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Doggy Wisdom: Learn About Behavior Modification and Dog Training

The Dogman himself…ready to share insights from his 40-year career as a dog trainer.

One of the great things about  Mark “Dogman” Castillero is his desire to help others know more about how to properly train their dogs. He affectionately calls it Doggy Wisdom and he’s excited to announce an informative and inspiring workshop.

Sat, February 17, 2018, 10 a.m. 4 p.m.

Located at the Iconic
Deer Park Winery and Automotive Museum
29013 Champagne Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92026



Legendary dog trainer and owner of Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training, “Dogman” Mark will cover the basics of how to become a dog trainer. Topics include:

-Behavior modification


-Custom tailoring your services

-Problem solving and more.

This workshop is for both aspiring dog trainers as well as dog owners who want to learn more.

The workshop is for both aspiring dog trainers and existing dog owners who want to learn more. (Contact Mark directly to apply to have your dog attend the workshop with you!)

Cost: $149, includes a copy of More Than a Dog Whisperer, Making it Big in the Dog Training Industry (a $32 value!) and includes Admission to the Automotive Museum (a $10 value!)

Register at www.eventbrite.com

OPTIONAL: Evening BBQ/Mixer at Pro-Train in Vista for any enrollment in a program.


Five Fun Things to Do while Taking Your Dog Hiking

Five Fun Things to Do while Taking Your Dog Hiking

Summer Is Here and it’s Time to Take a Hike!

Great Doggy Fun Tips from Guest Blogger Scott Moses of LiveOnceLiveWild

For dog lovers, there is nothing quite so satisfying as watching your dog running up and down a trail through your local state park after a long week of being stuck inside while you are out at work. For those of us who have long jobs, and long commutes to those jobs, we probably live with a little bit of a guilty conscience when we come every evening to see our dogs laying in boredom on the living room couch.

The best way to make it up to your dog is to get him or her outside as often as possible. While dog parks are always a good option, what dogs really need is a place to feel unburdened by fences and boundaries; a place where they can explore and enjoy the world around them. Nothing is better for that than taking your dog hiking. Here are five ideas for how you and your dog can most thoroughly enjoy your time out on the trail.

Find a Trail with a Creek

Dogs get hot, and when you´re walking up and over mountains in 90-degree heat, your dog will love nothing more than coming to a cool, shady creek where he or she can cool off. When looking for places to hike, try to find a trail that either goes by a creek or rivers, or ends up at a lake or pond where your little friend can cool off.

Photo Credit Shawn Hargreaves


Give Right of Way to Hikers

Unfortunately, there are many hiking trails around our country that are closed off to dogs. If you are lucky enough to have found a place that allows for dogs, make sure that it stays that way by sticking to the basic rules of dog-hiking etiquette. Always keep your dog in sight when not on a leash, and when you see hikers approaching, call your pup to your side, get to the side of the trail, and let the oncoming hikers know that your dog is friendly. This will help avoid any unpleasant comments at the local ranger station that could lead to closing the trail to dogs in the future.

Photo Credit Rico Castillero

Bring a Dog Backpack

Just because you feel guilty for having left your dog indoors for far more time than what you wanted doesn’t mean that you must “physically” carry that burden with you. When on the trail, give your dog a job of his or her own and let them carry their own weight, literally. There are several dog backpacks that can be efficiently and comfortably strapped to your dog´s back so that he or she can carry their own water and any other snacks, treats, or toys that you think they might enjoy later on down the trail. For a great comparison guide of the top dog backpacks on the market today, check out this article at LiveOnceLiveWild.com.

Photo Credit Jonas Grimsgaard



Find a Place to Take a Nap Together

One of the absolute best parts of hiking is coming to that gorgeous overlook of the valley below, finding a snug place on the forest floor with a thick mattress of pine needles, and relaxing into a deep sleep as the gentle rays of the sun warm you generously. Just as you enjoy a relaxing power nap during a hike, your dog will most likely do the same. Though their energy levels may be through the roof at the outset of the hike, by the time you´ve done a few miles, they will probably more than likely be willing to snuggle up by your side for a quick sleep.

Photo Credit LaurenEllen McCann

Make a Leaf Pile to Jump Into

Hiking during autumn comes with several added benefits. The temperature is generally a little cooler, the sky is crisper and bluer, rains are uncommon in most areas, the color of the leaves is simply astounding, and best of all, there is an abundance of leaves covering the trail to make a pile to jump into. While some people might consider this an activity for children, after a long day hiking, there is nothing quite so nourishing as raking up a big pile of leaves to jump into. Your dog will quickly pick up on the game and the two of you can celebrate the end of the trail in fashion.

