Client review: I have a new outlook, a better understanding.


Hi my mastiff family! I would just like to voice a few opinions and please interject!  I am a mastiff mom of a 2 year old recently neutered Male and a 10 month old in season female.

Before this duo I had my soul dog Norman..o ly to lose him at 3 to eplilepsy.  Back story..Norm was a protective jerk..until his neuter so I had to be attentive to all the signs and brace myself for his reactions.

And that's what they were..reactions...not disobedience...they were circumstantial reactions.

Fast forward to my Walter...2 years old..just neutered..with a young female mastiff and an old lady intact chihuahua in the house.  It just so happens that his best buddy is coming in to season...Walter is struggling to controll himself and he gets a bit too excited when my guests come over.  My first reaction is hes be coming aggressive.


After watching Roman Gottfried  videos...I have a new outlook on my boy and guess what....hes on his way to being balanced again..only because I have a new outlook and therefore a better understanding.  Thank you Roman!

Thanks to Roman I've also accepted that they aren't my big babies..their job is to protect me and their home and that's what they can I reprimand them for doing such? It is I who needs to adjust so to speak.

Jessica Paige - Ontario Canada.


Roman Gottfried is an internationally renowned Holistic Dog Training and Dog/Human Relationship Coach. He works with dog parents worldwide via video conference to help their dogs reach their full potential, by teaching them the holistic philosophy of creating a healthy relationship with their dog. He sees clients both online and in-person in Phoenix, Arizona and Eugenie, Oregon  

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From Food-Aggression To Zero incidents

I just wanted to thank you for everything! Our talk last night both assured that some of my thoughts as to why this was happening were right as well as opened my eyes to some of my mistakes in handling it. I LOVE being a mom and wouldn't change that for the world, but Larry's issues made me realize that when I became a mom to my human children, I put so much into them that I truly lost a piece of myself. Our chat has sparked something in me to find that again. And I have Larry to thank for that. We started fresh today and not on lash out. I know I have a long road ahead of me, but I'm excited to grow my relationship not only with Larry but with myself. Read more

He got everyone involved, including our toddler

 ”After doing research to find the best trainer in Phoenix for our needs we hired Roman and couldn't be happier with our decision.

He immediately showed us why our Cane Corso puppy did the things he did and what we were doing wrong and how to correct it. He got everyone involved, including our toddler.”


One online consultation made a world of difference to us.

I was desperate about my little Big Mastiff girl and how to handle her. I’m on the other side of the world, the Netherlands, Europe. I was lucky enough to have won a free Video consultation of one hour. That one hour changed my perspective towards my dogs and myself and made a world of difference to us. Roman is a lovely person and exactly what my dogs and me needed to get back on track. 

Yasmin Wijands - Netherlands, Europe  

Mastiffs are such a majestic breed! 

Mastiffs are such a majestic breed! 

We were scared for her...

January 6th

I got a FB message request:

“Hi Roman, my heart is broken. We are a family of four 2 beautiful EM with us since puppies and a brindle EM/Boxer female we rescued 1.5 years ago. She came from a drug house filled with abuse physical and emotional and bred at a very young age . She was pulled off the streets from an animal rescue. They posted her picture the rest us history . Through out her time with us we have overcome many hurdles. We feel that we have gained her trust and have given her love and a stable family . She is the pack leader which I’m not sure is normal for a new dog to come in and take over or not but she rules both my boys who really don’t care one way or another. Sorry trying to make this short , I am with her the most I am vet attentive to her as I guess we always feel bad for her . Bottom line Roman she bites me a lot and it’s always when I am giving her loving attention. She gives ever indication she want the pets and love and her body language and her talk says she is loving it and then BAM out of the blue she goes at my face . I have several marks on my face over a two week period but it is always me that she does this to . I am ready to give up and just leave her alone . I love her and will never forsake her but this breaks my heart ♥️. Thanks for listening 

- Candice McGuigan Blenheim, Ontario Canada  

But there was another problem:

 “We didn’t have the money for private but i truly believe no one understands more than you”

The solution: 

I had a online workshop coming up and also tons of videos on my YouTube channel so I had them subscribe and watch specific videos.  

Yesterday I got tagged on a post:

 Roman Gottfried is not a dog trainer. ( Well not your typical one)

His ability to read and understand the needs of dogs is beyond any trainer out there today. Dogs are family and should be treated as such.

He understands  that the beloved canine in the house isn’t a thing to control but to be loved, listened to, respected and taught how to behave in this human environment, which they didn’t ask for, we picked them. Roman under stands their feelings, how they think and by their body language what their mood and health . You won’t hear him use harsh words , no harsh equipment and no out of bounds in the house unless it is your wish or a danger . So for those that want their dog acting robotic, obeying your every wish, and continue to humiliate your loved one , please don’t go to Roman, he is not your guy !

