Hi, I'm Mary Claire
I am a member of IAABC, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluators and Alliance Therapy Animals. I have been training for 8 years and have completed thousands of hours of training with Puppies, Puppy Classes, Dogs, Dog Classes, Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog Training for both my dogs and others.
My dogs Tripp (8), Finn(6), Maggie(5) and Odie (1) are certified through the Alliance Therapy Animals Program. We have completed over 300 hours of visits in multiple settings.
My name is Mary-Claire Linnemann. I started my dog journey by taking in rescues and finding them new homes. One of my first dogs was so scared that he redirected when I grabbed his collar and he nipped my wrist. I decided it was time for me to get some training lessons so I had better ability to help these dogs.
I found a mentor who is a well known positive reinforcement trainer in San Antonio. She was kind enough to take me under her wing. She expanded my world not only with training, but introducing me to lots of Professional Trainers and Courses. I have had the ability to attend Karen Pryor training , IAABC(International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) classes and multiple dog behavior courses by world renown trainers and behaviorists. After teaching school, working in a dental office, and raising my two children, I found my passion with dogs!
My personal passion is training therapy dogs. I have four therapy dogs that are certified through Alliance Therapy Animals. We visit nursing homes, schools, hospitals, dental offices and even funerals by request. In this day and age we all need therapy!
My other passion is rescuing and rehoming dogs. I am a little bit of a control freak checking references and doing home visits to make sure that each dog gets the best life and family possible. I have placed about 27 dog doodles in the last few years. I know where and how all my dogs are doing. I love all dogs, but try to limit myself to poodles and doodles. Otherwise, I may end up a dog hoarder.
I Luv Dogs!
I LOVE all dogs and they know and sense it. People are always so surprised at how well their dogs respond to me. I have been told that after a few classes their dogs are excited to come see me. I am so lucky to have that relationship not only with my 4 fur babies, but other dogs as well.
During my down time, I enjoy spending time with my husband Paul and our two grown children, Andrew and Kathleen . We enjoy hiking, playing with our dogs and making nice family dinners together on Sunday afternoons. Quite often we have a board and train or a friend's dog that joins our 4 dogs to play in the yard.