Michael Carmona, M.S.

Mr. Carmona has a Masters Degree in Psychology Specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis, and is a Certified Dog Trainer. While in graduate school, Mr. Carmona worked as a certified Senior Pet Training Instructor at Petsmart, an accredited Dog Trainer at Petco, a Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist at Heavenly Pet Resort, K9-Loft, and private contracting for many veterinarians, groomers, and boarding facilities.  

As part of Mr. Carmona's graduate program at CSULA, he conducted behavior modification services to the human population. During this time, Mr. Carmona realized that many of the behavior-change techniques used by behavior analysts were universally applicable across species, as were the scientific principles on which those techniques were based. Mr. Carmona felt that these well-validated practices used to help humans exhibiting behavior problems offered a rich and robust set of procedures and solutions for dogs with behavior problems.

Learning that behavior analysis provided a humane ethic from which to understand, predict and change dog behavior, Mr. Carmona decided to devote his life to helping canine owners with behavioral problems and founded Master Dog Training.​ Mr. Carmona believes in teaching dog owners about their dog's natural drives and how to work with them opposed to working against them for a harmonious relationship. 


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What Procedures Are Used? 

We  use primarily positive reinforcement (aka reward) training. However, we will make use of all the other procedures available! We will apply the science of operant conditioning, i.e. the dog learning that his/her behavior has an affect on the environment. Every dog is different and will respond differently to different procedures. 


The Master Trainer / Behaviorist

Master Dog Training - Mobile Dog Trainer and Behaviorist providing obedience training, potty training, behavior modification services. 


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Obedience Training

Potty Training

Behavior Modification

Court Order Training

Service Dog Training

AKC - CGC Testing

Shopping Around for a Dog Trainer?

How to pick a dog trainer: 

The dog training profession is not regulated and a person does not even need a certification to be a dog trainer! That means Joe Shmoe who lived with dogs all his life and has self trained his own dogs can decide to make business cards and a website and can claim to be a professional dog trainer! Or the new age dog trainer who's education comes from watching Youtube Dog Training videos and TV shows decides to give it a go on your dog. So how will you know if the dog trainer you choose is giving you good advice or detrimental advice? Therefore, it is important that you look at your potential dog trainer's credentials, education, experience, and reviews!

Don't let cheap rates make you decide on a dog trainer. Don't go with a dog trainer just because they trained celebrities' dogs. Don't let methodology trends be your decision maker for a dog trainer. These traits don't necessarily mean the dog trainer has the ability, knowledge, or skill to train dogs successfully!

Example 1:

Now-a-days people are looking for positive reinforcement only methodology. This is unfortunate because dogs are individuals in different situations and with different motivations. Positive reinforcement alone may work great for most dogs, but not for other dogs or dogs with certain dangerous behaviors. If your dog likes to run out in the street and you expect to keep him on the lawn with just treats and praise, you may have a severely injured or dead dog soon. Why would he not run into the street when he sees a squirrel running around over there? 

Example 2:

Let's say your new age trendy positive reinforcement only trainer says to turn your back on your dog when they jump on you, not giving it any attention, just ignoring it. Well, you may be able to ignore a small toy poodle jumping on you, but a 90 Lb Doberman dog jumping on your elderly grandmother? 

Example 3:

How about if your self-trained dog trainer recommends correcting your dog when they aggressively bark at other people? That sounds like good advice, right? Well, it's not, and it is the worst advice you could be given. Dog's aggressively barking are communicating. They are essentially saying go away or I will bite you. You have just punished communication. You will most likely create a silent biter if you continue that route. No warning, just a bite! 

Example 4:

Commonly given bad advice from poorly educated trainers: They say if the dog's tail is wagging, that is a sign of friendliness and you can stick your hand out and let the dog sniff you. What could be wrong with that? Well, it may go very well if the dog is friendly, but it may go very very bad if he is dominant or an aggressive silent biter. Studies have shown that a wagging tail does NOT mean a happy dog all the time. A wagging tail means the dog is willing to engage with you. If the dog is aggressive or dominant and he is wagging his tail, he is letting you know that he is willing to bite and fight you. You stick your fist into his face, and you will surely experience what bad advice feels like. 

Example 5:

Another inaccurate piece of advice given by under educated trainers: They say do not pet or coddle your dog if he is scared. This advice comes from those that do not understand the difference between voluntary behavior vs involuntary behavior aka operant conditioning vs classical conditioning. If they knew better, they would understand that an involuntary behavior (trembling in fear) is not reinforced by its consequences. To coddle the fearful dog, you would actually be pairing the feared stimulus with a pleasurable stimulus therefore establishing a new pleasant association, i.e. counter conditioning. However, you would not do this if the dog was voluntarily acting out as in barking, jumping, growling, or any other undesirable voluntary behaviors you would not wish to reinforce. Only someone who truly understands learning theory would understand this paradigm. 


The outcome of bad dog trainers is usually the owners thinking that they hired a "professional dog trainer" and the dog failed, so it must be the dog - he's just a bad dog. Then they give the dog up to the shelter. If the dog is not adopted, as the shelter fills up and their number comes up, they are euthanized. That is a horrific tragedy because you put your trust in an inexperienced, under educated, non-certified dog trainer.

Therefore, look for science based training, operant and classical conditioning knowledgeable trainers, and of course positive reinforcement as a base.  Look for positive results (reviews), dog training credentials and lots of experience!