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2017 - Wow! 36 Years of Results & 21 Years of Pawformance Dog Sports in Livingston County!

Previous long running #1 and first page puppy class search hits on Google and Yahoo!

Pictured is my former north Howell center, currently we reside in the Hartland area.

Classes available through Brighton Comm Ed at Hilton Elementary
or Howell Parks & Rec at the Bennett Center, 925 W. Grand River.
Register early for June sessions to avoid disappointment!

Inclement weather? If Brighton Schools are closed, evening classes are cancelled.
If Howell Schools are closed, class may be cancelled. Call 517 - 546 - 0693 to inquire.

Getting sass? Shy pet? No Problem! Sign up for a "Results" class and relax!

You will find the most complete class information and schedule here on my web page. Basics on classes and how to register are listed in the Brighton Community Ed and Howell Recreation Center brochures. While most participants find us through referrals, an occasional ad will be ran in the Marketeer shopper guide. Watch for local advertising featuring a puppy picture of Golden Retriever "Spirit". Looking for reviews? Click on the "News Referrals" link at the top of this page!

New - Puppy Plus! A new option for those in the Results program if additional class time is desired or if extra help is needed - or - just for fun! Due to many requests for extra training, but not enough interest to warrant a separate offering, Puppy Plus! was born.

An introduction of puppy safe agility obstacles and retrieves through Pawformance Puppy Dog Sports! Terrific for Results Puppy Class grads with pups too young for Obedience & Manners Level One while waiting to return to class! To read more, click on the above Program Information and then to the Puppy class link page. Fun!

Much Experience! In Livingston County since 1981, Results Puppy and Dog Training & Pawformance Dog Sports!

From the litter to your best friend... Offering pet owners a unique hands-on, praise reward program for companion dogs - not show ring, lawn or field ornaments. This approach is based on building a relationship to help your pet gain confidence and self esteem with manners - not clickers & treats, toys, electronics or remotes! While enhancements to my program have taken place since the early years, my base has stayed the same - because it works! Praise is the best 'positive' training, as you always have it with you and there is no need to keep your pet 'hungry' (not very positive from a pet's view) so it will (hopefully) perform for a treat!

This Results simple and efficient approach works best when started with a puppy, however Results may be attained with older pets, too when mutual respect, responsible care and fulfilling exercise needs are provided. Proper handling in between structured leash training sessions is just as important as teaching responses to commands. Thus, the first class is for trainers - the pets stay home!

If you are new, be sure to read the Program & Class Information page. The use of food for sits, downs, comes and stays is simply not done! Please note when reading my handouts, praise reward! Even after following a very nice orientation with demonstations it is surprising to me that some trainers come in choosing to train at their pets instead of bonding with them ... using food and/or signals - even when pets are not responsive! Keeping the focus on the trainer is most important, not teaching the pets to watch the hand, pocket, bait bag or mouth hoping for a snack or toy!

Treats are used for leash training puppies in Puppy and Conformation (when offered) classes only. Treats are also used for housetraining (potty outdoors), crate training, bed time and just because! After basics and manners are learned, treats may be used in O&M Two and Three for an occasional exercise. The only class I will use treats on a regular basis is for Conformation showing for championships. If I return to teaching Agility training, treats may be used if individual needs warrant, but not for long!

Dog sport interest? Not surprising, this practical program for companion dogs offers a wonderful base for many dog sports! Trainers desiring to do more with their pets in many venues usually find that attaining titles happens with ease when compared to the pets that have the shock of no treats when in a ring or on a course. Take a look at the "Awards" page, link is above!

If you may enjoy a 'date night' with your dog, get off of the couch and get ready for some fun exercise! Join us for recreational training or titling. Especially nice to do with like-minded, drama free people! After base training, the Obedience & Manners Level 3 & 4 - Pawformance Dog Sports! year round classes take training to another level! Terrific for dogs that need a job!


Training director, Mary T. Ratelle has been called a dog whisperer for decades because she knows dogs. Note that she does not follow the current media trends of 'dog whisperer' labels that may be a hyped business lure or fabricated drama. It is her opinion that true dog whisperers do not need to rely on dysfunctional methods or harsh handling, nor do they need to yell or shout! She can bring the best out of any dog. One of many compliments received is below. To view more, visit the 'News Referrals' page, a link is at the top of this page.

Dear Mary,
We really enjoyed watching "Annie" (Chelsea's Gala Parade CD, CGC) at the Lansing Dog Show. At the show it really became clear to us what a special relationship you have with your animals. There were many people there that had very well trained dogs yet didn't really seem to understand their animals. As the Monks of New Skete said in their book "How to be Your Dog's Best Friend", "While the dog performed well one wonders what the total dog-human relationship was like." Unfortunately, the judges don't score on this and I'm sure breeders that form "true bonds" are rare. You have a very special skill and you are lucky to have a job you truly love. ... Your friends, Barbara & Ole - "Skyla" - Chelsea' s Skyrocket - Golden Retriever

The Livingston County Press - Argus Hometown Newspaper featured training director, Mary T. in their April 13, 2005 'Neighbor' story titled 'Dog Whisperer' Tames Wild-at-Heart Canines.


Regarding handling pets, due to the restrictions I am under from an auto accident in the fall 2013, I cannot physically handle the very strong and larger dogs. Thanks for your understanding if I am handling your dog and find that I have to return the leash to you.


Caution: Fraud alert! The Results Dog Training name, handouts and advertising material and even a previous address (!) has been used by others doing in home consultations, personal training and other group classes. Note Mary T. Ratelle does all instruction, staff is not employed.
If my name is used by another, do not write a check! Do get pertinent information, copy driver license if possible and get license plate information. If possible, take a picture! Please advise if you receive material with our name. Thank you!

Warning - Pet edibles from China!! This is very old news, but many well known stores have chosen to still sell treats on their shelves coming from China. There have been documented cases of thousands of pets that have died or became seriously ill from digesting food with toxins found in them in our country alone. Be sure to check labels and discard anything with "China" on it!! I find it sad what greed can do to people in the trade that we assume care about our pets... Too much info to share here on this subject - Google and learn.


General Information and FAQs Link


To help prevent issues, please read this article:

Raising a Dog in a House with Children
By Mary T. Ratelle, published in the March 2006 issue of the Livingston Parent Journal


Wild Walk Gardens LLC Mary T., our training director, is an MSU Advanced Master Gardener. She enjoys designing gardens with an emphasis on Michigan native plants and flowers.

Visit: Wild Walk Gardens LLC


Instructor Background Link

Training personal dogs since 1967.
Showing purebred dogs since 1971.

Results Dog Training L.L.C. &
Pawformance Dog Sports!
Celebrating 36 & 21 years of training
in Livingston County!

1981 - 2017

Agility field at our previous location. Pawformance Dog Sports! (PDS) agility started with the USDAA in 1992, even before AKC!

Warning - training here can be habit forming - people and their 's have fun!!

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