The Truth About Dogs & Families: A Practical Application of Systems Theory to Family


The truth is, we have to navigate our way successfully through families to help most dogs. And the truth is, when we help dogs, we also help their families. This course examines the interrelationship between dogs and families and gives students the ability to assess essential family dynamics relating to 1) the stage of the family lifecycle; and 2) family rules and roles that effect dogs; It introduces some characteristics that are essentials to effective leadership of families.



Lynn Hoover

Lynn Hoover is an IAABC Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) with over twenty years of experience as a marriage & family therapist. She brings her understanding of families to her work on behalf of dogs with behavior problems. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, a Master’s degree in clinical social work, and completed a post-master’s training program in marriage and family. She taught psychology and family therapy at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is a Clinical member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy, since 1983. She is the author of the text, The Family in Dog Behavior Consulting and serves on the journal review board for IAABC’s Animal Behavior Consulting: Theory & Practice. She is a past-president and founder of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Inc.,