About Us

Now And Zen Dog Training (formerly Canine Connections) was started by Nan Long, CPDT-KA in 2002.  Our mission is to help dogs and their humans attain a mutual understanding thru compassionate training methods.  We base our training methods on positive, praise-based training techniques, building a foundation of benevolent leadership, built with trust and respect.

A member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers she has earned a certification thru the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed, one of over 3000 certificants worldwide.  This is the “Gold Standard” for professional knowledge based dog training certification.  It has been in existence since 2001 and a team of no less than 26 professionals assisted in the early planning stages including APDT members, dog trainers, certified applied animal behaviorists, and veterinarians.  As a member of the CCPDT,  Nan adheres strictly to LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive – Effective Behavior Intervention Policy)  and the Humane Hierarchy.  She is also a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and a member of Doggone Safe and a presenter of their dog bite safety programs.

Bringing her life long experience and formal training working with dogs and other species.  Growing up in a farm in Minnesota she found connection with her many dogs, cats, pigs, cattle, horses and rabbits.  A young member of 4-H and later also a member of the Future Farmer of America her studies have always been oriented towards animals.  She also had a career in the show ring for many years with her animals.

Nan spends time working with the local veterinarians, helping local shelter dogs and rescue groups and presenting dog bite safety programs to local schools free of charge.  She has been training dogs and their people in the Brevard, North Carolina are since 2002.  We also offer on-site training help during stays at our dog friendly rentals DogWoods Retreat.



Veterinarian Approved

It has been such an amazing experience watching you apply your “Natural and Organic – Whole Dog Approach” to the rearing of my two dogs.  I so admire your vast knowledge of the canine temperament….”

Ric Scalzo,  Founder Gaia Herbs