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Dog: Impossible
TV program
Dog behaviour specialist Matt Beisner and his team help owners learn how to handle their aggressive and misunderstood animals, and rescue and rehabilitate dogs from local shelters that have been turned away by other facilities.
Sun, 9/15, 9 PM
Nat Geo Wild


MATT BEISNER'S approach is said to be “the cutting edge of dog training”, developing the deepest possible relationship between you and your dog with the least amount of tension. Matt doesn't promote choke chains, shock collars, alpha rolls or other popular aversion techniques. Nor does he rely on clickers, treats and methods intended to create "obedience". At THE ZEN DOG we know that you’re not alone, there is hope and we can help. Because there are no bad dogs.

Rules of Relationship

Rule 1: Respect

We must first respect dogs for who they are, not who we want them to be.

Rule 2: Trust

Trust is the foundation of any healthy relationship, it's how our dogs feel safe.

Rule 3: Love

Love conquers all, including the need to conquer.


Rules of Engagement

Rule 1: Energy

Energy is the one language that every species on the planet speaks.

Rule 2: Sound

Sound is energy, vocalized. It is a very effective tool in creating or correcting a dog's behavior.

Rule 3: Touch

Touch is often the weakest form of communication, especially when correcting a dog.


PHILOSOPHY : All relationships being based on Respect, Trust and Love

Our intention is to interact with every dog, client, vendor, supporter, competitor and each other in this way. We must RESPECT all for who they are, earn their TRUST and LOVE them accordingly. This also extends to those we have not met.

Though it is a prudent business model, money is not our primary motive. We do this because it creates a mindfulness that promotes peace rather than conflict. It encourages us to be in the right relationship with dogs, our selves and others. Ultimately it is our mandate to become a safe place for all to turn to.

APPROACH : Process, Patience, Prosperity

To undertake this PROCESS we must commit to it. We begin by becoming honest with ourselves about our motives, of ego, money, power, control, emotional wants and so on. The path of personal truth begins with the admission of truth to ones self.

Inherent in this journey is PATIENCE, one of those higher qualities we usually gain through the frustrating awareness that we lack it. Those who seek patience in earnest will be given many opportunities to practice it, by the dogs and our own limitations. Patience is required to gain the experience needed to know prosperity.

PROSPERITY is success in reality (“success” being a common bastardization). Prosperity is an experience, a general state of being wherein good things come easily. The divine dichotomy here is that it will require a tremendous amount of effort for this to happen. And then, one day, you will find yourself intuitively handling situations with dogs that used to baffle you. Through prosperity one begins to consider that only good can come out of any given situation. Success is an end game, prosperity is how the game is played and sustainable prosperity is zen.

RELATIONSHIP : Respect, Trust, and Love

RESPECT comes first for dogs. We need to see them for who they are, not who we want them to be and not necessarily for what they are showing us. We can do this by focusing on their needs. In time this will earn us their trust.

TRUST is the foundation of any healthy relationship. It’s where we feel safe. When we assume trust dogs and people get hurt. When we violate trust we need to reexamine our motives, put the dogs’ needs first and begin again. As we build trust we become free to love.

LOVE conquers all, including the need to conquer. At THE ZEN DOG love is a practical application where leadership, boundaries and discipline are the natural order. Love is not dictated by emotion nor swayed by the circumstances. It is a non-negotiable sense of belonging. We become loyal to the greater good, conscious members of our pack. Many of us approach our dog relationships backwards. For example, we “love our dogs so much” but we don’t quite trust them and they don’t completely respect us. If you look you’ll see we do the same in our human relationships.

ENGAGEMENT : Energy, Sound and Touch

ENERGY is the one language that every species on the planet speaks. Humans do it more poorly than anyone, women tend to do it better than men, new parents are intuitively better than many. Energy is the most powerful form of communication; it is instant, creative and often overwhelming, especially where love and fear are concerned. Humans usually refer to energy as “vibe, feel, sense or intuition”. In communicating with dogs the conscious exchange of energy begins with our own state of mind. Dogs can know our intentions well before we’ve said ‘hello’. Energy is is often employed in direct interaction through stillness, deliberate eye contact/avoidance and the respecting of physical boundaries. Energy dictates motion, behavior, thinking, action and reaction. We are always speaking the language of energy. In fact, close to 94% of all human communication is non-verbal. Unfortunately we base most of our relationships on what is being said or heard. This leads to great disappointment.

SOUND is energy, vocalized. It is a very effective tool in creating or correcting a dog’s behavior, thinking and energy. When we use our sounds we hone sensitive aspects of communication that are personal only to our dogs; this is how every dog knows its leader’s call/whistle. Here a dog learns to follow directions less because of the direction and more because of the person who gave it.