Although i hate this picture of me , this is our Zoe Zelda who was a rescue with  abusive issues.  A year ago I would not have been able to get this close to her . We were scared for her , 

I sent two videos to Roman , and he identified her concern and  over time we addressed it with her. We have had her two years now and the care and concern Roman had for her was her cure !! 

Never give upon them!


This got my surprise and I have to admit that I had tears in my eyes. People love their dog’s, they are vomited, they need help, and some times they don’t have the financial strength to buy services.  

I wish I could help them all but it all has a price.  

Last year I donated 600 hours in online consultations for low income and rescue cases. 


You can help make a difference, by helping me supporting those in need, to get the training necessary to keep the dogs in their homes and not surrendered to the shelter, Or put to sleep.

Your Videos Helped Us Comunicate With Luci

September 9, 2015


Just wanted to let you know that You have been a HUGE asset to us both and Luci!  Your videos have really helped us to understand how to communicate with Luci.  She has picked up on things so quickly once we watched your videos and applied your "wise wisdom." We joke and say that we were the ones that needed the training, and not her.. Have a AWESOME Day!


 Kevin, Denise and Luci. - Jamestown, New York

Luci 2018

Thayne Hamilton here from Grey Muzzle Rescue.


 “Hey, Thayne Hamilton here from Grey Muzzle Rescue.

I am a firm believer in Roman Gottfried's holistic work. I have been rescuing the worst of the worst Abused Dogs for 15 years and a couple years ago he helped me evaluate (Over the Phone) a severely abused Great Pyrenees that I could not quite pin point the underlying issues that were making her snap into a Killer.


Together we came up with a Plan for her and within 2 weeks using his advise she was a different dog forever.

It was like he saw into her heart by asking all the right questions.

Some people are just that good at what they do...

Roman Gottfried is one of them.” 

Who is Thayne Hamilton? See your self. 


One of his rescue dogs was Lilla (Little Miss Stompy Feet), who spent her first 14 years living chained to a slab. She was in such bad shape when she was rescued that her legs were glued to her body. But she managed to get around with some help from Thayne and a wheelbarrow.



Please send your donations to the address below to support over 40 geriatric dogs in Thayne’s care. 

To visit Grey Muzzle Rescue Fb page click here  


Unexpected Review From Canada

I never would have imagined that someone could completely train a dog from so far away, but with his knowledge and teaching techniques, Roman is able to teach owners how to be the best leader for their dog, no matter where in the world they are.” - Melissa Wilton from Calgary, Alberta -Canada

What in the world is a Hot-dog Test?

Guest Blog - Sharyl Hardy- Austin Texas

Corbin and Sega (aka Saber)

Corbin and Sega (aka Saber)

“I probably never shared this story, lol. After I adopted Corbin, I kept tabs on his last remaining brother (Saber, now Sega). They had been fostered together with their littermates and I felt badly about separating them.  Sega was still unadopted about a month after I brought Corbin home and I emailed the rescue to find out his status.

Sega had actually been "adopted" twice and returned by two families that felt he had too much energy. So he bounced around to two more foster homes and I felt terrible about that.

So, Corbin was in training with my friend Roman during the time I was checking on Sega. I tried finding him a home myself but no interest. I finally asking Roman what he thought about me taking Sega in addition to Corbin. And he told me I should let Corbin decide.

When I laughed and asked how, he suggested a brilliant idea. He told me to go into the other room and on a sheet of paper, write out the options. So, on one half of the paper in my office I wrote: "Bring Saber home" and on the other half I wrote: "Saber stays there." 

We took two pieces of hot dog (high value treats for training) and I placed a bit of hot dog under each option. Roman said, whichever one Corbin takes first, is his choice.


Proof of test results  

Proof of test results  

What's funny was, neither one of us knew how it would work out. I thought Corbin would gobble them both and be done with it. But Corbin actually took one...and totally left the other one on the paper, which stunned me. He never went back for the other piece of hot dog. effect, Corbin told me he wanted his brother with us too.
And that is the "hot dog test." " - Cheryl Hardy - Austin Texas, USA

Romans can help through your adoption process starting with a in depth adoption consultation.
In a 45 minutes video consultation he will make sure you are well prepared to Adopt a dog into an existing dog-family.
To schedule a Online Adoption Consultation or training session with Roman use the button below

It's been a true blessing to have found him.

It's been a true blessing to have found him.

I adopted a severely abused 1/2 Maltese/ 1/2 Mini poodle last Spring. She was scared, terrified of most things, but still had a very sweet temperament, despite the rough start to her life.

I chose the premium training package from Roman that included a session with intuitive healer Barbara Buck. Truly, the results started with Trixie just a few hours after her session with Barbara. Then, with Roman's guidance, I started a different type of care & training to help Trixie get used to a new 'normal'.
Schedule a online session with Roman HERE


Dealing with severe separation anxiety in one session.

