Asheville, NC is a bastion of alternative practices and ideas. To add to this vibrant alternative community, a local veterinarian and a biologist/dog trainer are joining forces to present Healing & Heeling the Dog Within, a series of educational talks on a favorite topic of many – DOGS!
Healing & Heeling Mission
The mission of Healing & Heeling talks is to share alternative ways to train and care for our beloved pups. In both the training and veterinary fields, standard approaches are useful, but often limiting. New techniques represent new solutions to old problems that may not only surprise you, but also turn your unhealthy, ill-mannered dog into the dog of your dreams. Both Dr. Laurin and Dr. K have years of experience and are anxious to share their knowledge with dog lovers everywhere. They explain how to think outside the box and use new techniques to solve old problems with renewed success.
HEALING the Dog Within
Laurin Cooke, DVM, founded Creature Comforts Mobile Laser & Healing in 2016. Her nurturing house call practice supports animals and their owners on the path towards greater well-being and health. She offers consultations in nutrition and gentle holistic medicine, in addition to providing noninvasive laser therapy for arthritic pets. Along with being a veterinarian, Dr. Laurin’s background includes teaching in zoos and research in Africa.
Dr. Laurin believes the presence of vibrant health means much more than the absence of disease. She uses therapies that build health from within because a healthy animal is less susceptible to injuries, parasites and chronic diseases. Using holistic approaches, Dr. Laurin seeks to understand and correct the root cause underlying an animal’s illness. She examines physical factors along with emotional, environmental and nutritional imbalances. She encourages high quality foods and creates joy through play, exercise, sunshine and work – yes, every dog needs a job! All these factors allow dogs to thrive.
HEELING the Dog Within
The Dog’s Perspective is an alternative dog training approach practiced by Kathryn R. Gubista, PhD (Dr. K) at Lucky Dog Training Asheville. This training philosophy comes from the dog’s point of view, or perspective. The Dog’s Perspective is a canine version of Positive Discipline, an extremely popular and highly effective approach used by many parents to raise young children with love and guidance.
The Dog’s Perspective thinks outside the constraints of the Skinner Box to emphasize dog biology in training, especially natural dog behavior. This approach is both dog-friendly and human-friendly. Training techniques are not only humane, but also “dogmane”. This training approach is successful with dogs of all breeds, ages and temperaments. The combination of being a dog trainer, evolutionary biologist, college professor and former zookeeper provides Dr. K with an unique approach to understanding and working with dogs plus teaching others about dogs and dog training.
Talks & Presentations
Dr. Laurin and Dr. K look forward to sharing stories and information they have acquired over the years working with animals of all types. They have five fascinating topics of discussion that cover life with dogs from puppyhood through the golden years. If you would like to learn more and schedule a Healing & Heeling the Dog Within talk, please contact either Dr. K or Dr. Laurin (see contact below). Their goal is to help as many people possible to heal and heel their dogs so everyone can ultimately achieve the Dog of Your Dreams.
Kathryn R. Gubista, PhD owns and operates Lucky Dog Training Asheville. Dr K can be reached at TrainingLuckyDogs@gmail.com. Laurin Cooke, DVM owns and operates Creature Comfort Mobile Laser. Dr Laurin can be reached at CreatureComfortLaser@yahoo.com.