Shortly after Marti earned a PhD in English and American literature at Harvard University, she decided to explore a lifelong passion and dedicate herself to learning everything she could about training dogs.
After three years apprenticing in medicine and behavior at animals shelters in New York City and Austin, Texas, she earned a Certificate in Training and Counseling from The San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers.
Her 15 years of experience include:
- Director, Manor Animal Rescue
- Trainer, Taurus Training
- Trainer, PetSmart
- Trainer, Paws 4 Liberty Service Dogs
- Training Director, Obedience Training Club of Palm Beach County
- Training Coordinator, New Horizons Service Dogs
She competes with her own dogs in AKC obedience and rally, and has performed therapy dog work and certification for many years. Presently, she is an Associate Nose Work Instructor through the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) to teach nose work.
- Graduate, San Francisco SPCA Academy for Professional Dog Trainers
- CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed)
- Certified Professional Dog Trainer through CCPDT
- AKC CGC Examiner
- Therapy Dogs International Examiner
- Helping dogs integrate seamlessly into their families with a practical, positive basic obedience program.
- introducing people to the sport of nose work – scent detection for pet dogs.
- Horses, especially the sport of dressage
Marti serves as a training coordinator with the New Horizons Service Dogs Prison Pups program, in which she works with inmate service dog trainers at two area prisons.
New Horizons Service Dogs is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that partners trained dogs with the disabled, mostly in the areas of wheelchair and mobility assistance. Founded by Executive Director Janet Severt, New Horizons Service Dogs may be reached at 386-456-0408.
Benjamin Probst attributes his love of dogs to a cherished family pet, Travis.
He has been offering private lessons and teaching group classes for West Palm Dog for one year.
Ben specializes in service and therapy dog training and loves Golden Retrievers.