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 and higher-level behavior modification 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 some areas of Rockland County, NY).
Dogs learn best in a relaxed, fun environment, not one based on old school techniques of fear and dominance. Let us show you how to have a better relationship with your best friend.
The Canine Cure Credentials
Bergin University of Canine Studies (Master of Science in Canine Life Sciences)
CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer)
ABCDT (Animal Behavior College Certification)
CCDT (Catch Certified Dog Trainer)
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 and Barks from the Guild
Public School Teacher for 20 years
Thousands of dogs trained
Mary Jean Alsina
CPDT-KA, PCT-A, M.A
Owner/Behavior Consultant/Award-Nominated Author/ Pet Sitter
New Jersey Dog Behavior Consultant /Author, Mary Jean Alsina, Owner and Head Trainer of The Canine Cure, LLC™ has worked with dogs for over 15 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 understand what you want from them.
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 and behavior modification 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)
Vet and Veterinary Behaviorist Recommended
Columnist, PPG’s Quarterly Magazine, “Barks From The Guild”
AKC Certified CGC Evaluator
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
Public School Teacher for 20 years
Author - "Dogs Are People Too"
Master's of Canine Life Sciences - Bergin University of Canine Studies
All her life she has had dogs in her home, guiding and inspiring her as she grew up. Caitlin has been working with dogs in different capacities for over ten years and has been studying in detail 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 has served as a well-mannered breed ambassador to open up the hearts and minds of people unfamiliar with or afraid of pit bull dogs. In 2017, Caitlin received her Master’s of Canine Life Sciences degree from the Master of Canine Life Sciences program at the prestigious Bergin University of Canine Studies in California. She worked with service dogs-in-training and trained the future service dog puppies in basic obedience and generalized socialization. The graduate program at Bergin University educates students on all aspects of canine life and development, including genetics, training techniques and theory, behavioral analysis, canine cognition, law and ethics so Caitlin has a vast and extensive knowledge to help our clients with the issues they are having with their dogs.
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!
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 Great Dane, Ruby. She is her friendly black beauty 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
CCDT - Catch Certified Dog Trainer
Doug Damico loves teaching in a field that he is extremely passionate about and has been involved with dogs for many years. Doug is a certified trainer through the highly esteemed Catch Canine Trainer’s Academy and he received his CCDT (Catch Certified Dog Trainer) certification after completing the intensive Master’s track at this school. He also volunteers at the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge where he and the caring staff do their best to find animals their forever homes. On top of his work at the shelter, he has also spent countless hours providing personal daycare for dogs of all shapes and sizes. There is no dog he isn't happy to meet. Although Doug is a fully certified trainer, he continues his learning and expansion of his knowledge with seminars and workshops with the top experts in the field.
The relationship between a dog and their handler is one that very few other relationships can rival. Doug believes that the best relationships are rooted in a handler’s understanding of their dog's mental faculties and how they learn. That's why his aim is to train his clients as much as he trains the dog. The best type of training begins in the home, and is maintained by the owner. This is why he is always happy to answer any questions clients have even after training sessions are completed.
With a decade of martial arts training under his belt and a history of teaching it, Doug is very familiar with the philosophy that no skill is developed overnight. It takes discipline and patience to train a dog; that being said, Doug will work with you to make it as fun and simple as possible to instill positive behaviors in your dog.
Cheryl is one of those people that are born with a pure love for animals in their blood. Her parents got her her first puppy at the age of 2, a Rat Terrier/Beagle mix named Peppy, and it was instant love. She has had many different types of pets including parrots, house rabbits and horses, throughout her life. As a little girl, while her sisters and girlfriends were playing with dolls, she could be found in the woods and lakes surrounding her home playing in and with nature. Always bringing home injured and stray animals, she was a nurturer from the start.
Cheryl began a self-taught study into the world of natural raw diets, supplements, the truth about vaccinations and a holistic lifestyle for dogs in September 2000 after her “Heart Dog” Harley suffered from issues related to immune system suppression. She believes in a natural, holistic approach to nutrition and medical care for her dogs. She has taken many courses and workshops over the years with some of the nations top experts in the field of holistic care, integrative veterinary medicine and behavioral issues, and is currently studying for her certificate in Small Animal Naturopathy.
Cheryl is a rescue advocate, and has co-founded and sat on the board of a 501C3 non-profit animal-related charity. Her position as an Administrative Assistant allows her to combine her passion for animals with her 40 years of professional experience in Client Relations, Sales and Marketing. She carries over the same integrity, honesty, ethics and compassion that has made her successful throughout her professional career.
Cheryl also owns a pet sitting and dog walking business in RIngwood, NJ, where she lives with her Yellow Lab, Jack.