Mallory Kratimenos, VSA-CDT (she/her)
My goal is to help you discover the joy in training while creating sustainable solutions, deepen the bond between you and your dog, and engineer some optimism throughout your journey.
As a professional dog trainer, I am dedicated to bringing you the best, innovative, and most up to date training techniques via continued education. I am a graduate of the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Trainers online program (VSA-CDT), Accredited Dog Trainer through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC-ADT), Fear Free Certified Professional (FFCP-Trainer), Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) and Family Dog Mediator (FDM). You can view more about my certifications, professional memberships, and continuing education here.
Prior to becoming a dog training professional, I graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s in both Engineering and Health & Human Sciences. From these other professions, I bring a unique approach by utilizing concepts of user-friendly design to create the best individualized solution for you and your dog’s unique needs in an organized and easy to follow way.
I am also a proud dog parent of two small dogs that have struggled with behaviors such as reactivity, fear-based aggression, vet office anxiety, and other behaviors that are often misunderstood. I have been where you are and can relate to the hardships that come along with it.
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY...
Erin & Roscoe
"Mallory is one of the most skilled dog professional I've met. She knows what she's doing, and she brings a light heartedness to teaching that I appreciated so much."
Chloe & Claudette
"Mallory is more than a dog trainer; she's a mentor who has helped me through so many aspects of dog guardianship. She has helped me better understand my dog's needs, which has in turn reoriented my entire approach to training, care, and our daily lives. Claudette and I are both happier and even more bonded thanks to Mallory's guidance and suggestions."
Katie & Hazelnut
“Mallory is a fantastic, empathetic, and caring trainer! She's always been eager to find solutions that work for us and she's always met my dog where she's at. If you're looking for a positive reinforcement trainer, Mallory is the person you want to talk to.”
DOG TRAINER & TEAMMATE
for all of your dog training needs
We will work together as a team virtually via Zoom to create solutions that are sustainable for both ends of the leash. Meeting virtually allows your dog to learn in an environment that they are familiar with while giving you the hands-on skills and confidence to train your dog. During sessions, I will coach you through training and behavior modification plans that we form collaboratively so that they work for you. Training is an investment in you and your dog’s shared journey and life together. My goal is to help you feel feel you empowered & optimistic moving forward in that journey.
THE ENGINEERING OPTIMISM TEAM
My team would not be complete without my pups!
I am committed to force-free, science-based, positive dog training methods.
My goal is to empower dogs and their guardians by utilizing their strengths to help achieve success in an environment where all feel safe. We will use positive reinforcement to reward desired behaviors, manage your dog's environment to prevent undesirable behaviors, and implement strategies that are backed by science to help you attain the results you are looking for.
You and your dog's emotional wellbeing is of the utmost importance to me. My training methods follow those recommended by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and Dr. Susan Friedman's Humane Hierarchy.
WHAT WE WILL USE:
Clickers or verbal markers
Treats & treat pouch
Toys & play
Harness, long lines, and leashes
Strategic rewards using snuffle mats, lick mats, etc.
WHAT WE WILL NOT USE:
Prong or pinch collars
Shock or e-collar
Verbal or physical punishment/corrections
Fear or force
SAFE SPACE FOR ALL
I welcome and celebrate individuals of all ages, gender, race, ability, and neurodiversity.
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