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Russian Dog Training Wizard

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Known as the “Russian dog training wizard,” Vladae Roytapel is Chief Executive of SoCal Dog Training, Inc., which has served Newport Beach and other Orange County communities since 2008. Vladae Roytapel’s firm provides in-home and group training for canines, focusing on common issues such as jumping up, destructive chewing, disobedience, and housebreaking problems. Vladae Roytapel is famously known in America for his incomparable knowledge on how to rehabilitate aggressive dogs. He explains that understanding how a dog feels leading up before they attack is paramount. His enterprise also offers a full range of training toys, pet supplies, nutritious canine food, and instructional books and DVDs. Mr. Roytapel was born in the former Soviet Union. His father was a distinguished biologist who conducted groundbreaking research with foxes, coyotes, and wolves. Earning his MBA from Kostroma State Technological University, Vladae Roytapel subsequently achieved certification as Dog Trainer and Behaviorist from the prestigious private dog training academy Avante in Moldova. Utilizing behavioral insight gained from a deaf and mute dog-training mentor, he trained canines for many uses within the Soviet armed services, including Red Army paratrooper assistance and Russia-China border patrol. Since coming to the United States, Mr. Roytapel has attracted significant media attention for his innovative training methods. His techniques have notably been featured on National Public Radio and on television programs such as CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman and CNN’s Situation Room. Vladae Roytapel is distinguished as Exclusive Pet Expert and is a columnist for publications such as the Orange County Register, Pasadena Star-News, and San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Fido Friendly, a nationally syndicated dog magazine, features Mr. Roytapel frequently. He additionally hosts a pet talk program on XM Satellite Radio’s Animal Radio Network. Mr. Roytapel also maintains affiliation with the International Association of Canine Professionals. The Pet Convincer, Vladae's dog training brain child, was recently created and granted a U.S. patent. For more of Vladae's dog training tips, take a look at and

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We had heard of Vladae from an acquaintance of my husband. Vladae came to the house for three hours one day last week, and already my stress level has gone way down. I had been considering going to a group class, but none of the times worked for me, and I'm glad that was the case; Vladae comes to the home and does a holistic assessment - he reconfigured our space for the dog, and it's sooooo much ...

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We have a 4-month-old puppy. I have no previous dog experience, and this breed is notorious for needing lots of training early on or you have a nightmare for the next 14 years. I am by no means an "alpha" type, and I think the puppy was starting to rule the household.

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    Specialities: Canine Aggression and Separation Anxiety in Dogs Associations: IACP Products and Services: Dog Obedience Behavior Dog Training

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