Joan Mayer on September 14, 2011
My name is Joan Mayer. I am a canine behavior coach and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer based in Ventura California. My sidekick Poncho is a ten pound mutt who knows a lot about dog and human behavior. Together we founded The Inquisitive Canine to empower dog guardians with a rewarding education that helps them further develop and enhance their everyday relationships with their dogs.
After receiving numerous questions from our dog training class students, Poncho and I began our Inquisitive Canine blog. It only seemed natural for us to start a dog behavior advice column as a way to share our expertise and love-of-dog-training philosophy with you, the inquisitive pet owner.
In addition to teaching dog guardians positive ways to reinforce real-world manners in their dogs (like sit, stay, coming when called, greeting people politely, walking nicely on leash), we also help them learn to address specific behavioral issues such as aggression, resource guarding, incessant barking, chewing, isolation distress, and eliminating (house training) in undesired areas.
Although these days people tend to lead remarkably full and busy lives, we strongly believe that no matter how much or little time you have, you can take steps towards better understanding your dog and positively reinforcing the behaviors you want, while limiting and preventing inappropriate habits.
Being a dog mom I understand the challenges both humans and dogs face in everyday life. Therefore, I try to infuse my canine coaching with realistic expectations. Our Dear Inquisitive Canine dog behavior advice column is a fun place where inquisitive dog owners (and their dogs!) can seek practical guidance and solutions for making any situation work.
And while we encourage you to take advantage of the training tips, tools and advice you read here, it is important to keep in mind that this column is not intended to be a substitute for consulting with a qualified professional dog trainer. However, it is a great resource for supplementing any training you have undergone or any education you plan to embark on.
We are thrilled to be joining the IAABC family and look forward to meeting you and your inquisitive canines!