About Doggie Steps

Puppy Training Services in Phoenix/Chandler, AZ​


The training and education of a dog, is no different than that of a human. Dogs must learn to live and socialize as a pack, within the family unit. A well-trained dog will be more calm-submissive in the home knowing that they’re in a follower role, rather than a leader position.

90% of alpha dominant dogs simply need to be re-addressed to alter the behavior to follower and not leader. This takes some time and routine/repetition exercises, but in no time changes can be seen.

Human/dog psychology background

Have owned 5 Australian Shepherds

50% of my cases are anxiety/aggression based


Mark Siebel Dog Trainer Phoenix Chandler AZ

Mark Siebel


Mark Siebel, owner and lead trainer of DOGGIE STEPS DOG TRAINING, had his first dog at the age of 10.  A Miniature Schnauzer named P.J.  Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, Mark knew from a young age that he had a natural affinity to dogs, “I could never walk by any dog without petting or communicating with it,” says Mark  He now has 3 Australian Shepherds.

DOGGIE STEPS leashed its first dog in 2005.  17 years later, over 6000 satisfied K’9’s and customers alike have experienced the pleasures of a “calm-submissive” dog.  The goal has always been to show owners how to properly integrate their dog into the home setting.  Consulting on what breed of dog to buy, where to buy/rescue from, preparing your home for your new puppy and health/nutrition are just a few ways DOGGIE STEPS helps its customers.  The whole family unit is encouraged to participate in training, especially kids, enabling them with leadership skills, confidence, and increased self-esteem.  “It’s nice to see kids take ownership of the positive results that come from the training of their dog”, says Mark.

Positive reinforcement, deep voice tone/frequencies, strong body posture, and consistency have all been successful training tools in the DOGGIE STEPS dog training classes.  Mark takes each dog’s challenges on an individual basis, and tailors each training session to address that challenge.  No two dogs OR humans are exactly alike, and some training methods must be creatively developed to solve certain dog behaviors.

A Good Dog = A Trained Owner

“My greatest pleasure is seeing a customer make their dog sit for the first time just by using the correct voice tone and body posture”, says Mark. Mark has appeared on NBC AZ MIDDAY, ABC Sonoran Living, speaks regularly with local school youth groups about the importance of dog safety, dog training empowerment and ownership, and donates time to kids who want to learn more about dogs.

DOGGIE STEPS address’s Alpha Dominant dogs with techniques such as:

Human always first, dog second.

Tug or ball games are OK as long as human ends up with toy. Food and bones belong ALWAYS to human. Dog is afforded to eat and play but must learn that these can be taken away from them WITHOUT growling, nipping, or biting.

Dog must sit or perform other command before eating or given a treat.