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Bruno's Alpha Dog Training

Updated on February 23, 2018


Meet Bruno and Our Trainer, Earl Preeper!

We needed help so we decided to hire a dog trainer and we are sure glad we did. A friend of mine recommended Earl Preeper so I gave him a call. Earl Preeper of Alpha-Dog Training is a Master Trainer and helped all three of us: My husband, Bruno and myself.We all learned a lot from Earl but I think the main thing we learned was how to use the skills that Bruno had already learned to encourage good behavior. Bruno is a good dog but is full of energy and a bit much for us to handle at times. We are all still a "work in progress" but have come a long way.Update - I think we need to call Earl back over to work on Bruno. He is awful with our guests. He wants to jump on them so we have to keep him tied up the whole time they are here. We'll be calling Earl to the rescue!Photo: Photo of Bruno by OhMe - Isn't he a handsome fellow! We sure think so and so does he.

Alpha Dog Training

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The Alpha-Dog Training Manual

Earl Preeper puts together a great Alpha-Dog Training Manual

Earl came to our home one morning and got to know us and Bruno. He also got to meet two very good friends of ours who help us with Bruno: Nate Lester and Monnell Wideman. He met our grandson, too. He wanted to meet everyone who worked with Bruno and I think he may have been surprised that we needed so much help.Earl explained that Alpha-Dog Training does not believe in punishment but rather believes in Discipline to correct unwanted behaviors. He said that we needed to teach Bruno the rules of the house and make sure he knew that we were the leaders. As Earl talked, it started to make sense that we were doing just about everything wrong.Earl kept a Training Log recording our progress. He presented us with this on our last day of Alpha-Dog Training. Some excerpts from this log can be found below.

Our Alpha Dog Training Journal

Here are some of Earl's comments after the first day of training on 6/8/11.Training Goals of Owner: The client would like Bruno to stop pulling on the leash when walking, stop his disruptive behavior when inside the house and learn how to communicate with Bruno to have a better understand of their dog.Problems Observed/Noted: Bruno is still a puppy, displaying puppy behaviors, taking control whenever he has an opportunity. He is strong at over 70 pounds and really pushes his weight around. Bruno has previous obedience training, but Nancy and Doc were never shown how to use this training to control their dog in a given situation. Bruno takes possession of objects and will not release on command, jumps onto people rather forcefully and barks for attention.PROCEDURESInstruction will be given in how dogs learn and what motivates a dog along with how they perceive their world. Instruction will also be on the Alpha-Dog Communication process and Leadership program. The owners will be shown proper Inside Doggie Management skills such as scheduling, feeding procedures and the Alpha-Dog Inside Sit for recall to a sit. The owners will also be instructed in basic obedience with the use of Alpha-Dog inside techniques and On-leash instruction. Leadership skills and methods of redirection will be taught along with use of hand signals, vocalization and body language for teaching basic obedience.Initial Consultation/Session #1: 6/8/11 - I presented Nancy and Doc with information on the Alpha-Dog Training Philosophy, Thoughts for Dog Owners, Alpha-Dog Communication Process and Leadership, Ten Reasons for Dog Training Failure and Inside Doggie Management. We reviewed the feeding schedule, Nancy receiving instructions to pick up uneaten food after leaving it down for 15 minutes. I demonstrated how to correct/redirect Bruno when he jumps up onto the table or a person while they are sitting. Push him off using an "OFF" command, have him sit and reward the sit. I also demonstrated how to have Bruno release an object from his mouth by holding a treat in front of his nose while telling him to "Drop It". I instructed Nancy to remove herself from the room when Bruno is disruptive, wait one minute then return and have him sit for a treat, never encouraging Bruno's disruptive behavior. Nancy understood the process as we called Bruno back and forth between us, having him sit for a favored treat each time.

Raised Dog Bowls Made In The USA

OurPets Elevated Bone Feeder Raised Dog Bowls (Dog Feeding Station with Elevated Dog Bowls-Four Different Sizes Available: 4”,8”,12” & 16) [Stainless Steel Dog Food Bowl & Dog Water Bowl]
OurPets Elevated Bone Feeder Raised Dog Bowls (Dog Feeding Station with Elevated Dog Bowls-Four Different Sizes Available: 4”,8”,12” & 16) [Stainless Steel Dog Food Bowl & Dog Water Bowl]
Bruno's feeding station is very similar to this one and has been wonderful. I like having it up off the floor. My husband actually won ours in a Golf Tournament. This one is Made in the USA and that is the main reason I chose to feature it here.

