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Anthony De Marinis, CDBC, ADT, LFDM, FFCP

Anthony with his dog, Journey in the woods
  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant- IAABC
  • Accredited Dog Trainer- IAABC
  • Licensed Family Dog Mediator
  • Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer
  • The Third Way Certified Trainer
  • Graduate of Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior

“My approach is simple: I train clients’ dogs the way I train my own dogs. In particular, I believe in taking a compassionate and fair approach when training and modifying behavior.”

Anthony’s Dogs

My Approach

My approach is simple: I train clients’ dogs the way I train my own dogs. In particular, I believe in taking a compassionate and fair approach when training and modifying behavior. 

My purpose is to help dog owners and their dogs achieve their goals, while helping to develop and strengthen their relationship. I help owners understand more about their individual dog, identify the root cause of any behavior concerns, and work with owners to create a plan to improve their situation. This plan will involve a range of interventions including training, relationship-building, behavior modification, and creating structure and rules for the dog. I do not offer quick fix approaches. My plans and strategies are all customized for the individual dog and household.

I enjoy helping dog owners learn to be their dog’s teacher and guide. My approach helps improve the quality of life of both dog and owner. I believe that training and behavior modification should always enhance the relationship between a dog and their family.

My Education

I am a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and an Accredited Dog Trainer (ADT) by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). In 2021 I became one of the first Licensed Family Dog Mediators (LFDM) through Kim Brophey’s Applied Ethology L.E.G.S. program, where I was able to study the specifics of different dog breeds, their behavior, how to modify behavior concerns and much more. I got my start by attending the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior.

As I became fascinated with behavior modification, specifically working with aggressive and reactive behavior, I had the opportunity to learn from some of the top behavior professionals in the industry today. Over the past few years I have been a student of renowned aggression expert Micheal Shikashio, CDBC. I am also a student of renowned applied ethologist and behavior expert, Kim Brophey, CDBC, who continues to challenge me and teach me. I was first introduced to behavior modification by my friend and mentor Viviane Arzoumanian, CDBC, CPDT, who pushed me to continue learning and exploring all I could about dog behavior.

The past few years I have become fascinated by dog sports and observing working dogs. I especially enjoy learning and observing the instincts and motivations of these dogs, as well as learning about the handling skills needed to effectively work with them. 

I enjoy continuing my education in training and behavior modification. Currently, I have obtained several professional certifications.

Current Professional Certifications

  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) by IAABC
  • Accredited Dog Trainer (ADT) by IAABC
  • Licensed Family Dog Mediator (LFDM)
  • Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer (FFCP)
  • The Third Way Certified Trainer (TTWC)
  • Certified Victoria Stilwell Academy Dog Trainer- Distinction (VSA-DT)

Continuing Education Experience

  • Aggression in Dogs Masters Course by Michael Shikashio
  • The Big Dog Behavior Seminar w/ Dr. Chris Pachel
  • Defensive Handling & Aggression w/ Michael Shikashio
  • Fear Free Animal Trainer Course
  • Victoria Stilwell Academy for Training & Behavior
  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Conference
  • Brain to Bite w/ Chirag Patel
  • Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0 (BAT)
  • Aggression Mentorship Course w/ Michael Shikashio
  • Chris Bach’s The Third Way- Level 1 Certification
  • Managing Dog to Dog Interactions w/ Sue Sternberg
  • Avoiding Dog Play Dangers w/ Sue Sternberg
  • Assess-A-Pet Assessments & Canine Body Language w/ Sue Sternberg
  • Recallers by Susan Garrett
  • Family Paws Parent Education
  • IAABC 2020 Behavior Conference
  • Aggression In Dogs Conference 2020
  • Living & Learning with Animals w/ Dr. Susan Friedman (2021)
  • L.E.G.S Applied Ethology Family Dog Medication Seminar- Kim Brophy (2021)
  • L.E.G.S. In Motion Applied Ethology Conference (2022) Presenter
  • Aggression in Dogs Conference (2022)
  • Possession Games w/ Ivan Balabanov
  • Play & Tug w/ Jay Jack
  • Heeling Concepts w/ Forrest Micke

Anthony’s dog, Journey

Journey is a male Australian Kelpie, bred from sport lines from an agility trainer who competes with her dogs in agility professionally in Canada. Journey is named in honor of my previous dog Gerber, who took me on a “Journey” both personally and professionally.

