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Recently, I read a disturbing post on social media. In it, a broken-hearted dog owner bemoaned the fact that her puppy had been given over to a training facility which insisted on keeping the pup for eight weeks in order to train the dog properly. During that period of time the owner was not allowed to have any contact with the dog and all correspondence was via email messages.

I expressed my disapproval and was promptly told by a representative of the training program that "nobody cares what you think."  

I would like to make myself clearly understood. At no time during the training of a dog should the owner step aside and let others train their pet. The removal from the family, home, and master of a young dog who will live his life as a family pet is an outdated and illogical method of training and is cruel, sadistic, and completely unnecessary. 

In order for a dog to trust, respect, and recognize the authority of his owner it is important that the owner initiate hands-on training under the guidance of a skilled positive reinforcement trainer.

I have been successfully training dogs since 1975. My protocols have not always been popular, nor are they "quick fixes". But training methods that instill fear and separate the owner from his or her dog only succeed in forcing the dog to learn that his owner is not his master, nor is he anyone the dog should respect.

You can reach me by phone at 223.231.8098 and via email at There is no fee for a no-contact initial consultation.

My book, Training Your Dog With Love and Compassion is available on and can be ordered at any book store.

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn O Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC