Evidence Based, Welfare Focused
My name is Megan Marzloff and I’ve been working professionally with dogs for the last decade. I started out working at DeKalb Animal Services, a large open intake shelter in the metro Atlanta area. Working with thousands of stray dogs is hard on the heart, but great for learning to quickly and accurately read canine body language. Next I worked at Wish Bone Canine Rescue in Illinois. This is where I learned how to create individualized training plans for the needs of specific dogs at the shelter, and started teaching adopters and volunteers how to set dogs up for success. My final shelter placement was at the Humane Society of Utah, where I spent my time helping fearful, reactive, and overexuberant dogs cope with their shelter stay and find successful homes. In addition to my work in shelters, I’ve also worked at several positive reinforcement based dog training establishments, where I taught group and private lessons covering basic manners, puppy socialization, tricks, scent work, agility and “problem behavior” resolution.
I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), a designation awarded by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. As part of maintaining this certification, and due to my intrinsic desire to keep learning, I participate in ongoing continuing education courses so that I stay up to date on the latest research on best practices in the dog training and welfare fields. I’ve attended the Karen Pryor Clicker Expo, the Michael Shikashio Aggression in Dogs Conference, the IAABC Conference, and trainings by Grisha Stewart, Kathy Sdao, Susan Friedman and more. I find dogs to be fascinating creatures, and I am committed to learning all I can about them so I can be best prepared to serve their needs.
Meet My Dogs
Although I've worked with thousands of dogs over the years, these are the three who have had the greatest impact on my training philosophy.
Ally was my first dog as an adult, and the dog who started me off on my dog training journey. She was the sweetest, sassiest, funniest, most loveable dog in the entire world, but she also struggled with reactivity to other dogs, so I started learning about dog training in order to help her cope with the world around her. She made great strides in her comfort around other dogs, and learned to co-exist with them, but she always remained more interested in people. She taught me about the importance of loving your dog for who they are, not who you want them to be.
Daisy was my second dog, and the happiest dog I've ever met. She loved all people, and relished wrestling with other dogs. Her favorite thing to do was to run through the woods, sniffing, exploring, and ideally finding and eating the dead things she discovered. She taught me so much about how to teach a solid recall to an environmentally motivated dog.
Rosie is my current dog, an 8 year old cattle dog / australian shepherd mix. She loves meeting new dogs, and exploring new trails. She's extremely tolerant and adaptable, but also extremely sensitive, so she's taught me so much about meeting dogs' more subtle needs.