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Last updated Fri, Jun 21, 2024

Results - Pawformance Sports!

Enhancements to our Awards and Schedule pages are done! Thanks for your patience...both are much easier to navigate now with the new links. I wish I would have added them years ago! My next project - a page with my pups including my Chelsea Golden Retrievers. Highlights of the wonderful seven generations of Goldens and their people I have known starting with my first "Chelsea" prefix litter in 1980!

A Message from Mary T.

Summer Time Tips!
On days when the heat and/or humidity is high, keep your pet(s) comfortable. Heavy exercise should be done when it is cooler, set the alarm for an earlier time and again later in the evening as needed. So sad to see pets outdoors with sign of too much heat - walking your pup outdoors midday with high temps and/or humidity is just not healthy.

Protect your pet from pad burns from hot pavement and asphalt! If the walking surface is too hot for your hand to be on it for five minutes, it is too hot for your pet's paws!

Wading pools are a delight for most pets if you don't have access to a lake or pond. Past personal experience, buy early as there are usually hard to find once the hot temps are regular. If your pup is unsure of what to do, get in with him or her and a few toys... fun for both! Be sure to drain the pool after use each day! Do not let water sit stagnant. Beside 'growing' germs, sitting water will attract 'skeeters'! Outdoor ponds can provide entertainment - but - also may be a hazard. Puddles may attract vermin and critters. Usually as the summer sun heats ponds and lakes, bacteria & other undesirables grow.

Algae blooms are starting early this year!!! They are danger zones - bacteria can be deadly. Don't let your pet drink or swim in water with floaters.
If the water is clean, still be diligent to keep your pet's skin healthy. After allowing a wade or swim, rinse or wash your pup. Typcially, mid to late summer bacteria and other hazards may become a problem. This year, due to a milder winter is expected to a summer issue. Some beaches in MI were closed to swimmers on Memorial weekend. Bummer...

After swimming or wading, I suggest using a mild dog shampoo (perhaps oatmeal based for sensitive skin) diluted 50/50 with water to wash your pup after it has had some fun in a pond or lake. Be sure to rinse well with warm water - twice!! Do rinse under the feet and gently in between toes, too! A pup standing in soapy water and allowed out of the tub w/o rinsing the feet with clean water may develop issues later.

Aspirin pain relief products and Xylitol. Meds should be cleared with your veterinarian before giving. Note that Xylitol sweetner is very harmful to dogs and it may now be found in aspirin! It may cause a sudden release of insulin which then leads to a sudden drop of blood sugar. Be aware it is found in many products, check labels before letting your pet share snacks that are labeled for people. Please check with your veterinarian for a safe pain management.

Traveling Tip!
When traveling with your pet, it's best if your pet is comfortable on leash and able to potty away from home. For that reason, acclimating your pet to being on leash when relieving itself is a terrific idea. Some people never do this and their pet may resist going if leashed - so sad for the pup! Remember the 'how to do' tips shared at the end of your first class with me (if you stayed for same).

Pet edibles from China!!
This is not-so-new-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.

Important Link Here:

FDA Pet Food Recalls & Withdrawals

DIY Long Line

If you are in need of a long line, looping two leashes together will work. Or, to save money - you may make one! Simply purchase parachute cord for smaller pets or clothesline or boat cord for larger ones and simply add a bolt snap. Adding another bolt snap at 20+ +/- intervals if longer lines are needed will save time if your pet may get tangled is a concern. Using a harness on your pet instead of a collar is recommended and be sure to supervise!

If you prefer to keep your pet in a limited area, consider an over head cable to provide for exercise. Consider ample 'head' room for people when setting this up! Again, a harness may provide a safer connection than a collar. Supervision is important, too. Pets can get tangled and visiting animals - including children - may come on to your property. : )

Donating? Keep your money local and give to the agencies that actually use the vast majority of the funds for the animals. There are many 'businesses' and even some local non profits that are skilled at taking advantage of people that have a soft spot for animals. Heart-wrenching ads on television can attract you. There is one agency that receives much money which provides their admin staff annual salaries of not only six digit figures, but high multiple hundred thousand $ salaries. TAILS DOWN!

Please help to spread the word! Your referrals are most appreciated. Business cards are available for drop off at pet related businesses and veterinary hospitals. Please share when you can! Much of my business is word of mouth and spreading the word will help ensure I'm still running when you get a future pup, thank you!

Enjoy your training journey and life with your pet!

My best, Mary T.

Beyond the Clouds, Waiting at the Bridge...

Recently lost pets, I'm hoping your memories offer some comfort.
Such a gift it is to have experienced the love and bond with a dear pet.
Sadly, not all people are fortunate enough to have this experience, be thankful for the time you have had!

"Meka" - Akita - Cindy H.
"Hercules" - Belgian Malinois - Tom S.
"Lucy-Lu" - American Cocker Spaniel & Golden Retriever, a 'Dakota' mix - Robert L. & Carrie S.

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The BEST TESTIMONIALS are past Results - Pawformance trainers or a family member returning with a new pet!

An * next to a trainer's name on the rosters below denotes same!
Thank you very much! for your trust! Mary T.

Brighton - Obedience & Manners One - May 2024

Tyler (Jessica) A. & "Slash" - Pug
Max (Ansley) C. & "Maple" - Golden Retriever
Christy D. & "Gus" - Poodle & Shih Tzu mix
Meghan D. & "Lila" - Shih Tzu & Coton de Tulear mix
*Cindy H. & "Koda" - Akita
Ed (Cathy) L. & "Schemy" - Golden Retriever & Poodle mix
Michelle (Jim) S. & "Cedar" - Great Pyrenees & Labrador Retriever mix

Brighton - Recreational Agility - May 2024

*Natalie B. & "Tucker" - Shetland Sheepdog
*Natalie B. & "Eljay" - Shetland Sheepdog
Lisa C. & "Ginger" - Golden Retriever & Poodle mix
*George (Marge) G. & "Sadie" - Standard Poodle - Black
Mary M. & "Bella" - Australian Shepherd & Poodle mix

Brighton - Obedience & Manners Two - April 2024

Lisa C. & "Ginger" - Golden Retriever & Poodle mix
Mary M. & "Bella" - Australian Shepherd & Poodle mix

Brighton - Obedience & Manners Two Plus! - April 2024

An emphasis will be on AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) practice this session.

*Natalie B. & "Eljay" - Shetland Sheepdog
*Gary B. & "Tucker" - Shetland Sheepdog
*George (Marge) G. & "Sadie" - Standard Poodle - Black
Deanna R. & "Luna" - German Shepherd & Collie mix
Susan (Dan) W. & "Pippa" - Standard Poodle - Black
*Holly S. & ""Bailey" - 'Notta-Catahoula

Past Results - Pawformance Sports! trainer(s) returning to Results with a new pet March 2024!

* Shannon (Tom) VanS. & "Quest" - Rottweiler - Obedience & Manners One

Brighton - Obedience & Manners One - March 2024

Gabe (aka Roy) (Amy) B. & " Willow" - Blue Heeler mix
Mary (Jeff) M. C. & "Gabby" - Golden Retriever
Eric (Kelly) G. & "Sasha" - Pomeranian & Poodle mix
Evan (Jennifer - Mom) & "Snowball" - Miniature Schnauzer
Kristine (Burt) R. & "Frank" - Labrador Retriever (Black)
Steve S. & "Bobby" - Australian Shepherd (Red Tri)
* Shannon (Tom) VanS. & "Quest" - Rottweiler
Larry (Kris) W. & "Lily" - Border Collie

Brighton - Obedience & Manners One Extra! - Joining the March-April O&M One 2024

* George (Marge) G. & "Daisy" - Standard Poodle

Past Results - Pawformance Sports! trainer(s) returning to Results with a new pet January 2024!

