Mary McNeight, CPDT-KA, CCS, BGS with her Diabetic Alert Dog Liame. Image copyright 2012 Lisa Langell Photography
Mary McNeight, CPDT-KA, CCS, BGS – Director of Training And Behavior
Mary McNeight holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the only dog training degree program certified by the State of Washington. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, holds a CPDT-KA (certified pet dog trainer – knowledge assessed) granted by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and is certified by the American Red Cross in pet first aid. With more than 5 years of training experience and over 2600 training hours she has had multiple requests nationwide for her services and to speak on topics related to both pet and service dog training.
Recently she just won NATIONAL RECOGNITION for the 2nd year in a row by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and was awarded a $1500 scholarship to attend the APDT 2012 Educational conference for her entry in the Dr. Robert Curran NewTrix Video Contest on with her video on How to Teach the Service Dog “Quick Greet”!
Having attended the
- APDT conferences in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
- 2010 and 2012 Clicker Expos,
- the Fear Aggression and Play Workshop
- Dr. Ian Dunbar seminar in May 2010,
- Diabetic Alert Dog Training classes in California in 2009 and
- classes with the top Narcotics Dog Detector for the Seattle Police Department in 2011
she is committed to continuing her education and professional development by continuously attending seminars and dog training conferences nationwide.
Using only methods approved by the American Humane Association and positive reinforcement techniques, Mary is available for private training sessions as well as offering small group classes for both service and pet dog training in order to provide the best possible service that caters to your needs. Mary is also dedicated toward providing low-cost service dog training for people with disabilities ever since she had to become the resource she needed to train her own dog for service work. Currently, Mary is owned by her yellow lab who is a certified diabetic alert dog.
A certified dog trainer who has experienced life before a service dog, and life with a service dog, Mary McNeight is the best resource to help train your pet or service dog. She can be found teaching at The Service Dog Academy at her dog training studio in the heart of West Seattle.
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Head Trainer – Medical Alert Dog Board And Train
Tiffany always dreamed of training dogs as a career since she was 8 years old. She spent a lot of her childhood trying to teach her family dog how to do simple commands like “sit,” “down,” and “come here.” She knew, however, that dogs were far more capable of doing bigger tasks and wanted to learn how to teach it. In high school she volunteered at NOAH’s Animal Adoption Center and spent years dog sitting for people. Once she graduated from Everett Community College with an Associates in Arts and Sciences, she immediately transferred to Bergin University of Canine Studies and trained under Bonnie Bergin. During her year at Bergin, she had the opportunity of training 24/7 with dogs of all kinds of personalities, one of which was recently placed as a mobility assistance dog. She graduated from Bergin with Associates in Assistance Dog Education, the only degree of its kind in the entire United States! We are excited to have Tiffany on our team to help us develop our medical alert dog board and train program and our already trained dog program for people with diabetes.