Photo Credit Carol Vinzant

Enjoy the Time Outdoors

Most importantly, you need to let your dog know that you are happy to be there spending time with him or her. After too much alone time indoors, your pup needs the extra attention and care and the best way to give him or her the devotion they need is by taking them into the great outdoors.


Dog Summer Safety Tips

Dog Summer Safety Tips

Oh, how we love the dog days of Summer. Whether it be lazy days in the sun or a day outdoors near the lake, it’s important to remember Safety First for our four-legged friends.

Many folks with dogs love to take their pooches out to sea in the summer. With warmer weather and easier sailing, it’s not so unusual to see a furry four-footer playing the role of skipper!

However, there are plenty of safety considerations to take into account before bringing your pup on board.

According to Dogman Mark, all dogs should be equipped with a dog life jacket, as rough waves can pull under even strong swimmers. Dogs with light-colored fur are also very susceptible to sunburns, so you’ll need to apply dog sunscreen to your pup’s fur to protect them on the hot, sunny boat deck!

The folks over at K9 of Mine have published a new Dog Safety Tips Infographic that we’re sharing here in an effort to keep four-legged crew safe and secure this sailing season. Make sure to read these tips before you set out!

Does your pooch need training so s/he is ready for adventure? Or does your pooch need a safe place to hang out while you are away this summer? Contact Dogman Mark for more information on how he and his team can help.

Mark Castillero - animal behavior specialist


Service Dogs Trained Right Make a Big Difference

Service Dogs Trained Right Make a Big Difference

The phrase “Man’s Best Friend” takes on a new meaning when you think of a service dog. In fact, a properly trained service dog will lay down its life for its owner. It knows that its primary focus is to care for the specific needs of its owner. So finding the right dog trainer is critical.

“It’s essential to train a service dog to the individual needs of the person,” according to Mark Castillero, owner of Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training and author of More than a Dog Whisperer. Mark’s customized approach has earned him the title Dogman Mark and this 40-year dog training legend has trained over 10,000 dogs!

Dogman Mark points to the need for patience, persistence and a positive attitude for any person who is a dog trainer. Without these three character traits, it’s going to be a tough road for the prospective trainer and for the dog! Mark is big on mentoring. He includes several of his key mentors in his Amazon Kindle Best Selling book. Also, Mark is always on the lookout for great companies to provide good quality products for his clients.

Mark recently found SitStay vests and are happy to use them for existing “trainees”. Mark likes that they have a good variety of sizes and they come in various colors. He and his Pro-Train staff really like the zippered pocket on each side.

“We use one side for the laminated service dog certification card and the other side to hold a bag for poop pick up,” added Mark. “I’m always on the lookout for products that are well constructed and with quality materials and SitStay vests fit the bill.”It looks like SitStay has really done their research into what a service dog owner needs. Mark loves that the official service dog patches are already sewn into the vests. And he likes the reflective strip on bottom of each side, making the dog visible at night.

So the next time you see a beloved canine with the Service Dog designation, know that pet is working hard for its owner. And it’s that bond and commitment that makes all the difference.

To learn more about service dog training, contact Pro-Train Innovative at 877-223-3647 or check out their website at www.protraindog.com

The Green Dog Owner: An Earth Day Reminder from Dogman Mark

The Green Dog Owner: An Earth Day Reminder from Dogman Mark

In honor of Earth Day, we have some great info to help you become a Green Dog Owner. You can reduce your dog’s “carbon paw-prints” starting today!

The infographic below shows 14 ways you can become a more environmentally friendly dog owner today!

Mark Castillero (a.k.a Dogman Mark) teaches positive Go Green dog owner tips in his dog training business and speaking events.

Whether it’s the supplies you buy for your dog or how your scoop the poop…there are many ways to make a positive change to help Mother Earth.



22 Ways Dogs Make Humans Healthier

22 Ways Dogs Make Humans Healthier

Do you love having dogs at home? If yes, you are in luck. Dogs are not only the best companion ever; they also provide health benefits to their owners. The next time you think about dogs, you don’t just consider them as best friends but also your fitness buddies.

