Mary is proud part owner of Charleston Dog Training. Dogs have been apart of Mary’s life for as long as she can remember. She was known to dress them up, make them have tea parties with her, and have an occasional photo shoot. Dogs have always had this ability to make her smile, and bring light to her even on the crummiest of days. As she got older, she started thinking more and more about working professionally with dogs. In high school, she worked for her mother’s dog walking company. Her clients, not just the four legged ones, could tell that there was something about Mary and her connection to dogs. After working for several years in the dog walking business, Mary was ready to graduate college at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, where she studied Hospitality and Tourism management. She wasn’t sold on working in a restaurant or a hotel for the rest of her life. She decided to open her own dog walking company. Several months later, she was walking a very naughty puppy, whose owners knew the dog was out of control, but wouldn’t invest in training. Mary often would dread going to their house because she knew the dog would play bite her until she bruised, rip another hole in her shirt, and yank her arm out of its’ socket from all the pulling the dog would do on their walks. Mary felt helpless, she knew it wasn’t the dogs’ fault. It was a lack of training. Mary decided to take matters into her own hands, and find out why dogs had the behavioral problems that they do. She attended the National K9 School for Dog Trainers in Columbus, Ohio, and became a certified professional dog trainer. She is certified in Basic Obedience, Advanced Off leash, Socialization, Puppy Development, Behavior Modification, Utility, Breed Identification and Potty Training. She has also been certified for completing K9 Master Tecla Walton’s Beginner to Service Dog Training in Baltimore, Maryland. She has attended countless numbers of training seminars, and has had the pleasure of learning from some of the biggest names in the dog-training world. She is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and a recognized member of the IACP. Mary sees the potential in every dog. She sees the value of training. She wants you to experience the best version of your dog every single day.
Nick is a proud part owner of Charleston Dog Training, He has always had a strong bond with animals, especially dogs. He worked for the Niles Police Department in Niles, Illinois, as an auxiliary officer and worked his way up the ranks to booking officer. While Nick was at the police department, he found himself working along side his cousin who was a K9 officer for the Niles Police Department. When Nick saw the bond between his cousin, and his cousins’ four-legged partner, he knew instantly he wanted to be apart of the dog training industry. He immediately enrolled himself in Animal Behavior College, where he later became a certified professional dog trainer. Nick is certified in behavior modification, breed identification, basic obedience, advanced off leash, puppy development, socialization, potty training, and tricks. Nick is also a certified dog behaviorist, and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. While Nick attended ABC he also volunteered at numerous of shelters, helping pair families with their new best friend. After volunteering at the shelter, he noticed that many of the dogs were having trouble becoming adopted. He offered to train a couple dogs for free at the shelter, to see if it would help their chances on becoming adopted, and it worked! From that moment on, he knew that this was his calling. Nick has previously worked at Petsmart and Petco as a Lead Dog Trainer. Working at a corporate training facility, didn’t give him the flexibility and satisfaction he needed to work with dogs. Nick ventured out and came across a privately owned training facility in Schaumburg, IL. Nick was mentored under the supervision of a National K9 graduate, where he expanded on his knowledge of dog training, and added to his own toolbox of theories. Nick finally had the flexibility to train dogs the way he had always wanted, by working along side families and really understanding their dog before jumping into a standard training method. What Nick has found is all his years of experience, is that every dog is so different. What might work for one dog, may certainly not work for others. It is very important to Nick to find the right balance of training for you and your best friend. He continues to take pleasure in helping families enjoy their dogs the way that they should.