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Donna Savoie, CPDT, CBATI
Owner, Certified Trainer
Child Safety Program Director
Meridith's extensive experience as a teacher makes her the perfect trainer and coach for working with young children and their interactions with their dogs.
Multiple Obedience & Rally Titles
Certified Small Animal Massage Therapist, Certified Equine Massage Therapist, Reiki Level II Practitoner
Director of Animal Programs at Bancroft School of Massage Therapy,
Mary Jo Lavin, BA
is a seasoned national competitor whose strengths as an instructor come from her success and the hurdles she has overcome. As the co-owner of Homestead Farm Agility, Mary Jo has 15 years of teaching agility to students with all breeds. Mary Jo carries a full toolbox of techniques, tips and strategies. Her skill lies in detecting the minute details of handling and helping handlers be more precise. Mary Jo is a master at developing potential into proficiency and getting results beyond her students’ expectations. Mary Jo’s strength is teaching others how to build and train strong foundation skills in their budding agility dogs. She has an analytical approach and a gift for breaking down complex concepts into understandable lessons. Her training is based on positive, motivational methods for both dogs and handlers.
Mary Jo started agility in 1989 with her rescue Tibetan Terrier ADCH Scamp CDX MX MXJ and remembers when agility trials had a total of 30 runs for the whole trial! Scamp and Mary Jo were one of New England’s top teams for ten years. Scamp’s USDAA accomplishments include: Steeplechase Champion, three-time Grand Prix finalist - placing 2nd, 5th and 6th, Top Ten List and multiple Team Tournament placements. Retired Portuguese Water Dog, Ozzie AAD OA OAJ, also rescued, taught her patience and how to motivate and show a low drive dog. Mary Jo currently has 3 competition dogs. Border Collie, ADCH MACh True GM JM RM MX MXJ, an accurate, fast, and honest dog who has many local tournament wins and has competed at the USDAA Nationals for the last four years. True is has also made the Top Ten List and has either Bronze or Silver distinctions in all the USDAA classes with limited showing. Aussie, Nell MAD AX AXJ, a.k.a. the “party girl”, is happy to enjoy agility as long as it is fun. Nell is an anchor dog in agility and in life – steady and strong. She likes to work around the home doing chores and caring for her family. Mary Jo’s newest agility prospect is Border Collie, Peg, who is currently in training and just starting competition.
Animal Behavior College Graduate with Honors
Has been actively competing in flyball for 7 years and has traveled all over the country to learn the newest techniques in flyball training. Focusing on high quality training, teaching solid foundational skills and maximizing each dog’s performance.
Diane has been training dogs since 1991. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
Diane has put multiple titles on her Beagles in Obedience, Tracking, Agility, Rally-O as well as one dog that went on to become a working therapy dog (TDI).
Presently, she shares her home with three rescue Beagles (one who was adopted from a research lab).
Pack of Paws Dog Training is recommended by local veterinarians, animal control officers, trainers and other animal professionals for puppy classes, obedience classes and for problem solving. We are dedicated to helping owners understand the benefits of training by keeping our training programs simple, applicable and totally doable for any pet owner no matter the challenges that are presented. Open the doors of communication between you and your dog. Understand your dog and help your dog to understand you!
Our techniques make problem solving easier, improve the bond with your dog and create a self-confident and dynamic dog who is willing to learn anything!
Our trainers inspire fun while teaching the dog and the owner. We maintain a library of books and DVD's and we continue to participate in seminars from the top names in animal behavior research. We also have a team of professionals ready to design a custom training program for your needs.
Other trainers may be interested in "filling the room", but at Pack of Paws Dog Training, we are interested in small, personal classes, tailored to individual needs. Even group classes are not "canned", but are designed to help everyone in class achieve their goals!
Training is a life-long commitment to your dog. Why not start now with a custom designed program just for your needs?
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