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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

“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 training and behavior modification approach uses a variety of methods, mainly focusing on positive reinforcement techniques such as using rewards to reinforce and motivate your dog (food, play, interaction and exploration). 

I follow the principles of LIMA, which stands for Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive. The principles of LIMA give professionals the opportunity to meet the dog and owner where they are. The use of LIMA generally starts with using the least intrusive, most positive and humane approach possible for the individual dog. LIMA allows professionals to be objective and critical thinkers who decide when and how to use a variety of training and behavior modification techniques and interventions based on the individual case and situation. Just like with humans, dogs learn, work and are motivated in different ways. LIMA allows us to decide what is the best approach for your dog.

How I Work

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, play skills, behavior modification, as well as creating structure and rules for both you and your dog. My training exercises are generally provided through fun training concepts, games and play so that training is fun and enjoyable for you and your 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). I have had the opportunity to be personally mentored by many experts in the industry, including Micheal Shikashio and Kim Brophey. I got my start by attending the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior and was mentored by my friend Viviane Arzoumainian.

I enjoy continuing my education in both training and behavior modification by attending workshops and seminars and by learning hands-on with other training and behavior professionals. I also regularly attend hands-on training classes and workshops with both of my dogs in Agility, Mondio Obedience, Sheepherding and Nose Work.

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)

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
  • 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
  • The Power of Food Training and Play with Micheal Ellis

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. Journey enjoys agility, sheep herding, nose work and hiking off-leash. In 2022, Journey was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition called Tethered Cord Syndrome. Due to Journey’s Tethered Cord Syndrome, we have had to limit our agility training, which is Journey’s obsession. Currently, we are focusing on nose work and sheep herding when possible.

Participating in dog sports with Journey has really taught me new skills and techniques that I have been able to use with clients and their dogs over the years.

To see video’s of Journey and our training and adventures together, checkout my social media pages: Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook.  

Anthony’s dog, Quest

Quest is a 2 year old female working line Australian Kelpie. She was bred for farm work such as herding and farm chores, which she truly enjoys. Quest enjoys Mondio Obedience training, Sheep Herding, play and going for a hike. Quest is one of those dogs that you can be tossed in the car and is up for anything. 

She entered her first ASCA herding trial at 8 months of age and got second place. My goal is to continue to compete with Quest in sheep herding trials and eventually in Mondio Obedience. She is also learning Mondio Bite work for fun!

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 clients dogs.

To see video’s of Quest and our training and adventures together, checkout my social media pages: Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook.  


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!)

Client Testimonials

“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.