Strong Bond Project 

Mission: To reduce the number of dogs in U.S. shelters by providing the the training support needed to keep pets and their families together.

Through special training and education programs for adopters, fosters, shelter volunteers and behavior teams provided help for hundreds of families, certified over 100 foster homes, and organized workshops for nations biggest animal shelters.

I don't want freebees, you should also get rewarded for your support. 
You can actively be part of this Project and help me reach more shelters and fosters to get the help they need, by helping me creating high quality educational content and media for shelter, rescues and fosters, In return you will become your dogs best trainer, partner, parent, and friend.    

Shelters need the help most

Our shelter support is crucial for saving thousands of lives in Maricopa County ArizonaTravis County Texas

Our sophisticated online foster support helps increase the adoption rates and improve the foster capacity, Fosters and volunteers can participate from home and work with their foster dogs in their comfort zone.  

Behavior Healing workshops For Shelters

This three to seven day workshops are designed to provide fosters of Animal Center’s medium and large dogs with additional skills and support.  To care for and successfully build paths to adoption for the Center’s long-stay dogs. In many cases, these longer-stay dogs may have challenges, this workshop removes the barriers to adoption and help prepare the foster to a successful adoption.
In addition the participants learn advanced behavior modification tools by using alternative energy healing skills to animals who experience emotional challenges.  This workshops include Usui-Reiki practitioner certification.

Local Owner Surrender prevention

Despite the reduction in unwanted litters, trough spay and neutering Arizona's shelters are still receiving more than 49,000 pets each year.

In Maricopa County Animal Care & Control shelters alone, 18,000 dogs and cats entered as a result of owner surrenders, which have increased over the past several years.  

We now offer online and in home training and behavior modification to families that are supported by the Arizona Pet Project.
Many pet owners love their pets, but are unable to pay for the expense of care—situations which in most cases could be resolved for less than $300

You can help me support more families by becoming a active patron with  just one dollar or more

The Holistic Diference

My foster dog is gets very excited around other dogs, and this can be a problem in a shelter environment. Roman really helped me understand her triggers and how to reframe her experience to lower her reactivity and anticipate and avoid reactive situations.
— Volunteer- Austin Animal Shelter

Body Mind Spirit approach

A combination of hands-on and online classes are held the to maximize the effectiveness of the workshop. Participants can attend either hands on, online or both. 
The comprehensive workshop consisted of two major themes: training and healing. The workshop is conducted by Roman Gottfried a certified Pet Trainer, Holistic behavior consultant and Reiki Master and Barbara Buck a Intuitive Healer and Intuitive development Coach. 
Roman Gottfried has been Foster/trainer for many years for the biggest National Rescue organisations, and and developed close relationship with several Animal Centers in the country, took several of the center’s and rescues most challenging dogs, worked with them, and subsequently successfully placed them in homes. The training program he developed had a foster turnaround of 28 days average.  
Participants learn the methods he uses to rehabilitate dogs and produce these outcomes.

Topics include: 

  • Building a strong bond, trough emotional positive reward, and authoritative pet management skills

  • Recognising physical, emotional trauma as source of unwanted behavior

  • Reactivity to other dogs, people and triggers 

  • How Dogs use visual, auditory and emotional language

  • Excitement control in certain situations such as meeting new people or encountering triggers for prior trauma

  • Incorporating new fosters successfully into their homes (especially multi-dog homes)

  • Helping the dog and the adopter successfully make the transition from the foster setting to the new home.

  • Alternative Energy Healing als tool to behavior healing 

This workshop was a great way for our fosters to build on skills they use every day with their current foster pups, and with future fosters as well. The relationships built over the course of the workshop are invaluable to the ongoing success of all the programs at Friends.
— Jonathan Hogue Board President, Friends of Austin Animal Center

As part of the hands-on classes, participants practice reading a dog’s arousal level, keeping the dog in a calm state of mind, and establishing the crucial trust relationship that enables healing and progress to begin.  Participants learn how a dog’s decision-making is influenced by breed, sex, age, experience, prior trauma, and emotional intelligence.

The workshop explores the emotional impact of fostering and its potential effect on the foster dog.
The spiritual aspect of working with animals, and the effect holistic training philosophy has in the adoption success. 

