Meet Alex Mena

Having a trained dog is such a unique experience because dog training itself means something different to almost everyone. Some people think it means teaching your dog to sit, others think it means teaching leash manners, some will dedicate every day to it, and others will only consider it after something terrible has happened. We all have our own journey with “man’s best friend” and mine started at a very young age. Small dogs, big, young, old, crazy, lazy, etc.; you name it, we probably had it! They were all mainly outside dogs who had mild behavioral issues we were able to manage with little effort, until Dodger. I don’t want to misrepresent her as a bad dog because she wasn’t. In fact, in many ways she was a dream dog; she was a beautiful, strong, intelligent, loving and loyal Lab-Chow mix who had some… quirks. We rescued her from our local shelter at 6 months old, and she grew up to be a 95 pound escape artist with some reactivity issues who was incredibly stubborn, capable of imposing her will on just about anyone! Dodger also taught me the importance of training; the significance of boundaries, leash manners, socialization and how necessary they are to a healthy and loving relationship with your dog.

Unfortunately, the only person who had the energy and presence to get Dodger to listen was my dad. Everyone else, especially the women in my family, really struggled and were in continuous conflict with Dodger. Looking back, that frustration probably made our lives, and her life, more stressful than it needed to be. Not only did she spark my interest in training but she taught me some of the most important lessons I’ve learned about dogs and the relationship between them and their owners.

First, our dogs and their love is a gift. Although they may only be one part of our lives, we are the entirety of theirs. The only life they know is the one we provide for them and that is both an immense responsibility and a wonderful privilege. Second, training is love. I wish cuddles and treats were enough, but the truth is, dogs need structure and guidance to feel safe and loved. If we are lucky enough to welcome a pup into our lives, we at the very least should teach them the rules of the road. They live in a world that is catered to human desires, which can be incredibly difficult to navigate as a canine. By providing training, we give our dogs an understanding of how they should operate in our society which relieves them of the need to figure it out themselves. Third, our dogs’ lives are too short to be spent frustrated and in constant battle, too short for us to not try to enjoy every minute of them; harmony should be the goal. So, I swore when I welcomed home a new pup of my own, I would do whatever was necessary to become the leader they needed and give them the life they deserved.

Flash forward a couple years, I brought home my Chihuahua-Yorkie mix, Koda, a year later I adopted my Lab-Pit mix, Bella; I was not prepared for either of them. For the next five years I tried to make up for that by researching any and all training methods and commands from leash manners to tricks to proper play to boundaries and how to teach it to my dogs… boy oh boy. To be kind, let’s say I struggled. To be honest, let’s say I made EVERY mistake in the book! I learned so much and overall, got my dogs to be pretty well behaved but after years of taking the hard way, being overwhelmed by all the conflicting information out there, I realized nothing could replace hiring a professional trainer. So, I did a ton of research and found Ryan Matthews with World of Dog Training. My life was forever changed. Ryan is incredible and has taught me things about dogs that I never knew or could have ever found just searching on the internet.  He also opened my eyes to the fact that training dogs is what I am supposed to be doing with my life.

I am so grateful for Dodger, Koda, Bella and every other dog who has influenced me. Because of them, I have a strong love and passion for dogs and a deep compassion for struggling owners. Now, after a rigorous training program with Ryan, I am humbled and honored to serve the community of South OC by opening World of Dog Training South Orange County. I couldn’t be more excited to help the people and dogs of the area find harmony within their families.

Packages

1:1 Private Training (Weekly, 1-2 Hours, Location of your choice)

5 Lessons for $1,000

Unlimited Lessons for $2,500

After 1:1 Lessons are completed, clients are invited to participate in Group Classes

All inclusive Board and Train

1 week (7-10 days) + 3 1:1 Lessons for $1,750

Includes E-Collar / other training tools and Group Class for 1 year

2 week (14-20 days) + 3 1:1 Lessons for $3,300

Includes E-Collar / other training tools and Group Class for 1 year

Group Class (Higher Level Obedience)

One group class per week for $150/month

MUST qualify with 1:1 Lessons

Lifestyle Classes (Activities to do with your dog)

One group class per week for $150/month

MUST qualify with 1:1 Lessons

 

Results are based upon your dog’s temperament and owner’s skill / dedication to the program

 

 

“I am humbled and honored to serve the community of South OC by opening World of Dog Training South Orange County. I couldn’t be more excited to help the people and dogs of the area find harmony within their families.”

 

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