Over the past 39 years, I have assisted adults and children from all cultures, many with mental and physical disabilities, develop successful relationships with their dogs. The need people feel for assistance in developing healthy relationships with dogs is very real and in high demand despite cultural and physical differences. In meeting this need as an educator and trainer, I teach the ecological impact of dog ownership. Feeding our dogs organically produced, meat by-product food, applying proper waste removal practices, and adopting from local shelters are all ways to lighten the ecological “paw print” left by canine companions and their owners. I feel the positive impact on our environment out weighs the negative. Dog ownership makes people more aware of the environment they share with their four-legged companions. I also teach dog owners proper etiquette and respect for the environment shared by all. I also teach respect and kindness towards all animals, humans, and nature.