Idle Paws Dog Training’s primary goal is the well-being of your dog.  Offering sophisticated dog training techniques that any owner can understand and implement, Idle Paws Dog Training ensures the information you receive will be user-friendly and effective.   

        Idle Paws Dog Training understands that people lead unique lifestyles and need flexible dog training options that will best suit their specific situation.  Whether you have all the time in the world to work with your dog, or you’re burning the candle at both ends, Idle Paws Dog Training offers a training service that will be the perfect fit. 

        We do NOT use any physical punishment methods.  NO choke chains, NO pinch collars, NO e-collars, all of which can have severely negative behavioral effects and cause significant aggression and reactivity.  Our training methods are based on Applied Animal Behavior and Learning Theory, employing positive reinforcement as the most effective way to modify animal behavior.  Whether you are experiencing basic dog indiscretions, most commonly associated with youth and energy, or more severe behavioral issues like aggression, we find the underlying cause and provide you with the training techniques that will help solve the issue, not just mask it. 

        At Idle Paws Dog Training, we also understand that training will not be successful if you are unable to continue to implement all of the techniques learned.  You will receive written details for each training exercise and our experienced trainer will be available for follow-up questions by phone and email after all training services. 


Owner and Head Trainer

        Idle Paws Dog Training was founded by Michael Litzky, a Certified Professional Canine Behavior and Training Master Instructor (CPCBTMI), a Certified Behavior and Aggression Management Trainer, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed® (CPDT-KA®).  Michael is also a certified AKC® Canine Good Citizen® Evaluator.  Michael works with dogs in all aspects of behavior management and obedience. 

Bandit and Michael, sitting pretty.

Bandit and Michael, sitting pretty.

Hazel and Michael, taking it easy.

Hazel and Michael, taking it easy.

        Before becoming a dog trainer, Michael graduated from New York University School of Law and worked as a civil litigation attorney in Atlanta.  During that time, Michael gained valuable experience breaking down complex legal ideas for individuals with no prior knowledge of the law.  While he is extremely happy to no longer work in the legal industry, Michael continues to use these skills to teach people the most effective way to train their dog, despite the growing complexity and volume of dog training information available. 

        Michael was born and raised in Atlanta.  The first native southerner in his family, Michael started life at Northside Hospital and grew up in Gwinnett and Cobb counties.  Much to his New York parents’ dismay, he quickly became an avid consumer of sweet tea and fried okra, and even developed a slight southern twang.  Michael remained in Georgia for college and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Georgia.  Michael currently lives in Sandy Springs with his two dogs, Hazel and Bandit.