Why Force-Free Dog Training?

Dog training is currently an unregulated industry, with no oversight or requirement for education, certification, or professional standards. This leaves dog guardians sifting through many different methodologies and approaches to training, including those that are outdated and unscientific.

Behavioral science has proven that pain and coercion-based training often elicits aggression and anxiety as a side-effect. Science also tells us that fear and pain inhibit learning. The case for force-free, reward-based training is overwhelming!

I rely on modern behavioral science to guide my training methods, which is why I am a force-free trainer who uses reward-based methods. My commitment to you and your dog includes helping you achieve the results you’re looking for, and making sure you feel good about how you get there.

My collaborations with Dr. Marc Bekoff featured in Psychology Today:


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About Mary

Hi there! I'm committed to force-free, evidence-based training and streamlining the training process for you and your dog. I work with all aspects of dog behavior and training, but I specialize in fear, reactivity, and aggression.


My entire professional career has been dedicated to working with animals and my passion for helping dogs, keeping them in their homes, and improving their relationships with their humans has been demonstrated in a number of capacities:


I also previously worked as a veterinary technician for a Boston-based VCA Animal Hospital.


When I am not working privately with clients, you might find me on deployment, working as a Professional Behavior Responder for the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team or training with the animals at Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary.

In my free time, I enjoy climbing, skiing, running, soccer, and taking my goofy adopted mutt, Buster on hikes in beautiful Colorado!

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I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology from Northeastern University, with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis where I also ran NCAA Division I Track & Field.


I graduated with honors from The Academy for Dog Trainers, where I earned my Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC). I am also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.


I am a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild, whose mission is to support pet professionals who are committed to force-free, science-based ethical training and pet care.