"Even though it's early days for us to see the full results, the very principles make so much sense that it now seems silly to consider any other training."

--Andrea & Sean (Libertyville, IL)


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"It is very surprising how quickly the dog responds to the techniques. This was an 'eye-opening' experience."

--Jen & Mike (Chicago, IL)

Amichien Bonding

What is Amichien® Bonding?
Amichien Bonding is a unique, holistic method of working with dogs devised by Jan Fennell, the "Dog Listener", based on kindness and cooperation. It is a way of communicating with dogs, using their own instinctive language, that is simple and effective, yet involves no pain, no force and no special gadgets. The word "Amichien" is a combination of two French words - "ami" (friend), and "chien" (dog).

Why does Amichien Bonding work?
Domestic dogs, which are direct descendants of wolves, are pack animals. Amichien Bonding is based on pack behavior and works with your dog's natural instincts. Like wolves, dogs follow a strict code of hierarchy. They know from the time they are born that their very survival depends on having strong leaders. Many people unintentionally give their dogs mixed signals as to who is in charge, leaving the dog no choice but to assume the role of leader - regardless of whether it is capable of the job.

Why should I want my dog to elect me leader?
It is obvious that a dog cannot successfully manage a household. When the dog takes on leadership of the "pack" (the family), its reactions to daily events are often considered bad behavior. Because the dog cannot be successful in the leadership role, it becomes stressed, and behavior worsens. Stress often manifests itself in these behaviors:

Destroying objects in the home
Inability to relax
Excessive barking
Tail chasing
Obsessive behavior
Foot chewing
Soiling the home

How will Amichien Bonding help?
Learning Amichien Bonding enables you to communicate clearly and effectively with your dog using its own language, which it naturally understands. Utilizing this method allows you to show your dog that you are a benevolent leader, ready and able to protect and look after it at all times. Removing the stress of leadership from your dog allows it to relax and to realize that the choices it was making are no longer necessary; in this way, most problem behaviors will naturally subside.

To listen to Mary Lynne's radio interview on "Paws and Effect" discussing Amichien Bonding, click here.

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