Dealing with severe separation anxiety in one session.

Roman has helped me with my stubborn Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd mix who was dealing with severe separation anxiety. We have only had one training session but it has helped tremendously. As soon as he walked in the door, I was amazed at how my dog reacted to him. He has an incredible and astonishing way with dogs!!
Get help with your dog now. 

For a in home training appointment in local in Phoenix click HERE 

For Virtual Live Video consultation click HERE

It's nice to have the dog listen without loud noises, scolding, or dominance training

It's nice to have the dog listen without loud noises, scolding, or dominance training

We are all learning our jobs, and how to properly interact with each other. Bruce is doing wonderfully with the kids, he's coming back when we call (most of the time lol), and learning that he can trust us. I have loved the online training sessions, I've been learning so much, and the approach that Roman takes, it's nice to have the dog listen without loud noises, scolding, or dominance training. Bruce is so much more comfortable, that he kept photobombing my daughter's back to school pictures!

The online Facebook Group consulting...GENIUS!

Roman, we are SO lucky to have you on our 30,000 member strong Mastiff Lovers FB-Group!
And the online consulting, the Facebook #HolisticDogTraining...GENIUS! It's like you are closer than a phone call away! I always appreciate your insight & input! 

It’s like you are closer than a phone call away!
— Jodi Barnhart Turner, Iova, USA
Thank you for all your help and pointers. You have been a tremendous help to many in this group.
— Dawn St., Ontario Canada
As a vet tech student and vet assistant, I am STILL learning animal behavior and learn new things every day! It is so important to understand the human-animal relationship/bond, even as pet owners! So glad to have you in this group, Roman!!
— Heather Fields, Ohio, USA
Thank you Roman. We all love you here at Mastiff Lovers! Such great advice as usual.You should be also educating the prison system on where they are going wrong on rehabilitation. There system only creates monsters. More dogs in prisons would be a great start. Love your advice. You have helped so many of us and our fur babies... Cheers mate
— Justin Humphrys, Arkansas USA
Roman, thank you so kindly for sharing your knowledge with us!!
— Stacy Wallick - Michigan USA
Thank you for doing this for everyone, great advise. Gives me ideas for what my retired service dog is going through
— Constance Wilson- US Army Veteran

In a one hour setting I learned so much about my dogs, but mostly about myself

In a one hour setting I learned so much about my dogs, but mostly about myself

About two months ago I was kind of desperate. I was walking my dogs only in the early hours, dreading meeting other dogs and having big problems to control them. I was on the verge of giving up as my body could not cope with the strength and energy it took to care for them. Right at that time I heard about Roman Gottfried offering online sessions for people who had trouble with their dogs. I grabbed the opportunity and never regretted it.
In a one hour setting I learned so much about my dogs, but mostly about myself, that with the tools Roman gave me I could start over again.
Hire Roman

His holistic approach is kind and incredibly effective.

His holistic approach is kind and incredibly effective.

Romans approach is simply amazing and I would absolutely never use another dog trainer! Hire Roman and I promise you, you will not be disappointed. He will change the way you think about your dog and help you understand him/her in ways you never realized were possible.

Hire Roman here

Cane Corso, aggressive, runt of the litter! Now 9 Year Old Respectful Member- Online Consultation Bundle

Cane Corso, aggressive, runt of the litter! Now 9 Year Old Respectful Member- Online Consultation Bundle

Thank you Roman,  you helped me online line with my Cane Corso Ceasar a long time ago. He was aggressive, runt of the litter and with your guidance taught me and my family, how to deal with him, force free and pain free. He is 9 years old now, he still respects us and we respect him and the breed.

He's helped hundreds of dogs and owners, and thankful I found him.


I'm so happy to have found Roman. His gentle demeanor and patience helped me understand what I needed to do to make the circumstances better.

He has transformed my dog in a way that I never could without his program and training. He helps guide you through the training process to gain more understanding of dog behavior that in turn helps you gain more control and peace.

He's helped hundreds of dogs and owners, and thankful I found him.

He has transformed my dog in a way that I never could without his program and training.
— Tishin D. - Arizona USA

Julianna Scruggs with Mr.Apollo -Shar Pei , Austin TX

Julianna Scruggs with Mr.Apollo -Shar Pei , Austin TX

 ***** Apollo absolutely responds to the training Roman showed us, but it does require us to engage with our dog too, not just the other way around. You can't be on your cell phone diagnosing your mother's email problems while walking/training your dog. We just walk the dog, pay attention, use the commands we were taught, and be nice to the dog. Roman is really good at what he does. We've been really amazed! Roman has also dog-sat for us many times and it has been a great experience. -Juliana S