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Michael K. Shafer

Michael K. Shafer

Mike has been a dog trainer with PetSafe® Village for 5 years and has helped people meet behavior goals with a wide range of training methods. He has vast experience using reward based training, such as clicker and treat training, remote training collars, and problem behavior solving. This allows him to not only address the issues his clients have, but do so using a method that makes the most sense for both the client and the pet.

Mike currently offers private lessons and the “PetSafe Unleashed” board-n-train program. In addition to his role as a dog trainer he also heads the community outreach team at PetSafe Village. The program focuses on educating children of all ages about responsible pet ownership and bite prevention.

Mike began his training career by attending Animal Behavior College while he was transitioning out of the Marine Corps. After the formal training, he conducted an internship with a local animal behaviorist. Mike joined Radio Systems Corporation and advanced his education in dog behavior by attending the DOGS course at Purdue University and has attended various Association of Pet Dog Trainers conferences. 

Mike and his family enjoy the company of a terrier mix named Arnie, a German Shepherd named Jiri, and a English Bulldog named Matilda.

Articles by This Author

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Dog Training: How to Use a Remote Trainer to Teach 4 Basic Commands

Remote trainers can be used to correct bad behaviors such as digging in the trash, chewing and barking. They can also be used to teach your dog good behaviors. Here are 4 easy commands your...

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Bed Manners for Fido: Keep Your Dog off the Bed

One common problem that most dog parents struggle with is bed manners. It seems like some of us try so hard to teach our dogs not to get on our beds but fail to reliably reach this goal. So I thought we could discuss some ways to help keep your dog off of your bed.

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Dog Training 101: Teach Your Dog to Roll Over

One of the most fun and rewarding things to do with your dog is trick training. The good news is trick training is easy! And it only requires patience and treats. Today I want to focus on Roll Over. I have seen this trick turned into all types of fun cues. As you go through this you will see that your dog will start to offer new and funny behaviors. This is because he is learning that this pays off in a big way!

Puppy Obedience 101

Have you ever wished your dog would be more obedient? Or that he would just do some of the basics that other dogs can do? Well, with a little guidance and some consistency, you can have Fido honor-roll-ready!

Water Is a Must for Every Dog

At last, summer is in full swing! Lake days, vacations, and day trips with the kids are all now the norm. And the best part is that so many places are now dog friendly so you can bring Fido along. With all of this extra time, activity, and heat we must keep one thing in mind: hydration. This goes for both two and four legged family members.

How to Start Training Your Puppy

As soon as you get your puppy, you can and should start training.

Your Kids Can Help Train Your Dog, Too

Getting your children to help train your dog can strengthen your kids' bond with their dog and help your dog learn better behavior.

Stop Your Dog’s Digging with a Remote Trainer

Dogs who like to dig can cause many problems for their owners. Luckily, there’s an easy way to stop the digging behavior.

Boundary Training 101

Dogs want to explore, but we want to keep them safe. Follow these easy steps to teach your dog yard boundaries.

How to Stop Your Dog from Pulling on the Leash

One of the most frustrating things to go through with your dog is leash pulling. This behavior can be dangerous and cause injuries. Most dogs learn to pull on their leash, but with a little effort and training you can teach Fido to stop.

Discourage Your Dog’s Jumping

With some simple, consistent dog training, you can easily stop your dog's jumping.

Easy Street to Teaching "Leave It"

Have you ever been in a situation where you were walking down the street with your dog and he stops to investigate something inappropriate? Ever try to eat a sandwich while watching TV, look...