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My husband and I, and our dog Oliver, attended a workshop that Joan offered at the Santa Barbara humane society.  We were excited to attend the workshop because it focused on loose leash walking, which is something that Oliver (and we) needs to improve upon.  The class was fantastic!  We learned so much from Joan and really liked her approach.  She went over dog training theory and encouraged us to understand life from our dog’s perspective, and how we can use that understanding to better train him.  She recommended useful training equipment, which we hope to soon buy, which are effective tools and also safe for our dog.  She demonstrated how to perform training and then gave us an opportunity to learn during the class.  We were amazed with how quickly our dog caught on!  Towards the end of the class, she and her dog Poncho acted as normal strangers you would come across during a walk and we practiced our newly learned skills.  We took away many useful skills and have already noticed changes at home with our dog.

We look forward to taking more classes with Joan and highly recommend her services!

Amy, Chris, and Oliver - Santa Barbara

Joan is one of the best dog trainers in Santa Barbara County, but what pet owners may not know is that she is not only a dog training expert, but she is also an overall animal behavior expert! I adopted a very challenging outdoor cat (well, she adopted me), and she behaves very poorly with company. I called Joan, not knowing where to turn, and her tips made a WORLD of difference! I learned from Joan that pet training is not a one-time trick; it is a process, and the more you invest in your animal, the more you get out of it. I have seen great results from Joan’s great advice and really appreciate her blog and email tips that remind me to have consistent behavior with my cat. Joan is inquisitive, intuitive and helps canines, felines and the most challenging animals to tame: PEOPLE! Thanks, Joan, for your wisdom and passion for your profession! I’m hooked!

Lorrie Thomas, Santa BarbaraCA

Joan Mayer is a rare breed of dog trainer. We thought we loved our puppy before taking her to Good Manners Class, but now she is even more of an absolute joy to have in our lives! Now we really understand her behaviors, and know how to coach her to exercise good manners! We enjoyed working with Joan so much because she really took the time to address our individual needs. We really enjoy traveling with our dog, and now we have the confidence to know we can manage her in different situations, no matter where our lives take us!

Emilia and Nick, Santa BarbaraCA
Ed the Wonder Dog

We really use the skills we learned from you with Lulu on a daily basis. She continues to become more confident and loves her walks now (tail up and happy). You have completely changed the way our family thinks about dog-raising. We’ve always been kind and loving dog owners, but thought we had to do certain things (scold when they growled, pull back when they pulled on their leash, etc.) that we now know are counterproductive. We are definitely learning!

Brenda Hill, OjaiCA

Thank you for all your great advice and helpful information. One of the best things for Sara was her first ‘Puppy Social’ at the Inquisitive Canine studio. She was timid at first, but with some practice and patience, she was able to overcome her initial shyness and now loves to play with all the other dogs. Thank you for teaching me how to engage my dog in a positive way so she is not afraid. I love to watch her interacting and having so much fun. We still have a lot to learn, but we’re off to a good start.

Cheryl and Sara, Port HuenemeCA

Joan has taught me to be a better dog mom. I have learned to reward positive behavior, instead of reinforcing aggression with negative consequences to bad behavior. I used to avoid places where there would be too many dogs, fearful that my dog would attack anything with four legs. Now I can take my dog for a walk at the park or the beach and not worry! Thanks, Joan! And Chief thanks you, too! (Ruff!)

Mary Jones and Chief, VenturaCA

I’m Perry, a Golden Doodle. Everyone thinks I’m as cute as can be. I got some help early on when I met Joan of Inquisitive Canine at my first Puppy Social. Oh, what a happy time! I made so many puppy friends and learned to play with everyone and not be afraid. I also learned some manners, which for a young pup is sometimes hard to do. Joan has the best treats in the world and the nicest way about her. I could tell right away that she loves dogs by how gentle and kind she was with me.

Perry the Pup, OjaiCA

I recently attended Joan’s ‘Before You Adopt’ seminar. I found the seminar to be very thorough and it encompassed aspects of dog ownership that many people do not consider. Although I consider myself an experienced dog owner, I found this seminar to be valuable and learned several new things. I would highly recommend this seminar for first-time dog owners, as well as experienced dog owners.

Cindy Stratton, VenturaCA

Joan is the complete package in my opinion: superb technician, ultra-clear communicator and compassionate for both dog and owner … a real thinking trainer whose dedication to constant improvement of skills and knowledge is a gift to her lucky clients. I could not endorse her more heartily.

Jean Donaldson, Trainer, Author and Director, Academy for Dog TrainersSan Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers
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Finally! A dog trainer with training in behavior therapy! Joan’s unique and highly effective methods and understanding of dogs, their social structures and how they relate to people is a welcome and much-needed addition to our dog-loving community! If you have a problem dog, don’t give up without consulting Joan. Better yet, start your puppies off right by enrolling in Inquisitive Canine puppy classes!

Shelly Wilson, DVM, VenturaCA