DognPooch was created out of passion and necessity: a passion for helping dogs and their owners and a necessity to craft a life that can be enjoyed every day – not just on the weekends. There are so many dogs out there with owners that don’t know (or don’t have time) to train their pups when all it takes is a little consistency every day after establishing some ground rules. A dog is both a blessing and a challenge – much like a typical kid. When your dog is trained properly, your life with your dog changes dramatically. Life becomes “Can Fido come with us?” rather than “Just leave Fido at home”; or “Don’t touch Fido – he jumps and barks” to “Fido enjoys his place and some human love”. If you have a dog that needs some training, you should learn more about the man behind DognPooch, Mark Lipes (that’s me!)
I grew up with dogs in my life from the very beginning, but it wasn’t until I brought home Jill, my beautiful Great Dane, that I decided that dog training was something I’d need to learn. I knew it was going to be necessary that she was trained from the beginning of her “puppyhood” for both my family and Jill to have a great life together.
After much research and studying the differences between positive-only and balanced training methods, I decided to train with and learn the training techniques of world-renowned trainers Sean O’Shea and Jeff Gellman at their training center in Chattsworth, California. While many trainers promote a “positive-only” training method, I believe, along with Sean and Jeff, that a Balanced Training method is the best way to strengthen the bond between dog and owner.
My greatest joy is aiding in a dog’s transformation. Through my training programs, an off-leash way of life is taught to both the dog and you, the owner, opening new doors for everyone.
I’m not only a wonderful trainer, but a man that wants the best for you and your dog. I understand how hard it may be to leave your dog with “a stranger” and take the responsibility seriously. Everything I can to ensure your dog is treated well during training and you are at ease while he is away from home is done.
In my spare time, I am constantly trying to improve, both personally and professionally. That means working on personal development, customer relationships, improving training skills, and believing that anything is possible. After all, I took a leap of faith to become a dog trainer. But as far as I’m concerned, the day I quit the 9 to 5 lifestyle was the last day I’d ever work again. When you’re doing what you love….. everyday is a perfect day.
Feel free to reach out to me via the contact form, phone, text, or through Facebook – whatever your favorite method of communication is!