Leslie McDevitt is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) famous for her popular and powerful program Control Unleashed (often abbreviated as “CU”). Through her classes, seminars, books, and DVDs, Leslie helps dog owners and training instructors turn stress into confidence, and distraction into focus, using methods that are entirely based on positive reinforcement. Her Control Unleashed program is designed specifically to help dogs with “issues” learn how to relax focus and work off-leash reliably either stressful or stimulating situations.

During this conversation we discuss:

  • How Leslie got started in dogs and what led her to develop the Control Unleashed program.
  • What really bugs her in the dog training world these days
  • The importance of splitting behavior for both canine and human learners

Mentioned in this episode:

Control Unleashed books and DVDs

Ted talk by Carol Dweck: The Power of “Yet”

Dr. Karen Overall DVM PhD DACVB CAAB (veterinary behaviorist)

Karen Pryor (author of Don’t Shoot the Dog and clicker training pioneer)