Thanks for your interest in SMART DOGS.  We teach better behavior to both ends of the leash.

ALL BREEDS, ALL AGES, ALL BEHAVIOR.  If you are ready to learn, then, yes, I can help you. My 25+ years experience ranges from Early Puppy Development & Socialization; Prevention and Modification of Fear & Aggression; a variety of Dog Sports for improving confidence, backyard fun and for Titles (Agility, Dance & Freestyle, Obedience, Parkour, Rally, Tracking, Treibball); to numerous Certifications & Activities (e.g., Therapy Dog Evaluator, Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Dog Sport Judge, Dog Scouts of America).

WHERE YOUR LEARNING BEGINS: All new students at SMART DOGS begin in Life With Dogs, no exception. This small group class meets once a week for 1 hour and runs 8 weeks. Current Tuition $350 (or payment plan of 3 x $125) includes 24/7 access to SD’s Online Classroom*, Video Tutorials, Articles, Private Learning Group, and unlimited access to me by phone, text & email for additional coaching between our weekly in-person sessions.

*To maximize your learning, all Classes at SMART DOGS include online & in-person content. 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN.  This class teaches crucial Life Skills to both ends of the leash.  More importantly, LIFE WITH DOGS teaches you, the human end of the leash, to truly understand & communicate your dog; how learning & behavior really work; and how to properly use & maximize the power of positive reinforcement. We’ll sort fact from fiction, truth from folklore, sense from nonsense, remove labels & stereotypes.  

WHY? So you can maximize progress and maintain a safe, happy home. So you can avoid the all too common errors which damage the human-canine bond. So you can instead build strong, desired behavior and a healthy relationship with your dog.


REGISTRATION & WAIT TIME.  Registration for Winter Classes now in progress CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  Wait time for training ranges 2 to 6 months. Students at SMART DOGS receive large amounts of personal attention, a must for learning and progress in any endeavor. Teaching includes time with students in weekly sessions as well as time with students between sessions in SD’s online classrooms, SD’s private facebook group, by text, email, phone, assessing student homework & video, answering questions, discussions, etc.

 Again, registration for Winter Classes is in progress CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  

While waiting for class you might visit SMART DOGS facebook page, youtubeVimeo, or WordPress. Though social media not a top priority at this time, I do post as time allows.

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I look forward to teaching you & your dog and Bringing out YOUR BEST Behavior.

Mary A Gilbreth PhD CPDT CHLC
Certified Professional Dog Trainer
Certified Stress Management & Holistic Life Coach

SMART DOGS Training & Behavior
Better Behavior at BOTH Ends of the Leash

Association of Animal Behavior Professionals
Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Judge – CRO Rally Obedience
Judge – CRO Dance Division
Therapy Dog Evaluator
Truly Dog-Friendly Approved Trainer
TAGteach International
Doggone Safe Dog Bite Prevention
Dog Scouts of America
Evaluator – AKC Canine Good Citizen & STAR Puppy Programs
Operation Socialization Certified Trainer