For those of you adding new four legged members to the family this winter, remember how important socialization is at a young age! Introduce your puppy (or dog if adopted at an older age) to as many new friends as possible! Set goals for meeting as many new people, FRIENDLY dogs and other creatures as possible! Invite people and their pets over or visit the park or other controlled environments for positive experiences with your dog. Socialization does not mean throwing your dog into situations that are overwhelming or scary. Be weary of dog parks packed with dogs and avoid other pets that do not want to meet or be bothered by your dog. Seek out positive interactions only and leave or separate at the first signs of any negativity or fear (growling, sideways looks from any dog showing white in the eyes, tails straight up or curled under, incessant licking or showing teeth, etc.). Most importantly, always keep your demeanor stress free and positive because your dog is reading your body language better than you yourself are even aware of it!
We LOVE Marni. We have a very independent dog that has conflict aggression, he is reactive to body handling and resource guarding among other things. Marni has been instrumental in helping us understand his body language and communication, in giving us tools to shape his behavior and especially in educating us about the positive reinforcement thought process. She loves what she does and is great at it! Thanks for teaching US how to teach Kubo.
Katie Lapins Trujillo
Marni has been fantastic and I can’t recommend her highly enough! We adopted two dogs, both about 60 pounds, who were a “bonded pair” and didn’t realize until after having them for a month that one of them was reactive, likely due to abuse he experienced as a puppy. I was afraid we might have to return them because the behavior seemed insurmountable for us. We saw results after our first session and continued to see them with each session. Marni taught my husband & I how to set the dogs up for success. This included learning to read the dogs’ body language so we could address the situation before it became too stressful for a successful outcome. Our other dog is bundle of joy & energy which means she jumps on people she’s excited to see. Marni has taught us tips to help with this issue and as long as we stick with it, we have seen great results.
I was first referred to Marni by my veterinarian, who gave her a glowing review. As a new, first time dog parent, I knew nothing about managing a young pup. She demystified and explained my dog to me in a way that was Instantly helpful and usable. I signed on for a six lesson initial training session and immediately added a second because we made such good progress. Her instructional method proved to be practical and easy for me to replicate on my own, she showed a quick, intuitive understanding of my dog’s individual personality and taught me how to work with the dog I have. Additionally, she was very responsive to texts and calls, and I found it very easy to schedule appointments. In summary, I found Marnie and her philosophy to be a gold standard. I recommend her without reservation.
Marni was a very professional and skilled dog trainer. We recently adopted a 3 year old Boxer named Abita. Abita is a rescue dog through and through, very sweet very loyal but also comes from a past that does not lend itself to easy training. We believe that she was in a dog breeding mill and never was trained in any aspect. Marni connected to Abita right away, she had Abita sitting and staying in minutes (we couldn’t do it in 3 weeks). Her patience and teaching skills were very helpful in teaching us how to connect with our new family member and I would recommend Marni’s service to anyone.
Marni is an amazing trainer! She has been an instrumental part of Cooper becoming a well behaved dog. She doesn’t just train the dog, she trains you! Which is a must! She is kind and gentle with the dogs but with a solid training technique. We are so thankful for her training! It has made a huge difference and has made our lives much easier and happier!
I purchased Kitsy, a Blue Heeler/Sheherd mix puppy for my family and knew that I would be second fiddle in my own home without immediate help. Marni was great! She came to our house and provided valuable guidance in teaching Kit the basics: sit, down, heel, place, stay, roll over, paw, in addition to leash control and many other tips on how to integrate her into our family. You can go the Petsmart route, but one on one, in home training for your entire family is really the best way to go. I recommend Marni for anyone getting started with a puppy or dealing with an unruly dog