For the past 35+ years, Corey Cohen has helped people and Dogs grow synergistic friendships based on mutual respect, trust and harmony using a mindfulness-based approach. He is the founder of Path of Friendship, an organization dedicated to the psychological well-being of Dogs.
The heart of his philosophy is connecting with our Dogs on an equal level—as friends—and not as owner and pet.
Corey began his career with Dogs that were deemed hopeless by others, such as those with extreme aggression, anxiety and trauma, and worked with several high profile cases in New York and New Jersey. He was the training director for the Big Apple Schutzhund Club, Behavior Director for the Vermont Center of Animal Behavior, Director of NEK Search & Rescue in Vermont and New Hampshire and Director of Behavior and Outreach for the 5 branches of the Pennsylvania SPCA.
In addition to working with Dogs, he has been a student of Mindfulness since the late 1970s—beginning with his first Vipassana retreat and finally studying at Karme Choling in Vermont and with a Taoist Priest for 7 years. He currently is a guest lecturer at the University Of Scranton world religion curriculum.
This nine-week course is designed to help the Dogs in our lives (and in our world) feel safe, secure, and whole by shifting from a typical hierarchical relationship to one of equal friendship.
Unlike traditional “Dog training,” Less Heeling, More Healing delves into the inner and outer lives of Dogs and discusses how living with Dogs on an equitable level creates mutual understanding and deep friendships with “our best friend.” Instead of focusing on control or manipulation, which often lead to exploitation, objectification, and commodification, this course invites you to learn how to become a lifelong advocate and friend with your Dog. You learn that much like throwing a “pebble in a pond,” cultivating a relationship based on mutual respect and understanding, ripples of friendship create a way of being and living where Dogs are not just here for us, we are here with them…together.
In this course, you will:
Discover and reduce the artificial divide that keeps us separate
Explore and understand the difference between ownership and friendship
Build a relationship with our Dogs based on mutual trust, respect, attunement, and dignity to repair a fractured sense of self and achieve relational wholeness
Use the experience of mindfulness to attune and resonate with the Dogs in our lives
Change the paradigm of how we as a culture view Dogs