Dog Feeding Station

Earl explained the importance of removing the food after 15 minutes and this is something that we are still working on. Bruno's feeding station has held up great for 3 years of constant use.

We are trying to abide by the 15 minute rule but it is hard and hard not to give him snacks and treats in between. We have made the big mistake of letting him have some of our people food. Not only is this bad for his health but it sure makes our mealtime less enjoyable as he now begs for food.

Video Below - He really seems to enjoy performing his tricks and we need to teach him more.

Bruno Obeying his Commands - Bruno aims to please

Dog Training Treat Bag

Guardian Gear Terylene Dog Training Treat Bag, Blue
Guardian Gear Terylene Dog Training Treat Bag, Blue
This doggie treat bag is similar to the one that Earl gave us. It is nice to have it attached to you so the treats are readily available when you need them.

Earl recommended and gave us a Treat Pouch for Bruno - He fills his pouch with baby goldfish and Puppyroni

Earl advised us to have our treat bags with us at all times and reward Bruno for good behavior.

I try to keep the cheaper priced crackers like Cheese-Its on hand to put in the treat bag. Bruno really likes those.

Earl and Bruno - Notice Earl's Snack Pouch

Alpha Dog Training for Bruno with Earl Preeper Instead of getting upset with Bruno when he tries to jump on someone or play bite, we just get him to do his "tricks" to get treats and it reminds him who is in charge.
Alpha Dog Training for Bruno with Earl Preeper Instead of getting upset with Bruno when he tries to jump on someone or play bite, we just get him to do his "tricks" to get treats and it reminds him who is in charge.

More Sessions of Alpha Dog Training with Earl Preeper

Quoting from Bruno's Alpha-Dog Training Log by Earl Preeper

Session #4: 7/21/2011 I met with Nancy, Doc and Bruno today discussing recent events and Bruno's behavior. Bruno has been disruptive at times, knocking over a neighbor when he jumped. We discussed methods to use to decrease his energy level (a tired puppy is a good puppy). Nancy is considering getting Bruno a safety vest so he can swim in the pool, something Bruno loves to do. Shortly after my arrival Bruno entered the den area where Nancy's grandson was using his iPad and began jumping onto him, roughing him up, so to speak. I had just instructed Nancy how to use a spray bottle filled with Apple Cider Vinegar. When Nancy squirted Bruno in the face this disrupted his behavior somewhat until he got the hint and left the room. I also instructed Nancy to have her maintenance man place rebar steel into the fence posts surrounding Bruno's play yard. She can then walk Bruno into the yard on a leash, hook the leash over the post, leave the yard with Bruno inside and undo the leash from the outside. This way Bruno cannot escape when Nancy leaves the yard. We also discussed a small wading pool for the front yard where Bruno can cool himself when Nancy and Doc are out front. We reviewed the Stay procedure. Bruno is complying with the technique. Nancy was successful with her attempts at the Stay Technique.

Dog Life Jacket - Click product to purchase or to browse around

Whether you take your dog on the lake or in the pool, this Life Jacket will keep him safe. I really like the handle on the back because it makes it much easier in the water.

Unfortunately, we no longer have a pool so Bruno's life jacket is not used anymore. I plan to give it to our son for his dog. He takes his dog fishing with him sometime so he will probably need a life jacket.

Outward Hound Granby Splash Orange Dog Life Jacket, Large
Outward Hound Granby Splash Orange Dog Life Jacket, Large
Since Bulldogs are know NOT to be swimmers, we knew that we had to have a Life Jacket. Bruno jumped in the pool one day and our grandson ended up pulling him out. That was after I jumped in after him clothes and all (cell phone, too). He may have swam on his own but we didn't give him much chance. We had always heard to keep our Bulldogs away from water. The day he jumped in was the day we got him his own Life Jacket.

Bruno getting his exercise in the pool - See his nice dog life jacket

This is such a wonderful dog life jacket but I sure wish there was a magic way to get it on him. Bruno gets so excited thinking about getting in the pool that he won't stand still to get his dog life jacket on him.

