Renowned dog behaviorists lead workshop in Tryon

Published 7:20 pm Wednesday, October 16, 2013

California-based dog behaviorists Cheri Lucas and Brian Agnew of Lucas Agnew Workshops announce a four-day dog behavior workshop designed to transform the relationship and strengthen the bond between dog and owner, from Oct. 28 – 31 at Foothills Equestrian Nature Center ( in Tryon.

The workshop, which helps owners and trainers see how their own attitudes, perspectives and subtle body language cues can affect their ability to overcome difficult dog issues, will be followed by a Public Charity Pack Walk on Nov. 2 to benefit Greenville Animal Care, in Greenville, S.C.

Created by sought-after dog behaviorists Lucas and Agnew, the Lucas Agnew Workshop is a comprehensive, hands-on, results-oriented workshop that teaches dog owners and trainers worldwide to master the subtle yet powerful language of dogs.

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With a special focus on rehabilitating the dogs that are normally not allowed in dog-training courses, Lucas Agnew Workshops provide an intimate and safe environment for dog handlers to overcome dog issues like aggression, fear, and anxiety and to form a stronger, balanced relationship with their dogs.

“The reason we are able to resolve the toughest dog issues is that we start by resolving the human issues,” says Lucas. “First and foremost, the owner’s own confidence level and self-esteem is what determines his or her success with rehabilitating a troubled dog.”

Topics that will be covered in the Tryon workshop from Oct. 28-31 include: self-evaluation and finding your power as a dog leader; dog psychology; proper tools and techniques to correct undesirable behavior; evaluating a dog’s behavior issues; managing risk when working with dogs; how to achieve calm energy; and much more. Each day includes a pack walk, evaluation of issues, problem solving activities and developing conflict resolution skills between pack members. A delicious lunch is catered daily and graduation is celebrated with a dinner for students and trainers.

The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is located at 3381 Hunting Country Road, Tryon, NC 28782. Detailed directions to the facility are provided upon registering for the Lucas Agnew Workshop.

Registration and further information about the workshop can be found at

– article submitted by Jamie Relth