Canine Life Coach


Dog Talk LLC

A Training and Wellness Sanctuary for Dogs and their Humans!

Awareness, Education, Relationship, Well-Being


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About Gary  

ME - Engineering,  Cornell U

Engineering Fellow - Raytheon Company

Co-Author,  chapter, The Three Shalls, Train Your Dog, Change Your Life

Co-Founder of Dog Talk & TheraPet, LLC

Co-Founder of New England Pet Partners, Inc.

20-years of Canine Behavior Experience / Workshops / Presentations / CPDT

Registered Pet Partner, Licensed Team Evaluator / Instructor

Tufts - U Cummings' School of Veterinary Medicine / Licensed Evaluator Instructor


I am an engineering manager for Raytheon Corporation. Living and learning with dogs, and helping Maureen at Dog Talk and New England Pet Partners gives me the opportunity to combine canine / human management experience by teaching in a different venue.


When time allows, I enjoy joining Moe and the teams coaching dog sports, subbing for group classes, and am officially known as “the maintenance man.” Recently, I taught Licensed Evaluators at Tuft’s. It was a good experience.


I find what I learn working with dogs can be transferred  to Raytheon. It makes me a better person and manager. Before I met Moe, the concept of team approach meant playing Hockey until she pointed out that punching each other out in fits of rage is not team spirit!

  

I grew up in a middle class neighborhood – one of six kids. We didn’t have a dog, but we had a cat (less maintenance for my Mom). There were dogs all over the neighborhood, some nice ones and some not so nice ones. While delivering papers for 8 years, I was able to develop a “special” bond with some of them and learned to stay clear of others. What was it with these dogs? Now I know. Simply a lack of education. Times have changed and we have to change too, using positive training not only for dogs but dog parents.  


When I met Maureen dogs came with the package. Quickly, I discovered what others have known for millenniums. Dogs teach us how to be better humans. You cant dictate to them. If you throw a tantrum, they walk away, especially Newfies. In reflection, thank goodness. I wouldn’t change  a minute. Many times I have literally loved a dog to death - that being the toughest part, letting them go.  


The dogs have shown me compassion and unconditional love, helping me through good times and bad. The dogs have given me the opportunity to meet people who I never would have otherwise. You guys know who you are. We’ve traveled all over the world, always connecting with people who care about dogs. Dogs have taught me empathy and if I want something, think about how I am asking.   


I remember walking outside the London Zoo and asking a gentleman exercising his Terrier if he had ever watched "Dogs with Dunbar-UK?” He shared, “I have never missed a broadcast”. Dr. Ian Dunbar changed how we think about training which use to be one dog, one human. Now it’s families and pleasant please. No need for aversive training. Like hockey, none of really likes to get punched.


Dog people are interesting (I think there’s a book in there). Like our dogs, we come in all shapes, sizes and colors. We don’t always agree (and some of those disagreements are legendary). If we’d only take the time to step back, we’d realize that we all want the same thing … what’s best for our dogs and our well being!