New Beginnings

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Welcome to my new website and blog!

My business website was previously hosted on the website “Texas Animal Training,” but after much consideration, I’ve decided that it is time for a change. I’m super excited about my new website name – DogTrainingology.

The suffix “OLOGY” means the study of something or a branch of learning. My passion is helping people learn more about dog training and, in particular, modern, science-based training methods and techniques. Understanding the science of learning and behavior can help us better understand why our pets do certain things and can lead to better communication and relationships.

Understanding the science of behavior helps us better understand why our pets do certain things. Click To Tweet

On this blog, I’ll be sharing lots of great training tips and advice about dog training, clicker training, dog behavior, and the science of learning. I’ll also share stories from my training adventures with my foster dogs and my client’s dogs.

For those of you who don’t know me, I earned a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas in 2013. Previous to that, I completed a degree in biology from the University of Chicago. I have always been fascinated by animals and animal behavior.

Currently, I work as a professional trainer in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, teaching owners how to train their dogs (and horses, too!). I love teaching people and their dogs and watching how training improves relationships, whether I’m teaching a puppy socialization class, or helping advanced students learn how to teach their dogs tricks, or working with an owner to help his fearful dog gain confidence around new people. If you are in the DFW area, you can visit my training lessons page for more info about the training services I offer.

I’m looking forward to sharing lots of great content with you on this dog training blog. If you have a question about training or a certain concept you’d like to learn more about, let me know! I’d love to feature your question in a future blog post.

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  • Hi Mary! Good luck with your new site.

    Any thoughts on the best way to get an adult dog properly potty trained?

    Christie Zizo from

    • Mary Hunter

      Hi Christie,

      Potty training with adult dogs can sometimes be tough, depending on the dog’s background. I almost always recommend that my clients first see their vet for a full exam – sometimes accidents can be a medical issue and it is always best to rule that out first.

      Then, depending on the dog, we usually “go back to kindergarten” and treat the dog as if it were a very young puppy – strict eating schedule, frequent potty breaks, very close supervision, and confining the dog to a crate (or small room) when it can’t be watched.

      The other thing that can really help is to keep a log of accidents, successful potty breaks outside, and daily activities. This can help you spot patterns and trends.

      Good luck!

  • Congratulations on the new site! I live thousands (?? I think; I’m VERY bad at geography) of miles away in Virginia, so I can’t attend your classes in person (doggone it), but will enjoy following along as needed. What a wonderful resource you are to the DFW locals!

  • Mary Hunter

    Thanks for visiting and commenting, Elizabeth and Annette!

    I’m looking forward to sharing lots of great information and resources on my blog both for local folks and for those far away. 🙂

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