Touch Food

Dogs are tactile creatures, and we love to touch them. That pairing ought to create a great mutual benefit society. You'd think this would be a no brainer. But ironically, I've seen countless problems arise in this realm. How we touch, where we touch, where dogs have conditioned their owners not to touch, all can be significant factors in the overall behavioral balance of a dog.

Dogs who come into training here are touched A LOT. All day long they are taught to stand quietly in front of me, body nestled into my legs, and tolerate being touched from front to back, top to bottom. I want all the dogs who go through training here to relish the hands of their owners. No guardiness, no mouthing, no nipping, no wheeling the head around to threaten, no growling – just soft, responsiveness.

There's a lovely, old fashioned expression in the dog world. We talk about having a dog who "comes soft to the hand." It's that dog who comes confidently but not obnoxiously into our body space, gently soliciting touch and standing quietly to receive it. It's an essential piece of the training here. Owners often remark on how much more intimate , friendly, and confident their dogs are after training which always pleases me immensely. Training is all about enhancing our relationship with our dogs not diminishing it. Touch plays a significant role.

Because our hands can have such a dramatic impact on the animals in our care, and their physical and mental well being, I have spent a lifetime developing techniques to be used by dog owners and handlers. These have been assembled into a system of physical therapy for dogs called Canine Kinaesthetics tm. Individuals who are interested in learning more about Kinaesthetics tm can go to our companion website, for full details on the Canine Protocol.

AZ Doggy Dude Ranch Dogs..

Arizona Doggy Dude Ranch Dogs Learn To:

  • Come when called every time...on or off leash!
  • Sit or down when asked...for as long as you want!
  • Walk like a gentleman or lady on a loose leash!
  • Pay attention when you need them!
  • Be wonderfully well-mannered pets inside and outside the home!


Shellie Ferguson

hot-dogHi there -

Thought I'd send a quick pic and an update on Brody since he has hit his one year anniversary from "boot camp" already.



AngelsThe girls were so good in the car and also at the rest stop....

What a wonderful, exhilerating, educational, awe-inspiring experience we had with you.  You certainly exceeded our expectations with the girls.


Marc Goldberg - CDT

Marc GoldbergMaryna has an amazing touch with both dogs and people. Rarely does one dog trainer ever permit another to work with his dogs. Dog trainers are very particular about how their pets are handled. Maryna has worked with my own dogs at my request.
Even though I have been training dogs for over 30 years, in just a few moments, Maryna taught my pets a few new tricks, calming them significantly and quickly. What pleased me most was how gentle and loving Maryna treats dogs. They respond to her very quickly with trust and love.



EmmaJust a note to let you know that Emma (and I !!) are doing very well....we walk every day and she does a great job in sitting and staying...and quite well at heeling....


Deb Tollefson

Deb Tollefson, Retired
Veterinary Technician
Office Manager, Co-owner--Veterinary Clinic
I am sharing something with you that you may or may not be interested in, but I was so impressed yesterday at what I observed that I just couldn't sit on it.
My friend Maryna, who has been keeping my neck and back healthy for years, has a home full of her own very well-behaved dogs. I was always impressed that they never tried to jump on me and always responded so well when given commands. Mostly, if they were in the house they just looked up from their appointed resting places, and then ignored me.

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