Down Dog, Please!
Now Owens, "the Original Dog Whisperer," uses a method he calls Raise with Praise, which emphasizes positive reinforcement and gentleness, rather than intimidation—no prong or choke collars allowed. "I remind people not to do anything to their dog that they wouldn't do to their children, themselves, or their grandparents," he says.
Besides offering private training sessions, Owens runs a nonprofit group in Los Angeles that operates Paws for Peace. Inner-city kids learn his gentle methods as they train dogs from animal shelters. The dogs are easier to place in adoptive homes, and the kids learn the power of compassion. Owens encourages the children to focus on their breathing before they begin a session. "If you're not in control of yourself, you can't be in control of your dog."
Learn more at raisewithpraise.com.