What a way to spend a summer day! - Bruno loves his little swimming pool.

The Safety Vest for the big pool worked great but when Bruno was in the pool, he wanted out and when he was out, he wanted in. Therefore, it was a little more than I could handle. The small wading pool gave him many hours of enjoyment. He ate the first one we got so Earl gave him a sturdier one. By the end of summer, he had eaten it up, too! That dog will eat just about anything!

Our Trainer and Bruno

Alpha-Dog Training - Session 7: 8/4/2011 - Graduation Day!

Quote from Training Log

I met with Nancy and Bruno today, discussing recent events and Bruno's response to training. Nancy stated that Bruno is doing much better. Initial conditioning conducted for the On-leash version of the Stay, Bruno comprehending the technique quickly. Nancy understood the procedure, noting how to advance the technique, being able to work with Bruno inside the house or in the outside environment. Bruno likes to snatch items and run away with them in his mouth, not following any commands, but turning the event into a game. He will eventually grow out of this stage with continued use of basic obedience skills.Special Note: Nancy and Doc have done an outstanding job with Bruno, learning communication skills and how to control Bruno in various situations. They are now ready to continue on their own, contacting Alpha-Dog if the need arises. Outstanding Job, Nancy and Doc!

Bruno Graduates Alpha-Dog Training on August 16, 2011

Congratulations, Bruno! Way to Go!

Doc and I really feel so much better after going through the Alpha-Dog Training with Earl Preeper. We still have to work at it every day but Bruno is learning and continues to make progress. The thing we have to be consistent about is making sure he knows who is in charge and sometimes he tends to forget that. Little things like not letting him go through a door first really make a difference.Thank you, Earl!Photo: Bruno's Alpha-Dog Training Certificate

Bruno's Alpha Dog Training
Bruno's Alpha Dog Training

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Nate made Bruno a place to play with his Jolly Ball - Bruno ate the handle off his Jolly Ball.

Bruno likes to "eat the water", too! - I tell you - Bruno will eat anything!

Bruno says "That's Enough Training for Me Today"! - It's time for a nap, Little Bru!

Our grandson calls Bruno, "Little Bru" and I call him my "big boy" or "baby". lol Bruno is really a "Daddy's Boy" and wants to be right beside Doc all the time.
Our grandson calls Bruno, "Little Bru" and I call him my "big boy" or "baby". lol Bruno is really a "Daddy's Boy" and wants to be right beside Doc all the time.

Just look how good looking Bruno is! - We just love our Bruno!

Bruno the bulldog
Bruno the bulldog

Bruno Rocks!

Bruno the bulldog ROCKS Bruno likes to sit across from me in one of the rocking chairs and listen to all I have to say. Isn't that sweet of him.
Bruno the bulldog ROCKS Bruno likes to sit across from me in one of the rocking chairs and listen to all I have to say. Isn't that sweet of him.

Look Out The Window, Bruno!

We have a large cedar chest beneath the windows in our bedroom and Bruno thinks that it is there just for him. He likes to sit there and look out the window. If "daddy" is gone, he will sit there and wait for him to drive in the driveway. I don't know how but he seems to know when he gets into the neighborhood and perks up way before he actually enters the driveway.We have a hummingbird feeder right outside the window and he is fascinated with them. He doesn't bark but just watches.

A Bruno Update

Update: Bruno now weights 79 lbs and is spoiled rotten and a hand full. I think we might need a refresher course this summer. He is lunging for cars and visitors. One thing for sure is that the training never ends.Update: Now that we have our own little Doggie Park in the back yard, he is able to run and play and use some of that excess energy which helps.

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      7 years ago

      Woohoooo good boy Bruno! I was wondering if I'd use Alpha training with my dog as well. Well... after seeing Bruno I think it's worth the shot. But, until then online training videos works PERFECTLY for me now. I'm currently using this site ( Check it out and learn the secrets on how to make your dog the perfect dog you want him to be. I'm still new to the site but, at a fast phase... their methods are surprisingly amazing! I really love this site and would like to recommend it to you guys. Cheers! :)

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      7 years ago

      Way to go Bruno! Alpha training is good. Yeah I agree, I'm an anti to punishments too. Good thing you're a well established leader. I also had my training style on how to be a good leader for pack animals like dogs.

