Bringing out the best in your best friend using a humane, force-free approach.

For more than a decade, certified dog trainer and professional canine behavior consultant Joan Hunter Mayer has been helping humans and canines alike with pawsitive, practical solutions to everyday challenges. Using humane, proven approaches to dog training, Joan helps her local Santa Barbara clients and virtual clients from all over learn how to get the best out of their best friend. The skills she teaches empowers you to enhance the bonds you have with your dog, and make the world a friendly place for all inquisitive canines.

Private Dog Training

Using only pawsitive, force-free methods, Joan provides customized training for your dog and you with excellent, proven outcomes. You’ll learn easy-to-replicate techniques and skills that bring out the best behaviors in your best friend. Work with Joan in person, via online video conferencing, or a combination of both – whatever works best for your inquisitive canine and schedule.

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From local dog training classes to custom classes created by Joan on the topics of your choice, especially for small groups of friends/dogs who’d like to learn together, and to companies interested in providing “Learn at Lunch” perks for dog-loving employees, or organizations who wish to promote pawsitive canine-human behaviors, group classes are a fun and effective way to learn together.

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Community Programs

We’re passionate about helping companies and local groups and organizations educate their employees or members about canine behavior. Together, we can create a cultural pro-dog and pro-human shift. Our “Corporate Canine” and community programming includes customized “Learn at Lunch” workshops, educational seminars, and special classes tailored to your audience and needs.

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Read The Doggy Blog

Have questions about your dog's behavior? The Inquisitive Canine team answers pet parent questions and offers suggestions to help reach your goals.

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Lulu continues to become more confident and loves her walks now. You have completely changed the way our family thinks about dog-raising.

Brenda - Ojai, California

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TransPaw Gear® Dog Harness

Created and designed by Joan, the unique, patent pending, multi-functional TransPaw Gear harness promotes the welfare and safety of dogs, while providing an innovative product for pet parents, dog lovers, and animal advocates alike.

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