ProDog Hawaii Owner and Trainer Marie Selarque has a long history of training animals. She grew up in Switzerland with pet dogs, cats, horses and even snakes. She began training horses as a teenager, preparing them for racing, obstacle and dressage.
In 2001, Marie focused on dog training, apprenticing with Carol McPherson, who introduced her to the positive reinforcement philosophy started by Ian Dunbar and the clicker method started by Karen Pryor. Sue Ailsby and Susan Clothier influenced her work as well, giving her a stepping stone for her efficient, compassionate and respectful method of training.
Marie is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and holds a counseling certificate (CC) from the San Francisco SPCA Dog Trainers Academy under the direction of Jean Donaldson. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), an American Kennel Club's CGC Evaluator (Canine Good Citizen) and a Therapy Dog Incorporated Evaluator. Marie is also a Tellington Ttouch practitioner. Marie lives in Kaneohe with her husband and their Golden Retriever Zora.
Feeling a need to help more dogs and owners, Marie founded ProDog Hawaii in 2004. She now offers a safe Puppy Preschool, where owners can "nip problem behaviors in the bud," classes where owners can learn to teach old and young dogs new tricks, even sometimes while playing games! In 2012 Marie was able to start her training in the gentle approach to the care and training of companion animals through the Tellington TTouch method. In 2015 she became a TTouch practitioner. ProDog now reaches out to west Oahu and offers classes in Kapolei.
Marie's training philosophy rests on a conscious approach that ensures an appropriate lifestyle for your dog, reinforces correct behavior, and establishes respect through mindful leadership.
"Connect with your dog!"
"Without relationship, there is nothing.
There are 2 solutions:
1- Fix the problem
2- Fix the relationship
"Usually fixing the relationship will fix the problem!"