* George (Marge) G. & "Daisy" - Standard Poodle - Puppy Class
* Cindy H. & "Koda" - Akita - Puppy Class

Brighton - Puppy Class - January 2024

Ed (Penny) A. & "Rosie" - Chihuahua mix
Penny (Ed) A. & "Boomer" - Chihuahua
* George (Marge) G. & "Daisy" - Standard Poodle
* Cindy H. & "Koda" - Akita
Kyle K. (Ken E.) & "Chance" - Toy Poodle

Brighton - Obedience & Manners One - January 2024

Andrew (Jacqlyn) C. & "Bandit" - American Staffordshire Terrier mix
Lisa (Tom) C. & "Ginger" - Golden Retriever & Poodle mix
Janice L. & "Hank" - Golden Retriever & Cocker Spaniel mix
Eric (Dana) L. & "Whiskey" - Golden Retriever
Jannine (Chuck) M. & "Kiki" - Shih-tzu
Marilynn (John) R. & "Bella" - Lagotto Romagnolo
Laura Z. & "Bailey" CGC - Golden Retriever

Brighton - Obedience & Manners One - October 2023

Marti A. & "Jax" - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & Shih-tzu mix
Denise C. & "Polar" - Labrador Retriever - Yellow
Kim (Rich) D. & "Rosie" - Golden Retriever & Poodle mix
Becky (Gary) M. & "Bentley" - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Pat M. & "Sadie" - Poodle mix
Troy (Terese) M. & "Loki" - German Shepherd

Brighton - Obedience & Manners One Extra! - October 2023

Mary M. & "Bella" - Australian Shepherd & Poodle mix - Black & White

Brighton - Obedience & Manners Two - October 2023

Katherine (Kyle) M. & "Greta" - Australian Shepherd & Poodle mix - Merle
Gretchen (Kevin) M.-E. & "Quinn" - Australian Shepherd
Ren'ee (Vivian-d) S. & "Freddy" - Irish Setter & Poodle mix
Susan (Dan) W. & "Pippa" - Standard Poodle - Black

Brighton - Obedience & Manners Two Plus! - October 2023

*Natalie B. & "Eljay" - Shetland Sheepdog
*Gary B. & "Tucker" - Shetland Sheepdog
Amanda B. (Bill W.) & "Mr. Banks" - Golden Retriever & Poodle mix
*Barb C. & "River" - Shiloh Shepherd
Kristin G. & "Willow" - German Shorthair Pointer mix
*George (Marge) G. & "Sadie" - Standard Poodle - Black
Deanna R. & "Luna" - German Shepherd and Collie mix
*Holly S. & ""Bailey" - 'Notta-Catahoula

On break:
*Beth H. & "Walter" - Pekingese and "Nadine" - Chihuahua mix
*Jen H. & "Lilith" - French Bulldog and "Nellie" - Chihuahua
Carie S. & "Strasse" - Doberman Pinscher

Moved: Sylke H. & "Toffy" - Labrador Retriever & Poodle mix
We will miss you two!

Brighton - Puppy Class - September 2023

Jay (Jackie) C. & "Ernie" - Bassett Hound
Denise C. & "Polar" - Labrador Retriever - Yellow
Kim D. & "Rosie" - Golden Retriever & Poodle mix
Troy (Terese) M. & "Loki" - German Shepherd

Brighton - Obedience & Manners One - September 2023

Kristine L. & "Waffle" - Beagle
Katherine M. & "Greta" - Australian Shepherd & Poodle mix - Merle
Mary M. & "Bella" - Australian Shepherd & Poodle mix - Black & White
Gretchen M. (Kevin E.) & "Quinn" - Australian Shepherd
Susan (Dan) W. & "Pippa" - Standard Poodle - Black

Past Results - Pawformance Sports! trainer(s) returning to Results with a new pet May 2023:

*Kathy (Jeff) L. & "Benny" - Golden Retriever - Puppy Class
*Erica O. & "Peter" - Pug - O&M Level One
*Ann C. (for Austin and Brittney C.) & "Moose" - Doberman Pinscher, Great Dane & Saint Bernard mix

Brighton - Puppy Class - May 2023

Teresa B. & "Potato" - Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Lisa (Tom) C. & "Ginger" - Golden Retriever & Poodle mix
*Kathy (Jeff) L. & "Benny" - Golden Retriever - Puppy Class
Karen O'N. & "Tater" - Poodle & Shih-tzu mix
Sarah (Tom) S. & "Basil" - Great Dane
Kim Van N. & "Cello" (Lemoncello) - French Bulldog
Kirsten (Eric) V. & "Sadie Joy" - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & Poodle mix
Susan P. & "Pippa" - Standard Poodle

Brighton - Obedience & Manners One - May 2023

Alice B. & "Murphy" - Golden Retriever
Amanda B. (Bill W.) & "Mr. Banks" - Golden Retriever & Poodle mix
*Ann C. (for Austin and Brittney C.) & "Moose" - Doberman Pinscher, Great Dane & Saint Bernard mix
Josh H. & "Blue" - Minature Poodle
Sally K-S. & Princess "Peach" - Chihuahua mix
Anne N. & "Daisy" - Labrador Retriever mix
*Erica O. & "Peter" - Pug - O&M Level One
Robert (Darline) S. & "Gracie" - Toy Poodle - White

Brighton - Obedience & Manners One Extra! - May 2023

*Matt (Lindsay) & "Heidi" - Pit Bull and Staffordshire Terrier mix - O&M Level One

Brighton - Obedience & Manners Two and Two Plus - May 2023

Kristin G. & "Willow" - Belgian Malinois & German Shorthair Pointer mix?

*Natalie B. & "Eljay" - Shetland Sheepdog
*Gary B. & "Tucker" - Shetland Sheepdog
*George (Marge) G. & "Bruce" CGC - Doberman Pinscher
Sylke (D-Lena) H. & "Toffy" - Labrador Retriever & Poodle mix
Carie S. & "Strasse" - Doberman Pinscher

Merci Becoup!

All that help set up and clean up after class, especially putting chairs on the rack. Much appreciation!
Referrals help to ensure I'll be here when you get your next family pet.
And to the trainers that drop off 'Results - Pawformance' business cards at their veternarian offices and pet related business!

If you are happy with the training here, please share with others! Referring others will help ensure the program continues and classes will be available when you may have training needs in the future. If you are not happy, please let me know. If I missed your name, know I appreciate your referral just the same. Mary T.

Much appreciation to the following veterinarians, their staff, RDT & PDS trainers and friends for referrals:

Kathleen Gannon DVM owner Ore Creek Veterinary Clinic, Hartland; Dr. Diehr, Mill Pond Animal Hospital, Pinckney; Kate Deyo DVM - Union Lake Veterinary Hospital; Cathleen Weber DVM Retired South Lyon Veterinary Hospital; Laura M. (Newfoundlands/Beagles) Veterinary Office Mgr. at various; Fowlerville Veterinary Hospital, Town Center Veterinary Assoc., Town & Country Animal Hospital; Animal Clinic of Pinckney; Dr. Lindamood, Howell Animal Hospital; Capital Area Humane Society; Companion Animal Hospital; Dandy Acres Veterinary Clinic; Hartland Animal Hospital; Healthy Pet Veterinary Hospital; Highland Veterinary Hospital; Humane Society of Livingston County; Livingston County Animal Control; Roadside Veterinary Clinic; South Lyon Animal Hospital; Veterinary Medical Center.

Andrea S. & "Daisy" & "Jack" - Miniature Schnauzers; Michelle T. & "Bobby" - Australian Shepherd; Sandy Surch DVM - Livingston Veterinary Clinic (with Gordon Setters many moons ago!); Kris W.; On FB - Howell Mom Tribe 2024; On FB Howell Happenings 2024 - Maria R., Wendy A., Michelle S., Lori W.-K., and Holly S. Wow, thank you!; Cindy C. - Hartland Pickleball; Mara B. - daughter!; Michele B. - Hartland Pickleball; Katie L. & many Golden Retrievers (again!); Dan M. - Hartland Pickleball; Vinnie and Sue-trainer B. (Pro-Motion PT) & "Tinsley" - Golden, Labrador & Poodle mix; Debbie S. (BHS Class '73); Kris G. & "Willow" - Belgian Malinois & GSP mix?; Nikole and Myles-trainer G. & "Shelby" - Bernese Mountain Dog & Poodle mix; Ann C. & many pets!; Lindsay (& Matt) K. & "Heidi" and ""Zeus" - Pitbull Terrier mixes; Wendy W. a future Results trainer (!) and current Dog walker (Hartland Pickleball); Gary (Natalie) B. & Shelties Eljay & Tucker, (at the bridge Boomer, Thunder & Lightning); Tammy M. Host of "Henry" (one of Brighton Area School's Pack of Dogs) working at the Tot Spot and the Brighton Senior Center; Lisa (Bud) E. & Doberman Pinscher "Dakota"; Brie l(& Kyle) H. - Chick and Waffles - Labrador Retrievers / Hamilton Real Estate; Roberta W. (Hartland Pickleball); Terrie L. Brighton HS 'Class of 73; Amanda B. & "Sonny" - Dachshund MS; Mara (daughter) B. via FB Livingston Co. Moms & other FB pages; Steve and Terri D. & "Ellie" - Lab mix; Lynley C. & "Bailey" and "Payton", Golden Retrievers; Gloria C. - Hartland Pickleball; Marilyn Z. & "Buffy" Labrador Retriever; Karen H. & "Riggs" - Labrador Retriever; Nicole B. & "Barrett" - Labrador Retriever; George G. & "Sadie - Std. Poodle, "Storm RN" - Doberman Pinscher, "Scout CD" - Golden Retriever, and "Sebastian CD, CGC" - Rough Coat Collie; Caroline W. & "Zeke" - German Shepherd; Kathy S. of Preview Properties; Jack & "Gnarles" and Karen & "Sally" D. - Boxers; Mary Ellen P. & "Frida" and "Jacques" - Whippets ; Tom McI. (Brighton HS '73) via sis Holly S. & " Bailey" - Notta Catahoula Dog & "Zoey" - Am. Eskimo; Ron (son) B. & "Spirit" and "Sunny" - Golden Retrievers; Bruce and Aimee S. & "Pete" - Labrador Retriever; Kelly A.; Jake P. &* "Luna" - Standard Poodle; Karen S. & "Ollie" - Golden Retriever; Colleen O'R. & "Oscar" - Labrador Retriever & Poodle x; Michelle S. & Dachshunds; Diane P. & "Davy" Labrador Retriever; Ore Creek Veterinary Clinic; Consuela G. & "Ceniza" - Havanese; Brittany C. & "Finn" - Labrador Retriever; Nancy (John) W. & "Ranger" - Rat Terrier; Roger & MaryAnn H. & German Shepherd Dogs "Whiskey", at the Bridge "A.C" and "Alex"; Eric H. & "River" - Spinoni Italiani;
and hundreds more trainers and their companions!

