Donna Culbert, CPDT-KA
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 then spent 6 years working for Scituate Animal Shelter as the Canine Training Coordinator. I evaluated each dog for temperament and adoptability. I developed training plans and conducted obedience classes with volunteers and dogs of the shelter.
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 my new Training Center in Norwell and at The Hingham Recreation Center. 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.
Diana Bogacs, CPDT-KA
Diana leads Puppy Kindergarten classes and is the Lead Trainer in Donna's Puppy Day Training Program. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She describes herself a passionate, persistent but patient pet lover. She is the owner of High Paw Dog Training where she provides in home training and is committed to using only positive reinforcement methods. Diana is the proud mom of "Whisky" a Miniature Australian Shepherd,who is our "Do Right" Mascot and official playmate to the puppies. You can reach Diana at email@example.com
Rebecca Roy, CPDT-KA
Rebecca is an Assistant Instructor in Donna's weekend classes. She is an Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers and Supporting member of International Association of Behavior Consultants.
Rebecca started her career as an intern at New England Dog Training Club of Cambridge 5 years ago and currently Lead Trainers in their Steps program. She also teaches Manners classes at the Pet Republic, and volunteers as a Canine Companion at the Animal Rescue League.
She was previously a dog walker for Native Dog Wellness and then Neighborhood Paws, during which time she became well versed in appropriate dog play, dog park etiquette, and dog body language. Now she offers solo walks, and one-on-one training sessions in the greater Boston area. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.