Behavior Modification.  dog training

We have solved every type of behavior issue imaginable.  We will explain what is happening in your dog’s mind to cause problem behaviors and then help you change your routine and habits and improve communication with your dog.  Once we’ve connected the dots with you, our practical methods and your patience and practice will ensure your dog remains happy and healthy.

Here is a list of the most common behavior issues we work on:


We can help you with any type of aggression: dog on dog, people/children or objects.
Click here to read about the different types of aggression, how it relates to fear, and how SF Dog Connect can help.


Is your dog fearful and shy? Is her tail always tucked? Do you feel like you have an unhappy soul and/or ticking time bomb on your hands?   Click here to understand

Resource guarding

Does your dog protect his food?  Have you tried to take his bone away and he growled or bit you? Does he attack other dogs that go for his ball?  Click here to understand

Separation anxiety

Does your dog get anxious when left alone?  Does he bark, destroy things, or try to escape? Click here to understand

Reaction to objects (bikes, motorcylces, noises, etc.)

Have you ever been shocked by your dog’s reaction to an object?  Has he lunged or barked at a bike whizzing by, or started shaking when he heard a noise?   Click here to understand

Multiple dog households

Do your dogs not always get along?  Do they fight for your attention or get in tussles over food or bones?  Do they team up on other dogs on walks?

Manners, Safety & Obedience Training

Puppy training

Puppies need to be socialized, housetrained, learn to be alone, and learn not to bite and chew.  They also need to learn safety and manners. They can start learning commands as early as 8 weeks, so it’s never too early to start teaching your new addition.  Here’s what we cover in puppy training.

Obedience training

Your dog should trust that when you tell him to do something, he needs to do it – usually for his own good.  Just as you tell a child to eat their vegetables or go to bed, your dog should also understand your requests and comply as soon as he is asked.  Without these skills and trust, your dog can get into serious trouble.   Here’s how we can help.


Barking is just a way your dog is trying to communicate with you.   But you should be able to tell him how much communication you need.


Your dog shouldn’t jump on you, other people, or dogs she doesn’t know well.  It’s just not good manners, and it definitely isn’t safe.


Dogs pull because they think it will get them there faster.  But it’s really bad for their necks and windpipes – and for your back!  You shouldn’t have to use equipment such as “gentle leaders”, harnesses, etc.  A flat collar and a leash should be all you need.

Nervousness and hyperactivity

All animals are calm by nature.  Think of cows or deer grazing & lounging in fields.  If your dog isn’t relaxed, he isn’t as content & happy as he could be.  Let us help get him  – and you – back into balance.

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