Recent Reviews, Testimonials, Thank-yous and Unsolicited Notes!


Dear Mary T. ...We always talk about you at the vets - We see your business cards & smile! ..."Ranger" is a very good boy! Never wild. Also enclosed UKC "SPOT" Program Test Requirements. He does it all easily! Rich blessings, Nancy & John W. & "Ranger" - Rat Terrier

On Howell Happenings FB Page, Feb. 2024:
"Mary is one of the best, years of proven experience, you won't be disappointed." Lori W-K & Many Labrador Retrievers
"Love Mary!" - " Holly S. & "Bailey" - 'Notta' Catahoula Leopard mix (Per DNA a Chihuahua and Pitbull Terrier mix) and "Zoey" American Eskimo
Referrals from Maria R., Wendy A. & Michele S.
Thank you, ladies, your comments are much appreciated! mtr


Mary, Pippa and I have enjoyed and learned so much in your classes. Merry Christmas We will see you next year! Best regards, Sue & Pippa - Standard Poodle Puppy, O&M Levels One and Two

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! ... We will return for a brush up in the future. ... Have a great Christmas! Kris and Willow! Belgian Malinois & German Shorthair Pointer mix Puppy, O&M One and Two, Two Plus!

Mary, I just want to tell you that you're terrific!... Jax is doing better...I'll keep working with him and maybe after the holidays come back for more advanced training...Thank you for everything. Marti A. & "Jax" - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & Shih-tzu mix - O&M One

Thank you for everything. I have fun and love your class structure! Gretchen M. & "Quinn" - Austratlian Shepherd O&M One and Two

I love coming and have learned so much and really enjoy your classes. Bella is doing so much better. Your structured classes have helped us both... We will be back for more. Mary M. & "Bella" - Australian Shepherd & Poodle mix - O&M One and O&M Extra

Thank you again Mary for your kindness. ... Hercules and I loved being at your classes. Sincerely, Tom S. - "Hercules" - Belgian Malinois (at the Bridge). O&M One & Two

Hi Mary, We have enjoyed our puppy class with you. ...Do you think he will do well in agility at some point? Mary Ellen & Bill W. & "Teddy" - Corgi

...Thank you! I remember feeling so anxious and defeated over Zeus, but you helped me so much! I felt more confident and so did Zeus. Can't wait to see Heidi in class. She's very smart and will love the mental stimulation. We're already discussing getting Zeus back into classes because he would enjoy it. Hug back! Lindsay (Matt) K. - "Zeus" - American Pit Bull and "Heidi" - American Pit Bull & Staffordshire Terrier mix O&M One and One Extra

I needed to send you this picture of Willow (W is on the bed with a pile of socks next to her nose/mtr) because of the help you gave at the last class (O&M One/mtr) with socks, etc. It is daily work but she stayed on the bed while I matched socks and didn't grab one. She is learning as much as her stubborness doesn't want her to! Kris G. & "Willow" - Belgian Malinois & German Shorthair Pointer mix O&M One (Later attended Two and Two Plus!)

Bragging a little on my boyz. We hosted a poker party last night for the first time in over a year. 12 guests. Two showed up real early and the boyz ... very politely greeted them (strangers) while I reinforced 'no hop'... the rest of the group arrived ... They very politely walked among the guests getting petted and talked to by most. Eventually retired to their pillows and just ventured into the crowd occasionally. Gary and I were soooo impressed with their behavior. Combination of your classes, my consistency, and their good temperament. What a joy!!!... Natalie (Gary) B. & "Tucker" and "Eljay", Shetland Sheepdogs (Siblings turned one year old in October '22.) Puppy, O&M One and Two (Later attended Two Plus!, Rally-O and Rec. Agility)


What a grand way to end the year, many Christmas wishes, cards and pictures! Blessings to all and yours - two and four footed. Looking forward to 2023, as always, Mary T.

Good morning Mary, thank you for ... God bless and stay safe. See you in the spring, Paul and Barb C. & "River" - Shiloh Shepherd

Hi Mary T  Thank you so much ... We tried to find a rally class around here for Maddie but no one trains like you and they made you keep the dogs in kennels at class. YUCK. You need to move down here lol. But for real we miss you and Merry Christmas  Love (Carrie & Robert) S-L pack & "Mason" and "Monty" - Cocker Spaniels and "Maddie" - Cocker Spaniel & Golden Retriever mix

Hi Mary, It was nice to see you and meet your sister today. Just wanted you to know when i got home Ms. D was all over me sniffing me all over I guess she could smell Mary she checked me over and over and then just would look at me like how dare you go see Mary without me..lol Lisa (Bud) E. & "Dakota" - Doberman Pinscher

Mary, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you ...Thanks so much! Melissa S. & "Daisy Gene" and "Violette Bleu" - French Bulldogs

...Bailey actually can do a refresher on Obedience & Manners...actually it's more like I need the refresher haha! ...see you on Wednesday. " Holly S. & "Bailey" - 'Notta' Catahoula Leopard mix (Per DNA a Chihuahua and Pitbull Terrier mix)

Hello Mary, I attended your training class way back with my Golden Retriever ...maybe in 93? (Mariah) I was excited to find you again!...Looking forward to class! Debbie W. & "Pookie" - Labrador Retriever and Poodle mix

Hi Mary, ... We certainly miss you and your class (Recreational Agility). ... Shannon V. & "Penny" - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Thank you Mary...See you at the next session! Kiwi is doing really well with training... Take care! Kathy M. & "Kiwi" (and "Vinnie") - Bernese Mountain Dogs

Hi Mary, ...We miss you! Dakota is a crazy tracker dog she loves it ... Take care Lisa (Bud) E. & "Dakota" - Doberman Pinscher

I really enjoyed Beginning Agility with Sadie. Looking forward to tomorrow (O&M Two) with Bruce, but really looking foward to more agility with Sadie. Thanks, George & Sadie - Standard Poodle and "Bruce" - Doberman Pinscher

Hi Mary, It was fun, for sure! Riv  and I need to try new things and have fun as a team. I like the different people and different dogs.  It's been fun throughout all the classes !  River is challenging for me but I do feel like she's come leaps and bounds.  Lots more to learn but we're getting there! Thx for all your hard work.... Barb (Paul) C. & "River" - Shiloh Shepherd

Re Recreational Agility class: "Can't wait"!! Bailey will be soooo excited! Holly S. & "Bailey" - 'Notta' Catahoula Leopard mix (per DNA a Chihuahua and Pitbull Terrier mix).

Hi Mary-I wanted to reach out and thank you... We've been working with the pups...and they have been doing awesome in their training. Thank you for everything and we will definitely refer you to anyone else we know who may need training...Best regards, Brie H. (Kyle) & "Waffles and Chick" - Labrador Retrievers

Hi Mary, Thank you for all the information! ... It was very eye opening and extremely helpful. ... Thank you so much for help... Chris & "Wilson" - 'Blue Lacy" (Texas strain), Great Dane, Great Pyrenees and Super Mutt mix rescue per sibling's DNA

Hi Mary T, We have missed you...we are excited to see you tomorrow. Maddie (Dakota Sport Dog, Golden Retriever & Am. Cocker Spaniel) has the same FEISTY and outgoing personality as Mason (Cocker Spaniel) did as a pup (she's a wild one). Carrie S. and Robert L. starting their fifth "Results" trained pet!


... Thanks for everything! Roger H. & "Whiskey" - German Shepherd & Siberian Husky mix. Previous '06 "A.C." and '95 "Alex" - both German Shepherds.

Thanks for all your help over the "decades" with having great dogs. Love, Marge and George. Currently in training - "Bruce" Doberman Pinscher (for son Joe) and "Sadie" - Standard Poodle.

