Welcome to SMART DOGS!
Committed to Education & Excellence
Professional Dog Trainer & Life Coach
Located in Van Buren, Arkansas, SMART DOGS is the creation of owner Mary A. Gilbreth, Ph.D., Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and Certified Holistic Life & Stress Management Coach (CHLC). Committed to education & excellence, Mary was the first trainer in the state of Arkansas to earn a CPDT and has continued to bring numerous other firsts to the people & dogs of AR. In addition to sharing her own knowledge & skills, Mary has hosted several internationally known trainers – Kathy Cascade (TTouch), Theresa McKeon (TAGteach International), and Kay Laurence (Learning About Dogs). A Specialist in preventing & modifying aggressive and fearful behavior, Mary is well-versed in canine and human behavior, relationships, training, wellness & nutrition. Mary is an avid clicker and positive reinforcement trainer and teaches a wide range of topics, activities & Dog Sports to her students and also the Plumwood Posse – her dogs and cat. To date, Mary & her dogs hold titles in Agility, Freestyle Tricks, Obedience, Rally & Triebball and certifications in Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog. Through education, behavior change and a whole lot of fun, Mary promotes better behavior at *both* ends of the leash.
Training at SMART DOGS has been an enjoyable experience. The positive approach has been a true bond building time between Scout and myself. But the most important thing is how Mary has opened my mind to seeing dogs and even life in a different light. We will keep attending classes so long as there is a class for us.