The Mindful Dog North Boston Dog Training Nahant Massachusetts

North Shore Dog Training

Nahant, Massachusetts

COVID 19 Update

Until otherwise stated, all in-person lessons will proceed according to social distancing guidelines laid out by CDC and Massachusetts health authorities. This means lessons will be conducted outdoors, with a minimum of 6 feet between clients and myself. All involved in the lesson must wear face masks covering both mouths and noses for the entirety of the lesson. Thank you for your cooperation.

Schedule a free phone consultation using the book now button below, and we can discuss in detail your dog training needs, and goals!

Located on the North Shore of Massachusetts, The Mindful Dog offers thoughtful, effective training for a variety of behavioral issues.

Does your dog demonstrate problematic behaviors such as barking/lunging while on leash, aggression towards other dogs, fearfulness, separation anxiety, or resource guarding? Whether your dog has significant behavioral problems, or you are simply hoping to get your new dog or puppy off to a good start, I am here to help.

Through a combination of in-person, written, and video learning, The Mindful Dog’s approach caters to a variety of learning styles. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“I first met Mary the last week in December of 2019. Mary came to the house met my 8 year old mix pup and I and listened to my concerns. I was worried bc he was 8 it was too late to teach and old dog new tricks! Mary put a plan for us addressing all of the issues (not begging at dinner, off leash walking, leave it, jumping on people as they come in the house bc of his excitement are to name a few big issues) and within feb 2020 our lives were changed. Just a few techniques Mac is completely different pup. I am more confident in what he can do and he is able to explore and be the curious dog he should be without getting into trouble of going to far or eating something. Thank you Mary!”

-Kelley T.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Mary has been such a great resource in training our very hyperactive Jack Russell mix. We were having problems with leash behavior- Maya (our dog) was barking a TON and sometimes getting aggressive on the leash. Initially Mary did a great job explaining the whys of dog behavior and that really helped me understand what she needed. Then we put in the work and practice and Mary was always giving me tips and responsive via email as questions came up. Maya is behaving a lot better now and it’s made walks with her SO MUCH more enjoyable. I think what I’ve gotten the most out this training is that it actually helps your relationship with your dog! She trusts me more and we are both more calm during our walks. Thank you Mary for all your help!!”

-Jill B.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Mary is AMAZING!! We rescued a 5 month old puppy that was found in the woods, had NO manners and was a huge challenge. Mary stepped in and worked with us for 5 weeks (and still gives me advice when I need it and we believe she just turned a year old). Although our pup is a challenge, Mary was/is able to show us ways to work with her and if one way didn’t/doesn’t work for Piper, Mary is/was always able to come up with new way to work with her to make it work. She has handouts she gives to you to help you while she is not with you. Not only is Mary an amazing trainer but also an amazing person. Whenever I am at my wits end with Piper’s challenging behaviors whether it is counter surfing, digging, resource guarding, not listening, jumping on people and a ton of other behaviors that she has displayed, Mary not only helped me with them, she listened to me while I was upset. Once we are in a better place with this pandemic, Mary will be coming back to help me with more extensive recall work. I highly recommend Mary to anyone looking to train their dog!!!”

-Christina C.


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