Hello Mary, .... I've been a dog guy as long as I have known and I've never had a dog so in tune with me and I'll continue to work with him on the lessons in your handouts. You're an amazing teacher. The approach you teach is remarkable. Sterling has responded like someone flipped a switch on his listening circuit! ... I can join you again. Thank you for all your help. David A. & "Sterling" - Labrador Retriever - Silver

Thank you so much for everything.  Daisy and I learned so much due to your excellent tutelage.  It's respectful and loving relationships you foster between dogs and trainers.  That's why it's successful and sustainable.  I'm so glad we joined the fun. ... I learned a lot and will always be a fan. Laurel C. & "Daisy" - Golden Retriever & Poodle x

Good afternoon Mary, I wanted to thank you again for all your help. I really enjoy the classes and realize I have way more to learn than Josie. ... Josie and I have been diligent about our homework and in the right protocol...I will be attending the pre-agility class on Monday with Josie.  With much appreciation, Rebecca S. & "Josie"  - Australian Shepherd & Poodle x

Hi Mary, ... Also on a wonderful side note, Viggo got an amazing compliment from the vet today!! She said she hasn't seen a 7 month old dog behave as nicely as he did today. Sat when told and stood when told. She said he was calm and so very sweet and could tell he's in training! I made sure to drop your name! I was a very proud mama!!! Alyssa H. & "Viggo" - Portugese Water Dog

July '21 Mary T. Update - Eddie has found his last home! Congrats Beth & Jen for another rehab successful placement!
Just registered for O&M Two for Eddie. - Beth H. (This simple sentence speaks volumes! "Eddie" is a Terrier mix who was returned to a foster system. He started the April '21 O&M Level One very insecure, hiding when possible, not doing the "Come" and protective. I am happy to share that with the great handling by Beth and her daughter, Jen, this structured class enviroment and hands on grounded handling that he has made enormous strides! He is now entering the room and doing the "Come" with his tail wagging and improved manners, holding his ground most of the time and not bolting for the door every chance he gets. At home he is seeking attention. Great handling at class and home Beth and Jen!/mtr)

This note reflects comments I hear often from trainers coming in from other programs:
Hi Mary, Thanks for touching base again ... We've been working on everything ... I've changed my approach to training him since starting with you. Previously ... Now he's learning training time is short and sweet but must be done...he's doing great! I love your approach and the class ... we're learning a lot! Alyssa H. & "Viggo" - Portugese Water Dog
(Previously the common approach with treats for everything and signals were used.)

Hi Mary! ...I have another dog! ... So glad to see you are back... Andrea S. & "Harry" - Schnauzer (#3 Schnauzer for Andrea, #4 pet for her family).

Hi Mary, ... Looking forward to slowly getting back into training ... See you April 7th Ann C. & "Stella" - Great Dane
(Stella will be pet #7 for the C. family./mtr)

We are excited to start puppy class in April! We were students many years ago and were thrilled to...thank you so much for all you do! Barb (Paul) C. & "River" - Shiloh Shepherd

Hi Mary, ...I sincerely appreciate all that you have done and do for our healthy training of our pets...I will continue to follow your teaching and so much appreciate you and your method of training...Sincerely, Suzanne M. & "Frankie" - German Shepherd

2020: COVID-19 Closure/Reopen August 2020...

Mary, Thank you!! ...I really want Kuma in your training classes. Tux was an awesome pet for us.  We had him 11.5 years and lost him in 2019.  Miss him everyday!!  We have a 8.5 year old female Akita, Meka but I was only able to register her for 1 of your classes when she was younger.  She's great too!!  Looking forward to seeing you again and having classes! Thanks, Cindy H. & "Kuma" - Akita

A thank you received from Nancy, John and Betty W. & "Ranger" - Rat Terrier


Thank you for all that you have done for Jasper and I!! Looking forward to seeing you in the New Year. Sherry F. & UKC Champion "Jasper" CGC (Canine Good Citizen) - American Cocker Spaniel - (Puppy, Obedience & Manners One, O&M Two, PreAgility and O&M Two Plus!)

Hi Mary, ...Thank you again for all the help you gave me with Dante...He is now 95 lbs...looks great... Diane R. & "Dante" - Bouvier duh Flandres - (Obedience & Manners One and O&M Two)

Hi Mary, I really like your class and training philosophy...Thank you!!! Stacy M. & "Otis" - Labrador Retriever - (Puppy Class)

We just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge. I've (Don J.) probably learned more than Artemis has. We will be continuing on with your training classes. .... Thanks again, we enjoy you and hope to see you very soon. Don, Cindy, and "Artemis" - Rottweiler (Obedience & Manners Two)

Hi Mary ...You do have a way with dogs and training them. I appreciate your patience and help. I will continue as I can with the different skills that (you) shared with us ... Thank you for your help. I wish you the best in the future. Jayne W. & "Breslin" - Australian Shepherd Note: Breslin moved out of the area with Jayne's daughter and will be missed!

Mary, I so appreciate your patience with me..I'm sure I'm the oldest student you've had to teach! ??. Well, I'm happy with Bud and his performance. We live in a condo community with lots of dog walkers..so my goal is to get him to walk without pulling..and not jumping on folks he encounters..id like a simple polite pup! Thanks for your patience..I'm sure we can do it! M - Marion D. & "Bud" - Poodle and Maltese mix (Marion enrolled, 83 years young!)

Thanks for the info Mary. ... We have been sharing your info with everyone because they are impressed with the manners Artemis displays. ... Thanks again and I hope we see you soon. Don (& Cindy) J. - "Artemis" - Rottweiler

Email received re leash walking help: Thank you, I could not believe how much of a difference it made. ... I am really looking forward to the progress we can make in class with a more focused dog. Have a great week! Justiina B. - "Crash" - Beagle x

Update! A visit by Jason & "Chief" - omg - what a fabulous dog he is turning into! I (Mary T.) showed Jason a few field handling tips and Jason said it was like watching a 'pro' trained dog! Jason (and Dawn) have done great with Chief's training, so nice for me when trainers follow the program!
A beautiful picture received via email of Chief and Jason after a hunt with six retrieved birds. Jason writes: "Chief on his first pheasant hunt. He flushed a total of 11 birds he has a natural ability, his obedience was spot on in the field. Thank you for the direction with training..." - Jason S. and Chief - Labrador Retriever

Mary, ... I have really enjoyed and benefitted from your class and would like to continue on...Thanks for the advice! Becky S. - "Cooper" - Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle

Hi Mary T, Loki & I have really enjoyed your class & I would like to continue with more training. ...Tanya W. - "Loki" - Great Dane

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Results Dog Training LLC - In the News!

Prior to our move to Hartland, MI in 2008:

Results - Pawformance Puppy Class page October 2007 was the #1 Google - the #1 non-paid search hit - #1 of about 1,910,000 hits!
Thank you to all that contributed! Which explains why the phone has been sooooo busy!

Results - Pawformance Puppy Class page September 2006 was the non-paid (!) #1 Yahoo Puppy Classes search result! #1 of about 2,710,000 hits!
And #12 Google see "Pawformance" Puppy Class; RDT LLC - of about 2,620,000 on this same date.
Through the fall of 2006, still holding page one rankings. Thank you!!

Livingston Parent Journal, March 2006 issue, Raising A Dog In A House With Children has many tips in the article written by Mary T. Ratelle. A good read if you have young visitors, too!

Best Friends Animal Society April 2005 article Dog Whisperer Taming ... canines with praise and love.

Michigan's The Livingston County Press - Argus Hometown Newspaper April 13, 2005 'Neighbor' feature story titled 'Dog whisperer' tames wild-at-heart canines on Mary T. Ratelle and the Results Dog Training, LLC program!

American Kennel Club (AKC) Gazette, January 2005, page 37 - Pictured doing the Agility A-Frame is Golden Retriever from my Chelsea Michigan theme litter Chelsea's Say Yes - Holly! and breeder-handler Mary T. Ratelle with Judge Bud Houston.

The Marketeer June 1996 (Livingston County's foremost circular) feature article written by Mary T. Ratelle in the first annual "Pet Issue" titled Your Dog and You - A Very Important Relationship!!. Cover picture, Mary T.'s Golden Retriever "Mike", (formally known as Chelsea's Gent W/Sandy Wskrs, - bred, trained and handled by owner) holding a copy of The Marketeer - Story and photo by George Moses.

AAA's Michigan Living Magazine March 1996 pictured Mary T. Ratelle with Golden Retriever "Tricks"! (Chelsea's Ropin' Tricks CD, CGC - bred, trained and handled by owner) being awarded an obedience third placement at the prestigious Detroit Kennel Club show at Cobo Center.

Dog World Magazine September 1991 The largest international canine publication featured an article on the unique approach Mary T. Ratelle uses in her Results Dog Training program titled Think Like Your Dog. Pictured are Mary T. and her AKC Golden Retriever "Jasmine" (formally known as Forte' Chelsea's Royal Doulton CD, CGC, TDI).

See the RDT LLC Trainer Awards page for present & previous years accomplishments in

Agility Obedience! Conformation! Junior handling & certificates Other Awards


Testimonials & Unsolicited Thank You Notes, continued from above...


