I believe that dog owners in this area need help teaching their dogs to be good canine citizens, who are welcome in our world. The best way to accomplish this is to bring together some of the best trainers in the area to create a community center where people can learn and have fun along with their dogs.
The first step in teaching a dog what you want is to set them up for success. Arrange their environment to prevent undesirable behaviors and make desirable behaviors easier. Then reward those desirable behaviors!
Dogs do what works best for them. If they're pulling on the leash, it's because pulling has gotten them where they want to go! If they're jumping up, it's because they've gotten attention that way. If they aren't doing what we want them to do, it's not because they're trying to dominate us or because they don't want to please us. We need to think about how the situation looks to the dog, and find a way to get success, perhaps by breaking the behavior down into smaller pieces, reducing distractions while they're learning, teaching an alternative behavior, or changing the reward.
Training with gentle, force-free methods improves our relationship with our dogs. Isn't that what it's all about?
To work with another person or group in order to achieve or do something.
"You become responsible forever for what you have tamed."
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Everydog Training Center is a dog training collaborative. Founded and managed by Diane Kurkjian, this training center has been envisioned by our group as a way to bring all sorts of training classes, from basic manners to dog sports, together in one canine community center north of Boston. We are committed to science-based training that is kind to dogs and their owners. Let us show you how fun and rewarding dog training can be!
Our group has over 50 years combined experience with dogs.
Check out our bios below:
Melissa McCue-McGrath, CPDT-KA has been professionally training dogs in greater Boston since 2004. She took a unique route to dog training: she got her start in canine sports. She grew up in a dogsledding family in rural Maine and cut her teeth on dog training in the competitive disc dog circuit after college. She has been the co-Training Director of New England Dog Training Club (the oldest AKC obedience club in the country) for 4 years, is a published author on living in the city with dogs, and is the consulting dog trainer for Car Talk’s new FIDO blog. She is looking forward to teaching beginner and advanced disc dog classes and specialty classes through the year at Everydog LLC. Upcoming classes include Stop Jumping, Recall/Come-When-Called, and Loose Leash Walking.For more information about Melissa, check out Considerations for the City Dog and her MuttStuff blog.
Lucy Grant-Ruane, CVT has been training and showing dogs for over 20 years. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Lucy is a certified veterinary technician, past manager of Burlington Veterinary Hospital and past president of New England Dog Training Club. She has given 8 years of service as a co-coordinator of German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue in Massachusetts and has experience training service dogs. Lucy and her German Shorthaired Pointers have competed in both obedience and conformation, American Kennel Club events. Since she has been training dogs for many years, she has seen dog training change. Lucy has embraced science and education based continuing education and strongly believes training with proven, and compassionate scientific methods strengthens the bond between dog and human.
Dan and Yana Carlson are the proud owners of Walk A Pup, LLC based out of Salem, Ma. www.walkapup.com
They have been happily training and helping the animals and pet owners of the North Shore since 2008. Dan Carlson is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed ( CPDT-KA), a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and a Resident Trainer at the New England Dog Training Club in Cambridge, MA. Yana is an ITC (Instructor Training Course) graduate, led by Sue Sternberg, as well as several other well renowned trainers.
Our Approach. Using positive reinforcement techniques, we help owners fall in love with training their dogs! Our focus is building strong, lasting bonds between dogs and handlers, by teaching trust and clear communication to achieve a well balanced, confident and relaxed pooch. We use mark-reward based training, along with positive motivators that effectively teach dogs to make good behavorial decisions while in turn, replacing the not so preferable behaviors. In addition to positive changes in the dog, through this type of learning, the owner learns ways to read the language of their dog and communicate in a way that is fun and mutually beneficial.
Diane Kurkjian, CPDT-KA, owner of Everydog, LLC I became interested in dog training after adopting my wonderful Chow mix, Ebony, in 1996. Ebony had several behavior issues that required me to put careful thought into how to teach her to be comfortable and safe in our household. Ebony went on to earn her AKC Canine Good Citizen title, as well as a rally obedience competition title. By then, I was hooked on the subject of dog training and behavior.
Since then, I have delved deeper into the world of animals, and particularly dogs, becoming a veterinary technician in 2002 and an animal control officer in 2007. I am an instructor and former training director at New England Dog Training Club in Cambridge, MA. These experiences have given me a unique perspective on the role that animals play in our lives.
I have attended numerous seminars and courses on dog training and behavior, including the Dogs of Course Instructor Training Course. In 2014, I became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). I also continue to further my knowledge of dog sports (and have fun!) by taking two of my current dogs, Ollie and Bonita, to obedience, rally and nosework classes.
Amy Campbell, CPDT-KA Amy has been working with dogs in the Boston area since 2008 and training dogs though her business Native Dog Wellness since 2012. Beginning as a dog walker, Amy's speciality is in dog-dog interactions, dog play, and working with shy/sensitive dogs. Amy became a certified canine massage therapist in 2012 and has offered Canine Massage Workshops at the Animal Rescue League of Boston and the School for the Dogs in Manhattan. Amy teaches dog training at New England Dog Training Club in Cambridge and at Everydog in Danvers. Amy's love for yoga and wellness make her a unique teacher to her dog students and their parents, leading to nutrition plans, bodywork programs for post-surgery pups, and more! www.nativedogwellness.com