Measuring Quality and Quantity

When organizing a workshop for professional or experienced volunteers we always aim to find the weak areas and modify the workshop so we reach the participants highest potential.   
We ask the management to conduct a survey to identify what we need to work on.  A pre-survey completed by participants identified specific challenges with which fosters feel they needed additional support and guidance, helps us adjust the learning material to particular shelter/rescue organisation's  needs. 

Let the numbers do the talk

The Strong Bond Workshop is the most complete teaching system for your organization.

The next charts show the progress the participants made in just one workshop. 


How Confident are you Fostering Aggressive Dogs With history of Human and animal aggression (aka bite hystory)

Results from 2017 Workshop Austin Animal Shelter

How Prepared Are Your To Troubleshooting Dog Behavior

Results from 2017 Workshop Austin Animal Shelter

how Prepared do you feel to Support New Adopter establishing a strong bond with their dog

Results from 2017 Workshop Austin Animal Shelter

What do participants gain from this Workshops 

I gained so much! A better of my dog and foster dog, the ‘why’ behind their actions, that patience is everything, how to build a better more positive and working relationship with the dogs, and to always check with myself as well as with my energy and what message I send to my dogs. All so valuable lessons.
— Shelter Volunteer and Dog Foster
Uploaded by Holistic Dog Training on 2017-12-14.
A new context of the traditional positive reinforcement training exercises i’ve been taught; a new perspective on a dog’s need for a job; more confidence in my own ability to intuit a dog’s trauma and needs.
— Behavior Specialist, graduate in animal behavior science
— Roman Gottfried Founder of Holistic Dog Training

getting the big picture

According to latest 2014 statistics the world owned dog population is between 233 to 800 million  in Europe over 81 million dogs live in homes, with Russia being the leader with almost 16 million dogs, followed by UK with 8.5 million and France with 7.2 million
In USA there are good statistics available about the distribution of house pets. nearly 70 million homes own at least 1 pet
in about 5,000 animal shelters alone in 2016 5,000,000 pets entered the shelter system. 60% of dogs and 70% of cats did not make it out alive.



Understanding the Shelter problem

Where Do Puppies and Kittens Come From?

According to, American families keep approximately 165 million dogs and cats as pets, and seventeen million Americans acquire a pet each year. The majority of these come from outside of formal channels.  Forty two percent of pets are acquired from an acquaintance, and an additional 14% are strays - mostly cats (there are 70 million plus stray cats and dogs in America).


Understanding the Surender problem


In a recent study conducted by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP) and published in the July issue of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (JAAWS), researchers went into 12 selected animal shelters in the United States for one year to find out why.

The results of the study show that the top seven reasons for relinquishment for both dogs and cats are the same. “These commonalities suggest that there may be similar ways to address relinquishment in dogs and cats,” says Pam Burney, NCPPSP president. “For people who work in a shelter all day, there isn’t always time to look at these issues. We have impressions of what’s happening, but now we have objective data that will help us develop specific programs to address the issues that have been identified.”

Top 10 Reasons for Relinquishment*


  1. Moving (7%)
  2. Landlord not allowing pet (6%)
  3. Too many animals in household (4%)
  4. Cost of pet maintenance (5%)
  5. Owner having personal problems (4%)
  6. Inadequate facilities (4%)
  7. No homes available for litter mates (3%)
  8. Having no time for pet (4%)
  9. Pet illness(es) (4%)
  10. Biting (3%)

The Solution

Proactive Pet Parenting Project is the best way to solve 10% or more of the worldwide animal surrender crisis 

  1.  Offering  high quality parenting education in addition to classic dog training. Implementing free basic animal care knowledge to children and adults in digital and printed form.
  2. Foster home education is key for successful NO-Return No-Surrender adoption. Their individual knowledge of the adoptable dogs will help adopters get the dog that fits their lifestyle   
  3. Shelter volunteer education will help people understand dogs with special needs and identifying dogs with emotional needs
  4. Public awareness of Holistic Animal Husbandry and behavior management  

You can actively help me save more dog from being SURRENDERED by helping me creating high quality educational content and media for shelter, rescues and fosters



* NOTE: The percentages following the dog and cat information in this section were not a part of the original press release and have been added. The figures come from an article by Dr. M. D. Salman, Dr. John G. New, Jr., et al., in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 1(3), 207- 226. The name of the article is, “Human and Animal Factors Related to the Relinquishment of Dogs and Cats in 12 Selected Animal Shelters in the United States.” The percentages do not add up to 100% because they represent only the top ten reasons given by owners for relinquishment of animals to shelters.