Training Since 1995!


David out on a swimming session with residency guest Rose and his Malinois Fury.

“Welcome to my world of training dogs. I’ve been training best friends professionally for over 20 years- been raising dogs since I was a boy and achieved certification as a Master Dog Trainer in 1996. Since then I’ve learned many different techniques from some of the best dog trainers and dog training academies in the world. I’ve trained search and rescue dogs, police K-9’s, handicapped support dogs, therapy dogs, and countless highly trained family companions. This knowledge allows me to individualize your dogs training so that your best friend learns faster and has fun doing it. My intuitive approach requires only minutes a day and you will see results after the first lesson. I call it the Zen of training dogs. My goal is to share the Kabler School For Dogs training technique with you and your dog through private and residency dog training. I’m available for training courses in Asheville, NC. Call me to schedule your free consultation. I look forward to meeting you and your best friend.”   – David


David handling German Shepherd Dog Jax in protection training circa 1997. Understanding your dog’s motivation and drive is something he specializes in.


The Kabler School For Dogs training method has been honed through David’s education and the hands on experience of successfully training many hundreds of dogs and their human guardians. The ultimate goal is to create what David calls Guardian Focus and Aligned Energy in your best friend. Motivational exercises build the dogs ability to focus on their human guardian. David allows the dog’s personality to guide the type of training techniques used and spends ample time teaching guardians as well. All dogs and people are unique and each training program is different. David specializes in customizing you and your dog’s training and is able to achieve optimal results by being so flexible. There are three distinct phases of training when working with guardians and dogs.


David is a patient teacher, never in a rush, and has a very large toolbox of training skills.

Foundation Stage: Building a strong foundation in obedience requests is a must. Teaching the dog with pure positive reinforcement will ensure a strong lifelong desire to work for their guardians. It is common practice at Kabler School For Dogs to teach Sit, Down, Stay, Walking, Come when called and many other requests with plenty of motivational rewards and hearty praise. David calls this stage the “Growing Roots” stage of training. The stronger the root the bigger the tree — and David wants you and your dog to learn and grow in a positive way.


David out working with his Malinois Fury.

• Guidance Stage: Once your dog demonstrates their understanding of obedience requests it is time to begin the techniques of positively teaching leash guidance. During this stage David will begin teaching your dog to follow through with obedience requests with more reliability, begin to add in training distractions and work in new locations, and vary the training exercises.


David’s helper Daisy Kabler ready to train!

• Lifestyle Stage: When your dog has successfully completed the Guidance Stage then it is time to teach them to follow your obedience requests no matter where you are or what is going on around you. This will effectively teach your best friend that following your voice requests is now a lifestyle. Training practice, during this time, will be at new and challenging locations. By the end of this stage, your dog will be able to quickly switch between obedience requests and play. At this time you and your dog will be invited to attend David’s exclusive Group Walk and Socialization Class.

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David teaches Tank and his Guardian a rock solid Stay request.


David believes that the beginning of solving problem behavior is through obedience training and counter-conditioning. Changing a dogs reasons for reacting and creating behavior we like and appreciate is fundamental to a good training program. Guardians will see problem behaviors diminish in training, as communication and trust grow. As your dog begins to understand your expectations you will see anxiety naturally decrease and with it problem behaviors fade away. Any additional lingering problems will be addressed once you and your dog are working together as a team using a wide variety of approaches.


Arlo playing some tug after a fun obedience session.