About Us

Mary is a CANZ Acredited Trainer with KPA CPT qualifications and a Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Science Technology, Dip.CBST.  She is also a Registered Vet Nurse, specialising in her passion of Canine Behaviour Change and assist dog owners have well-mannered dogs through positive reinforcement training techniques.

Mary is skilled and experienced in all ages and life stages of dogs and their unwanted behaviours, e.g

  • jumping up
  • lunging
  • nipping/biting
  • poor recall
  • pulling on lead
  • excessive barking
  • destructive chewing
  • separation anxiety
  • aggression towards other dogs
  • aggression towards people
  • food or resource guarding
  • reactive behaviours.

Mary’s Dog Training career started in 1989, when she was involved in forming the first operational search dogs, Alpine Rescue Dogs, in the lower South Island, and she had one of the first qualified operation search dogs during that period.

She is also a NZKC Recognised Canine Good Citizen, CGC, Training Provider, who is continually updating her knowledge and skills by attending workshops and courses run by world renown Animal Behaviourists, Naturalists and Training Experts such as Bob Bailey, Susan Garrett, Dr Sophia Yin, Rodger Abrantes, Dr Susan Friedman  James O’Heare, Ken Ramirez and Michael Shikashio.

  • 2012 National Cert Vet Nursing, Otago Polytechnic, Cert of Excellence
  • 2012 Dr Sophia Yin 2 day Workshop
  • 2013 Dr Rodger Abrantes Guinea Pig Camp
  • 2014 Prof Susan Friedman Ph.D, The Science & Technology of Behaviour Change, 8 wk tele course, Cert of Excellence
  • 2014 Approved Canine Good Citizen Training Provider, NZKC
  • 2014 Prof Susan Friedman Ph.D, Significance of Science, Changing Behaviour: Respondent & Operant Strategies & Ethical Practice
  • 2015 LLA, Prof Susan Friedman Ph.D
  • 2016 Companion Animal Sciences Institute, Diploma of Canine Behaviour Science and Technology
  • 2017 Bob Bailey 3-day Workshop
  • 2019 Guest Speaker for Barkzealand, International Dog Photography
  • 2019 APDTNZ 4 day conference, Ken Ramirez
  • 2019-2021 APDTNZ Committee Member
  • 2021 KPA CTP

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