I am a Certified Dog Trainer and Holistic Behavior Coach, Empath, Clairvoyant, Reiki Master and Energy Healing Practitioner. I am a public speaker, teach educational workshop for nation’s biggest no-kill shelters and rescues.

I help integrate mind/body/spirit balancing and improve people's relationships with their dogs.  This helps owners raise their vibration and dogs reach their highest potential. 
My vision since 2007 is that dog owners should know how to teach their dogs moral, ethical, and social skills. Force, pain, and stress-free training administered with love and affection can turn training into a bonding experience between you and your dog. No matter where you live, the holistic training approach can become part of your life. 


Holistic Dog Training- or Holistic Dog Parenting- is an emotional/relationship based method.

It helps people establish a secure attachment relationship with their dogs.

An individual dog is more than just an animal to be controlled.  Emotions, energy, and health are all involved in creating and maintaining a positive human/dog relationship naturally, for life.  

A Holistic approach addresses all of these elements so that they can  exist in harmony to create a “naturally” great dog. (Secret: It also makes the trainer - that’s you - happier, too!)
My approach is force free, based on the Pet Professional Guilt’s best practices
I do this with clients around the globe, both in person and online. Holistic training does not subscribe to Dominance or Alpha theory where the dog owner relies on fear, threat or power imbalance in order to get the dog to obey (I believe that this creates an ongoing battle, one you’d likely rather not fight forever, and, moreover, compulsive training can cause even BIGGER problems down the road).  

I work with dog-guardians to heal and balance the relationship, by strengthen trust and communication and tap into your dog’s natural tendencies, skills, and breed-specific needs.
No one is better suited to teach his dog moral and ethical skills than his guardian.
— - Roman Gottfried - CPDT

This approach creates a happy, well-adjusted dog who is tuned into you and who naturally WANTS to obey.  No more power struggle, nor more frustration.   

The holistic approach coaches you to develop a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog who yearns to please because of the ability to establish a secure attachment relationship with your dog.
— Roman Gottfried

As a result, you improve your connection, your communication, and your dog obeys with pleasure, respect and focus on you-- NOT because you've “dominated” him, but because you've taught him that being in good behavior is the happiest, healthiest, most loving and rewarding way for him to be

My holistic methods work quickly and powerfully, and in far fewer sessions than most trainers need.

Your bonded connection with your dog, facilitated by my coaching, will provide you with the confidence and tools for a happy, well-behaved, best friend for life.

I believe anyone can learn to be a master trainer of their own dog. Yes, even when there are “BIG” problems to solve!.



YES!  You can learn to be your dog’s best trainer, in the comfort of your own home, from anywhere in the world.  Using online video chat, I personally guide you and your pet toward a happier, more peaceful relationship.  When we partner to train your dog via Skype, Facetime or other app, YOU are the star of the show, “the only trainer in the room”, working directly with your dog (with my careful guidance).

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 It’s convenient,

and it works!  

Want to learn more?  

Set up a time to chat here.


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What people have to say about Online TRAINING  

Sampson is a Great Pyrenees Rescue who came to us wary of human connection, intolerant of change, and reactive to vehicles and anything moving near our home. Roman has helped us get to know and understand this great dog. He teaches in a way that is sensible, logical and insightful. We understand ourselves better and understand that our relationship with Sampson is all important. Highly recommend Roman’s incredible training!
— Peggy and Mike Smith, Educator Delaware, USA
I have seen Roman do some really amazing work with rescue dogs and “problem” dogs all over the country. He works in an entirely non aggressive, calm, non dominant manner that gets excellent results from even the most troubled dogs. He’s exceptional.
— Karen vicencio - Holistic Horse Behaviorist and Trainer- Ireland

Want to talk about your dog’s needs with Roman first?  

Click here to set up a phone call.


Your bonded connection with your dog, facilitated by my coaching, will provide you with the confidence and tools for a happy, well-behaved, best friend for life.  I believe anyone can learn to be a master trainer of their own dog (yes, even when there are “big” problems to solve!).