First Paw Forward 

Animal Communication

Animal Communication is about more than your dog’s behaviour; it is about integrating a dog’s natural instincts within a human household.

Communicating with your dog is a special opportunity to not only create a bond but to learn how to be a more patient listener, a strong teacher, a benevolent leader, and a creative person.

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Our Clients Are: 

  • Dedicated to the passions in their personal and professional lives

  • Willing to make time to explore creative solutions and opportunities

  • Have a lifestyle that requires creative solutions and high-level thought

  • Require a global perspective

Our Clients Want:

  • A Personalised Experience

  • Privacy and Confidentiality

  • A High Level of Expertise

  • Flexibility

  • Help with Accountability and Focus

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Dog Training Wisdom

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. “The Other End of the...

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...