Thursday, August 22, 2013

10 Common Mistakes Dog Owners Make

I'm not going to treat you as humans!
I’m not going to treat you as humans!
According to Vladae Roytapel, the famous Russian Dog Wizard, there are at least 10 common mistakes that dog owners make:
1. Humanization – If you treat your dog as a human your dog will treat you as a dog. Your dog is not your child or you’re relative. The wolf is still your dog’s second cousin.
2. Democracy – Dogs and democracy don’t mix. There is no such thing as the bill of rights in the canine world. If you want your dog to become an acceptable member of the family, he must be last in hierarchy of social order.
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The Russian Dog Wizard in action.
3. Allowing your dog to live on welfare – Dogs in the wild hunt for food and other resources. When they live in your home they still acquire a need to work for their food and possessions in order to be happy.  Give your dog physical and mental exercise. Physical exercise can be simply playing a game of fetch. Mental exercise can be practicing proper obedience training for 10-15 minutes per day. These games and exercises will help make your dog-tired. Remember, a tired dog is a good dog.
4. Afraid to say “no” – Don’t be afraid to say no to your dog and to set limits and enforce these limits with consequences. But remember, the human way of discipline will always create the opposite effect on the dog. For more information on the canine way of correcting your dog please go to
5. Speaking English to your dog – The only language your dog understands is dogglish.  Examples of speaking dogglish are praising your dog in a high pitch tone of voice. This means approval. Disciplining your dog in a low town of voice means disapproval.
6. Giving unconditional affection – Do dogs enjoy human affection? Yes, of course they do.  But dogs need not only human affection to become balanced and happy. In fact, many people are shocked to learn that dogs actually desire structure and discipline more than they desire human affection. Touch and affection are human needs and desires that we inflict upon our dogs. But our dogs look to us for signs of leadership and rules, not touch and affection. Please make sure to always balance love and discipline.
7. No demands for respect – Remember that no one will listen to you and give you respect out of gratitude. Do you think your dog is any different? No, dogs who obey an owner out of gratitude belong to the Hollywood movies and are not existent in reality. Start demanding respect. There are three ways to achieve this:
• Never give a command which you cannot reinforce
• If you give a command follow through by all means necessary
• Don’t ever repeat a command.
8. Underserved privileges – If your dog is currently being rehabilitated or is displaying any kind of behavioral problem, you will want to stay away from allowing your dog these privileges:
• Sleeping with you in your bed and sharing the same furniture. This is giving your dog greater social status by physically raising himself above you or on the same level as you.
• Free feeding. Alpha always eats first. Make your dog wait for his food for one minute.
• Enter hallways and such before your dog does – alphas always go first.
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Vladae is fluent in Dogglish.
9. Allow the dog to lead on walks and bark in your house – Pulling on the leash in not just an inconvenience. It’s a sign that your dog believes he is in charge of you. Did you know that allowing your dog to lead on a walk and bark in your house is giving your dog permission to growl and bite whomever he chooses?  It’s true! By doing this, he is putting himself in a position of authority and putting you in a subordinate position. Pulling on the leash can also lead to damage to the neck and impaired vision. It’s okay if your dog barks one or two times when someone knocks on the door. But if the barking continues it can become a big problem. Dogs who constantly bark think they are in charge and they are the decision makers.
10. Not allowing your dog to be a dog – dogs very different from humans. Human psychology has no bearing on them. We love our dogs for a multitude of reasons but they can only love us back for one. When interacting with your dog you must use canine language and actions to establish authority, which will create harmony in your relationship as nature intended.

About the author

Vladae RoytapelVladae Roytapel, Russian Dog Wizard, is a renowned dog training expert; his success has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX networks across the country. He hosts a nationally syndicated show on Animal Radio titled “Ask Vladae!” If you are experiencing problem behaviors with your dog or simply want your puppy or adult dog to have better manners, please visit Vladae the Russian dog training Wizard Informational website with Free dog training tips:, or his blog

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Dog Training Orange County CA

Welcome to Dog Training Orange County CA  - Your Direct Connection to Vladae the World Famous Russian Dog Wizard - Dog Training Expert in 
Walking - Don’t let your dog walk ahead of you. 
If he is ahead of you on a walk, he will walk all over you in all other areas of your relationship! Loose Leash - Always walk your dog on a loose leash. Tension on a leash can cause frustration which may be taken out on other dogs or moving objects.
Supervise - Supervise your dog at all times. 
You must witness a problem in order to correct it and prevent it from reoccurring.
A Tired Dog is a Good Dog - Fulfill your dog’s needs both mentally and physically.
 A 15 - 20 minute run, twice a day will serve your dogs’ physical needs. 30 minutes of obedience training will have a therapeutically profound effect on your dog and will serve your dogs’ mental needs.
Attention - You can’t teach a dog if you do not have his attention. 
Get his attention first before you give a command.
Reinforcement - Never give a command that you can’t reinforce.