In many ways, dogs help humans live a healthier and more active lifestyle. It is because of your dogs that you get out of your house more often. You need to walk them to the park or play with them. It is also because of them that you become more emotionally stable. When you are down and depressed, you can always lean on them for comfort.

Dogs don’t talk back when you talk to them, but their presence and warmth alone can make you feel loved. They will calm you down when you are at the height of your emotions. They will also help you cope with challenges in life even if they don’t give you advice.

There are a lot more ways in which dogs can help you stay healthy, both physically and emotionally. You are lucky if you have a dog at home. We have compiled an infographic that details the ways in which dogs can help you live a healthier lifestyle. Hopefully, this changes your mind in getting a dog at home. You might think of them as playful creatures that mess up your place, but they can be of help to you in more ways than you think.

22 Ways Dogs Make Humans Healthier

Protective Pets: Train a Dog to Guard Your Property

Protective Pets: Train a Dog to Guard Your Property


DogMan Mark, one of the founders of the California Kennel Association and the Director of Training for Pro-Train, a premier provider of protection dog training in San Diego, was recently featured in National Digi Magazine and more details about it can be found in the article written by Amanda Bell for Angie’s List Weekly entitled Protective Pets: Train a Dog to Guard Your Property.

The article tackles the benefits of training a dog for property protection, highlighting that it provides assistance in dangerous situations. It says “having a pet with protection training can help scare off intruders and give you added peace of mind.”

In the featured article, DogMan Mark, provides useful insights about personal protection dog training, addressing questions on the following topics:

  • The difference between guard dog and personal protection dog training
  • The breeds and personality traits that make a dog a good candidate for personal protection training
  • The training process involved
  • The qualifications that one should look for when hiring a dog trainer
  • The liability issues exist for owning a dog with this type of training

More details can be found on the PDF version of that feature article – here : Protective Pets: Train A Dog To Guard Your Property

Interested in a personalized protection dog training San Diego? Send your inquiries to Pro-Train today.

Call us at (760) 749-0897 or 1-877-BAD DOGS

Baby Program Is a Doggone Good Deal

Baby Program Is a Doggone Good Deal

Making Sure Your Dog Loves Your Baby: A Pro-Train Innovative Exclusive!

Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training is offering a Baby Program for new parents and their canine companions. Affectionately called “Making Sure Your Dog Loves Your Baby”, Castillero has now trained over 100 prospective parents using his animal behavior expertise. The 10-day program starts while the parents are expecting and continues once baby has arrived. The innovative program helps teach beloved furry family members how to handle baby’s cries and teaches the beloved pet the needed boundaries for baby and the parents. From stroller walks to keeping clear of baby’s blankets, the Pro-Train Baby Program has had a 100 percent success rate.

Rachel and Rico were elated with their experience with their pit bull Lou, and their new baby girl. “When we found out we were expecting a baby, one of our main concerns was whether our dog would do well welcoming a new person into our home. Thanks to Mark’s baby program, there were no problems. He’s loves going on walks and does well with the stroller…isn’t afraid of it and heels well. Then when the baby cries he seems totally un-phased. It has been a smooth transition and we are so glad Lou went through the program, said new mom Rachel. And there are countless other testimonials about the program.

To learn more, contact Dogman Mark directly on his cell at 760-809-9148.

12 Amazing Reasons Why Dogs Are Good to Help Raise Children

12 Amazing Reasons Why Dogs Are Good to Help Raise Children

People say that there’s more than enough love to go around when you have a dog and a child in the same home. This has been proven time and again by people who raise dogs and children at the same time.

The kids and the dogs grow up together and become inseparable for the rest of their lives. It’s a bond that is not easily broken, even when the child moves away to college or in the sad event of the dog’s death.

A dog is a fiercely loyal friend that can be counted on in times of need. As the child grows up, there will be days that he will be lonely or sad especially when his parents are not there with him. Having a dog would help him cope with the pressures and confusing time of adolescence as well as help him become more physically active.

Dogs are playful and prefer to be outside all the time. This will keep the child on his toes instead of being sedentary and focused on his computer or mobile phone all the time.

Apart from these, a dog will also provide security not just for the child, but for the entire home. Nothing beats the alert senses of a dog when it comes to guarding your house against burglars and thieves.

This infographic lists down the benefits of having a dog help raise your kids and why it is truly beneficial for them to grow up with one inside the house.

12 Amazing Reasons Why Dogs Are Good to Help Raise Children