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Why Force-Free, Positive Reinforcement 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This leaves dog guardians sifting through different methodologies and approaches to training, including those that are outdated and unscientific.

Modern behavioral science demonstrates that training with coercion, force, and aversives 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, positive reinforcement training is overwhelming.

Collaborations with Dr. Marc Bekoff featured in Psychology Today:

 

More on how to choose a dog trainer:

 
 

About Mary
B.S., CTC, CPDT-KA

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:

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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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY AND BIOLOGY

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.

CERTIFIED DOG TRAINER (CTC, CPDT-KA)

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

MEMBER OF THE PET PROFESSIONAL GUILD

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.

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