Hi, Mary - Micky ... will turn 6 full months on January 10th... I thought I'd give you an update on his progress.  First, he retrieves extremely well ... also taught him to come running upon my whistle, even if he's in the middle of heading in the opposite direction ... Thanks, Mary, I appreciate your time and expertise.  Jane R. - Micky - English Shepherd

Mary, I just wanted to thank you again for ... teaching us how to train Bella. You truly gave us the best Christmas present ever, the hope that Bella can change. We are eternally grateful!  Sincerely,  Jen and Chris F.... - Bella - Labrador Retriever

For all the help with Rudy - Thank You! Genessa and Wes - Rudy - American Cocker Spaniel

Mary, I had a GREAT time last Monday... Storm really slept well... I just really enjoy the class and especially all the laughs we have.  Thanks for making it a nice atmosphere to learn and practice.  Again, sorry about being late but we did more courses than usual and it was FUN. George (Storm RN - Doberman Pinscher - October '18 - Agility Two)

Mary, Thank you for your help training my mommy to train me to be a good girl. I am trying really hard, my mommy really appreciates you and your kindness. xo, Bailey P. - Labrador Retriever

Mason passed his CGC! (AKC Canine Good Citizen Test). The judges loved him and said what a wonderful dog he is. I have happy tears in my eyes. Thank you so much for teaching us - Carrie S. & "Mason" CGC - Cocker Spaniel
(MT note: Carrie enjoys training so much, she replaced her manual wheel chair with a battery operated one last November to be able to handle a leash and her chair. This was her first test and she & Mason passed at the Saginaw Valley Kennel Club show with many distractions. : ) Congrats Carrie, Robert & Mason!)

Yeah!!! She passed the CGC and the Love on a Leash Therapy Dog Test! Thank you for all your great training! ... I wasn't sure how she would do when I got there as they use treats in training, but not during the test, and have two training rings with a class going on in one and several of us testing in the other. ...we were able to walk around to get her use to all the noise and smells, and she did just fine. The evaluator said she thinks she will be a very good therapy dog. Thanks again for everything! - Nancy A. & "Sadie" CGC & Therapy Test Pass - Multiple breeds and Poodle x

Hi Mary,  ...I also wanted to thank you for all of your help with Sophie, we have enjoyed working with you! ... Depending on how crazy things get when the baby is here, we might sign up to retake a class later this summer and try not to mess up Sophie's training too bad in the meantime!  Thanks again! Kristyn (Sophie - Pembroke Welsh Corgi)

During a Brighton O&M One class in March, Jessica P. shared that her recently acquired five year old (!) rescue Labrador Retriever, "Bailey" escaped and was running the neighborhood. Bailey was kept in an outdoor 4' x 6' kennel all by herself for most of her five years. As the "Come!" command was not happening - not a surprise being she was so neglected and probably heard the word in many incorrect ways forever. As done with "Diesel" her first Labrador who was in the Results program last year, Jess had introduced Bailey to "Home" when leash walking per instruction. Standing in her front yard, Jess simply called out "Home!!!!" Bailey stopped in her tracks and ran 'home' to Jess to get her praise!!! How cool is that?!?!


Hi Mary, I hope you had a relaxing holiday! I wanted to share with you that Sophie got out without a leash recently and was swiftly evading Phil's efforts to catch her. I was in the house and couldn't even see her but I yelled "Sophie, come" and she immediately ran back to me - going right by Phil as she went.  I was so proud of her and happy to see that the training is catching on! Thank you!  ... I look forward to seeimg you in class again soon! Kristyn & "Sophie" - Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy

Regarding the new Puppy Plus! offering: "All signed up. Thanks for invite and adding the extra class. We love what we are seeing with Lucy Lou. Thanks" - Heather (Eric) S. & "Lucy Lou" - Cane Corso

Hi Mary, ... I want to thank you for all the tools and guidance you shared.  I have seen much progress with Emma, and hope to continue to work with her on everything.  We hope to enroll in another training class soon.  Thank you! Katie & "Emma" - Great Dane and Standard Poodle x

Mary ... Thank you for everything. We learned much from you and appreciate your love for our pets. We will see you again. Dave (Heather) & "Daisy" - Newfoundland

Hi Mary! Thank you for all the info ... I am really glad we were able to go through the puppy class! It has made a huge difference! When I call her with the come command from across the yard, she comes running. She also has a respect for me that the other dogs did not have until later. It really is an important class for building the foundation for future training.  And it's just right, it doesn't expect too much from a puppy, but definitely does build the respect. I'm loving my time with her! ...Thanks again! I will practice with Rio during the summer, and look forward to om1.  Gail B.

From Amy & "Griffey" - Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle: While searching for a puppy class for her new puppy, Amy was disappointed with what she was finding, even out of area. She spent much time researching and upon a referral from her vet at South Lyon Animal Clinic, she said finding my Results program was a "Breath of fresh air!". Thank you Amy and Dr. Weber!

2016 and prior:

Kind words recently from owners that were told their pets were the best behaved at boarding and/or vet offices from:
Linda B. & "Journey" - Border Collie and John (Nancy) W. & "Ranger" - Rat Terrier. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you for the opportunity to participate (demo/mt) in your class tonight. I enjoyed it and it was good for Zoey as well. I hope that your class could see how much we enjoy the training, it truly is the highlight of my week. .... God bless, Holly & "Zoey" - American Eskimo

Hi Mary! ... I wanted to share that we took Zeke to Kensington Saturday and Sunday and he was an angel!  No barking at strangers, met lots of dogs with manners, ... and was exposed to rollerbladers, runners, kids, tricycles, etc etc.  And lots of dogs!  It was a success! Thank you for all of your continued help. :) Caroline W. & "Zeke" - German Shepherd
(Thanks for your note, C. Zeke is a on his way to stop over-thinking everything! It is terrific he is learning to relax and enjoy life! Great training 'wtih him', Caroline, Zeke is a very lucky puppy to have you! m.t.)

Ollie can't wait to see you. He said you are the only one that understands him. :) - Karen S. & "Ollie" - Golden Retriever

Hi Mary, I'm ready to come back with another puppy.... I have a new 4-1/2 month old ...Thaks a lot, looking foward to seeing you again. Jan S. & "Salazar", "Zar" for short - Rottweiler

Hi Mary, Thanks for checking in. ... I am looking forward to learning more at your class. ...It was almost like she wanted a job or was connecting with her inner retriever and wanted to carry "the bird" home. ... Thanks... and for coming over to work with us. I appreciate all the tips you gave us. Thanks, Elizabeth & "Honey" - Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever & Poodle x)

Hi Mary, Just wanted to tell you that Piper and Bella passed their CGC test tonight at the Greater Lansing Obedience Training Club. (12-2016) We are so proud of them. Thanks for your great training. Anna D. (Connor) - "Piper" ("Bella" - owner/handler Colleen K.) - Labrador Retrievers (ten months old).

Hi Mary, After seeing how well Ollie responds to you, it's obvious the problem is not him but us : ) ... he is trainable... I will be much more focused now on being the "lead trainer" around the house. I'll try to keep Ollie actively learning instead (of) just worrying about preventing... Best of all he slept through his normal wild hour! ... See you Tuesday. Karen & "Ollie" - Golden Retriever

Hi Mary, ... The Vet Tech who called said several of her patients have taken their dogs for your training and are extremely satisfied! Thank you for your career choice and dedication to our 4 legged friends! Nancy W. (John) & Ranger - Rat Terrier

Hi Mary! Ellie seems to be doing really well. She has been doing a lot of yawning so I think she definitely is noticing there'a a "new sheriff in town". ...She's catching right on doing great with that part... Thanks...see you soon in class! Gretchen H. V. (& Tim V.) - Ellie - Boxer Mix

Dear Mary, ..., thank you. Your wisdom has helped us tremendously. Craig B. (& Bree B.) "Jasper" - Papillon.

Hi Mary I put the ... like you suggested. ... SILENCE. not another peep out of him!  Oh my god it was a miracle!!  Thank you thank you thank you!!! Megan, Zoey and Murphy too!!! - Pomeranian-Chihuahua x and Pekingese-Pomeranian x

Hi Mary T., I wanted to thank you for the wonderful program that Willow and I were able to experience.  She's come such a long way, with so much more confidence.  I could tell she really enjoyed coming to class.  I enjoyed it as well.  ... Thank you again, and I hope to see you again in the near future,  Jennifer and "Willow" - Great Dane

Thanks again for your instruction. Take care, Joanne J. & Toby - Bichon Mix

Hi Mary, Dan and I want to thank you for the infomative class. Although Daisy may still be a handful, you reminded us that we are truly the ones that are being trained and we have to be consistent. : ) ... I'll check back with your class schedule in the spring. Thanks again!!!
Liz G. & Daisy - Bloodhound-Terrier-Schnauzer-Norwegian Elkhound-Whippet X- DNA verified!

