Mark Ruark Dog Training 

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Welcome to Mark Ruark Dog Training's website.

Mark Ruark is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer who has been working with the animals of the Vail Valley and their owners for over 20 years.  

Are you looking to find someone who will help you build a bond with your dog that will last a lifetime?

Are you looking to find someone who will teach you to work with your canine companion to become a wonderful, well-behaved member of your family?

If so, then you have come to the right place!

Take a look at the site and/or contact Mark with any questions: 

Office: 970-926-1559
Cell: 970-376-4670

Question of the Week:

How can I get my puppy to stop urinating on the floor when visitors come over?

A puppy will urinate on the floor when a visitor comes over for one of two reasons: excitement or submission. 

If your puppy is peeing due to excitement, bring your puppy outside to greet the visitor.  If she pees, ignore it.  If she does not pee, praise her.  It is also important to make sure the visitors don't excite her with baby talk, excessive petting, or rough housing.  

If your puppy is peeing due to submission, it's best to greet the visitor outside, and don't react if she pees because it's not a controllable event for her.  The more you react the worse it will get.  If she seems afraid of the person, don't let the visitor pet her.  And, always praise good events.   

Why does my dog bark and back up when people try to pet her?

It sounds like she could be a little insecure.  We have to help build her confidence by not letting everyone pet her.  When you do let someone pet your dog, it's best to kneel down beside her and keep her attention on you as people come up to pet her.  If you see her get nervous, ask the people to stop or walk away.  Every dog doesn't want to be petted by every person that walks by.  Bottom line: know your dog and protect her.  
August 4, 2013

How do I get my dog to stop jumping up on people? 

Dogs jump up on us because they're excited to see us and get attention.  Always have your dog sit before you pet him.  This calms him down and petting him after he sits rewards the calm behavior.  If he does jump up, call him off and have him sit before petting him.  If your dog jumps on other people, put him on a leash before he has a chance to jump on someone.  And remember, no petting before sitting and relaxing a little.  
July 28, 2013

How do we let two dogs play if they haven't met before?

First, take the dogs on a walk together -- both dogs should be leashed and given an opportunity to get to know each other.  Then, if it's a safe area, let them off leash to play for 10-15 minutes.  The longer they play, though, the more active and potentially dangerous it can be, so be sure to interrupt the play as it escalates.
July 21, 2013
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