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Mark Ruark Dog Training

Mark Ruark is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer who has been working with the animals of the Vail Valley and their owners for over 20 years.  

Are you looking to find someone who will help you build a bond with your dog that will last a lifetime?

Are you looking to find someone who will teach you to work with your canine companion and help that pup become a wonderful, well-behaved

member of your family?

If so, then you have come to the right place!

Take a look at the site and/or contact Mark with any questions.


Only positive reinforcement training methods are used at Mark Ruark Dog Training. Not only is this a kinder way of training, but the dogs learn more quickly and retain what they've learned better than other methods. It's more fun for both owner and canine alike, and everyone always leaves a private or group class with a smile on their face!  Food, toys, games, and attention are used as motivation and rewards. Clicker training is also a main component of what you and your canine companion will learn with Mark, reinforcing what is being taught.

Commands are taught with the intention to help handle

day-to-day situations we encounter in life with our canine companions. If we teach our dogs humanely and with consistency, there is no limit to what goals can be accomplished. No issue is too great to work through if we are willing to put in the time and effort needed.



The following services are offered by Mark Ruark Dog Training. For prices and scheduling, please contact Mark at 970-926-1559 or RuarkMark@gmail.com.


This class is for puppies ages 10-14 weeks. It is a 4-week class (one day per week) that teaches you how to teach your puppy basic skills such as sit, down, come, stay, off, the hand-eye game, and the beginnings of leash work. Socialization with other dogs is another main component of this class. Weeknight and weekend options are available.

(Drop In)

This class is held once per week and allows those who came to puppy class to continue working on their training in a group setting. Ages typically range from five months to one year and the class takes place on the weekend.

(Drop In) 

These classes are for those who wish to continue their training into their dog’s adult years. With weeknight and Saturday options to choose from, we continue to work on manners and the basic commands. This is a great class to keep your dog fresh and for you to ask Mark any questions you have related to behavior and training.


Whether you have a specific issues you would like to work on with your canine friend or you simply prefer learning in a one-on-one atmosphere, private sessions are available. You can choose to either meet Mark at the training center or he can come right to you in your home.


Dog sitting services are offered for those who are leaving town, whether on a short trip or a long vacation. Rest assured that your dog will get plenty of stimulating play and hike time while you're gone. And, upon your return, you will have a content and balanced pooch - maybe he will even be brushed up on his manners!



Please contact Mark with any behavior questions or issues you might be having.


If you would like a little extra reading or great websites to go to, the following are a few you might enjoy, as well as a few frequently asked dog behavioral questions answered.


Recommended Reading:


  • Culture Clash - Jean Donaldson


  • I'll Be Home Soon!: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety - Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.


  • Scaredy Dog - Ali Brown


  • And Baby Makes Four: A Trimester-by-Trimester Guide to a Baby-Friendly Dog - Penny Scott-Fox





  • Vail Pet Partners: a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing health, well-being and educational benefits through positive animal interactions in animal-assisted therapy programs to area hospitals, schools, and other organizations - Vailpetpartners.org


  • Search for adoptable pets by breed, size, age, and zip code - Petfinder.com


  • Supplier of training books, knowledge, and other resources - Dogwise.com 



Wags & Whiskers - The Vail Valley's premier pet supply shop 

34500 Highway 6 (next to Mark Ruark Dog Training)
Unit B5
Edwards, CO 81632

Phone: 970-926-8768
Email: WagsVail@gmail.com
Website: WagsVail.com

A Few Frequently Asked Dog Behavioral Questions:

  • How can I get my puppy to stop urinating on the floor when visitors come over?

A puppy will urinate on the floor when a visitor comes over for one of two reasons: excitement or submission. 

If your puppy is peeing due to excitement, bring your puppy outside to greet the visitor.  If she pees, ignore it. If she does not pee, praise her. It is also important to make sure the visitors don't excite her with baby talk, excessive petting, or rough housing.  

If your puppy is peeing due to submission, it's best to greet the visitor outside, and don't react if she pees because it's not a controllable event for her. The more you react the worse it will get. If she seems afraid of the person, don't let the visitor pet her. And, always praise good events.   


  • Why does my dog bark and back up when people try to pet her?

It sounds like she could be a little insecure. We have to help build her confidence by not letting everyone pet her. When you do let someone pet your dog, it's best to kneel down beside her and keep her attention on you as people come up to pet her. If you see her get nervous, ask the people to stop or walk away. Every dog doesn't want to be pet by every person that walks by. Bottom line: know your dog and protect her.  



  • How do I get my dog to stop jumping up on people? 

Dogs jump up on us because they're excited to see us and get attention.  Always have your dog sit before you pet him. This calms him down and petting him after he sits rewards the calm behavior.  If he does jump up, call him off and have him sit before petting him. If your dog jumps on other people, put him on a leash before he has a chance to jump on someone. And remember, no petting before sitting and relaxing a little.  


  • How do we let two dogs play if they haven't met before?

First, take the dogs on a walk together -- both dogs should be leashed and given an opportunity to get to know each other. Then, if it's a safe area, let them off leash to play for 10-15 minutes. The longer they play, though, the more active and potentially dangerous it can be, so be sure to interrupt the play as it escalates.




Mark Ruark, CPDT-KA
Mark Ruark Dog Training, LLC


34500 Highway 6 
Edwards, CO 81632

Office: 970-926-1559
Cell: 970-376-4670

Email: RuarkMark@gmail.com


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