Feeling a need to help more dogs and owners, Marie founded Pro-Dog Hawaii in 2004. She now offers a safe Puppy Preschool, where she says owners can "nip problem behaviors in the bud," classes where owners can learn to teach old ( and not so old) 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 2013 she became a practioner-in-training and will become a full practitioner on 2014. In September 2013, Marie met Rita Martinez and started on a new path: training Diabetic Alert Dogs. In February 2015 Marie accepted to be the Assistant Manager of Paws for a Cause dog daycare and school, a program from the non-profit Hale Kipa.
Her goal is to help you live a fulfilling life with your dog.
Marie's training rests on a mindful approach: ensuring an appropriate lifestyle, reinforcing the right behaviors, establishing respect through mindful leadership.
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 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 a Tellington Ttouch practitioner-in-training and she lives in Kaneohe with her husband and their Golden Retriever Zora.
Pro-Dog 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.
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"I want to provide you with methods and techniques that will help you achieve a successful relationship with your dog, based on mutual respect, and mindful interactions. They're aimed at producing a dog who is a willing partner, eager to learn and happy to work whether you want to engage in service or therapy work, obedience, rally, agility, nose work, or just companionship."