Aaron Bales

Owner & Founder

Areas of Expertise: Dog-Dog Socialization

I’ve worked with dogs for over 20 years, both as a trainer and in a daycare and boarding setting.

Most recently, my work has centered around Happy Tails Country Club, my daycare and boarding facilities in Asheville, NC. 

While I am intrigued by everything about dogs, the aspect that I find the most fascinating is their social behavior. I can spend hours watching dogs interact, communicate, process conflict, work together, and play. Dogs truly possess a fluent and powerful language of their own, and are far more capable of navigating social situations than we often give them credit for.

I also believe strongly that a large part of the reason we see such an uptick in behavioral issues in dogs is because they lack opportunities to express themselves as the biological creatures they are:  in other words, as dogs. This doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be treated as members of our human families – they absolutely should. But dogs have their own needs – needs to sniff, play, engage in some version of the activities they have evolved to enjoy – that are difficult or impossible to meet in our modern human world. It has long been a personal dream of mine to create a place where dogs could express their “dog-ness” undiluted, and by engaging and fostering this side of them, we could address many behavioral concerns at the root. Canine Cohesion was born, for me, as a way to accomplish this.

I’m privileged to be part of such an amazing team of professionals. I feel we find our work with dogs, and the knowledge we have acquired, to be some of the more authentic aspects of our lives.

And with the lucid decisions we continuously make to be immersed in dogs, it has become reasonably clear the extent to which these creatures have impacted our creative mental lives; to put it differently, that dogs have become a fundamental part of the essence of who we are.

megan shevlin, assistant dog trainer and Leo

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I do not concern myself with my inability to feel such comfort amidst humans (other than with very few friends and family), but, rather, am simply thankful that at least dogs exist, and I’m humbly aware of how much less a person I’d be – how less a human – if they did not exist.

Rick Bass