Paul Owens, The Original Dog Whisperer

Paul Owens, The Original Dog Whisperer

Paul Owens is the author of three books: the best selling The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training (Adams Media) which has sold over 350,000 copies all over the world, The Puppy Whisperer and The Dog Whisperer presents: Good Habits for Great Dogs. He also produced and is featured on three Dog Whisperer DVDs, Volumes One and Two and the 2016 DVD release of Welcome Home! The Ultimate Guide for all Newly-Adopted Puppies & Dogs.

The Dog Whisperer book was rated a “classic” by the Whole Dog Journal and the Dog Whisperer DVD was reviewed as “the best DVD on basic training of pets for the pet owner…” in the APDT newsletter: Chronicle of the Dog.

Paul began training dogs in 1972. He is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild a leading proponent of positive, nonviolent animal training in the United States. In 2015, Paul was named one of among the first 27 accredited professionals in the world to earn the title of Professional Canine Trainer-accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board.

His programs are unique in that stress management methods for humans are presented as part of the classes. Paul is the founder/director of the children’s after-school, violence prevention program, Paws for Peace. He has practiced and taught yoga in the United States and India for over 40 years.

Paul’s specialty is in the evaluation and behavior modification of aggressive dogs and he is frequently consulted and referred by veterinarians. His public service work includes bite prevention programs for children and monthly dog training seminars at area Humane Societies and shelters. Paul has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including PBS’s Pets Part of the Family and the nationally syndicated Pet Files. His articles and interviews have appeared in several local and national magazines, including Self, Animal Wellness Magazine, Bark magazine, The Pet Press, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, LA Parent, The Burbank Leader, The Whole Dog Journal, The Yoga Journal, Alaskan Airlines Magazine and many others.

I believe nonviolence fosters nonviolence. Because of the link between dog and human behavior, nonviolent dog training contributes to helping build a world of peace for humans and dogs. When people, especially children, are successful using nonviolent methods with animals, they feel good about themselves and they are encouraged to have a kinder, more positive attitude with their friends, family, and the environment.

-Paul Owens

Paul and Molly
Click here to read Paul’s eulogy for his|beloved Portuguese Water Dog, Molly.