Gordon Fontaine

Gordon established Zen Dog Training to pursue his passion for helping people create healthier, happier relationships with their dogs. He’s a Certified Dog Trainer with a Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC) from San Francisco SPCA’s Dog Training Academy. Gordon is proud to be one of only 500 graduates of this highly intensive, world-renowned program, where he had the privilege to work alongside some of the best dog trainers in the nation.

Gordon has been training dogs since he was 11 years old, when he was given responsibility for training the family dog. His early participation in dog training classes impressed him with the value of professional training methods to support our pet’s quality of life and relationship with humans. Gordon built upon his experience through helping family and friends address their dogs’ unwanted behaviors—whether a new puppy or a long-time companion.

Since founding Zen Dog Training in 2005, Gordon has honed his skills through thousands of sessions with all types of dogs and situations. “I know what works, what doesn’t, and why,” says Gordon. “I won’t try to sell you on the latest dog training fad or gimmick. I just want to improve your relationship and connection with your dog.”

A native of south Texas, Gordon earned an MBA at Boston College, and remained in the area. During the years, he worked in finance and business development in Biotech and worked for companies like the Bose Corporation and Lucent Technologies. In 2001, Gordon began to study Aikido, a Japanese martial art. The physical, mental, and spiritual challenge of Aikido suited Gordon; he is now a 3rd degree black belt and a part-time instructor at his local dojo.

As he embraced the mind/body philosophy of Aikido, Gordon eventually sought a livelihood more in line with his life view. Zen Dog Training was born!

Gordon has traveled the world—Japan, Europe, South America, and in the process, he acquired valuable perspective. Everywhere, people and their relationship with dogs are similar. Whether you simply want to “do it right the first time” or need help getting rid of your dog’s bad habits. Gordon has the experience to help, using proven methods and a gentle approach.

“Our goal at Zen Dog Training is to educate each client on what truly motivates their dog and what quickly—and humanely—gets results.”

Gordon has recently finished his first book, The Zen Method of Raising a Puppy, a guide to raising the perfect puppy! He has also written several eBooks such as How to Treat and Prevent Separation Anxiety and How to Crate Train a dog in 2 days.

Gordon’s eBooks are available for purchase online.

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