TOUCH is a vital part of how we engage with our dogs. However it can be the weakest form of communication, especially when correcting or praising a dog. There is a clear link between handling dogs aggressively and their subsequent potential for violence, especially toward other dogs. Studies are also showing that children who witness the aggressive touching of dogs are more prone to acts of violence themselves. What’s more surprising is the number of dogs who are being driven to aggression because their owners are lavishing them with affection. Whatever challenges we face with dogs our intention should always be to serve the greater good.

CONCERNS : Communication, Clarity, Consistency

COMMUNICATION is the essence of a successful pack. It is quite difficult to be in right relationship, with dogs, our selves and each other without proper communication. At THE ZEN DOG we ask for honest, open-minded exchanges to in order to create the best possible outcome for all our packs. We are challenged by the fact that listening is a skill that doesn’t come naturally to many of us. The unwillingness to remain teachable prevents us from following direction and crumbles the pack. Most any mistake between dogs and people can be saved through communication, clarity and consistency. Always communicate your intention before you act.

CLARITY is the harbinger of success, the template from which prosperity is designed. Clarity creates safety, trust and accountability in our human/dog packs. Practically every dog injury we’ve seen has been due to a lack of human clarity. This lack of clarity is called vagueness and it can be fatal in our work. A common reason for vagueness is fear of the truth: we are afraid to ask for help because we think we should know better, afraid to confront our own limitations, afraid of getting hurt. So rather than gain clarity we choose more vagueness, to avoid the discomfort of our reality. Ironically when we do this we end up experiencing exactly what we didn’t want to. Clarity proves the there is no such thing as the “brutal truth”. The truth is only brutal to the extent that we have to deny it.

CONSISTENCY is the practice of discipline. It’s willingness in action. Consistency is a conscious commitment to place order over confusion, clarity over vagueness and the greater good over personal gain. It is the choice to follow direction no matter what our minds and emotions tell us. A proper pack, be it human or dog, cannot sustain itself without consistency. Every living being is genetically wired for consistency, it’s our blueprint for survival. Humans seem to be the only species that choose to defy that. This leads to all kinds of trouble in working with dogs and each other. A consistent person doesn’t need to tell us so, it will be obvious in the way they carry themselves.

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September 7, 2019

Originally airled live on 99.7 KTTR on Friday September 6th, 2019

Episode 271 “DR. LAURIE COGER”

September 2, 2019


Check Your Pet Food, LLC

Food Testing

We are currently offering testing of kibble (dry), dehydrated, freeze dried, raw, and cooked commercial pet foods. Testing will require at least two eight ounce samples of the food, depending on the tests requested.

Currently available testing includes:


  • Basic nutrient analysis
  • Macrominerals
  • Trace minerals

This profile goes above and beyond the basic information you would find on pet food label.

Microbial Safety

Detection of Salmonella and E. coli, as well as mycotoxins, mold and yeast counts

DNA Species Verification

Tests the biological content of the food, allowing verification of meats listed on the label

Amino acids

Testing for 19 amino acids, including taurine

Fatty Acids

Fatty acid parameters including saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, as well as 14 individual fatty acids


 Canine Camp Getaway of NY

Janice Costa
Janice Costa has been working with dogs for more than 15 years, and has been planning dog vacations professionally for more than a decade – but her love affair with dogs began long before that. She got her first dog, a beautiful English Shepherd, when she was 11 months old, and before she even outweighed the dog food bag, Janice had taken over care and feeding duties. She’s been passionate about dogs ever since.

In 2002, after losing her beloved black lab mix, Tiffany, she decided to honor her faithful friend’s memory by getting involved in rescue work. Soon she had adopted a rescue dog of her own and, recognizing that “a tired dog is a good dog,” she soon became active in obedience classes, agility, flyball and service dog training. She continued to volunteer with dogs and became certified as both a Therapy Dog Test Examiner and an AKC Canine Good Citizen and Tricks Testing Evaluator. She's also a certified instructor in Pet First Aid and Canine CPR.

Because her job required a good deal of travel, she cherished spending vacation time with her dogs, and in 2009, frustrated by the lack of travel options for dog lovers, she became co-owner and founder of her first dog vacation business, Canine Club Getaway, and later launched Canine Camp Getaway of NY. 

When she’s not busy planning new activities for Canine Camp Getaway, or organizing games and entertainment for the North America Diving Dogs National Championship Meet and Greet Party for 500, Janice runs the The Canine Club Meetup Group, putting together dog-friendly outings for more than 300 people and their canines. She is active in a wide variety of dog sports and activities throughout New York, and she also chairs several pet food and supply drives to support various shelters and rescue groups. She conducts home visits and helps to transport rescue dogs to their new homes, and also competes in dock diving; her labrador/malinois cross Lexie is two-time National Champion, having won first place in the North America Diving Dogs Veteran Class Master Division in both the 2017 and 2018 AKC/NADD National Championships.
Janice enjoys writing about all things dog-related, and has written for numerous dog magazines, including Bark Magazine and Fido Friendly. She blogs about pet-friendly travel in her "Traveling Tails" blog, and has spoken about everything from pet-friendly design and Canine CPR to therapy dog work at shows throughout the tri-state area.

