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 friends. 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 humane, 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.


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.


We’re passionate about bringing educational opportunities to both pet parents as well as pet professionals and colleagues. Whether you’re a dog owner looking for a class or workshop, or a dog trainer (or animal professional) in search of continuing education opportunities, we offer a variety of events that help fill that need.

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.


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)

Separation Anxiety

If your dog appears to be suffering from separation anxiety or isolation distress, we are here to help you and your inquisitive canine. Please read through our official separation anxiety training page and contact us so we can help you reach your goals.