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teaches the group courses as well as private lessons. She has been
training dogs for 27 years and teaching others how to
train their dogs for 22. Over the years, in partnership with her 7
GSDs, she has earned over 58 agility and obedience titles. Notably
among these, she completed the Agility Dog Champion & Tournament
Master titles with her beloved Ika, Master Agility Dog title with
Vista, and qualified for USDAA Nationals 3 times. In 2013 Susan and
Hedda earned the Highest Scoring Dog in Agility at the German Shepherd
Dog Club of America’s 100th Anniversary National Specialty. In addition
to competing with her dogs, Susan is involved with therapy work. Ika
& Vista both became well-loved therapy dogs with PAWS for People
participating in both the PAWS for Reading & Autism programs.
Susan began her journey in positive reinforcement training when she attended the first annual conference of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers in Valley Forge, PA. As a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Susan is committed to keeping current on the most humane, force free, and effective training techniques available. She and her dogs have attended numerous training camps including Say Yes! Training Camp, Kinetic Dog’s Agility Camp, and Camp Gone to the Dogs, as well as seminars on the subject of positive reinforcement given by noted trainers including Leslie Nelson, Jean Donaldson, Sheila Booth, Susan Garrett, and Pat Miller.
Susan so enjoyed teaching with Greenwood Dog Training School that she enrolled in the Educational Leadership program at Immaculata University. Her graduate education connected learning theory to all the work she has been doing over the years. In 2012, she completed her secondary and special education certifications through the state of Pennsylvania – helping her to enhance and enrich the learning experience of the human end of the leash.
gives private lessons and offers puppy sitting at Camp Greenwood. She has been training dogs for 27 years
and teaching others how to train their dogs for 22. Although she currently owns a Borzoi and a
Maltese/Shih Tzu, Mary's favorite breed is the Rottweiler. Her Rotties
Bear and Teddy earned CD titles and CGC certifcates through the AKC. Sugar Bear also earned her CGC certificate
and was a therapy dog for PAWS for People (where Mary served on the advisory board and
helped develop and implement the dog/handler training & testing program). Mary's Borzoi Déjà Vu served as a demo dog
at Greenwood for many years. The newest member of the household is
little Happy. Mary's son found her in the middle of a road, emaciated
and covered in urine-soaked, matted fur. She is much happier now! You
can read more about Happy on her FaceBook
Also inspired by the 1998 APDT conference, Mary was thrilled with what she learned at Camp Gone to the Dogs and at seminars by such accomplished trainers as Sheila Booth, Pat Miller, Leslie Nelson, and Sue Sternberg.
Mary brings plenty of teaching experience to Greenwood. She has worked at Wilmington Friends school since 1998, teaching computer classes for 11 years before becoming the library media specialist, teaching Quakerism classes, and assisting the IT Department. With a degree in psychology, Mary enjoys working with familes to help them teach their dogs to become well-behaved, responsive members of their families.
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