For over 20 years Doug Poynter has been working with dogs and their owners solving K9 Behavior problems. The first 10-12 years he was basically underground because he was also working in corporate American training and coaching people. During that time the only way you could work with him was by referral.

He started in this business when he had a behavior problem with his dog. Ruger growled intensely at him one day and exhibited threatening behavior while chewing a bone. Previously his dog had been sweet and calm. Doug began seeking every resource he could find on dog behavior including the landmark text, Behavior Problems in Dogs by William Campbell. After an intense period of study, Doug realized it was his behavior that caused Ruger’s problem. At that point it was easy to fix and Ruger quickly went back to being a sweet dog. Friends and vets, who followed his progress, then began to refer clients to him as a result. While focusing on his corporate career, a sideline business was born!

Since 2014 Doug has been focusing primarily on his K9 business, Better Dog Behavior Now. He works with Positive Reinforcement and Behavior Modification, changing dog behavior for the better, while also training the human on the other side of the leash. When Doug says, “In the over 20 years I’ve been involved in this business, I’ve never seen a K9 behavior problem that was actually a K9 problem. There is always the human element involved!”

He has personal experience to back that assertion up and a unique perspective and method that lead to success and Better Dog Behavior…Now!


BDBN 17 | Positive Reinforcement
Punishment does not work well with dogs. Your dog is a family member, and you don’t dominate your family. Instead, you work with them. In this episode, Doug Poynter highlights the value of partnering with your dog instead of punishing them, and correcting their behavior helps in their dog’s behavior problem. He also shares how his client uses an e-collar on their dog to correct the behavior that turns out to be a disaster. With
BDBN 16 | Dog Barking
If your dog is barking excessively, it gets annoying. No one wants their dog barking while they’re asleep or on a Zoom call. Not to mention, your neighbors might hate it! If you tell him to keep quiet, your dog just keeps on barking. It’s like nothing will stop him! If you have this problem, Doug Poynter shares how to solve it in today’s episode. Listen up as Doug takes a deep dive into what
BDBN 15 | Animal Communication
Animal communication with humans seems far-fetched, but did you know that it is a possibility? Dogs can sense different things like they are telepathic. How does your dog always know when you are on your way home? There has got to be an explanation. Anna Breytenbach, an animal communicator, believes that humans can communicate with animals using visualization. Join Doug Poynter as he shares his thoughts about this idea of talking to your dog. Discover
BDBN 14 | Jumps On People
A dog often jumps on people because they want to show their affection by licking faces and mouths. Although this can be considered a sign of their playfulness, they may get too excited and jump even on strangers and little kids. To avoid causing serious injuries, Doug Poynter discusses how clicker training can help manage this behavior without taking the dog’s action as negative. He explains the best click-and-treat approach for a dog who loves
BDBN 13 | Hyperactive Dogs
As pet owners, we only want the best for our pets, so we give them the best. But how do we treat hyperactive dogs? Do we give them the right food and the best exercise to help reduce and utilize that high energy? Today, Doug Pointer shares some insights on working with your dog to help utilize the energy they possess. He also shares some insights on what to feed your dogs to help reduce
BDBN 12 | Dog Nose
If your dog is acting disobedient, don’t punish them. Give them treats instead. The “search for treats” exercise will get your dog back into its natural instinct of finding and searching for food. This is the best exercise to get them to work and exercise. Like children, dogs have so much energy that if not spent, they get restless. Join Doug Poynter as he talks about the “search for treats” exercise and how you can
BDBN 11 | How Dogs Help Civilization
  This idea of dominating your dog to show that you are the alpha dog is wrong. Did you know that dogs helped create human civilization? Dogs helped humans survive back in the time of the Neanderthals. So this whole thing about dominance is just wrong. Dogs and humans are meant to be cooperators. Join Doug Poynter as he shares a magazine article he read about how dogs helped civilize humans. Learn how these dogs
BDBN 10 | Dog Behavior
Sometimes dog owners seem perfectionists and become too unrealistic about how their dogs behave. But, hey, no one’s perfect, not even our pets! This episode is packed with insights from Doug Poynter on how well-behaved our dogs need to be. He reminds dog owners that we shouldn’t expect more of our dogs’ behavior than humans. Doug also shares some insights on the socialization of dogs. Tune in to this episode to hear more from Doug
BDBN 8 | Correction Training
Welcome to part two of “To Correct Or Not To Correct.” Today, Doug Poynter shares why dog owners gravitate toward correction-based rather than positive behavior training. Find out why alpha dominance amongst dogs is a myth, and discover why punishing your dog does more harm than good. Start rewarding your dog’s good behavior today! — Listen to the podcast here Watch the episode here To Correct Or Not To Correct, Part 2 I want to