A man enjoying a heartwarming moment surrounded by a bunch of playful dalmatian puppies.

On the set of Walt Disney’s 101 Dalmatians

About Mary Kay

Owner / Certified Professional Animal Trainer

My career started when the internationally renowned Exotic Animal Training and Management program at Moorpark College accepted me into their program. After graduating, I began working with birds and exotic animals at the infamous Playboy Mansion and from there I trained marine mammals at Sea World, the San Diego Zoo and Conny-Land in Switzerland. I ultimately ended up working with a variety of animals and insects for TV and Hollywood films, including the world famous “Lassie” with Bob Weatherwax. Then I embarked upon my biggest test as a dog trainer; I was tasked to train over 300 puppies for Walt Disney’s “101 Dalmatians.”

After a remarkable and successful career in television and motion pictures, I moved back to San Diego and I launched my own dog training business to enhance the lives of people who love their canine companions. I rigorously keep up on advancing my education because I always strive to know more to be the best at what I do. I am also a volunteer on the service dog training team for Pawsitive Teams, a non-profit organization in San Diego. I genuinely love what I do, and I am so proud to be a professional Oceanside dog trainer. I know I can help you with your dog, let’s unleash their freedom together!


Why Hire Me?

I love what I do! Dog training is the best investment you can make in yourself and for your dog. I treat every dog like it’s my own. I educate you on why your dog is behaving the way they are and guide you to make the necessary changes to create the life you envision with your dog.  I individualize and customize every dog training session.

A black dog standing on top of buckets of paint in Oceanside.

What I Will Help You to Accomplish:

  • Enjoy your walks in public

  • Resolve leash reactivity

  • Experience a calmer dog when guests arrive at your home 

  • Be the best friend you can be and provide the framework your dog needs to be his/her best self

  • Lessen the stress within your home

  • Reduce separation anxiety

  • Be able to have your dog experience outside dining, road trips, and hikes with you

  • Off-leash freedom

How I Train

101 Dog Trainer is a results-based dog training service with the primary goal of educating you so you understand how to bring out the best in your dog/s. I use both operant and classical techniques and always focus on positive reinforcement first and foremost.

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What You Can Expect From Me:

  • I don’t just train your dog, I educate you, the pet parent

  • I’ll never give up on you or your dog

  • I provide you with realistic expectations

  • I wholeheartedly invest in all the dogs I train

  • I make myself available for advice when needed for the life of your dog

What Clients Are Saying…

“Mary Kay is precise, consistent, and very knowledgeable — PhD level knowledgeable when it comes to training dogs. She has been my and Rosie’s partner in Rosie’s (and my?) journey to maturity. Mary Kay got us both to a point where we could continue on our own because I know what to do going forward. Rosie and I BOTH thank her for her counsel, patience, and care.” – Peter J

Ready to live in harmony with your dog?

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Certified Professional Dog Trainer in Oceanside CA

Contact me today so we can arrange a consultation and build a customized training program that allows you and your dog to live in a happy harmony together. 

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