How Dogs Can Help Us Become Better Humans with Celebrity Dog Trainer Tamar Geller

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We spend countless hours training our dogs, but how often do we consider what they have to teach us? Dogs teach us so many important life lessons. They teach us about gratitude, love and compassion, being present, and so much more. When humans bring a dog into their lives, they are most often looking for a companion; what they may not realize is that they are getting a teacher as well. 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Tamar Geller, a celebrity dog trainer, a New York Times bestselling author, and as Oprah says “A Life Coach for Dogs and their People.” Tamar has revolutionized the way dog training is done. The Loved Dog method that Tamar created over 30 years ago is based on the knowledge she acquired as an Intelligence Officer with the Israeli Elite Special Forces, from the respect she gained for the wisdom of nature while observing wolves in the wild, and her devotion to personal growth.

Tamar helps dogs and their people develop a relationship that is based on mutual devotion, as she helps the dog become the best version of himself. Instead of commands, she teaches dogs the life skills that allow them to self-regulate, think before acting, and make better decisions. She also teaches the “pawrents” how to understand their dog’s behavior and become great communicators. Tamar has helped celebrities like Tony Robbins, Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Affleck, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Courteney Cox, and of course Oprah, and many other non-famous dog lovers, to have the most awesome dogs.

In this episode, Dhru and Tamar talk about how conventional methods of dog training break the bond we are trying to build, and how we are ruining our dogs without even knowing it. They discuss Tamar’s philosophy of dog training, which is about improving the relationship between you and your dog, so your dog is not obedient to you; your dog is devoted to you. Tamar also explains the makeup of dogs’ brains and the core needs that dogs and humans share, as well as how dogs give us the most insight into how we actually show up in all of our relationships.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • Tamar’s approach to dog training and what makes it different and so unique (4:59)
  • Why traditional dog training environments are not conducive for learning (10:37)
  • Tamar’s story and how she ended up working with dogs (26:16)
  • What dogs teach us about being present in our relationships (47:37)
  • The 6 core needs of dogs and humans (53:20)
  • Why the need for certainty is vital for your dog’s sense of safety (1:09:05) 
  • Misunderstanding your dog’s aggression for fear (1:28:14)
  • The misconception of unconditional love when it comes to dogs (1:30:03) 
  • Two tips for raising a happy dog (1:33:31)
  • Where to learn more about Tamar (2:06:23)

I know you’ll love this episode of The Broken Brain Podcast as much as I did. 

PS – For more on Tamar Geller, be sure to follow her on Instagram @theloveddog, and check out her website You can order her books, The Loved Dog: The Playful, Non-aggressive Way To Teach Your Dog Good Behavior, and 30 Days To A Well Mannered Dog: The Loved Dog Method, right here.

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Hyman, MD


Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD is the Founder and Director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine, and a 13-time New York Times Bestselling author.

If you are looking for personalized medical support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts today.


If you are looking for personalized medical support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts today.

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