First, I will listen to each person in the family, and the dog, in order to work within the needs and capabilities of everyone. I will start wherever you are and work from there with kindness, compassion and gentleness. We will work together to teach your dog how to blend happily with YOUR family and lifestyle. I will work from my heart with a positive approach, teaching you and your dog to expect the best from each other — moment by moment.
It is never too late to have a good dog or to change your behavior as a human. Remember, it is never just about the dog, it’s about developing a fulfilling relationship and connecting with each other.
I began my work with dogs in 1976 with my first dog as an adult, Amico, my Golden Retriever. I was an assistant instructor with Judith Belyea, then owner of Aintree Kennel. I went on to create and teach the first Golden Retriever Puppy Kindergarten for the Yankee Golden Retriever Club and also began teaching classes at the North Andover YMCA. As Hospital Administrator for Bulger Animal Hospital, I began classes there and also did Private Behavioral Consultations. I became the Director of Training at Muddy Creek Animal Hospital and also at Weloset Kennel. I started my own Training Center in Rowley with a staff of 12 and held over 15 classes a week, including the first “Wee Dog” classes in New England, and special play sessions just for “Wee Dogs.”...
After many years of working with dogs and their humans in group classes and privately, I have seen an infinite variety of family situations into which a dog is expected to fit. Working with the dog, the adults and the children enables me to become familiar with the unique needs of each situation in order to design a program that helps you to develop the dog that you want. The training I offer is fun, positive and emphasizes human-dog relationships.
A large percentage of my work can be done over the phone as I usually do not need to "see" the issues in person. I can, of course, also work with you and your dog in person for those that are able to make the journey to my practice in Rowley, MA.