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      7 years ago

      Way to go Bruno!!! This is an ABSOUTLY fantastic lens!! I'm a Pro Hunting dog Trainer, I always teach the importance of being the Alpha to my clients. I have an online training program I recommend for all my clients to get their dog ready for advanced training. I think it may be helpful to your readers since Bruno is proof Alpha training is effective. What I recommend to my clients can be found at

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Loved this. Pet trainers are wonderful because they not only teach the dog but they also teach the owners. Bruno sure looks like a happy well cared for puppy.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Oh yes, poor Bruno! Seriously, what a wonderful member of your family

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Frischy: Bruno is definitely a funny fellow. We are always amazed at what he comes up with next to make us laugh.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @VscorpianC: He has us laughing quite a bit. He is something else.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @LauraHofman: Thanks. He is definitely full of personality. He is such a joy!

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      Laura Hofman 

      7 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Bruno is very photogenic! Thanks for sharing your story. What a cool dog filled with personality.

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      Valentina Cabral 

      8 years ago from U.S.A.

      He is so cute, he made me laff a bit. Thanks for sharing, Bruno deserves his purple star.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @SheGetsCreative: Yep, we sure do have our hands full. He ate all my shoes. Thanks for the visit and the blessing!

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      8 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I love reading about Bruno & watching his videos. The vids of him in the water are my favorite. I can see that he is a bit fickle concerning the water. Funny fellow!

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      Angela F 

      8 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I had to laugh when I read Bruno ate the handle off his jolly ball - sounds like you've got your hands full but he's sure cute! *blessed

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      Sara Duggan 

      8 years ago from California

      Bruno is my kind of dog. Training the owners is sometimes harder than training the dog. Bruno you are a star.

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      9 years ago

      congrats on training Bruno to be a great companion besides a loving pet!

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      9 years ago

      Thank you for making this wonderful feel-good lens. Arf.

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      9 years ago

      How delightful that you ignore jumping and use it as an opportunity to redirect to tricks and that is love, but it does reinforce you being in charge in such a happy way. Congratulations on that beautiful purple star and on your Community Favorite honors....its good to reinforce the people too with very special treats! Delightfully blessed!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      9 years ago from Colorado

      Bruno is outstanding. Congrats on all of the wonderful recognition. Give yourself a treat now. ;-)

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      9 years ago

      Cute dog! Thank you for a great lens!

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 

      9 years ago

      It was pleasure meeting Bruno.

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      Shelly Sellers 

      9 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Go Bruno, Go! Good doggy :) You do an excellent job on this lens and I really enjoyed meeting Bruno!

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      9 years ago

      Great lens on Bruno, the adorable bulldog, Nancy. Anyone who watches this will just fall in love with Bruno ... and will also learn a lot about training their own dog. No wonder you BOTH got the Purple Star AWARD!!! Well deserved!!!

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      Loraine Brummer 

      9 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Congratulations on being in the top 11 in 2011. Bruno is really a big dog and I'm glad he did so well with his training. Nice lens.

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      9 years ago

      Well done & great lens! :)Happy New Year to Bruno and family!

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      Allan R. Wallace 

      9 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      Wear that star proudly -- congratulations too on a top 11 community lens. Well earned naps and praise for your efforts.

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      9 years ago

      Yay Bruno! You are top doggie. So wow bulldogs love water.. loved how Bruno actually puts his face into the water. Dogs give us so much pleasure. Congrats on top 11~thumbs up and blessed!

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations for the Top 11 of 2011! Congrats to Bruno!

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      Lynne Schroeder 

      9 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      Congratulations to Bruno for being in the Top 11 for 2011

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Congratulations, Bruno and family, for this awesome lens and being selected among the top 11 of Squidoo for 2011!

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      Sherry Venegas 

      9 years ago from La Verne, CA

      These tips are good for our pup, Hank. I heard that your pup is a breed with lots of energy too. Happy New Year!

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      Jules Corriere 

      9 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Congratulations on making the Monster Board for the Top 11 of 2011 Communtiy favorites!!! What a great story! Happy New Year!

