The Connection Summit


A MOVEMENT dedicated to prioritizing the human-canine bond for successful behavior change

We know your relationship with your dog is important and it can be strained when behavior concerns present themselves. That's why we've created The Connection Summit, an online dog training course for owners who want to improve behavior while also improving their connection with their canine companion.

You're not alone

If you’ve ever felt frustrated, embarrassed, isolated, or worried that the issues with your beloved dog might not resolve. These thoughts and feelings cause many people to place pressure on themselves to "fix” their best friend or punish the behavior. This process can place additional strain on the human-canine bond.

In our online dog training course, we want to offer another point of view.

Shifting from......

  • "Fixing the dog" TO getting curious about why the behavior is taking place.
  • Blaming ourselves for our dog's behavior TO noticing how the environment also plays a role.
  • Getting embarrassed and going down a shame spiral when our dog makes a "bad" choice TO extending grace and kindness to both you and your dog.
  • Framing the challenges with our dogs as a burden TO framing them as an opportunity for awareness, relationship development, and personal growth.
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When we practice observing and shifting our thoughts & behavior patterns, our relationship has the possibility of including more connection.     

Who We Are

Sarah Stremming, a founder of an online dog training course, sits on a rock with a black and white dog

Sarah Stremming

Sarah is the founder of The Cognitive Canine, offering online dog training focused on agility and dog behavior. Sarah’s approach is focused on her Four Steps of Behavioral Wellness: Exercise, Enrichment, Nutrition, and Communication. In this online dog training course, Sarah brings her commitment to education and growth in the field of dog training to people who want to learn how to be a better dog owner.

Marissa Martino, founder of an online dog training course, crouches next to a black dog

Marissa Martino, CDBC, CTC

Marissa is the founder of Paws & Reward: Coaching People and host of the Paws & Reward dog training podcast. Marissa is the creator of The Human-Canine Behavior Connection (HCBC), a dog training and behavior modification approach designed to strengthen the human-canine bond. In The Connection Summit, Marissa helps dog owners better understand their pet and the way they interact with the world around them.

Our Online Dog Training Course Offerings

Check out Marissa and Sarah's 3-part webinar series. In this online dog training course they share how our behavior and emotional state can have a positive or negative impact on our dog’s behavior and relationship, and what to do about it. 

Check out the awesome Connection Summit merch with great reminders to drop in and be present with your dog, yourself, and loved ones. 

Get a Connection Summit Taste with our Podcast Episodes!

    Listen to ALL the episodes of the Paws & Reward Podcast

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