Thank-you...for your instruction, kindness and attention to details to make the classes for Ranger a delight. Warm Regards,
Nancy (& John) W. & "Ranger" - Rat Terrier

Hi Mary, ... I wanted to let you know that Ellie has already made progress...  She began barking at 2 UPS trucks this afternoon and my husband told her "enough" and she stopped.  Its a work in progress for all of us!  Thank you so much for your help. Terri D. (Steve & Chris) & "Ellie" - Labrador Retriever

Hi Mary, I just wanted to say a big thank you to you.  Max and I have made huge strides. ... Thanks again!
Sue (Tom) & "Max" - English Springer Spaniel

Dear Mary, Thank you for all the extra time and effort you spent with us training Ozzie. We sure have learned a lot from you. With great appreciation,
Stephanie and Ed P. & Ozzie - Schnoogle, All American

Diego had a terrific week in training. ... Once again, Mary, we wish to thank you for taking the time to help us with our little boy. He is very special to us, and in time, using the techniques you have taught us, I know Diego will shine. ... I promise I will let you know how he is doing.
Joel (and Nancy) & Diego - Papillon.

Mary -  ... Celebration point - we took both girls for walks on and off leash the other day and both responded very well both on and off. Rylee did very well ... Cocoa is working better ... she has been doing better in her crate! Thank you for all of your help.
Val (and Luke) and the girls - Rylee - Rhodesian Ridgeback & Cocoa - German Shepherd.

Mary, Thanks for the input at our last class... Thanks again,
Pam & Izzy - Havanese.

Thank you so much for all you have taught us and Jalapeño. We both enjoyed your class very much. Not only did he learn some valuable lessons but I also learned how to continue teaching and working with him in our daily life. It has truly been a great experience. Thanks again. 
Dexter, Kimm and Jalapeño - All American

Mary - Thank you for sharing your talent & love of dog training with us, we're grateful...
Holly K. & Ginger - Cock-a-Poo

Hi Mary, Yesterday we took the girls to TSC after Rylee's vet appointment to visit the chick days. The store has containers of chicks and ducklings in the middle of the store and last year Rylee LOVED going to visit the "chickies" once a week. While we were there Luke and I both worked with one of the girls on all of the training for at least an hour around the store. We practiced our walking, slow, sitting, etc. with all of those distractions and the girls did pretty well! It was so nice to be able to walk them through the store well behaved.  We totally have you to thank for that!
Val - Rylee - Rhodesian Ridgeback & Cocoa - German Shepherd.

Hi Mary, I wanted to thank you for your help on Saturday, Cooper is not perfect but is much better as we're using your suggestions. If you would like to use us for a referral ... our appreciation... Thanks again,
John (and Tracy) M. Cooper - Labrador Retriever

Mary, Thanks again for all your patience... You rock lady! Love,
Kim C. & Cisco - English Setter

Hi Mary....this is Ann C.  Sammy, Tug (CGC-Therapy Newfoundlands both are at the Bridge) and Norman (Great Dane) trained with you many years ago. ...I have always thought that my best experiences as a new trainer were with you and your classes.  The news that you are training in Brighton just might be the spark that gets us out looking for a puppy in the next few months......I wish you well with your classes ... :).
Update! Ann is currently attending training and giving demos with "Aggie" a rescued St. Bernard Mix and "Mosey" a Newfoundland.

Mary T., We just wanted to say...Thanks for all you do to make us good - Thunder RE, NAJ, TDI & Lightening RE, NAJ, TDI - Shetland Sheepdogs

Mary, Thanks again for all your patience and direction! Kim C. & Cisco - English Setter

Mary...I do look forward to getting...back in class. We love and miss you! - Lei M. and the girls Raven CGC and Dakota - Australian Shepherds

Dear Mary, Thank you! Thanks for teaching me about dogs, dog training, & myself... You have made it possible to have a deeper & better relationship with our dogs, & all the dogs to come. Learning a different language (dog!) is difficult, & ...you have been very patient. Thanks again Lee F. & Ace, Zoe RA, CGC, & Cassie TDI, CGC, too! - Golden Retrievers

Mary, ...We enjoyed ... look forward to Makena being able to take part next year (Canine Good Citizen Test) ... "Okay, Bye" Linda and Lloyd P. & Makena & Molly - Golden Retrievers

Dear Mary T., Oh what a long conversation we had with Mom - (Natalie B., Italian human). ...This is just a special thank you for taking extra time with her. ... Thank you again, Thunder and Lightning B.. - Shetland Sheepdogs

Thank you so much for all your help! Hunter and I Love your way of "training". To me it's a way of bonding with my big puppy! If only every one could do it your way their would be alot of happy pups. ... she said "Wow, I wish my puppy had manners like him." Thanks, Jenn & Hunt - Springer Spaniel

Mary T., Thank you so much for all that you do and... and being a part of our 4 lives. Thank you for all of the special time & attention you... Thank you also...All our love & gratitude, Adrienne and Tony M. & Chandler and Lucy - Beagle Mixes

From the Dogs, this isn't just any "puppy love" ... our hearts belong to you! Ann C., Tug CGC & Sammy CGC - Newfoundlands

Dear Mary, Thank you for the update on RESULTS! My Ruby (Doberman) is so incredible and sweet. She comes EVERYTIME. I'm writing to let you know we lost our dear Maddie (Weimaraner) over Labor Day. ... she was 13, it was a shock as she seemed so spritely! I fondly recall all 3 classes with her at Results! ...Thank you! Gina DeM., Ruby and Maddie Doberman and Weimaraner

Hi Mary! Thanks so much ... we each have so much respect for your knowledge as well as your training methods. ....Thanks again for everything! Cathy and Greg S. & Riley CGC - Golden Retriever and Ginger - Labrador Retriever

Mary, Thanks for all your time & patience while training my new owner Kim. She's...trying hard but still is so human and requires lots of help & instruction. I think she's starting to get it!! I weill try to be as patient as cainine-ly possible with her this winter; sit when she says sit stay when she says stay etc.; but, most iimportant of all I'll try to remember your (and my) favorite words "Don't 'k-h-d'. Merry Christmas Love Jasper C. - English Setter

Thanks for the great classes! Kim C.

Thanks! For coming in and teaching us all about our classmate, Golden Retriever Jack. Austin, Cameron, Cody, Doug, Krist, Robert, Sarah, Stephan, Tyler, Mrs. H. - "You were GREAT!", Mrs. L., And of course, Mrs. B & Jack! Classroom Therapy Dog at Hilton Elementary, Brighton, MI - Golden Retriever

Oui Mary T.! Dear Mary T., If you are reading this card, then that means that there are 2 new Rally Novice A titleholders at the "dog house". Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We (& mom) - Natalie B., Italian human) couldn't have done it without you! Thunder RA, CGC and Lightning RA, CGC B. - Shetland Sheepdogs

Dear Mary - thanks for all of your patience and understanding the past few weeks. While Sammy CGC is on the mend, it's been nice to have so much support & concern in the process. Thanks again! Ann C. - Newfoundland

Dear Mary, Just wanted to send you a note of thanks for all of your help with Jack. I think he is making great progress in the right direction. Your program has worked wonders. (smile). Sincerely, Jennifer A. Cock-a-poo

Hi Mary, Thanks for all your help and dog wisdom. We appreciate it! And God knows I need a bit of wisdom! Champion Beacon (Laura M.) - Newfoundland

Mary, 25 years ago you had a dream. ... you have been able to inspire others to reach some of their dreams. Raven & I thank you that you "dream", "believe" and "Inspire" us on our new little journey together. As Raven celebrates "1 year" and you "25", we just want to say, "Thank you, Mary!" You are an awesome woman! Lei M. & Raven CGC - Australian Shepherd

Dear Mary, I think of you as "the dog whisperer". You are wonderful with ALL the dogs. Thanks for teaching me skills to better communicate with Duffy. Fondly, Faye and "Duffy"

Dear Mary, On behalf of all of us, we just wanted to say "Thank You". We throughly enjoy training with you & think the experience we've had so far has been extrodinary! ... Thank you for giving us the gifts of your experience & knowledge, I can't tell you how much of a positive experience everything has been! ...Love, Greg, Cathy S. & Riley CGC - Golden Retriever

Mary, Grady & I appreciate all you have done for us. ...Once again, thanks for all you do. You are our hero!! Craig and Grady - Flat-coated Retriever

Dear Mary, Thank you for ... I really enjoyed class ... Millie's behavior is pretty good ... except she still doesn't "come" on command. I'm still trying. :) Ann A. Mixed Breed

Dear Mary, Thanks again for being so helpful ... regarding Meadow, my German Shepherd Dog ... I look forward to learning from you. ... (Heart) Julie F.

