Mary Frances has trained animals for the past 20 years. She started as a trainer at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where she had the distinct privilege of training dolphins, otters, and whales. While at the CMA, her other duties encompassed the stranding team and the Full Circle Program; an animal-assisted therapy program working with special needs children and the marine animals that called CMA home.
She spent several years working with autistic children and their parents using applied behavior analysis to develop and implement behavior plans to achieve their goals. Additionally, she attended Triple Crown Dog Training Academy, and became a Certified Canine Training and Behavior Specialist, and Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). She is currently an Official Mentor Trainer for the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy & the Animal Behavior College.
She is skilled in using ALL dog training tools in the most humane methods available, to help pet owners reach their goals with their pets.She works and trains pets at all levels of obedience, and specializes in rehabilitating dogs that suffer from slight to severe behavior issues such as aggression, separation anxiety, phobias (thunderstorms, fireworks etc.) potty training and more. She is effective in teaching pet parents how to effectively communicate with, and teach their pets.
1999-Bachelors degree in Psychology and learning theory, University of South Florida
2001-Associates of Science in American sign language, HCC
2003-Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst
2005-Certified Canine Training & Behavior Specialist, Triple Crown Dog Training Academy, (Honor Student)
2007-Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and STAR Puppy Evaluator, AKC
2009-Certified Pet Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
2016-Official Mentor Trainer, CATCH Canine Trainers Academy
2016-Offical Mentor Trainer, Animal Behavior College
Professional member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
Professional member of International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP)
Member of Love on a Leash pet therapy organization
Member of Pet Sitters International (PSI)