Maggie is a Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College and also mentors privately for those considering dog training as a career either after ABC or totally separately. After attending ABC herself, she felt unprepared to train at the level she wanted. Maggie was very fortunate to meet Bob Hammesfahr of Behavior Training for Dogs and to be invited to shadow him while working. Maggie and Bob remained close as colleagues and good friends until he passed in 2018. Without his guidance, she would not be the trainer she is today. Finding a mentor is a perfect way to learn to train dogs. You must be skilled and talented and there are no two trainers the same.
There is no pre-requisite education or experience needed to be accepted for the mentorship under Maggie, however, there is an interview to determine if you are suited for dog training and that you and Maggie agree on the outline of the relationship. As a mentor, Maggie will provide a a syllabus, a schedule, a reading list, policies and a payment schedule. The student will accompany Maggie for 10 hours per week for 30 weeks and will observe and assist with private training sessions, Puppy Play ~n~ Learn and Dog About Town classes and will have opportunities to work hands-on with dogs in shelters and in boarding environments. At the end of the mentorship, the student will have 300 hours of working with dogs and receive a letter of recommendation from Maggie to sit for the CPDT-KA exam. Maggie only takes on one student at a time. Below are some previous students to testify to Maggie's ability to mentor.