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      9 years ago from England

      Bruno's face has so much character! Congratulations for being in the Top 11 Squidoo lenses for 2011! ~~Blessed~~

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      Coreena Jolene 

      9 years ago

      Congrats on your lens for 2011! Great and informative. Happy New Year!

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      9 years ago

      Congrats on being nominated for Community Favorite Lenses of 2011. A wonderful lens. Fortunately we both share one thing it was easier to vote than for most as mine was my "why-I-am a- vegetarian was nominated as well. A proud moment for all of us. Good luck in the voting.

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      9 years ago

      Cute lens (way to go Bruno). Congratulations on being one of the final 100 favorite Squidoo lenses of 2011!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      Bruno is such a good dog, learning all his lessons! Congrats on making the top 100!

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Bruno is adorable! I'll wager that he is very well trained and just a joy to be around. Very nicely done, and congrats on making the top 100 community favorites.

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      9 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Bruno is adorable and quite a star if you ask me. Have a great New Year!

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      9 years ago

      Bruno's progress is remarkable, Nancy and Doc. I am thinking of getting a dog when the weather gets better. My requirements when I go to the animal shelter: must be about 4 years old, house trained and not a chewer, must not shed hair, and must love me to bits! I have not had a dog for a long while, and miss the wonderful companionship. You have inspired me with your lens! Thanks so much

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      9 years ago

      What a superb lens! I have a huge smile on my face thank you Bruno oh, and you! Have A Great New Year all of you. Cathi x

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      9 years ago

      Gets my vote :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @clouda9 lm: Oh wow, thanks so much for the blessing and the visit, Correen! You are so good to me!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thank you, Davie!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thank you, Anne!

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      9 years ago

      Good luck.

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      9 years ago

      I want to come by and see this in action. I know he has come a long way. Great lens.

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      clouda9 lm 

      9 years ago

      Our ornery pup Andy (and clueless ornery pup owners ;) are going to benefit from every tidbit you have shared on here. By the way, in love with awesome Bruno and his loving family. *Blessed today because you, Doc, et al exemplify the bests of responsible "dog ownership"! PS Congrats on the purple star :*

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      9 years ago

      Bruno is a sweetie

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thanks for sharing the story of Bruno's training. He's adorable and I'm sure you enjoy him.

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      9 years ago

      What a wonderful dog and the videos are great and his training progressing at high speed. He certainly loves that ball. Well done and featured this on Top 10 Dog Tributes, hugs

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      9 years ago

      This was amazing.

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      9 years ago

      This was a learning experience for me too!!! Keep up the good work Bruno.

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      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Hey, Bruno. Great to see you again. Enjoyed your videos and great to know your training is going well. I will have to remember to have treats handy for my grandpups when they visit during the holidays. Keep up the great work! Happy Holidays!

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      Michey LM 

      9 years ago

      Hi! Bruno you got great teacher and you learned a lot... so you are a great student.I like the videos and I learn a couple of things myself.... the discipline... the intensives... no punishment... wow! But I have to admit that I cannot get so much patience... LOLGreat lens

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      9 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Bruno has really grown since the last time I read a lens about him. He appears to be a big boy now. How much more do you expect him to grow? Keep up the good work with his training. I'll bet you and Doc get tired, too.

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      9 years ago

      this is so interesting. my friends have a dog and they had a trainer visit them with great success -

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      9 years ago

      Yay Bruno! He seems to be doing excellent! Loved the videos! Have to bless this lens! I loved meeting Bruno!

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      9 years ago

      Why Bruno, you've grown into such a handsome young pup! And Alpha Dog Training, oh my! Toby, the Wonder Dog was expelled from obedience school and the gypsies we gave him to...brought him back. They all called him 'Mama's spoiled Dog.' I wonder if your mama would trade? hehehehe

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      9 years ago

      Very interesting.

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      9 years ago

      I love english bulldogs. So adorably cute. Great lens!

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      9 years ago

      Cute! we have two dogs - one well trained and the other spoiled rotten. well, maybe they both are spoiled rotten. but Hogan, golden retriever, was trained to a crate from the beginning of his life - and that has been a joy. Our poodle, however, was adopted later in his life, and he does not like to be trained to do anything!

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      9 years ago

      I've gotten some good ideas for our dog, Ben, here! Thanks!


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