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Our Trainers

  
Mary Jo Patel

After a first career in Mental Health, my dog hobby evolved into a commitment to become the best professional dog trainer and behaviorist I was capable of being.  I studied, trained, and competed with a wide variety of trainers and handlers.  I am certified as a Trainer by several respected organizations, as well as that of Behavior Consultant.   A compassionate and realistic training approach has grown here that makes me proud.  We do not train aggressively.  We ask for compliance, not submission, respecting the integrity of the dog in front of us.  We know that all dogs and owners are different. We welcome challenging dogs.  Our approach is verified by the success we have with our own dogs. 

             Barb

Hi, my name is Barb.  I grew up in Europe where my love for large breed dogs started. My current sidekicks are two Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, which accompany me on my daily hikes.  Special interests to me are pack behavior, house management, socialization activities, and managing pushy dogs, walking risks, and hiking activities.  My goal is to help dog owners to build mutual trust and respect, therefore, building a better relationship with their dog.  Looking forward to working with you!

             Barb

Hi, my name is Barb.  I grew up in Europe where my love for large breed dogs started. My current sidekicks are two Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, which accompany me on my daily hikes.  Special interests to me are pack behavior, house management, socialization activities, and managing pushy dogs, walking risks, and hiking activities.  My goal is to help dog owners to build mutual trust and respect, therefore, building a better relationship with their dog.  Looking forward to working with you!

           Greg

I have over three decades of experience training people in a wide range of police and tactical disciplines.  I recently transitioned my interests to training dogs and their owners.  Together, my wife (Kim) and I have rescued several dogs (and one cat) over the past 25 years - all with a variety of health and/or emotional issues.  Our latest is an 85 pound Oorang Airedale named Cooper who was scheduled for euthanasia. Cooper came to us with severe people AND dog aggression issues.  We later found this extended to vacuums, lawn mowers, bicycles - anything new or strange.  He is ALL muscle and attitude, which makes him very difficult to control for anyone.  We adhere to my personal training philosophy that each day and every circumstance provide for a training opportunity.  We utilize our home, vehicle, and the environment as a training laboratory.  At present, a dog that was on the verge of being put to sleep due to his unmanageability,  is actively participating in group classes and being used as a "demo-dog" for people with similar issues.  I am fully dedicated to helping owners understand their pets and how to have a more enjoyable life with even the most difficult fur-baby.