Donna and Murray

Donna Culbert's Biography

I have been training dogs professionally since 2004. I became interested in dog training after my one year old Golden Retriever, Murray, had become aggressive in certain situations. After reading many books and lots of hours working with my dog, Murray earned his Canine Good Citizen title and actually became a therapy dog for the MSPCA. Together we enjoyed providing comfort and laughter for residents of a local nursing home.

I got my start at Mt. Ida College where I graduated from the 2 year Canine Behavior and Training Program. I earned hands on experience from volunteering as a dog walker and trainer at the Quincy Animal Shelter. I volunteered for 9 years as the Canine Training Manager. I am now working for Scituate Animal Shelter as the Canine Training Coordinator. I evaluate each dog for temperament and adoptability. I develop a training plan and conduct obedience classes with volunteers and dogs of the shelter. It's a real labor of love for me.

I also spent a year volunteering for the Prison Puppy Program for NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans. Each weekend I would socialize and train the puppies that lived with inmates at a prison during the week. After about a year the puppies were placed with a deaf or disabled person.

Currently, I run my classes at Hingham Recreation Center and A Fox and Hounds Pet Care in Norwell, MA. I am a Co Training Director and board member of the New England Dog Training Club in Cambridge, MA. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer by the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers. In addition, I am a member of the APDT, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, The International Association of Animal Behavioral Consultants and the National Association of Canine Scent Work. I attend many seminars and workshops throughout the year. Recent seminars include those by Sue Sternberg, Jean Donaldson, Suzanne Clothier, Ian Dunbar, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Dr. Sohpia Yin, Pia Silvani, Patricia McConnell and many more.  I recently earned the opportunity to join an exclusive group of trainers to be among the first to train wolves, coyotes, foxes and bison at Wolf Park, a Wolf Sanctuary in Indiana. I am also an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

I provide relationship-based training through positive methods. I believe that giving your dog clear communication, trust and leadership are the basis for successful training.