If you are just getting a new puppy or have a dog already that you need some help with, contact us NOW.
We do force-free, positive reinforcement dog training in the convenience of your home. We offer packages, discounts, and Day Training (while you're at work) for those who struggle with finding time to train your dog. We travel to Northern New Jersey (Essex, Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Union, Sussex, Hudson, and Rockland County, NY).
Dogs learn best in a relaxed, fun environment, not one based on fear and "dominance". Let us show you how to have a better relationship with your best friend.
Bergin University of Canine Studies (Master of Science in Canine Life Sciences)
CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer)
ABCDT (Animal Behavior College Certification)
Studied at the Academy for Dog Trainers
AKC CGC Evaluator
APDT (Association for Pet Dog Trainers)
IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants)
PPG (Pet Professional Guild)
Doggone Safe Member
Dog Training Columnist, Examiner.com
Public School Teacher for 20 years
Hundreds of dogs trained
Mary Jean Alsina
CPDT-KA, PCT-A, M.A
Owner/Behavior Consultant/Award-Nominated Author/ Pet Sitter
New Jersey dog trainer/author Mary Jean Alsina, Owner and Head Trainer of The Canine Cure, LLC™ has worked with dogs for over 12 years.
Mary Jean has taught many owners how to fully enjoy their relationships with their dogs and how to be more fulfilled as dog owners. In 2016, she was named one of the first worldwide 27 Accredited Professionals to earn the title of PCT-A (Professional Canine Trainer-Accredited) through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB). She is a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) and she did her main studies at The Academy for Dog Trainers based in California. There, she learned the ins and outs of dog behavior and behavior modification. She is devoted to continuing education and in spite of her experience, she's continuing her education by attending seminars, workshops, and conferences. She has worked at various animal shelters and continues to attend seminars and workshops around the country. She is certified by the AKC as a CGC evaluator and is a member of the professional organizations APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants), PPG (The Pet Professional Guild), Doggone Safe, and is a regular Dog Training Columnist for the Pet Professional Guild’s quarterly journal “Barks From The Guild”. Her book which is a must for any dog owner, "Dogs Are People Too" was released in 2016 and is available on Amazon. In December 2016, "Dogs Are People Too" was nominated for the prestigious Dog Writer's Association Of America 2016 Annual Writing Competition.
Mary Jean also was a public school teacher for over 20 years. Having two graduate degrees in Education has been a great asset as she understands how people truly learn, as well as dogs, and can patiently guide you to learn how to work with your dog to the best of your ability. Many times dog trainers seem to be “the only one the dog will behave for.” Mary Jean will show you that is simply not true. You CAN get your dog to do what you want.
Mary Jean's teaching experience also allows her to specialize in training for the whole family. It is so helpful to have everyone in the home on board for the training of the dog. This sets your dog up for a higher and faster rate of success. She strongly feels that dogs learn best when in a relaxed, positive environment. Using fear and scaring a dog in an attempt to get him to learn can be quite harmful, and is not effective in the long run, as it can cause other long-term fear and aggression problems. Dogs do not learn well with constant corrections. When trained this way, they never learn what IS expected of them. She teaches your dog what they should do, not simply what you don’t want them to do. You AND your dog will be much happier this way. Choosing a behavior consultant with an EDUCATION in dog behavior is quite important because anyone can say that they are “good with dogs” because they had dogs all their life. That does not mean that they understand the intricacies of how dogs learn and think. Knowing the SCIENCE behind how dogs learn is crucial to a successful behavior consultant. Mary Jean has that background and can help you achieve the behavior and the relationship you’ve been missing with your dog.
- *CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed)
- *Studied at the Academy for Dog Trainers
- *PCT-A (Professional Canine Trainer-Accredited)
- *AKC Certified CGC Evaluator
- *Vet Recommended
- *Columnist, PPG’s Quarterly Magazine, “Barks From The Guild”
- *APDT Professional Member (Association for Pet Dog Trainers)
- *IAABC Member (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants)
- *PPG Member (Pet Professional Guild)
- *Doggone Safe Member
- *Dog Training Columnist, Examiner.com
- *Shelter Volunteer -
- *Public School Teacher for 20 years
- *Author - "Dogs Are People Too"
Bergin University of Canine Studies
Behavior Consultant/Pet Sitter
All her life she has had dogs in her home, guiding and inspiring her as she grew up.
Caitlin has been studying about dogs and everything relating to them since age twelve. When she was twenty, she was fortunate enough to adopt Wesley, her American Pit Bull Terrier, from a no-kill shelter in Newburgh, NY. With Wesley, she translated her accumulated dog knowledge into action; he serves as a well-mannered breed ambassador to open up the hearts and minds of people unfamiliar with or afraid of pit bull dogs. In 2014, Caitlin was accepted into the Master of Canine Life Sciences program at Bergin University. She worked with service dogs-in-training and trained the future service dog puppies in basic obedience and generalized socialization. The graduate program educates students on all aspects of canine life and development, including genetics, training techniques and theory, behavioral analysis, canine cognition, law and ethics.
