We believe the basis of all training is communication.

Dogs being pack animals want to belong and be part of the family. Bridging the gap between how dogs communicate and how people communicate is our specialty.

We speak, they use body language.

Imagine being in a foreign country and trying to understand what was being asked of you without any form of body language or gesturing — we expect that of our dogs!

You have to give them credit when they meet milestones in figuring this out. However, this is where the breakdown occurs and things get tough.

I’ve spent a lot of time watching dogs and experimenting with what works best and what doesn’t. If communication is effective, training can result with the desired behavior in minutes. Each dog is different and we know that. It’s such a joy to bridge that communication gap.

We do not rely on treats — we rely on emotions. Feeling deep pride is very meaningful to a dog, since they just want to belong and feel at peace.

Peace and joy in a family household is priceless. Bridging that gap is our passion. We are committed to bringing your dog into our home, and into a learning environment with the exact right conditions for them to learn, grow and find their inner peace.

“It’s very rewarding to see my training dogs progress past their learning level after returning home, when their owners are dedicated to keeping it up.” - Angie

HEAD TRAINER
Angie Burlingame

Angie has been training family dogs since 2001. She started her training at two well-established training facilities where she had the chance to work with many dogs across all breeds, behavioral issues, and owners of varying life experience.

In 2005, she decided to start A Dog’s Life Training School out of her home, so that she could train dogs in a natural at-home setting.

Board and Train (long-term, overnight stays on school property) is Angie’s preferred method of training because it gives her a chance to really get to know each dog and bond with them. This type of relationship provides unique insight into what each dog needs to get the most out of their training.

Angie recognizes the importance of trust with her clients, as it helps in the transfer of training onto them. However, she believes the real success comes from teaching people how to maintain the training.

Assistant Trainer
Shane

Shane is a natural at calming dogs. He has a gentle and deep understanding of a dog’s mental state. I always call him in to help me handle high- energy dogs with poor focus.

Assistant Trainer
Kayla

Kayla is our goofy girl who puts the dogs to the test at the end of their training. She is very creative in adding distractions and likes to show off how easy a dog is to work with.

MASTER DISTRACTOR & OUR MASCOT Cinder

We love our little pistol of a dog. Cinder is 5.5 years old, but you would never know. She has some impressive leash-spinning tricks, speedy fetching skills, and will play tug-of-war spinning off the ground. If any dog can get another dog excited, it’s our little Cinder.

Distraction Apprentice
Rosie

Rosie is a ‘people dog’ all the way. She exudes joy. She is a great distraction for the younger dogs, as she’s a wiggler and, left to her own devices, can mimic a dog pre-training. This is a good distraction for sure, since energy is contagious.

Photo Galleries

Boarding Facilities & Training Grounds

Real-World Training

In-Home Training

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STEP 1:
Start with a behavior
evalutaion

Unique challenges become our Success Stories

Learn about our training regimen

STEP 1:
Start with a behavior
evalutaion

Unique challenges become our Success Stories

Learn about our training regimen

STEP 1:
Start with a behavior
evalutaion

Unique challenges become our Success Stories

Learn about our training regimen