Mom Says ONCE! - Give a command once, then correct if the dog does not obey. 
If you repeat a command more than once, you will teach your dog that the command has no meaning.
Jobs - If you don’t give your dog a job to perform at, he will eventually find one himself and you won’t like what he chooses!
Calm and Assertive - Do not yell and scream at your dog when he is behaving badly.
Down Stay - Do a 30 minute down stay, twice a day. 
This will reinforce your role as the Alpha leader.

Arriving Guests - Before your guests arrive, crate your dog or put him in “place.”
 No one enjoys being greeted by an out of control dog!

Eating and Entering Passageways - Eat and enter all passageways before your dog does. 
Alpha’s always eat first and enter all areas first.

Attachment - Don’t let your dog follow you around like a laser guided missile. 
This behavior can lead to separation anxiety.

Love and Discipline - Always balance love with discipline and structure. 
If love was all that was needed, my business would not be thriving!

Tonality - Tone of voice is extremely important. 
A high pitch tone is a sign of approval and a low tone is a sign of disapproval. Your dog will clearly understand this.
Praise - Praise your dog for doing something right. 
Praise does not always mean you have to shower your dog with affection. It simply means you need to say “Good boy / girl” in a high pitch tone of voice.
Elevating Status - Don’t allow your dog on the furniture or on your bed. 
If you allow your dog to be on the same level as you, you are elevating his status and lowering yours. This is clearly not the way to establish yourself as the Alpha Leader.
Ignoring Problems - Ignoring problem behavior will not make it go away.
Ignoring is condoning and condoning is approval in your dogs’ mind.

Corrections - Correcting your dog must have meaning. 
If your correction is not strong enough it won’t have meaning for your dog. If it doesn’t have meaning, there is no motivation for your dog to stop the bad behavior.
Behaving Badly - Dogs behave badly because they know they can and they don’t understand it is wrong.
Vladae Roytapel, known as “The Dog Wizard,” is the owner of Alternative Canine Training which is one of the most successful in-home dog training companies in the world. Vladae is now offering affordable in-home dog training in southern California.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

“Russian Dog Wizard” Vladae Roytapel has always had a natural affinity with animals.

Ending the Cold War Between Dogs and Masters

Published by Newport Beach Independent
Russian Dog Wizard” Vladae Roytapel has always had a natural affinity with animals. Growing up in the former Soviet Union, Vladae was just 6 when he began what would become a lifelong journey working with animals, eventually becoming one of the most sought-after animal behaviorists in both Europe and the U.S.
I met Vladae earlier this week at the home of my friends Deidre and Peter, whose adorable Maltese, Riley, has been having some separation and barking issues. I watched in amazement as Vladae worked patiently and effectively with them; it is clear this is his life’s calling.
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Vladae Roytapel uses a relaxation technique on Riley.
Dee said it best: “Wow.”
Her husband was smiling. Riley wagged his tail with fervor. Clearly, things were on the right track and she tells me that since just that one session, she has seen improvement and plans to schedule a series of sessions as a result.
Training the owner, says Vladae, is just as crucial to success as training the dog.
“If you expect change only from the dog, the problems will likely continue,” he says.
Vladae told us that growing up with a grandfather who was a famous Soviet zoologist known for his “Pavlov-style” research on wild animal behavior had a profound impact on him. It also gave him access to all types of animals early on.
By the time he was 13, he was the youngest Russian “schutzhund” competition champion, essentially winning the Super Bowl of dog training in his country. As his career unfolded, he began training dogs for the Red Army – as guard, paratrooping and patrol dogs – and even trained spy dogs for the KGB.
With all the military training in his background, one might think Vladae’s approach would be harsh. In fact, the exact opposite is true. His method is gentle and essentially mimics how a mother dog treats its pups.
Vladae has refined and perfected his techniques into “doglish,” and this has become his unique trademark. It is an integral part of his successful training and behavioral instruction, which is rooted in balancing positive reinforcement, structure and discipline.
Vladae went on to tell us that he, his wife and two small children came to the U.S. when the former Soviet Union collapsed and significant civil unrest in the Muslim state of Azerbaijan, where he was born and raised, became unbearable. So with only $100 cash in their pockets, they moved to Michigan to start a new life.
It wasn’t easy, but Vladae worked tirelessly and over the past 15 years he has been featured on countless television and radio shows including CNN, NPR, NBC, FOX, ABC and CBS affiliates, even making an appearance on David Letterman’s show. In Michigan, he had a regular show on the local news station FOX Detroit, and he is a regular contributor to many print and online news outlets.
“My dream has always been to have my own dog show, and I knew I needed to be closer to the entertainment capital of the world,” says Vladae. So they packed up again and moved to sunny Southern California.
Vladae currently hosts a segment on Animal Radio® called “Ask Vladae the World Famous Russian Dog Wizard” and has recently finished filming a pilot for his show currently under consideration by Animal Planet.
Now living in Newport Coast, Vladae works with clients locally and across the country. As a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, he is not just a trainer; he is a certified dog behaviorist and firmly believes in integrated training.
“My philosophy encompasses three simple guidelines,” says Vladae. “The value of prevention (training before bad behavior surfaces); the importance of providing a loving but structured, disciplined environment; and making sure that both the owner’s as well as the dog’s needs are being met.”
To watch Vladae in action, visit his website at or listen at To schedule a behavior modification or canine training camp consultation, call 949-274-3445 or 949-244-0615.
Vladae encourages dog owners not to wait to call him until bad behavior arises. “As my grandfather always told me, ‘don’t try to cheat Mother Nature, you will always lose.’”

