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My Story

Richmond, VA Dog Trainer

My name is Mariah Dudley, and I am the proud owner of Confident Canine Coach. 

In 2017, I adopted a sweet but challenging rescue pup named Sadie. We faced many challenges together, as we learned from one another and I learned to be her advocate. 

I dove into training with her, interning at a local facility, and eventually making the move to Positive Reinforcement Dog Training when I realized we needed to find a more humane and science-based approach with her and my second dog, Opie. The change in my dogs (and in myself) was immediate and drastic! Our relationship improved and so did our lives. In January of 2019, I brought that knowledge to my clients and their dogs while teaching classes at Petsmart. I had the privilege of working with dogs of many different breeds, ages, and sizes, as well as their humans. 

I began Confident Canine Coach to be able to help humans and their dogs strengthen their relationships with their dogs and improve their lives. I believe in empowering humans and dogs by listening to their needs and creating a plan to help them be successful in their goals. I approach every client and their dog with an open mind, and treat each dog and human client with compassion and dignity. 

My goal is to help you and your dog achieve the best possible outcomes through Positive Reinforcement Dog Training and Behavior Modification. I am a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed) through the Council of Certified Professional Dog Trainers, I am a supporting member of IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) and I am a member of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers). I chose these organizations, because they are Science-Based, Positive Reinforcement organizations with specific guidelines for trainers to follow, and they are organizations that push for regulations in the Dog Training Industry. 

Confident Canine Coach is excited to provide Positive Reinforcement Dog Training to the Greater Richmond Area! We provide Private Lessons, Classes, and Workshops, and specialize in Manners (including loose leash walking, strategies to reduce jumping, counter surfing, crate training, and other common behavior issues), Puppy Training, New Rescue Behavior Adjustment, Dogs and Babies/Toddlers Home Preparation.

Positive Reinforcement

Science-Based Dog Training

Positive Reinforcement is the most powerful tool we have when it comes to teaching our dogs how we would like them to behave.

It's science!

Positive Reinforcement is about:

  • Reinforcing the behaviors you want to see 

  • Keeping your dog from practicing (and learning) the undesired behaviors in the first place

  • Management and Re-directing from un-desired behaviors to desired ones (and rewarding the desired behavior)

  • Enrichment - providing plenty of opportunity for mental and physical enrichment activities that are appropriate for their age, size, breed, and temperament. Each dog is an individual, so they won't all enjoy the same thing!

  • Being consistent!

  • Having fun for you and your dog! - if it's not fun, take a break and come back to it. 

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