We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brian, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor to my success is my consistency and dedication to my own approach. With 35 years of experience and working outside the box, I’ve been able to successfully transform the relationship between dog and owner with focus on their mental health and not their performance of basic commands. My program is raising and developing dogs that are calm, grounded, and centered. Dogs that are happy being self directed rather than being externally controlled. This approach is the foundation for Way of the Dog and has kept thousands of dogs in their homes resolving behavior issues and creating a harmonious environment.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart is my vast experience with over 10,000 dogs in different types of training. Extracting the most pertinent aspects of these training specialities has provided a wealth of experience in dog behavior and the right formula needed in order to deal with all behavior problems and raising the ideal dog.

– Search and Rescue dogs for the LA County Sheriff’s Team and FBI Evidence Response Team,
– Pet Assisted Therapy Program at Torrance Memorial Hospital
– Agility
– Highly Aggressive
– Puppy training
– Separation Anxiety

What I’m most proud of is training Nikko for the FBI Evidence Response Team, he served at the Pentagon on 9/11.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We love Baleen at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach, great food and live music. The Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes is a great place to stroll, enjoy the sunset and occasional whale sighting- all three of their restaurants have delicious options.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Kurt Jorgensen was my psychotherapist and mentor for 20 years. He taught me all about human behavior, learning theories and philosophies of life and since the dog is a product of their owner, applying this knowledge to the owner, in order for them to change the dog (cause and effect). With Kurt’s influence and guidance, I was able to develop a very unique and sophisticated that is beyond dog training 101.

Website: www.wayofthedog.com

Instagram: @wayofthedog

Facebook: Way of the Dog, Canine Counseling

Image Credits
Katie Sarpolis

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