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 20 years of experience include:
- Director, Manor Animal Rescue
- Trainer, Taurus Training
- Trainer, PetSmart
- Trainer, Paws 4 Liberty Service Dogs
- Examiner and associate member, Therapy Dogs International and member, Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs
- Training Director, Obedience Training Club of Palm Beach County
- Training Coordinator for Prison Pups training program (service dogs)
- CGC Examiner, American Kennel Club
- Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI), National Association for Canine Scent Work (NACSW)
- Field Representative, PAWS with a Cause (service dogs, Michigan)
Marti's competition experience includes titles in nose work, barn hunt, obedience, rally, and dock diving. Her border collie Lark was the first dog in the United States to earn the AKC Urban CGC title.
Marti's passions include helping dogs integrate seamlessly with their families through a practical, rewards-based obedience program. She also loves the sport of nose work (scent detection for pet dogs). A lifelong horsewoman, she owns a Selle Francais gelding, Uno de Moulinet.
- 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
- Professional Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers
- Member, International Association of Canine Professionals
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 four years. Ben specializes in service and therapy dog training and loves Golden Retrievers.