Now And Zen’s philosophy is based on positive, praise-based training techniques. We focus on building a foundation of communication with a holistic approach to the dog-human relationship, a relationship nurtured through trust, respect and gentle leadership. Our mission is to help dogs and their human partners attain a mutual understanding through compassionate training methods.
Our positive training is a mixture of force free techniques that encourage dogs to make better choices by problem solving and help us to understand things from the dog's perspective. We use no fear, intimidation, or dominating punitive punishment techniques. Recent studies show that aversive training methods create even more symptoms of stress, anxiety, fear and aggression. In our opinion it is highly unethical to be training a dog using aversive techniques such as physical punishment and equipment such as shock, choke or prong collars.
True positive reinforcement training methods create better results and are risk free for your dog. These methods give us the opportunity to help dogs with fears, aggressive behavior, stress, anxieties, and phobias. Positive training also utilizes various management plans to help set dogs up for success. Our training methods put the emphasis on teaching dogs what to do, not punishing a dog for not doing what we want instead creating a partnership. What sets apart a really good positive trainer is the ability to help clients learn to view things from the dogs perspective and formulate a plan using humane techniques to curb and prevent unwanted behaviors. This helps create confidence in dogs and builds a strong leadership based relationship with their people and encourages the dog to listen and respond when asked to do something.
Nan Long, owner of Now And Zen Dog Training, brings a lifetime of formal training and experience, enriched by her years spent on a farm in the Midwest with equines, dogs and other animals. She has been training dogs and their people in the Brevard, North Carolina area since 2002. Some of her professional affiliations are as an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen evaluator, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and she has qualified for the Certified Council for Professional Dog Trainers - KA exam. She is also a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a member of Doggone Safe and a "Be A Tree" presenter and is always continuing to learn through additional formal education.
She also spends time working with local veterinarians, helping local shelter dogs, rescue organizations and presenting dog bite safety programs to local schools.
We offer behavioral consultations, private training, presentations and other client services.
Having been in the healthcare industry for over 30 years, I have realized that the best thing we can do for one another is to listen deeply and watch for the unspoken signals. That is what Nan does so well with all of her 4 legged clients. She watches and listens deeply....then acts from that connected place...never doing the "routine" but looking for the action that is needed for THAT dog in THAT moment. I LOVE HER!
Betsy V. - 5/1/17
Ric Scalzo – Founder Gaia Herbs
It has been such an amazing experience watching you apply your “Natural and Organic – Whole Dog Approach” to the rearing of my two dogs. I so admire your vast knowledge of the canine temperament. As you know, my two dogs Bello and Jaya have had some challenges in their first two years.
Bello contracted parvo at six months and made it through a very rough time. He developed a lot of dependency on me as a result of the care he received during his illness. With your guidance and care he has now matured into a beautiful animal emotionally and spiritually. He is very obedient to the commands that he has learned and with your guidance his health has returned to a very robust level. Jaya was found abandoned at the early age of 2 months – she had deep emotional trauma and upon having her evaluated by a dog psychologist, it was decided to begin rigorous training. Her personality initially was very disruptive and at times I thought it would be too difficult for me to keep her under my care.
With your continued training and care she has now grown to become an amazing companion – she is so very obedient, friendly, so intelligent and loving. She really is one of the very best dogs I have ever had. You’ve built a solid foundation of trust with Bello and Jaya coupled with the regularity of consistent training …It was clear from the start the dogs trusted you and you loved them Nan. The emotional component between you and the dogs was really the impetus that allowed them to learn from you so quickly. In addition you covered everything regarding their training, including their doctor’s appointments, their food, and their toys. and that kind of devotion is SO hard to find!. What has really impressed me the most about your care is that it is fully aligned with my “natural and organic” approach to my own well-being. You have cared to see that the dogs get organic food and snacks made without hormones, anti-biotics, or pesticides. You established a healthy approach to vaccinations using titers to establish immunity, you have created teeth cleaning schedules and grooming schedules – all with special care for the dogs emotional well being. And you have cared to see that the dogs are kept on a regular routine which is so very important for them to remain happy and healthy.
Thank you Nan for all you’ve done for the health, happiness, and well-being of our farm dogs!!