Dear Mary, I was pleased to see the newspaper article on you and your business... I do believe you are indeed a "Dog Whisperer{ and thank you so much again for the kind whispering you did with "Annie." She is doing very well, and I am looking forward to lots of fun with her. ... keep up the good work. Sincerely, Gloria S & Annie - Miniature Poodle
Outstanding Patience Award to Mary Thank you, Mary! I've learned to "Sit" and I've learned to "Stay"; Maybe "come" will happen Another Day!! Presented by: Annie S. - Miniature Poodle

Mary, ...I'm so glad that we were able to be certified for therapy dog work...I think it is so interesting that with a little love and dedication even a dog that has been abused, like Molly, can turn into such a great animal. I just hope that we might be able to inspire some hope to a child that has experienced the same....Thank you again for everything. I have truly enjoyed learning how to work with my dogs. What a wonderful talent you posess!...Sincerely, Kristi M. Molly - Boxer Mix and Bailey Rhodesian Mix

Hi Mary, Thank you for all your extra time & effort with US! Ruby, Jeff & Carol Golden Retriever

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Hi Mary.  I wanted to drop you a note to let you know how much I enjoyed your training classes...  I learned more with you than with any of the other dog training I have taken. I continue to work with Scout.  ... he is reasonably well behaved and I can take him to public places or have guests in my home without worrying about him misbehaving. Thanks for all that you taught me.  If you are still training when I get my next puppy (hopefully a long time from now!) I will be in your classes from the beginning. Happy New Year - Jan T.....and Scout!

Dear Mary, Wanted to drop you a line to let you know how one of your ex pupils is getting along.  Amber was in your class two years ago.  She was the somewhat rowdy Pit Bull/Boxer mix (although I think she's mostly Pit Bull).  I think we all were wondering if we could handle her.  SHE handles us just fine.  She is amazing.   
You were right when you told us that "those people have puppies, you have a six-year-old child."  She is a very quiet, extremely intelligent, happy, and VERY loving, dog.  Even the cat loves her and tries to groom her all the time.  Amber has not shown any aggressive or anger... even when confronted by barking, nipping dogs. I could go on forever about how good she is...Thanks, Carol Amber - Boxer & Pit Bull

Dear Mary, This note is for all your time & effort in helping my parents ... find their brain - so they can advise me better - xxxx We really appreciate it! Thanks again, Laura & Garry M.Ch. Beacon - Newfoundland

Hello Mary! You're faithful, loyal, warm and kind - you're this dog's favorite Valentine! Thanks so much for being so patient with Mom and I. (Heart) Meadow (Mandy P., too). Alaskan Malamute

Dear Mary, What a wonderful surprise for Abby and I Tuesday evening - we felt like celebraties! ...thank you for the party and for getting Abby to where we are in agility - (AKC titles: La Petite Abigail Rose NA, OA, AX, EX, NAJ, OAJ, CGC) we both truly appreciate it. You are a wonderful trainer! Thank you, thank you! Love, Paula H. Bibelot Bichon Frise

Thank you. You have been a great help to us. Debbie P. - Rascal - Beagle

Mary, I just wanted to thank you for everything. Molly and I have really enjoyed this training together. You have no idea how much your kind words and advice have meant to us. We hope ....Thanks again, Kristi and Josh M. & Molly - Boxer Mix and Bailey - Rhodesian Mix

Hi Mary, Thanks for being patient with our lack of attendance last session - but here is the good news! I'm baaack! Beacon and Laura - Newfoundland

Dear Mary - We just want to let you know how much we appreciate your patience & perseverance - teaching, and advice - words of counsel and encouragement, as we submit to the training we must adhere to in order to have well-mannered dogs ... keep up the good work & may the Lord bless you & yours for all you do! Gary & Judy R. German Shepherd Dog

We (heart) agility! Mary - ... Thank you for teaching our people (Allison and Don) to sit stay etc. (Heart) Kita & Roo R. American Eskimo Mix and Jack Russell Terrier Mix

Dear Mary, Thank you for all your ... support and encouragement in helping Spirit and I to accomplish our goal, (Companion Dog Obedience Title). You have been a wonderful teacher. ... Thanks again, Ann & Spirit CD - Golden Retriever

Mary, Stand back and let the real dogs work! Thanks - Love Galley & Laura M. Beagle living with many present and past Newfoundlands!

Mary - Thanks for letting us tag along, showing Chip and all your help since we got Chip and Indy!! We had a great time ... Thanks for after a very long day - still being able to say nice things ... Your a very special person! ... Val, Jim, Chip - Can OTCH, U-CDX Chelsea's Chippewa Chief AM Can UD, AX, NAJ, AD, P1, S-CDX, CGC, Indy - Am and Can OTCH, U-CDX Chelsea's Indian Strawberry, UDX, MX, AXJ, AAD CGC & Sam - Golden Retrievers

Dear Mary, I cannot thank you enough for the ... I feel so much more relaxed about the upcoming show - thank you so much. You are not only an excellent dog trainer but a friend as well. Love, Paula H. Bichon Frise

Dear Mary - We wanted to let you know we had a great time participating in your class ... Your exercises & training were very helpful! thanks so much (smile). Fondly, Scout, Catherine & Joe W. Boxer Mix

Mary - Thank you for all you've done to make Bett the little champion she is. We couldn't have done any of this without you! ... We'll reflect back on this time with many, many fond memories! You are the greatest! Love, Nancy & Ch. Bett Parson Russell Terrier

Dear Mary, It was great ... thanks Mary & I'll see you soon. Martha DeR. & Pearl Yorkshire Terrier

Dear Mary, Thank you so much for ... Both encounters were very helpful. ...I have to tell you the ... ... is a miracle. Everything else I have tried had only made him more aggressive or made him treat it as a toy. ... We're making progress. He is such a wonderful loving addition to my life. I want him to be well mannered, a pleasure for everyone to have around. Thanks so much again, Mary. ... Sincerely, Meg C.

Dear Mary, Thank you for such a great course. We love your training style. Warmly, Martha DeR. & Pearl Yorkshire Terrier

Dear Mary, Thank you for judging our match. The South Michigan Bichon Frise Club

Dear Mary, ... I'm so glad that Katie is doing this with Sam - He loves it! Sincerely, Joan K. Golden Retriever

Dear Mary: You are such a wonderful teacher. Lizzie and I thank you so much for what we have learned from you and from what we know we still need to learn. I especially appreciate your loving firmness and the clarity of your message to the animals before you. ... Bless you, pat m. Australian Shepherd

Mary, Thank you for all of your help with training Laney - we all really appreciate it!! :) Terri, Holly & Laney P. ("Arf, Arf") - Mixed Breed

Packleader Mary & the "Pack" Thanks for everything. ... Marge, George, Scout - Chelsea's Alleghany Scout CD, CGC - Golden Retreiver

Dear ToTo, You did a very good job. And your trainer (Mary T.) did a good job too - Love Rachel Z. - The Wizard of "Oz" - 1996 Production of the Community Theatre of Howell - Spring 1996 - (Fiona as "Toto", Moira as back-up) - Cairn Terrier and Scottish Terrier

Dear Mary and Matt, Thanks so much for sharing ... We really appreciate all your support for GLNC activities and the welfare of Newfoundlands. Sincerely, Sandee L. GLNC Secretary - Great Lakes Newfoundland Club

Mary - We can't thank you enough for such a great experience w/training Harley. We've noticed ourselves being more consistant and her being more attentive to us. We had been at a point of such frustration w/her, that I wasn't enjoying her like I wanted to. She's becoming such a good dog since our classes w/you started. ... All this to say, we are definite Believers in your program and have throughly enjoyed our classes w/you, As does Harley!! Thanks again! Gary & Missy K.

Hi Mary! ... Hope it's not too long before you find a new 'dog house'. Sam and I really look forward to resuming classes with you. Love, Marianne K. - Golden Retriever

Mary - Thank you for giving the Agility Demo. Phyliss H. & Debbie H., Scottish Terrier Club of Michigan

Hi Mary, ...and to thank you for your part in Tory's travels to winning the (Fort Detroit Golden Retriever Club top award) Gayhaven Trophy. ... also without 'your part' Tor couldn't have qualified and I'm very grateful to you. I am very pleased to show "pretty dogs" can work too! : ) ... Love Linda and a big kiss from Tory! - Am. & Can. Ch. Meadowpond's Wingfield Tory Am. and Can. OTCH, MH, CGC - Golden Retriever

Dear Mary, This is just a little "Thank you" for all your time & effort all year. I love dog classes and have really enjoyed getting to know you. Happy Holidays! Paula H. - Bibelot Bichon Frises'

Dear Mary, Many thanks ... for all you do. Iris F. (& her family) - Labrador Retriever

Mary, ... I'd like to thank you for being such a special person ... and for teaching me to navigate the stairs! ... See you for the April session of Obedience II! With love, Max - Labrador Retreiver

Hi Mary, What a bonus this week, talking to you Tuesday and your newsletter in the mail today! ...I have always admired your conscientious apporach to our "hobby" ... I miss you all very much but friends that matter are in your heart as you are in mine! Love, L. PS Your newsletter is very informative.

