What kind of dogs do you work with? Do you train aggressive dogs?

I work with dogs from all walks of life! All breeds, ages (including puppies) , sizes, and behaviors (including aggressive dogs). I regularly work with dogs exhibiting behaviors from dog aggression, human aggression, leash aggression, food aggression, pulling on leash, and dogs that need basic obedience. I work with any dog. Any breed. Any size. Any age. Any problem. I’m ready for ya!

What dog training methods and tools will you use to train my dog? Why?

Just like people, dogs have unique needs and there is no “one size fits all” approach to dog training and rehabilitation. Strictly adhering to one tool, method, or practice can severely limit the success of your dog. I use a variety of training tools including food, praise, affection, clickers, prong collars, remote collars, pack drive, etc. The key is to focus on the training method that work best for your dog’s individual needs and behaviors. I believe that communication is a huge piece of dog training, and one that is often under-utilized, thus I focus on communication and engagement strategies that work for your dog.

What makes your obedience training methods effective?

There are a LOT of training philosophies and methods out there and many dog trainers subscribe to one particular method. However, in order to choose the proper method it is important to look at the dog first. Trainers who focus only on obedience tricks deprive the dog of what he actually needs. Dogs that exhibit aggressive behaviors due to fear and anxiety need training that focuses on changing what drives the unwanted behavior, not just the behavior itself. I use a holistic approach that uses obedience in a very specific way; to stabilize your dog’s state of mind through structure, leadership and communication to create a balanced, calm and happy dog.

What if I don’t get the results I was hoping for? Is there a guarantee?

Due to the many variables that come into play when creating a balanced, well-behaved dog — including owner commitment, consistency, and follow through, which are out of my control– it would be misleading for us to give a 100% guarantee. I strive to seek dedicated clients who come with an eager excitement to learn and are willing to make the necessary sacrifices to achieve the results you are looking for. Because I strive to seek dedicated clients I have never worked with a dog that didn’t find huge success and a dog training client that wasn’t pleased

What is your coverage area?

I live and play in the bay area so I cover a majority of the bay area including these locations:

– San Francisco

– San Mateo (Daly City, Colma, Brisbane, South San Francisco, Pacifica, Milbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo, Foster City)

– Alameda County (Oakland, Piedmont, Alameda, Berkeley)

– Marin County (Sausalito, Mill Valley, San Anselmo, Marin City, San Rafael, Novato, Larkspur, Tiburon, Belvedere, Corte Madera)

If you don’t see your location listed, feel free to contact me anyway! Depending on the circumstance, I will travel further with an additional travel fee or I can refer you to another trusted local dog trainer.

What does Lupa mean?

Lupa means “she-wolf “in Latin and “magnifying glass” in Spanish. My training methods are not focused on covering up deep seeded issues with obedience and fancy tricks. I work with each dog at an individual level to zero in on the root cause of his behavior and tailor a training plan that will uncover his full.

When you are ready to get started contact me online, or call Lupa K9 in San Francisco today at 415-770-5595 for all of your dog training needs!