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About Paul Owens

Paul, often referred to as the “original” Dog Whisperer, will be celebrating his 50 Year Anniversary as a professional dog trainer. He is one of the leading proponents of positive, force-free, nonviolent animal training.  Paul was one of the first of 27 individuals in the world accredited by the prestigious Pet Professional Guild Accreditation Board as Professional Canine Trainer. In 2019, he was recognized as one of the 10 Top Dog Trainers in the United States by


Paul’s after-school violence prevention program Paws for Peace afforded hundreds of children and dogs the opportunity to build confidence and self-esteem while improving safety and the quality of their lives.


Paul is the best-selling author of:

  • The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate Non-violent Approach to Dog Training, 

  • The Puppy Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Guide to early training and care

  • DVDs: Welcome Home! Ultimate Guide for all puppies and dogs. 

          The Dog Whisperer Volume One: Compassionate, Nonviolent Dog Training

          The Dog Whisperer Volume Two: Solving Canine Behavior Problems

50 Years of Dog Training

Paul’s 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 50 years.

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

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