Vladae the Russian Dog Trainer Gets His Sea Legs
You've seen Vladae the World Famous Russian Dog Wizard on the KTLA Morning News, KNBC's Channel 4 News, and even Letterman.
Since relocating here from Michigan, Vladae Roytapel has turned his uncanny canine communicating--he claims to speak fluent "Dogglish"--into "affordable" dog training in the homes of masters in Irvine, Anaheim, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and elsewhere close by. But, as the The Log boating newspaper reports, Vladae has expanded to include seafaring pooches.
Writes Ambrosia Sarabia:
Have hopes of taking your four-legged friend on your next cruise to Catalina--but your dog has other plans that include soiling the deck or barking incessantly?
Vladae Roytapel, who bills himself as the "Russian Dog Wizard," has a training method he claims will turn even the most anti-seafaring pooch into a well-behaved boat dog.
To prove this, Bogey, a five-year-old chocolate lab Roytapel had never before met, was brought to him at American Legion Yacht Club docks. It was immediately apparent Bogey was directing his owner, skipper Tim Bercovitz, instead of the other way around. But within three minutes after Roytapel took the leash, Bogey was at the Wizard's attention, reports Sarabia.
"The problem I had was I was speaking English not doglish," Bercovitz explained.
Aboard a 40-foot Mariner ketch, Luke calmly sat at the feet of his owner, Gil Lukosky, who less than two months ago sought Roytapel's help after dog training books, CDs and TV's The Dog Whisperer failed to stop Luke's inappropriate barking, begging and jumping, which scared customers in Lukosky's nearby store.
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