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Holistic Dog Training & Animal Communication

A Stress Free Life for you and your dog 


Dog Training that is fun and functional 

Animal Communication that helps bridge the gap in communication 




Enjoy a Stress-Free Life with Your Dog

  • Skill Training sucks if it doesn’t serve to de-stress your life.
  • Dogs and People can play games together and learn faster than traditional training
  • Animal Communication and Reiki are valuable tools to gain insight and de-stress
  • Your dog is your companion, best friend and partner in life – do stuff TOGETHER
  • Stress is the number one killer in life
  • Life is too short to stop learning. There is always something new you can do with a dog.


Animal Communication Sessions

Talk to your dog through a psychic link



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You are an amazing trainer, I have not been nipped nor my shirts got more holes in it since you left. Bear still tries to nip on me and shirt/pants/towel…but I am able to distract him before he succeeds. I know Bear still has long way to go, but oh, boy, my life is so much better now.. I did not have trouble to put his leash on this morning. I could not thank you enough for your training session.


Q. Lee

I want you to know that Bear found his new home. Thank you so much for you help. You truly played the most important role in his wonderful transformation. I cannot imagine how this foster experience would be without your help. Thank you!

Q. Lee

Tino is a different dog since you starting working with him!

B. Todd

Dana has a unique gift. Her insight is amazing and dead on accurate. I wholeheartedly recommend her services.

D. McMullen

author & certified dog behavior consultant

Dog Training Blog

Why Emotions Matter in Dog Training

Dog Training is a messy business. Anyone who claims that it is cut and dry is missing the beauty if not the stinging reality of the complexity that is Hearts and Dogs. You say I am complacent and permissive with my cookies and praises, and I say you’re downright cruel...

Earth-Based Spirituality & Dog Training

Dog Training Made Whole Together we have the opportunity to define a relationship between dogs and their families. That definition naturally is shaped by our relationship with earth. So to define earth-based spirituality in the context of our relationship with dogs...

Understanding Your Dog

First Paw Forward has a standard of excellence when working with clients and their “family members” (your beloved dog(s)) - here are some valuable tips to help you build a foundation: Learn some of the science of how dogs think and communicate. Animal Planet’s TV show...

A Divine Partnership Between Species

Understanding your dog's behavior is essential to a creating a partnership between species. Your dog has its own way of perceiving its environment, which includes your words, smells, body language, and reactions to the dog and your own environment. Stressors in your...

A Harmonious Relationship in Dog Training

A harmonious relationship in dog training The earth is a complex natural environment where things co-exist in harmony. Dog training is a complex relationship between two species who don’t understand how to co-exist without adapting their communication methods....

Harmony in dog training

Harmony in dog training as in life Success in dog training depends on the relationship between the owner and the dog. Many dog owners seek help from a professional dog trainer in order to ‘change an undesired behavior,’ typically because their own attempts to change...

Remembering the Joy in Training

As a trainer, I enjoy being a student for a number of reasons, and one of them is the simple joy of bonding with my dog. My one year old, Seven, is taking her first agility class. And there is something about the nervous excitement of tackling the obstacles that...