The whole concept of dog training is broken, giving us an incomplete picture of our dogs and their behaviors, but Meet Your Dog is the first, long-overdue step in reinventing it. Award-winning certified canine behavior consultant Kim Brophey introduces a comprehensive framework known as L.E.G.S (Learning, Environment, Genetics, Self) to explain all four aspects of a dog’s behavior. When these are in balance, they work in harmony, but if not, they can create discord or disaster. This book is a groundbreaking opportunity for dog lovers to fully understand their dogs, and form truly authentic relationships with them.


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About Kim Brophey

Kim Brophey is an applied ethologist and professional Family Dog Mediator working to solve problems between people and dogs with modern science. A locally and nationally awarded and certified dog behavior consultant, Kim is breaking the mold in the pet dog industry in order to facilitate a long overdue paradigm shift in our relationships with our dogs.

Through her groundbreaking trademarked Dog L.E.G.S.® system of canine science and the official Dog L.E.G.S.® Guide book -Meet Your Dog, her revolutionary Canine Genetic Heritage Testing Software and app-The Dog Key™[KB1] , L.E.G.S.® approved business and organization program, and her daily service to families and community in Dog City, USA™ at her Asheville, NC, practice – The Dog Door Behavior Center, Kim Brophey is redefining how we perceive and treat our canine companions.

Kim is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, an awarded member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and board member of The Asheville Humane Society.

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What They're Saying...

In Meet Your Dog, nationally known behavior consultant Kim Brophey introduces L.E.G.S. (Learning, Environment, Genetics, and Self), an innovative model for understanding how dogs think and why they behave the way they do. Based on the latest findings in the field of canine cognition and behavior, this book is an invaluable resource, both for experienced dog lovers and for individuals seeking their first four-legged friend.
author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals

This is a valuable and informative book based on solid science, good stories, representative case studies, and respect and love for each and every individual dog using the author's principles of L.E.G.S. (Learning, Environment, Genetics, Self). I learned a lot from it and cover some of the same behavioral/ethological information in my recent book called "Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do." Highly recommended.
professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, author of over 30 books

Meet Your Dog is an original book that will lead even the best of us dog people to think about both dog behavior and our own behavior in new ways. It is an important book that creates a bridge between behavior science and its daily practical application by dog owners and trainers. I truly wish I had had this book to read fifty years ago.
author of Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution, What is a Dog?, and How Dogs Work

Loving the honesty in this book. Our poor jobless dogs. Our inappropriate environments for the needs of dogs. Our inability to accept a dog for who he is.

I look forward to recommending this book to my clients. Wish I would have read this with my first dog.
Professional Dog Trainer

Whether you have a dog, you are thinking about getting a dog, or you are a dog professional - there is something for you in Meet Your Dog!

With her passion and years of study, Kim has developed an approach that gives you the tools (the book and now in the form of a phone app) to look at our dogs in a whole and comprehensive view.

Kim lays out information about domestic dogs from the perspective of how they "Learn," the "Environments" influence on behavior, the role "Genetics" play, and the dogs individual "Self." Easily remembered as "LEGS" you will be able to use this approach to assess and gain a new knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of various breeds - as well as individual dogs.

With the knowledge you gain from LEGS, tips for likely training challenges and practical solutions, you will be prepared and confident to guide your dog through life in our modern day human environment.

Written in an accessible style, Kim uses brilliant analogies to vividly help you to relate to how your dog experiences the modern-day human culture and society.

Packed with good advice, both in general about dogs, but also specifics about breeds and canine behavior challenges, you will be prepared and more confident to take on the responsibility of having a dog in our modern day lifestyles.

Meet Your Dog and the LEGS approach is certain to be an enduring contribution to the dog training field and the modern day relationship we have with our canine companions.
Jon Luke, M.S. Ethology
Dogwise Publishing

It's refreshing to finally find a book that takes into consideration the many predispositions to behavior problems in dogs. Many written works and theories do not take this into account, yet it is one of the major keys to understanding, and subsequently changing, canine behavior. This book is unique as it considers the whole dog. Dogs are different. They have different personalities and breeds have specific tendencies. Kim does not ignore this. On the contrary, she teaches us simple and practical ways to use these differences and tendencies to not only give dogs a better life, but also to have a more harmonious relationship with their human. This publication is a game changer because it teaches us to really see the dog in its entirety. It present us with a framework to understand all the major factors that are essential in understanding canine behavior.
star of Pet Mission (National Geographic, Brazil), and author of A Dog at the Keyboard

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