Who is Tamara?
You could say that I’m an ambassador to dogs. I’m part of a paradigm shift to dispel myths and share truths so that dogs can live their lives to their fullest potential. I have extensive experience teaching, researching, and studying canine behavior, nutrition, and wellness for close to 30 years. I’ve yielded vibrant dogs along this time. I’ve traveled extensively learning from highly respected and world-renowned experts in every field from behavior to nutrition. I’ve been connecting the dots for decades and am eager to share with you what I have learned.
Despite all the formal education, it has been every single dog that I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with and observing that has taught me the most. I have seen countless dogs transform before my eyes when they were offered a truly healthy and clean way of life. They’ve moved from chronic disease into dynamic specimens of health. All dogs, big, little, purebred or mix are simply magical to me.
Cultivating Synergy So Dogs Can Thrive
My goals are simple yet paramount:
MIND – Foster harmony between you and your dog so that learning basic manners is easy.
BODY – Provide you with a proven nutritional plan to greatly improve your dog’s overall health.
SPIRIT – Give insight and strategies as to what constitutes a healthy, stress-free lifestyle.
MY MISSION – I am spearheading a movement to combine training with nutrition and behavior. My goal is to steer the direction of these seemingly separate disciplines and converge them into a regiment of overall health and well-being. We must embrace the sacred contract that we have with our dogs. They are the souls that come to change our lives forever.
“Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment.” – Rumi
I draw upon multidisciplinary approaches: relationship-based training, nutrition via traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, species-appropriate diets, flower essences, homeopathy, herbal, essential oils and plain old common sense. By providing your dog with a healthy lifestyle – whole food, quality daily interaction & companionship, and foregoing vaccines & toxins; does in no way infer nor preclude him or her from disease. Rather this way of life strengthens and supports your dog’s immune system if / when they are confronted with illness. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t. I’m here to provide you with extremely qualified information and educate you to the best of my ability so that you can support your dog and watch in awe how beautifully they can flourish.
Vitality and Balance
I’ve been on a lifelong quest to restore the integrity of dogs’ lives – mind, body, and spirit, by educating those that are ready to listen. I’m a mindful canine specialist ready to offer a vast array of healthy options to you and your dog. Canine wellness has been and always will be my driving force. This begins with a clean approach. Dogs are in desperate need of help nowadays, and I am determined and committed to provide insight and effective, proven strategies to you so you can help your dog THRIVE!
I’ve always had a strong connection to the healing power of nature. Many of us have moved away from what nature has to offer. We are all connected – nature often becomes a healing pharmacy for us and our dogs. People often tell me that I’ve helped them learn how to truly love their dog. That I am grateful for. Life with dogs is funny, isn’t it? In the process of us helping them; they in turn are the ones that ironically and inevitably help us in perpetuity. What a truly beautiful gift they are.
“The moment you begin looking at things from your dog’s point of view is the moment you begin to understand him.” – Tamara Tokash
30 Years Owner/ Head Trainer at Courteous Canines and My Dog Thrives
Cornell Canine Behavior Program
Certified Pet Food Nutrition Specialist
Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist
Certified in Traditional Chinese Medicine / Food Therapy
Flower Essences Certified
Homeopathy & Conventional First Aide
Assistant Dog Trainer St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare
Drs. Dunbar, Overall, London, Reid, Hetts & McConnell – APDT
Canine Health Symposiums Continual Education
Veterinarian Recommended for 30 years
Founder/Owner The Happy Hound – Raw Market
Lecturer and Author
Favorite Charities: Rescue + Freedom Project
40 + Years Canine & Equine Husbandry