I got Journey because I wanted a partner with whom I could learn more about high-drive dogs and sports like agility and herding. Currently, we participate in both agility and herding classes and occasionally we compete in trials.  

I have found that my education in and experience with dog sports working with Journey has taught me new techniques to help my clients, especially those who have dogs with behavior issues.

Anthony’s dog, Quest

Quest is a 1.5 year old female working line Australian Kelpie. She was bred for farm work, which she truly enjoys. Quest is learning basic training skills and the foundations of sheep herding.

She entered her first ASCA herding trial at 8 months of age and got second place. Quest can be reactive towards other dogs, but has made a lot of progress, so much so that she is now a helper dog for many of Anthony’s clients.

In Loving Memory of Gerber,
Anthony’s Heart Dog

Nicknames: Monkey, Monk, Gerb, Gerbi, Gerbs, Little Gerb

I am a firm believer that everyone comes into our lives for a reason. This includes our beloved pets. This is very true of my dog Gerber. Gerber was a very special dog, with a very special story that is near and dear to me. Gerber had a huge impact on my life and is the biggest reason I specialize in working with dogs who have severe behavior issues and aggression. 

At the shelter where I was volunteering, I worked with Gerber for a year before adopting him. Gerber was known as my “love at fifth sight dog” because it took me five times of working with him before I started to actually like him! I still laugh at how I wanted nothing to do with him because he was so difficult. Then one day it became “love at fifth sight.”. I saw how so many people didn’t like him and how judgmental and impatient they were with him. It made me think back to when I was in school and I struggled to learn and process the information being taught to me. Some people gave up while others, like my parents and some special teachers, helped me be successful. I made it a point to visit Gerber and help him every day after work. Over time a special relationship formed. Then when I purchased my home I immediately adopted him and provided him with the home he deserved.

Gerber was not an easy dog to live with. He was my absolute pride and joy, but I learned how owning a dog with severe behavior issues takes a toll on a person and puts limitations on their life. Living with and loving a dog who has behavior issues is one of the most difficult things. As their owner, we are responsible for helping them, teaching them and protecting them. We are responsible for their success. With people, you can reason with them and talk to them, and ultimately you have to allow a person to make their own decisions. This is not the case with dogs, unfortunately.

Gerber was a severe global resource guarder, to the point where it seemed compulsive. He was protective of our home and of me. He was extremely reactive on leash toward dogs and sometimes people. He was also highly predatory toward animals, including dogs and even people in certain situations.

Gerber taught me so much as a trainer and behavior consultant. I use much of what I learned from him in my work today. Gerber pushed me to get out and immerse myself in continuing education courses and certifications in behavior and aggression, which has become my interest and specialty. I am so grateful for the journey Gerber took me on and all the wonderful gifts he gave me. My work with Gerber inspires me and motivates me every single day and as a result, I honor him with the work that I do.

Honoring Gerber: One of the ways I honor Gerber is through my logo. The picture of the dog in my logo is Gerber. (You can tell by the ears!)

Recent Client Reviews

“Anthony‘s input was a game changer. The value of Anthony’s extensive education and expertise is equally matched by his practical insights and flexibility. Anthony DeMarinis provided a positive training methodology for Luca and respectful guidance for me.”
Kim S.

“Anthony helped us with our dog’s aggressive behavior. We found him to be knowledgeable, organized and professional. He is patient and understanding with dogs of all temperaments and knows what training method works best with each individual dog. He is very honest and we would highly recommend him to others with all dog-related issues.”
Amy C.

“I highly recommend Anthony.De Marinis. Not only is he an amazing dog trainer but he is a kind and compassionate person. He came highly recommended by my vet as well. I have a very difficult case with a pup that has some mental health issues. Anthony has been by my side the whole way and my pup has improved so much since we have met.”

Iris W.