Mark became interested in positive reward training while learning to help his reactive rescue puppy Leo. He then welcomed puppy Jarrah, and trained her for agility and competed with her in CPE agility trials. During this time, he worked at an area positive dog training facility, first as an assistant in the fearful and reactive dog classes and then as a group class instructor for puppy and basic obedience classes. He took a break from teaching for several years as life took him in a different direction.
After beloved Leo passed away in 2019, he welcomed home cocker spaniel puppy Chestnut. Knowing the critical importance of early training, and now living in Cary, he tried the Successful Socialization and Puppy Starters classes here at All Dogs Allowed. When he then welcomed puppy Snickers home, he took Successful Socialization again, talked to the instructor about his training background and joined All Dogs Allowed as group class instructor in the late summer of 2020.
Mark is passionate about teaching Successful Socialization and Puppy Starters because time invested in training while a pup is young pays rich dividends for the dog’s whole life. Many of the behavior issues owners face with adult dogs can be avoided with proper socialization and early training. And, with two puppies at home, he can fully identify with the issues a new puppy owner faces.
Mark has called the Triangle area home for almost 30 years and is a professional software developer during the day. In addition to learning more about training, he is passionate about photography and cooking. He lives in Cary with his husband and 3 American cocker spaniels, Jarrah, Chestnut, and Snickers.