Hi my name is Mary Pedersen
I spent 17 years working in the education field and have over nine years experience working with dogs of all ages, temperaments and breeds.
I began my journey to full time dog trainer by volunteering with dog rescues, which included fostering many dogs, plus coordinating and participating in many large rescue events. I especially enjoyed transporting hard to adopt dogs to professional dog trainers then working with these dogs and their teachers to help them learn to be better canine citizens. It was then I first saw how training can make all the difference in finding and keeping a dog in a loving forever home. I learned numerous training styles and experienced how the dogs responded to many training methods.
I was offered an internship program with a trainer running a successful training and boarding facility and haven't looked back since. I left my full time job and followed my passion into the world of dog training. During my internship, I logged hundreds of hours supporting and eventually running off-leash adult and puppy socialization groups as well as assisting in Behavior Modification classes geared specifically for dogs with behavioral issues (anxiety, aggression, fear, etc.). Additionally, I managed the daycare socialization room which consisted of behaviorally challenged dogs. Other classes I had the joy of teaching included Purely Positive Puppy, Basic Obedience 1, and Basic Obedience 2. I continue to attend seminars, hands on workshops and review webinars, videos, and books from top trainers to expand my knowledge about how dogs learn to the importance of relationships with our dogs.
My training philosophy prioritizes and enhances your relationship with your dog to achieve optimal results in a way that does not overwhelm or put too much pressure on our canine companions.
Training Between the Ears (TBTE)
Tecla’s K9 Academy
Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
Peaceable Paws Dog and Puppy Training
Raising Your Puppy - Michael Ellis
The Electric Collar Part 1 & 2 - Michael Ellis
Training the Recall - Michael Ellis
Focused Heeling - Michael Ellis
Advanced Concepts in Motivation - Michael Ellis
Clicker Magic - Karen Pryor
Loose Leash Walking - Tyler Muto
Leash Reactivity - Tyler Muto
Animals Make Us Human-Temple Grandin
Don't Shoot The Dog-Karen Pryor
How Dogs Learn-Mary Burch & Jon Bailey, Ph.D.
Ruff Love-Susan Garrett
Excel-Erated Learning Explaining in plain English how dogs learn and how best to teach them-Pamela Reid Ph.D.
The Culture Clash-Jean Donaldson
Dogs Are From Neptune-Jean Donaldson
Positive Perspectives-Pat Miller
The Power of Positive Dog Training-Pat Miller
The Other End Of The Leash-Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.
I'll Be Home Soon! How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety-Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.
The Cautious Canine How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears-Patricia McConnell, Ph.D
How to be the Leader of the Pack...and Have Your Dog Love You for it!-Patricia McConnell, Ph.D
Way To Go! How to Housetrain a Dog of Any Age-Patricia McConnell, Ph.D Karen London, Ph.D.
Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Your Multi-Dog Household-Patricia McConnell, Ph.D Karen London, Ph.D.