Brad Jaffe believes dogs should have an active part in their own training, which is why his Dogological method is all about working with the dogs as opposed to bribing or punishing them. Since 1999, the 46-year-old Phoenix resident has trained more than 6,000 dogs in private lessons and group classes. He also works with a greyhound rescue program with inmates at the Eloy Detention Center.
Now, Jaffe is getting ready to launch his first series of dog training DVDs and is currently promoting a crowdfunding campaign to help with post-production, a portion of which will go towards Gabriel’s Angels, a local nonprofit that brings therapy animals together with at-risk youth. You can donate to the campaign through March 14. Get to know Jaffe, who also wrote a dog communication-themed book called Conversations with Courtney, below. He also names his five favorite reasons for living in the Valley — keep scrolling for the video.
What brought you to Arizona?
I came out here in 1984 and went to high school for a year at Chaparral High School because my aunt and uncle lived here, and I wanted to experience it. I loved it for the weather but moved away for awhile before coming back in ’94. I was born in Detroit. Continue reading