MA - Counseling Psychology - Antioch University
BS - Organizational Management - Leslie University
Board Certified Counselor, NBCC
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, CPDT
Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance
Founder of Dog Talk LLC
Founder of New England Pet Partners Inc.
Founder Daily Doga Inspirations (e-newsletter on living and learning with dogs - mini-meditations)
Author of Awareness Centered Training - ACT, Train Your Dog, Change Your Life and publications on canine and human relationships, behavior and pet assisted therapy. Contributing author, Children, Dogs and Education, Springer Pubs.
Maureen has presented workshops on dog behavior, family systems and dogs, and pet assisted therapy.
On a Personal Note …
I have loved and shared my life with dogs since I can remember. I used to study dog breeds in the back of Spiegel’s catalog (dating myself), threatening my mother daily that "When I grow up, I’m getting big dogs". True to my word, I have lived with big, small, 3-legged, deaf, pedigreed and mixed, along with a menagerie of other species.
My dear friend Stella, who passed away at 93, taught me, "It is a knowing that needs no words.”
Dr. Jane Goodall shares in Reason for Hope, "if I had one wish it would be to see the world through their eyes (chimpanzees) if only for a moment."
Cindy Fischer, M.Ed., TTouch Practitioner, co-founder of the Pet Wellness Festival and author of Pets Tell us a Story shared, "Animals make me aware of my connectedness with others. In the big picture, we want the same thing, understanding, acceptance and love."
Dr. Ian Dunbar, whose lessons I revisit often shares, “Do what you are passionate about – people will disagree, don’t get your knickers in a twist over mistakes – keeping trying. We can train using both science and feelings.”
Betty White, who I met at a therapy dog conference in Phoenix AZ shares, “Animals, dogs especially, teach us empathy.
I don’t trust people who don’t like dogs.“ I AGREE!
Connection with dogs gives me the opportunity to share my experiences with others. My intuition, instinct and observation skills have grown because of dogs. I trust my instincts and question my habits.
I have worked in corporate, have degrees, but dogs have changed my life! How lucky I am to be able to make even a small difference for dogs.
I no longer care what anyone thinks about my passion for dogs. Living and learning with dogs is my legacy, something I can give to those who want some.
Not all us like the same dessert. To me, dogs are delicious. For this, I am forever grateful. For dogs, I will do whatever I can to lessen their burden through raising awareness, education, relationship and well-being.
To my dogs ... I thank you with all my heart. Enjoy the Journey!
To learn more … consider a e-book or soft cover of Awareness Centered Training - ACT released by Balboa Press, a division of Hay House.
Currently sharing my life with my partner, Gary, who embraces the benefits that pets bestow upon us, a Newf named Jesy Joy, Golden Retriever named Brio and a beautiful Border Terrier named Quin, two cats and two parrots.
The Academic Stuff, as boring as it sounds, is an accomplishment to me. I did not get my Masters in Psychology until I was in my 40’s. Life experience is equally important.
Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. I consider myself an evolving work in progress.
The journey isn’t over until it is. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my life with dogs, other species and the people who “get it”.
Training Dogs Can Change Your Life.
It sure as hell changed mine!
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