferences

  • Karen Pryor Clicker Training, Clicker Expo (Long Beach, Reno)
  • APDT Conference (Dallas, Las Vegas)
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Animal Training
  • Bartending
  • Business Development
  • Copywriting
  • Customer Service
  • Data Interpretation
  • Digital Marketing
  • Direct Sales
  • Email Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • HTML and CSS
  • Idea Generation
  • Lead Generation
  • Pay Per Click
  • Photo Editing
  • Photography
  • Public Speaking
  • Research
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social Media Automation
  • Social Media Management
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Statistics
  • Video Editing
  • WordPress Web Design and Site Management
  • Writing
  • Clicker Plus – Chico, CA (2015-Present)
  • Dog Guy Josh – Chico, CA (2006-Present)
  • Lean Launch University – Chico, CA (2014-2016)
  • Chico Moving Services – Chico, CA (2005-2011)
  • U.S. Army – Fort Bragg, NC (2002-2005)

In addition to my formal history, I’ve also consulted on a number of startups. Most notably, Pocket Points, where I help formulate and influence their business model and customer acquisition strategy in the early stages.

My first jobs were newspaper delivery, residential construction and Baskin-Robbins. I’ve been a server, bartender, sandwich maker, chef, card dealer, paratrooper and weapons armorer, too.

U.S. Army, 2002-2005

  • Honorable Discharge
  • MOS: 92Y-P
  • Rank: E-4P
  • Unit: 96th Civil Affairs BN Airborne
  • Position: Airborne quartermaster and armorer for company and battalion levels.

Responsible for maintaining accountability of the Army’s largest battalion size arms room, as well as millions of dollars in sensitize equipment. As an E-4, I served in the S-4 office in an E-7 position.

Attended Gryphon Group

Attended Combat LINES Training

Ready to improve your dog life?

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