I just can't thank you enough ... Thanks very much, the seminar was Great! Denise M. & Cody - Golden Retriever

Mary T. (Handler Extrordinaire), Thanks! Thanks so much for showing me to Best of Breed (from the classes!) and Best of Winners! I knew we could do it! Kobi (Dog Extrodinaire) (with a little help from Matt) H. - Ch. LaScie's House Full of Kobi CD - Newfoundland

Dear Mary, Just a little note to let you know that I feel that Becky and I have learned very much in our class and we appreciate the opportunity to have taken it. A thanks for being an excellent teacher. ... She doesn't try to get out of the car when I do. That is very important to me and when I got home last night I used the whistle to call her ... she came right away. Again, this AM she did the same. And she is getting better about no "sass" when I try to wipe her dirty feet. ...She is a "BIG" part of our family. ... Thanks again and keep up the good work. Marsha K.

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Happy New Year Mary, ...my goal is to finish Mikki's CD (AKC Obedience Companion Dog title) and match Roxy (CD, CGC) in Open (AKC Obedience Companion Dog Excellent title). We have made progress ... Every where we take the two dogs, we get compliments on how well behaved they are - and they even come when we call! I recommend Results training to everyone. ... Mary W. - Labrador Retrievers

Mary - ... Also, thank you for the great demo on Harvest Day (Whitmore Lake). Please pass on to all your friends and helpers. Thanks, Barbara G. DVM (President Whitmore Lake Chamber of Commerce). Collies (Rough)

Hi Mary, Just a note to thank you for coming to the show last Saturday to give Mary & I support. It sure meant a lot to both of us. We will call you Sunday to let you know how well we did on our "3rd" leg! Thanks again, Dora B. - Reeva CGC (on the way to earning her CD; Reeva also became a SAR (search and rescue) dog) - German Shepherd

Dear Mary - We would like to Thank You for the wonderful "Handling in the Show Ring" presentation for H.R.L.R.C. on August 27th. I'm sure all of us are a bit more confidenet to enter the show ring. Your efforts are greatly appreciated...members of - Huron River Labrador Retriever Club, Inc.

Dear Mary, Reba and I enjoyed the puppy class alot! Thanks for your good help and teaching. ...Thanks so much again. I really enjoy the way you teach. Your dedicated kindness and caring shows through! ... Sincerely, Deb DVM & Reba

Dear Mary: Thanks for sending the list of qualifiers from the Canine Good Citizen Test which you administered at our Wheaten Picnic on Sunday, July 24. We were really happy to know that 13 of the 17 Wheatens entered passed the test. ... Thanks again, Mary, for doing such a great job with our Wheatens ... AKC Canine Good Citizen Test!! Sincerely, The Officers and Board of Directors of the Motor City Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Club

Mary, You're Special, thanks for teaching me - Rocko

Dear Mary T., Thank you so much for all your help on education day. You were a hit Thanks, Beckie on behalf of the Great Lakes Newfoundland Club

Dear Mary, The BIS (Best in Show) picture frame is absolutely wonderful! We're both glad you could join us to celebrate. Also thank-you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us learn to make a show dog. Sincerely, Dave & Lynn W. - Best in Show - Livingston Kennel Club Shade - Ch. Espirit Misted Morning Shade - Collie (Rough)

Mary, I wanted to thank you for all you've taught Ellie & I. I know we have a long way to go, but you've made our dog ownership much more enjoyable. ... Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Jim,, Janice, Lauren, Joshua & Ellie C. - Golden Retriever

Dear Mary, I have so enjoyed our weekends of dog showing. Don and I were saying without your enthusiasm going to the dog shows would not be fun at all. ... You did a beautiful job showing the dog (Treasure) and i appreciate your effort. I really enjoyed the positive comments of the judge on Saturday. ... Look forward to seeing you at class Thursday. Wendy L. - Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

Your kindness is greatly appreciated. Steven K.

Mary - Thank you for showing Chip in Ann Arbor. ... you made him look great! Love - Val & Chip (Can OTCH, U-CDX Chelsea's Chippewa Chief AM Can UD, AX, NAJ, AD, P1, S-CDX, CGC) - Chelsea Golden Retriever

Dear Mary, Zeke and I thoroughly enjoyed our class. He is a Joy to take for a walk! thanks - Kathy S. & Zeke

Mary, Many thanks! I can't say it enough for your help in evaluating (litter testing) my puppies. I think Tukay Midnight Sea Mist is gonna be a handful! I'm going to have fun working her in conformation & obed. Kim Tukay Labrador Retrievers & Dobermans

Dear Mary, Brianna and I want to say "Thank You" for being such a great instructor! We both really enjoyed our classes and learned lots! Our motto now is "Practice Makes Perfect!" ...Thanks again for all you did for us! Love Ya, Barb and Brianna Renaud - Bichon Frise'

Mary - thank you so much for ... Kellie & Casey really miss ... Sincerely, Debbie M. - Miniature Schnauzers

Hello Mary, ...We are very interested in Obedience III. Thank you very much for training Me. ... Mary Jo F. (and) Angel Too!

Dear Mary & Kim, Thank you for all the love & attention and especially all my training the last six weeks. The classes were great and I really enjoyed myself - mom and dad did too! I'm looking forward to starting another class in a few weeks. Mom says there is a little more room for improvement!! Thanks a lot! Snickers L.

Dear Mary, Thank you very much ... I'll try to get back to class ASAP. I miss them. Sincerely, Barbara G., DVM - Sherlock HIC Collie (Rough)

Hi Mary, Just a note to thank you for all the valuable training you have given me. I plan to continue training at my new location (FL) and will let you know our progress. Thanks again, Dora B. Reba CD CGC and Spencer CD - German Shepherd Dogs

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-humans 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

Mary - Thanks so much for all you do for me! You'll never know how much I appreciate you. Laura D. - Caper, Crystal CGC and Holly CGC - All 'Chelsea' Golden Retrievers

Dear Mary, Hi! Just a note to say "thanks" for being so helpful, understanding and encouraging! I feel that Kaley and I are beginning to communicate better already. ... I think of your words often..."We train them to do what we allow them to do", and I am motivated! See you next class! Lori W.

Mary, Thank you for ... I remember my puppy classes, I learned a lot. I'm grown up now, but need to obey my mom more. Can you help? ... I'm looking forward to seeing your smile again. Your pal, Keiller B.

We want to personally thank all of you for making it possible for us to finish our girl Sadie! The experience of finishing our own champion was the best! We couldn't have done it without you! Thanks! Tom & Arleen - Sadie - Ch. Sidetrack's Sassy Sadie VC, TDI, CGC - Mastiff

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Dear Teacher! Here's a picture of Me in my grad-hat! I had so much fun in class and Mom likes me more every day. See ya, in Sept. for more fun & training. Rusty - American Cocker Spaniel

Dear Mary, ...Thank you for all of the patience you have shown and guidance you have given in teaching me how to train Tory. It 's a pleasure to be learning from the best!! Thanks again, Kathy R. - (Chelsea's Redcoat Tory) Golden Retriever

Thanks Mary & Arleen for being such nice & patient teachers! You're both great!! Love Jackson K.

Mary, Jan & I would like to thank you for your excellent! training & patience in helping Marcus & I achieve our CD. There were many times I thought it was a lost cause but your encouragement and persistance pushed us over the top! I'm certain that no other training method would have worked for a mastiff. I hope you have the stamina to help us go for a CDX! Thanx Dick H. (Trainee) - "Trainer" Ch. Marcus "CD" - Mastiff

Mary - Thank you so much for all your help with Freebie. Kevin & I really appreciated your patience & dedication. We're really happy we didn't give up! Thank you! Carolyn, Kevin & Freebie

Hi Mary, Kona enjoyed puppy school and learned well. He's moved from an aggressive-dominant stage to the sweetheart stage. He follows me everywhere and is not as fiercely indepenent - hope this behavior lasts. Carl also has learned a lot from your class. If often see him applying your principles. It's truly changed his manner of interacting with Kona. Kona really seemed to enjoy the agility intro, so I'm planning to work towards that activity. See you in a few weeks. Thanks! Mary D.

In appreciation of your kindness, ... Thanks! Tom & Arleen P. - Mastiffs

Your gentle touch, ... your patience and kindness, too, bring joy to those around you. ... Love, Gigi CD (Russ & Linda G.) - Gordon Setter

Mary - I know very often that we forget to tell those people closest to us how much they mean. We assume what they know. Thank you doesn't seem enough for all the support you have given me while I have been showing Ben. With Ben on my left and you on my right how can I fail? Love C. Ben - Am. and Can. Ch. Shangrila's Country Squire Am. and Can. CDX, U-CDX - Irish Setter

Dear my wonderful trainer, Mary, I want to thank you sooo much for everything to help me a lot with Jolly. ...Thank you again!! ... Love ya a lots always, Renee O. & Jolly - Livingston County's First Hearing Dog! - A Sweet Spaniel Mix!
Dear Mary, Thanks so much for all your help with Jolly. She is a wonderful Hearing dog and will be a great help for Renee....Thanks, Al
Dear Mary, Thanks again for everything you have done for Renee and Jolly. This has been my happiest experience, raising a deaf child. We all appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts. ... Love, Nancy.

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