Janice is proudly owned by her water dog, Lexie, her exuberant malinois, Kaylee (who authors the beloved "Kaylee Uncrated" blog on Facebook), along with two very tolerant cats. The whole family is watched over by the Jessie, the Belgian Malinois/Collie/Shepherd mix who started it all, and who continues to keep an eye on "her" camp from the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

When she's not planning dog events, Janice works in the home design industry, and has authored two books, Grand Master Baths (Creative Homeowner) and Everything and the Kitchen Sink: Remodel Your Kitchen Without Losing Your Mind (Andrews McMeel). She is currently at work on a dog memoir, Jessie’s Girl. She dedicates Canine Camp Getaway of NY to her beloved (and never forgotten) Tiffany dog, to her angel, Jessie, and to Lexie and Kaylee, who every day leave indelible paw prints not only on her clothing, but on her heart.

Jessie Costa
Ambassadog Emeritus & Founding Ambassadog, CCG Heaven Chapter

Born in Pennsylvania and dumped in a kill shelter when she got “too big,” Jessie had to overcome some major trust issues with humans when she was first adopted. However, she always enjoyed the company of other animals (even helping to rescue an injured squirrel once), so dog activities became a major part of the socialization process once she found her “fur-ever” home.

Coming from strong working lines, Jessie shared her Mom’s “Type A” personality, and it soon became clear that, like most working dogs, she was happiest when she had a job. Obedience, retrieving balls and running agility initially filled that void, and later, she expanded her “work” to include retrieving medicine, water and the cordless phone on command, as well as working with the elderly.

A high-drive dog, Jessie found herself entranced by lure coursing (aka “crack cocaine for dogs”) and sought out opportunities to engage in various dog sports. But Jessie also had a strong social streak, and soon was helping to organize dog get togethers with neighborhood dogs – everything from hikes to beach trips to holiday parties.

Although her life was good, she had one major complaint: Mom often traveled on business, and invariably she was left behind. “Why can’t we travel together?” she wondered.

“There are no dogs where I’m going; even if I could bring you, you’d be stuck in the hotel room and there’d be nothing for you to do,” was the inevitable response.

That’s when she came up with The Great Idea: Why not go someplace together and invite all their favorite dogs and dog people, and plan fun, dog-friendly activities so they could spend time together and no one would be stuck alone in the hotel room?

Thus was born Canine Camp Getaway of NY, which Jessie always viewed as one of her proudest accomplishments.
After supervising eight camps, at the ripe old age of 13-1/2 years, Jessie was ready for a new challenge; today, she is Founding Ambassadog of the first CCG Heaven Chapter, where she continues to welcome beloved CCG alumni dogs and friends who have crossed the rainbow bridge.

Lexie Costa
Camp Ambassadog
Part of an “oops litter” from a Black Labrador narcotics dog and a Belgian Malinois protection dog, Lexie comes from strong working lines. However, her joyfully silly personality and love of all things social suggest that somewhere in her lineage, she has equally strong “playing lines,” making her ideally suited for her unofficial job of “doggie cruise director” for Canine Camp Getaway of NY.

A high-energy dog who adores every creature she’s ever met, Lexie loved the idea of hosting a vacation where dogs and humans could spend time together romping, playing, learning, socializing, relaxing, and just having fun.

An inveterate swimmer, she loves pools of all sizes, and would swim in her water dish if she could. As a competitive dock diver, Lexie earned her first dock diving title in in 2015, and then went on to earn her AKC Dock Master and Dock Elite titles through North America Diving Dogs in 2016, jumping a personal best of 26 feet and earning a much-coveted invitation to AKC Nationals. In December of 2017, she attended her first AKC Dock Diving Nationals in Orlando where she won first place, earning the title of NADD 2017 National Champion in the Veteran Class Master Division. In 2018, she added a Dock Master Excellent title to her repertoire, and shortly thereafter, became a two-time National Champion when she took top honors again in the 2018 NADD/AKC National Championships in the Veteran Class Master Division with a jump of 23'6". At age 9-1/2, she is still jumping strong, and believes water dogs have more fun! She also believes the dog-friendly pool is the very best part of Canine Camp Getaway (though she highly recommends lure coursing as well!).

When she’s not performing hostess duties at Canine Camp Getaway of NY, she is excessively fond of balls, long walks, Croc boots, stealing her sister Kaylee’s toys, games of chase, stuffed toys and anything else that involves having fun with dogs, cats, people, water, or her own tail. She is excited to be helping to plan the 2019 Getaways and is looking forward to meeting, greeting and swimming with both new and returning dog friends.



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