Mary Horne CPDT-KA, SFSPCA CTC is a passionate trainer/teacher and enthusiastic participant in a variety of dog sports.
After a 20-year career in financial and consulting services, Mary left the corporate world to found Good Dog U, LLC in Stamford, CT with the express goal of making motivational, energizing training more readily available to the dogs and their people. In 2001, she attended the San Francisco SPCA's Academy for Dog Trainers six-week Certificate in Training and Counseling program, led by Jean Donaldson and Janice Bradley, and graduated at the top of her class. From that point forward, dog training has been her full time vocation and avocation.
While living in CT, in addition to running her private training business, Mary served as Executive Trainer for the NYC-based therapy dog organization The Good Dog Foundation and later as Competition Obedience and Family Manners Instructor as well as Competition Obedience Training Director at Port Chester Obedience Training Club in White Plains, NY. She and her family moved to Southern VT in the Spring of 2013.
Mary loves training and competing with her dogs and has trained multiple dogs to a host of titles in several venues. She is currently blessed with 3 fun-loving Lab girls -- 9 year old Pepper, now retired from competition (OTCH-C ARCH Radiance Love That Spice UD, RE, BN, JH, UD-C, CD-CCH, RL1X, RL3, WC), youngster Otter (Rhumbline's Against All Odds CPE L1 and CGC), who keeps the family hopping and smiling, and current actively showing team mate 6 year old Dakota (OTCH-C ARCH Rhumbline’s Rambling Dakota UDX, OM2, BN, RAE, WC, UD-C, RL3, CPE L1), who has so far earned multiple AKC and CDSP HITs and High Combined awards and over 20 perfect 200 scores in CDSP Novice, Open and Utility.