Welcome to SMART DOGS!

Life with Dogs

Life Skills & Relationship Building for People, Puppies & Dogs. It All Starts Here!

Therapy Dog

Training & Testing for Therapy Dog Certification. Share your Dog's Happiness & Love!

Dog Sports

Agility, Dance, Freestyle, Obedience, Parkour, Rally, Treibball & More. Beginner to Advanced. Join Us!

Behavior Modification

Aggressive, Anxious, Fearful, or other Stress-Induced Behavior? We can help. Force-free, pain-free.

Online Learning

Reading, Video Tutorials, Discussions. Grow your knowledge in our Online Classrooms, Workshops & Learning Groups!

and More!

Conditioning, Body Awareness, Nutrition & Wellness, Trick Training, Seminars, Movie Nights, Field Trips & More!

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 Coach (CHLC).  Committed to education & excellence, Mary was the first trainer in the state of Arkansas to earn a CPDT and has brought numerous other firsts to the people & dogs of AR.  A Specialist in modifying & preventing 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 the Plumwood Posse – her dogs and cat.  Through education, behavior change and a whole lot of fun, Mary promotes better behavior at *both* ends of the leash.

I appreciate Mary’s instruction. Always the right mix of compassion and no nonsense.  I have had dogs my entire life (almost 60 years) and was surprised to discover how little I actually understood about them before coming to SMART DOGS.  I originally had two goals in mind – getting Angus to come when called and to help him build some confidence in new situations. We accomplished these goals, but more importantly the training helped us develop a stronger and happier relationship. The connection is better, the understanding is better and we all – dog and humans are having more fun!

Celeste Wheeler, Lexi P-CRO-II & AngusFt. Smith, AR

347 W. Plumwood Road Van Buren, AR - 72956

*By Appointment

479 - 474 - 1825

*NOTE* due to family medical, *EMAIL* is the way to reach me at this time. Thanks for your support & understanding.