Friday, October 21, 2011

Dear Friends, Forget about Cesar Millian, Vladae has arrived! ☺ Animal Planet released a demo of my doggy game show. Please “like” the video and leave some nice words into the comment box (below the video). Also, please spread the link to all your friends and family!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

How to Choose a Dog From a Shelter - What to look For

No Emotions - Just Logic

Look for true quality, like choosing a boy/girl-friend. The consequences of choosing the wrong dog can be even worse than picking the wrong spouse. Why? Because, especially in America, people are more more willing to end human relationships than dog one's. I think people feel guilt overwhelm them like they fail to give the dog up in the relationship because they made the wrong decision in the stage of emotion weakness. It is easy in America to get a divorce unlike giving up dogs. Society is more judgmental on the latter and plus there is no way to give them up because all shelters & humane societies are flooded with unwanted pets. They were loved once and forsaken the next.

Canine match making.

What ever you pick whether it be pure breed or pure american mutt (combination of different breed traits) you must consider your dogs personality & your own along with living conditions. Ask yourself:
  • Are single or married?
  • Do you have kids? If so, how old are they?
  • Are you a race-car or couch potato?
  • Do you have a backyard or balcony?

My great Russian Dog Wizard guide:

5 Bets breeds for kids:
  • Boxers
  • Bul Mastiff
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • German Shepard Dog 
2 Best breeds for singles:
  • German Shepard Dog
  • Akita
Those breeds will think they married you. 

3 best breeds for married families of all political persuasions:
  • Democratic - Lab./Golden
  • Republican - German Shepard Dog
  • Independent - Portuguese Water Dog
Big backyard owners:
  • All sporting/herding breeds
Small backyard:
  • Lazy American Mastiff (not because of Russian rhetoric, just the truth)
Active people - get Dalmatian mixes. 
Couch potato's - get Pekinese.

Once you have determined what breeds or mutt match your lifestyle do a perfect dog test. 

Perfect Dog Test:
  • Social - Make sure the dog loves you and every stranger he/she meets. Make sure they accept and play with kids (and other dogs)
  • Intelligence - Put a leash and collar on him/her. Try to teach simple command likes heel, come, sit. Observe how focused they are. Remember, no puppies are created equal ('Those born to crawl will never fly"). 
  • Sensitivity - Make sure they are touch proof. Grab his/her ears, neck, tail, paws. A perfect dog will think it's okay or fun. 
Welcome Home

Once your dog is home, let them know from the start who is the boss. Be the one in charge others they will.Get the help of a professional trainer. Don't assume you know everything (including how to train a dog). Russian's say, "Only Polish men think they know everything".

On a serious. If you are not careful, love can be one step away from hate. A lot of people start loving their newly adopted pet and after give them back. Love is a lot but is not enough to sustain. Balance love with disciple and structures. If love is the only thing needed I would be out of a business.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Welcome to SO CAL Dog Training blogspot - Your Direct Connection to Vladae the - European Certified Dog Trainer/Behaviorist, Pet Adoption Expert

Pet Adoption Expert Advice ... .How to Start Training Your New Dog on the Right Paw.
Vladae Roytapel,  European Certified Dog Trainer / Animal Behaviorist, 
Pet Adoption Expert  

 Vladae the "World Famous Russian Dog Wizard"on Letterman 

Tip 1 - Be Prepared
Make sure that you have the supplies necessary to properly care for your new dog. These basic supplies include: dog food, bowls, leash, collar, toys, bedding and crate.
 Tip 2 - Home Introduction
Supervise your new dog at all times as soon as he enters your home. If you cannot supervise your dog, put him in a crate until you can.
Tip 3 - Behavior 
Your dog will have an adjustment period of 3 - 4 weeks. During this time, he will display all kinds of behavior that will be new to you and possibly to him. Understanding why your dog is behaving badly is crucial to identifying the problem, correcting it, and preventing it from happening again.
 Tip 4 - Identifying Stress 
The following are signs of stress that can lead to behavioral issues if left untreated for several weeks: excessive barking, biting, attachment to one family member; shyness and insecurity towards others, jumping, pawing, pacing from one end of the room to the other, lunging at or intolerance to other animals or strangers, inability to be left alone for short periods of time.
Tip 5 - Training 
Training your new dog is essential to ensure that good behavior continues, or that undesirable behavior is stopped. For training and educational products please visit us at
 Tip 6 - Socialization 
Socialization is critical for any dog. Initially, be careful not to over stimulate your new dog. Do not assume anything about your new dog.  Make all determinations about its social behavior based on your own observations!