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About Mary McNeight, The Service Dog Academy and Diabetic Alert Dog 101TM

 

Mary McNeight, CPDT-KA, CCS, BGS with her Diabetic Alert Dog Liame. Image copyright 2012 Lisa Langell Photography

 
Mary McNeight holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the only dog training degree program certified by the State of Washington. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, holds a CPDT-KA (certified pet dog trainer – knowledge assessed) granted by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and is certified by the American Red Cross in pet first aid. With more than 5 years of training experience and over 2500 training hours she has had multiple requests nationwide for her services and to speak on topics related to both pet and service dog training.

Recently she just won NATIONAL RECOGNITION for the 2nd year in a row by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and was awarded a $1500 scholarship to attend the APDT 2012 Educational conference for her entry in the Dr. Robert Curran NewTrix Video Contest on with her video on How to Teach the Service Dog “Quick Greet”!

Having attended the APDT conferences in 2009, 2010, and 2011 the 2010 and 2012 Clicker Expos, the Fear Aggression and Play Workshop, the Dr. Ian Dunbar seminar in May 2010, Diabetic Alert Dog Training classes in California in 2009 and classes with the top Narcotics Dog Detector for the Seattle Police Department in 2011, she is committed to continuing her education and professional development by continuously attending seminars and dog training conferences nationwide.

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Using only methods approved by the American Humane Association and positive reinforcement techniques, Mary is available for private training sessions as well as offering small group classes for both service and pet dog training in order to provide the best possible service that caters to your needs. Mary is also dedicated toward providing low-cost service dog training for people with disabilities ever since she had to become the resource she needed to train her own dog for service work. Currently, Mary is owned by her yellow lab who is a certified diabetic alert dog.

A certified dog trainer who has experienced life before a service dog, and life with a service dog, Mary McNeight is the best resource to help train your pet or service dog. She can be found teaching at The Service Dog Academy at her dog training studio in the heart of West Seattle.

Find out more on how Mary got started on King 5’s television program Evening Magazine or watch it though this web link or clicking on the image below.

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  • Intensive Diabetic Alert Dog Workshop with head trainer Mary McNeight

    Diabetic Alert Dog University in cooperation with Service Dog Academy will be holding an Intensive Diabetic Alert Dog class in Seattle from December 19th - December 21st. These class will combine the Diabetic Alert Dog University foundational videos with the opportunity to train in a classroom environment with founder Mary McNeight. You can find out more about this class and enroll in this unique diabetic alert dog training workshop by going to our Diabetic Alert Dog Class Workshop webpage.
  • Warning – Please Read Prior To Purchasing Videos

    Before enrolling in our program please understand that a diabetic alert dog is not a machine that operates at 100% efficiency and will NOT catch all of your lows and highs. Diabetic Alert Dogs are meant to be another tool to help you manage your diabetes, they are not a be all to end all solution. Diabetic Alert Dogs should be used in combination with the prescribed medical advice of your diabetes specialist. And most importantly a diabetic alert dog is not meant to replace proper adult supervision of anyone with diabetes (including children and adults).