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Power, Peace, and Puppies: Common Sense and Nonviolence

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For humankind, it comes down to choosing compassion rather than violence, partnership over domination, and peaceful responses instead of warlike reactions. Whether it’s the refrain from a favorite folk song or the greeting inside a Christmas card—peace, joy, and love are all you need.


Owens says his goal is to “promote peace in the world, one dog at a time.”


And that is a step forward for all beings.


 Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend.  ~Corey Ford





Look for trainers that use only positive training methods at: The Association of Pet Dog Trainers and The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors While most members of these organizations use only (or primarily) positive methods, membership in the organization is not a guarantee as some trainers mix force-free and force methods. Master trainers like Jean Donaldson and Paul Owens encourage interviewing prospective trainers to be sure that they use only positive, “pain-free” methods.



Paul Owens’ website offers his books, The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training, and The Puppy Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Guide to Early Training and Care, as well as his two nonviolent dog training DVDs, and personal consultations. ( ) In 1995, Owens founded “Raise with Praise,” a nonprofit educational organization. In his innovative program, Paws for Peace, inner-city kids learn his gentle methods as they train dogs from animal shelters. A program that is beneficial for all, the kids learn compassion, and the dogs are easier to place in adoptive homes.

For positive training on TV check out: “It's Me or the Dog” with Victoria Stillwell on the Animal Planet channel:


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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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