"We hired Marge for 5 sessions and she came to our house. She worked with all of us, not just Gus and really had my 9 year old son be involved. Her style of training is unlike anything we've ever seen or heard of. Gus is a different dog because of it. We even have friends that remind us of that because we don't remember him as being that scared, hot mess of a dog anymore. Marge gave us so many resources and ideas to help with the anxiety. It was also hard to walk him on the leash, he's 95 pounds and my son can walk him now. We were committed to the training and did everything she asked us to during the week. My husband and I have told so many people about her. My husband is convinced Gus is a different dog ONLY because of her." - Konomi
Marge has over 2000 hours experience using positive reinforcement-based training to modify behavior and train dogs & their owners. In addition to her very popular puppy training program, veterinarians recommend Marge to help their clients who have dogs with behavior problems including noise and storm phobias, separation anxiety and aggression. Marge has mentored new trainers and dog training students for CATCH Canine Trainers Academy and has assisted with international mentorships through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
What sets Marge apart from other trainers are her certifications, skill and enthusiasm for using positive reinforcement training methods with both the dog and the human end of the leash. When appropriate, she enjoys involving the whole family in the training in training the family pet. Every family member is “training” the dog each time they interact with him. Why not make sure they are training good behavior?
Marge continues to expand her knowledge and skills through continuing education opportunities. Marge is a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator. She is specially trained to help families with dogs prepare for life with baby and toddler. She is also a licensed presenter for Doggone Safe, a child-dog safety program. Marge has conducted presentations at libraries, local businesses and veterinary offices.
Marge was involved with Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue for many years and welcomed three rescued Ridgebacks into her family. Marge and her Ridgebacks had many fun training adventures and became well-known for their YouTube videos. Marge currently shares her life with her husband, Bob, and her Portuguese Water Dogs, Zip and Bria.
"I believe Marge's tendency to completely exceed expectations is one of the many things that sets her apart as a dog trainer." - Nicole
Dog training for Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, West Jefferson, Ashe, Avery & Watauga Counties, NC
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"Marge is clearly a leader in her field. She is extremely knowledgeable and is able to communicate her message well to us humans as well as our pets. First class in every way." - Frank
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