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By Ryan Matthews

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What are the lifelong lessons dogs can teach us? Former elite military dog trainer and published author, Ryan Matthews, shares what dogs have taught him about human relationships. Perhaps it's no coincidence that dog spelled backward is G-o-d! Decorated veteran, gifted dog trainer and inspiring entrepreneur, Ryan’s mission in life is to share his gifts and talents to positively transform the lives of others. He began his dog training career in 2002, while in the US Army, training and handling elite Military Working Dogs (MWDs). Following his passion for dogs and seeing them unleash their potential, he published The Canine Connection. To complement the publication, Ryan created an eLearning platform with more than 130 supportive dog training videos. Ryan is also passionate about improving the lives of dogs, undertaking community projects to free dogs of pain, reduce the likelihood of life-threatening illnesses, and decrease the number of dogs in rescue shelters. Ryan hopes to further impact the health and wellbeing of dogs with natural canine supplements. Earlier this year, Ryan’s dog Zeus became the first dog to perform tricks on a TEDx stage.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2019
Publisher TEDx Talks
Size/Length 8:01
Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Human-animal communication
  3. Human-animal relationships
  4. open access
  5. Pets and companion animals
  1. open access