Private Dog Training Denver*, Breckenridge, Conifer, Bailey, and Fairplay areas, Colorado

        Est. 1996                                                                      (303) 910-3931

Denver Dog Training Jackie Middelhoek

Affection & Praise

Family Dog Training, Inc.

“Building Lasting Relationships through Training and Understanding”

Behavior Problems

Excessive Barking

Excessive barking is a common and frustrating problem.  We would like our dogs to only bark appropriately.  This article is about how to achieve that.

The Basics

How Dog Training Works

How do dogs learn?  How does dog training work?  How can a dog learn the rules of your household?

Proper Dog Socialization

Proper socialization is very important as it has a huge influence over what kind of personality a dog will have as an adult.  Will a dog be aggressive or friendly, Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde? 

House Training

There are three things your dog has to learn: where to go, where not to go and to hold it.

Dog Behavior

Dog Language

Your dog thinks you are a very strange dog.  Your ears are barely visible, you don’t have a tail and when you smile (bare your front teeth) you are happy instead of threatening?  In spite of this, your dog tries to communicate with you all the time and is very attentive to your body language, because that is the only language he “speaks.”

Proper Dog Parenting

You have probably heard and read a great deal about pack leaders, alphas and how they are supposed to act and behave.  Physical domination, alpha rollovers and getting in your dog’s face all were part of the old fashioned notion.  But it's all a myth.

Fears and Phobias

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation anxiety is a common problem.  Whether you just adopted a dog from the animal shelter or brought home your brand spanking new puppy from the breeder, your new companion will have to learn to be left home alone. 

Articles from other on-line sources

AVSAB Position Statement on Punishment

AVSAB's position is that punishment (e.g. choke chains, pinch collars, and electronic collars) should not be used as a first line or early-use treatment for behavior problems.  

AVSAB Position Statement on Dominance

AVSAB is concerned with the recent re-emergence of dominance theory and forcing dogs and other animals into submission as a means of preventing and correcting behavior problems.  


Dog Child Proofing

Dogs and children can be best friends, but unfortunately that doesn’t happen automatically.  Of the 4.7 million dog bites in the US each year, 70% of bites are on children, half of which are bites to the face.