Create A Harmonious Life With Your Dog

End annoying or dangerous behavior

Learn about yourself and your dog

Welcome to “It’s Not The Dog” – where I empower dog owners to create a strong, harmonious, and joyful relationship with their dogs. Dogs play an important role in our lives. They are part of our family. They require a lot of time and attention from us. They can be our partners for health and well-being. And they can also test our patience, resilience, and leadership.

When we don’t accept these life lessons and don’t evolve, the dogs have to pay the price for our inertia and lack of evolution. Some people will surrender their dogs or let them get lost. But shelters and rescue groups can only do so much and that’s why there is an increasing trend of dog euthanasia. There are better ways where humans and dogs prosper!

This website is your ultimate resource, designed for dog lovers who are dedicated to building a deep connection with their dogs. I go beyond teaching your dog simple commands, like sit or stay. I want you to understand your dog’s behaviors and meet their healthy needs. And sometimes that means that you also have to be open to adjusting your way of being, your lifestyle, and your leadership. With that, I take a holistic approach to dog care and dog leadership, encompassing care, nutrition, and energy in our understanding of your dog’s behaviors. If you are ready to learn and grow, you’ve come to the right place.

Meet Your Coach

Hey there, I’m Iris.

I am inspired by you taking the time to explore new possibilities of how you can enrich your life with your dog. Whether you just bought a puppy, adopted an adult dog, deal with a behavioral issue with your dog, or feel plain overwhelmed by the responsibilities as a dog owner, I am here for you to help you realize the gift of this situation while discovering how powerful you truly are.

Having had many of my own dogs and fostered countless dogs, I know how stressful and worrisome it sometimes can be to care for and lead them. And, my dogs opened me up to so much richness, leadership, and love that I want to share with you.

To meet you where you are, I offer individual dog training programs in the greater Atlanta, GA metro area, including Marietta, Woodstock, Roswell, Kennesaw, Acworth, Roswell, Alpharetta, Smyrna, John’s Creek, Milton, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Chamblee.

If you want to explore life with your dog even deeper, let’s dive into the virtual life coaching program. There, the only agenda is you, your dog, and the future life that you want to create together.

There are not enough positive adjectives in the English language that could explain how much I value and appreciate having had the opportunity to work with Iris over the years.

I am a breeder of the Australian Labradoodle. During my fourteen years of breeding, I have had multiple occasions for Iris to assist me and many of my clients who contact me with various behavioral issues. Iris always responds with lightning speed and is ready to tackle any issue and boy does she!

I have learned so much from her over the years! Not only is Iris great at dealing with various dog behavioral issues but she teaches my clients about how dogs think. How can we expect to train a dog if we don’t understand how they think? Training starts with our ability to communicate with our dogs and this is something never taught when you take your dog to puppy class, yet it is so important to your relationship with your dog.

I highly recommend having Iris assist you with your training needs, it is the best and most important thing you can do for your dog! 

Kristen Savery

Dog Breeder, Sky Doodles

Work with Iris

Individual Programs

My goal is that you experience a harmonious life with your dog, where your dog is bonded, behaves appropriately, and radiates happiness. Click on the link below that makes most sense for your situation: 

Online Program

“Forever Your Dog” is a comprehensive and practical online video course teaching you how to create a harmonious and happy life with your dog.

It includes everything that I wished I had known and had access to when I got my first dog.

This program helps minimize mistakes, correct certain situations on your own, and most importantly, expands your awareness of how dogs enrich our lives.

You can choose between a basic (free) version) and an advanced version.


Group and Corporate Programs

Dog-Gone Leadership is a practical and novel professional development program that draws parallels between dog leadership and human leadership. It is ideal for dog-friendly workplaces and organizations that are committed to excellent leadership.

Fundraiser Program for Dog Rescue Groups that want to strengthen the community while teaching about responsible dog ownership. 

Virtual group programs to deepen your knowledge and wisdom about dogs.

Become The Person Your Dog Inspires You To Be

Get access to a powerful exercise where you will learn more about your dog and identify the leadership lesson that takes you to the next level. 
C’mon – let’s play!