Dogs understand us on a level that no other animal does
– they understand our gazes, our body language, and even our emotions. The bond you share with your dog is one of the most unique relationships in the animal kingdom - it is a relationship 30,000 years in the making.
Caitlin's goal is to help you understand your dog’s behavior and emotions, and how to best utilize the latest in canine cognitive sciences to teach your dog in the most effective and humane way possible. Working together, you can strengthen the bond between you and your dog, while she guides you to training a thoughtful, well-mannered dog who has learned to make good decisions. A thoughtful dog is a responsive dog, and a responsive dog is a joy to train!
At a very young age, Autumn was intrigued with animals and not just how fluffy and cute they were, but how they thought and why they did what they did. When she was younger, she helped rehabilitate dogs in need. She saw a reoccurring problem at hand which included abandoned dogs with no families, and Autumn knew she had to do something about it. Each and every year thousands of dogs are forced out on to the streets, sent to animal shelters, and relinquished for behavioral problems, while 31% are euthanized. Autumn decided to go to the source of the problem and started training at a young age with her own dogs. She learned the cognition of dogs and developed strategies and methods to help them learn and ultimately to help her communicate better with them. Autumn then became a certified Petco dog trainer. It taught her a lot about the basics of training, but she strived to know more. She then enrolled in Starmark Academy and became a graduate of the Canine Training and Behavior Specialist Program where she learned how dogs truly learn and why they behave the way they do. Since then, Autumn has worked with hundreds of dogs including a vast array of different breeds and difficulty levels. She is constantly furthering her education with seminars and collaborating with different behavior consultants.
Studies and knowledge in:
• The science behind how dogs learn
• Evolution of learning theory, i.e. classical and operant conditioning
• Application of psychological principles in animal training
• How breed characteristics affect behavior
• Bite prevention
• How to build a good relationship with a dog
• The principals of clicker, i.e. how to condition, tricks, and desensitization
• prevention of behavioral problems
• behavior modification techniques
• puppy imprinting and socialization
• basic- competitive obedience
• dock diving and swimming lessons
• canine sports i.e herding, retrieving, disc work, schutzhund
• service dog assistance training for the handicapped
Knowing how your dog is trying to communicate with you and effectively communicating back is so important to understanding how your dog learns best
Tanya lives in Newton, NJ, with her Labrador Retriever, Raisin, and Great Dane, Ruby. They are her friendly black beauties and sometimes assist with training to help others become acclimated to being around dogs. Tanya received her training certification from Animal Behavior College in 2008. She also has a college degree in biology and a degree in animal science, with a concentration in canine and equine behavior and nutrition. She's been training dogs since 1999 using positive reinforcement methods, and eventually became certified while enhancing and continuing her education in canine studies.
Knowing how your dog is trying to communicate with you and effectively communicating back is so important to understanding how your dog learns best and how to build a close and trusting relationship with everybody in the household (yes, training involves the whole family). Bad behavior is the number one reason dogs are given up to animal shelters. As a shelter and foster care volunteer Tanya has seen how many poor souls have lost their families. As a trainer and animal lover it is her goal to help families before it ever reaches that point.
Animal Behavior College Certification (ABCDT)
B.S. in Biology and Animal Science
PPG (Pet Professional Guild) Member
Melissa has worked with horses, dogs, cats, birds and even some more exotic pets of the lizard variety!
Melissa is 42 years old and has been an animal lover all her life. She has always had dogs and really considered herself a “dog person”, until the last few years. Through pet sitting, she has found that she loves cats just as much!! Melissa has recently adopted her own little feline! She is a baker, by trade, and spoils her dog and cat with homemade treats! She has worked in the pet industry as a second job for the last 10 years in different capacities. She has worked with horses, dogs, cats, birds and even some more exotic pets of the lizard variety! Pet care is one of the most rewarding jobs Melissa has ever had. She takes a great deal of pride in making sure the pets she sits for are cared for and loved as if they were her very own. She looks forward to helping you feel at ease while you are away, knowing your pets are in the best of care.
Nancy has loved animals all her life.
When she was little, Nancy's parents had a Scottish Terrier named Mac, who used to sleep under her baby carriage. Growing up, her family always had dogs and cats, usually in multiples. A cat followed her brother home; she brought home an aged Bernese Mountain Dog she found abandoned on the Long Island Expressway; and her mom and dad both brought home strays and adopted from shelters. In Nancy's present living situation she is not able to have a dog, but she has had her beloved cat, Sam, for almost 17 years, and she often takes care of friends’ cats as well. Nancy also volunteers at an animal shelter and walks the dogs of friends and neighbors. Here she is hanging out with Ike and Mamie, while their parents were away. As you can see, animals are pretty relaxed when Nancy is around. She looks forward to making your pets just as comfortable!
Our trainers in action.
A gallery of our trainers and the dogs they have the honor to work with.