Training Reveals the ONE Skill Every Dog Needs to Know! The Perfect Pet MVP™
Fixing Dog Training or Behavior Problems
Just Got Way Simpler!
We Help Your Family Create Good Dog Behavior for a Lifetime
Dogs Life Academy
The Art and Science of Training 30 Day Online Course and Coaching
Expert Training for Your Dog
Skillfully Coaching Your Family
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The Dogs Life Academy Online Course
We help busy families break training challenges or bad dog behavior in 30 days or less, without more stress, overwhelm or hours training!
The Dogs Life Skills Roadmap
Investigate and Identify
Why is your dog behaving badly? Clarifying why and pinpointing the source of the challenge is the first step.
Interrupt and Isolate
Use a Minimal Viable Practice (MVP™) so you and your dog quickly interrupt behaviors
Install and Integrate
Install new behaviors by stacking MVPs and apply them to real life.
What our customers are saying:
Meeting you where you and your dog are now...
Hanna // GSD Owner
Thank You Seems "Not Enough"
“I’m so glad you helped us, if I had followed the other “trainers” advice, Lola (she is 10 yrs old now) would have been dead at 2 yrs old. Thanks to you, she has had a rewarding 10 yrs of life so far. Thank you seems like not enough, but thank you :)"
Tracy // Dog Behavior Client
Aubrey // Dog Behavior Client
Craig's Insight...is Truly Remarkable
Craig's insight into the human-canine connection is truly remarkable. Although his message centers on dog training and behavior, the universal themes of relationships, communication, leadership, love, and respect are applicable to all aspects of life and work... Don't be fooled by the North Iowa address - Craig is a top-notch, national-caliber presenter!
Kelly // Promotion Coordinator Mercy Medical
Mollie passed her therapy dog testing...
Thank you for your expertise and training method. You are a gifted trainer. I should have said "people trainer."
Linda // Therapy Dog Training Client
Craig Markham // Founder
I know how important dogs are to our families. I have dedicated the past 20 years to behavior change in dogs and understanding the families that love them.
I can't wait to show you what we have created for you to have a calm and cooperative family pet!
Craig D. Markham MA
Family Science and Canine Behaviorist
Frequently Asked Questions
How much time does it take each day?
We recommend a method by B.J. Fogg of Stanford University. Small, tiny steps...5 minutes per training session is best. You can do several 5 minutes sessions in a day, if you wish.
What if I'm not good at training?
Our evidence based learning process starts you teaching skills that anyone can do. Even with the "thorniest" problems. That's why we are here to help you make it through the tough spots!!
How do I get everyone in the family on the same page?
One of the benefits of following a clearly defined program at home is you are able to do the same things with in-person or online coaching.
What are the different programs?
We provlde programs that meet your (and your dog's) needs. We offer DIY with the Dogs Life Academy, Do-It-with-You one-on-one coaching or training sessions and Do It For You...what we call "Live and Learn" training were your dog lives with us for a short time to quickly change problem behaviors. However, there is an application process and limited availability for "Live and Learn."
Can my children do the training?
Craig has a graduate degree in Family Science and has a clear understanding of children's various developmental abilities. Having a family dog and training a dog can be one of the best activities families can do together.
Where do we do the sessions?
Local sessions are in your home...in your dog's most comfortable environment for better learning. Online sessions can be done anywhere!