Human/Canine Behavior Connection - A Better Self Through Dog Training is a dog training and personal growth book designed to help you and your canine companion expand as individuals and grow together as a team.
This training and behavior modification approach teaches the reader skills and concepts in order to modify four systems:
1. The dog’s response to the world
2. The owner’s response to their dog
3. The relationship between the owner and their dog
4. The owner's relationship to their world
The book offers:
1. The 10 steps of behavior modification for you & your dog
2. Identifying the parallels between how you and your dog perceive the world
3. Training techniques to modify your dog’s behavior
4. Steps for you to implement in order to promote a deeper connection between you and your dog
5. Exercises to foster a deeper connection between you and your world
Our relationship with our canine companions can be a window into how we relate to the world around us. It gives us insight into what holds us back and shows us where we can expand and connect in our own lives. Enjoy this process, and let the experience of training and behavior modification go deep within yourself.
Marissa Martino, CTC, CPDT-KA began her career working with canine companions after attending the Academy for Dog Trainers in 2007. There she learned science based training techniques focused on positive reinforcement ultimately strengthening the relationship between the dog and his owner. Upon graduation from the Academy for Dog Trainers in 2007, Marissa began working at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley as their Training & Behavior Coordinator.
During her time at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Marissa was given the responsibility of co-creating a behavior modification program for shelter dogs. She developed programs for dogs that exhibited fear, resource guarding, dog aggression, body handling sensitivities and separation anxiety. After several years working in Colorado, Marissa moved to California and landed the Director of Behavior and Training position at the East Bay SPCA. During her time there she implemented behavior modification programs for the shelter dogs and cats as well as nine successful volunteer programs.
The programs were recognized in Animal Sheltering magazine. In 2014, she presented at the Humane Society of United States annual conference on developing volunteer programs to enrich the lives of shelter dogs as well as establishing a positive culture for volunteers. Marissa is currently working for the Dumb Friends League as their Behavior Manager in Denver, Colorado managing eight staff members and many different behavior modification and enrichment programs for the shelter cats and dogs. In addition to all her work with shelter animals, Marissa has been working with private clients in the Boulder/Denver area as well as San Francisco, CA for many years.
She specializes in fear, fear aggression, reactivity and anxiety based behaviors. Marissa walks each client and their dog through a 10 step process in order to modify both parties’ behavior. She promises to deliver efficient training skills for the client and their dog while also providing the client with tools that can expand their personal potential. In order to enhance her existing communication gifts and support the human half of the leash, Marissa attended classes at the Coaching Training Institute where she learned many unique and compassionate coaching techniques that she utilizes in the work with her human clients. This is the approach that sets Marissa Martino apart from any other dog trainer.