About the Dog Trainer

Training Philosophy

I use proven, science based, force-free training methods to help you have a well behaved dog that can go with you to the beach, park, shopping or the coffee shop.  I find using a bridge marker, like a clicker, is the most clear and concise way to communicate with your dog.  Using this communication along with finding what your dog views as rewarding is your way to a well behaved canine.  I believe that telling your dog what he can do is more fun and easier than telling him what he can’t do!  Using this method we can create dogs who choose to do the correct behavior, so you don’t always have to manage them.  My goal as a dog trainer is to help you have a well behaved pup, and to help support a respectful and loving relationship with your best friend. I can help you find the best ways to train and motivate your dog while fitting it into your every day life.  I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you and your dog soon!


Certifications and Memberships


I am a certified dog trainer, CPDT-KA, through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. This certification is the first nationally recognized and the only certification that is monitored and standardized for dog training professionals. To keep my certification active I am required to attend several continuing education courses to keep my skills sharp and my knowledge up-to-date. I am also a member of the APDT, an organization of individual dog trainers who are committed to being better trainers through education. With that commitment I read every book, blog and newsletter I can find and jump at the chance for a seminar, whether online or in person. In January of 2015 I traveled to India to attend a 3 week intensive training course hosted by one of the World’s Leading Dog Trainers/Behaviorists, John Rogerson. I am always striving to learn more and new techniques to help you train your dog.

I became an AKC CGC Evaluator and APDT C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator and Instructor to encourage owners to train their dogs to be well mannered at home and in their community.  These certifications allow me to give owners and their canine companions various ways to explore training and “degrees”.  Dognition is allowing me to find another way to create customized training plans for each client and their dogs.  This cutting edge science is an exciting new way to explore our dog’s genius.

My Training Story


I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and shared my life with dogs, cats, hamsters, birds and any other animal my parents would let me bring into the house. I always had a love for animals and a curiosity for their behavior, so it didn’t come as a surprise that I decided to go to college and major in biology. I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marine Biology with a minor in Speech Communications. After graduation I moved to the Monterey Bay and haven’t looked back!

I always knew I’d work with animals and found my passion in dog training.  I was first introduced to the world of dog training, specifically clicker training, because of my “problem” dog. I was given a small box that made a clicking noise when I pressed the end of it, a few rules to follow and a reactive dog to train – it didn’t take long before I was hooked. 

Working with a reactive dog has kept me on my toes and taught me a great deal about the way a dog thinks and how my behavior has a huge impact on that. I had a crash course in learning theory, counter-conditioning and desensitization.

I’ve learned that timing is crucial, rewards are imperative and creativity is priceless. My “problem” dog made me become a better trainer.  There’s nothing I find more rewarding than watching a dog thinking for himself and enjoying every second of it, except maybe watching his owner enjoy the process as well. 

I share my life with my inspiring husband, Alex and our Maltese – Ajax CGC RN RL1 and a Whippet – Joey.


Mandy McGrath Carswell, CPDT-KA