Dog Training
Anthony De Marinis and Gerber

Anthony De Marinis, CDBC, CBATI, VSPDT, TTWC, VSA-DT

  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant by IAABC
  • Certified Behavior Adjustment Trainer
  • Certified Victoria Stilwell Licensed Dog Trainer
  • The Third Way Certified Trainer
  • Certified Victoria Stilwell Academy Dog Trainer- Distinction
  • Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer
  • Member of International Association for Animal Behavior Consultants
  • Member of the Pet Professional Guild

So... you may have noticed I love dogs!

I have always loved dogs!

There is nothing I enjoy more than helping dogs and their people build strong relationships. I find it to be an incredible experience to be a part of a dog’s life.

My practice covers a wide range of training and behavioral needs, regardless of the dog’s age and breed. Whether you need help with a new puppy or are looking for assistance with a behavioral issue, I can provide you with practical guidance and solutions that best fit you and your dog’s needs. I like the challenge of creating a plan that provides each dog and their people with helpful solutions to assist them in reaching their goals.

My Approach

My approach is simple: I train dogs the way I train my own dog. In particular, I believe in taking a kind and compassionate approach when training and modifying behavior, using positive reinforcement methods.


Positive reinforcement means rewarding your dog for doing the right thing, rather than inflicting physical force, intimidation, or fear tactics that weaken the relationship between the dog and owner.


I embrace this method of dog training because, more than anything else, we need to be our dog’s teacher and guide in life. Whether training or modifying behavior, our goal should be to teach, manage, and guide our dogs so that we can prevent and/or resolve issues. Teachers and guides do this by teaching skills and boundaries using clear and consistent training.


Training and living with your dog should be a fun and enjoyable experience that forges a strong relationship between the both of you. My methods are always holistic, gentle, compassionate, and fair to both the dog and their people.

My Education

I am a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), a high-level industry-leading behavior certification. I enjoy continuing my education in training and behavior modification. I have obtained six professional certifications as a result of my dedication to helping dogs and their people.


My current professional certifications include the following:


  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant by IAABC
  • Certified Behavior Adjustment Trainer
  • Certified Victoria Stilwell Licensed Dog Trainer
  • The Third Way Certified Trainer
  • Certified Victoria Stilwell Academy Dog Trainer- Distinction
  • Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer


My continuing education experiences include the following:


  • Victoria Stilwell Academy for Training & Behavior
  • The Big Dog Behavior Seminar w/ Dr. Chris Pachel
  • Defensive Handling & Aggression w/ Michael Shikashio
  • Resource Guarding Seminar w/ Pat Miller
  • Pet Professional Guild Training & Behavior Conference
  • Fear Free Animal Trainer Course
  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Conference
  • Behavior Modification Solutions w/ Pat Miller
  • Brain to Bite w/ Chirag Patel
  • Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0 (BAT)
  • Aggression Cases From A-Z w/ Michael Shikashio
  • Aggression Mentorship Course w/ Michael Shikashio
  • Chris Bach’s The Third Way- Level 1 Certification
  • Chris Bach’s The Third Way- Level 2 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
  • Aggression in Dogs Master Course by Michael Shikashio


I attended the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior (VSA) and graduated with distinction.


While enrolled at the VSA, I learned about the following:

  • Positive Reinforcement Training Methods
  • Learning Theory
  • Canine Cognition
  • Canine Communication & Body Language
  • Sensory Education
  • Canine Emotion & Behavior
  • Along with many other related topics


Michael Shikashio's Aggression in Dogs certificate of completion photo.As a student of world renown aggression specialist, Michael Shikashio, I was asked in 2019, to be a beta tester for his in-depth and comprehensive Aggression in Dogs Masters Course which covers topics like: dog to dog aggression, dog to human aggression, resource guarding, management and safety and other related topics. I currently sit on a national panel with many other behavior consultants, veterinarians and industry leaders. We are currently creating standards and guidelines for the dog training and behavior industry, which is currently unregulated in the United States.


I’m a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and the Pet Professional Guild (PPG). In addition, I have a certificate from New York City’s Department of Health & Mental Hygiene in Animal Care & Handling (ID# 15-ACT 283).


In 2011, I graduated cum laude from Curry College in Massachusetts with a bachelor of arts degree in business communication.

About Gerber


On August 1, 2017 (AKA Dogust 1, 2017) I adopted my current dog, Gerber, who was one of the dogs that I was assigned to train and provide behavior modification services to at North Shore Animal League, where I volunteered in the Pet Behavior Department.


After volunteering my time with him for a year, I decided it was time to make it official and provide him with the home he deserves. I call Gerber my “Love at fifth sight dog” because it took me five times of working with him before I started to actually like him! I know some might think that sounds mean, but if you had seen him in September 2016, you too would have been turned off by his behaviors. Gerber has a very long way to go, but I also say he has his whole life to learn.


Currently, I am addressing Gerber’s resource guarding behaviors, his reactive behaviors towards dogs and people while on leash, his car chasing behavior and his drive to chase squirrels and rabbits. I am focusing primarily on teaching Gerber impulse control work and training skills using Chris Bach’s The Third Way training method. We have also had success implementing the Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0 program, by Grisha Stewart, with some of his reactive behaviors.  


Gerber enjoys training, running on his treadmill, walking with his friends, and trying to catch the occasional rabbit and squirrel.

With celebrity dog trainer
Victoria Stilwell, at the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior

A Fun Education For You & Your Dog

Teaching the dog owner is just as important as, if not more important than, teaching the dog. This collaboration helps ensure that you have the skills you need to live with and work with your dog in a more enjoyable manner. I will work with you and your dog using a hands-on approach and positive reinforcement training methods.


Understanding how to work with and communicate with your dog is essential in forming a strong relationship, as well as in setting boundaries. My lessons are individually designed to each dog’s and each dog owner’s unique needs.


You will learn:

✓ Hands-on skills to teach your dog
✓ How to set your dog up for success both inside and outside of your home
✓ To communicate clearly while setting boundaries
✓ To understand what your dog is communicating through body language and behavior

CBATI Certified BAT Instructor
Michael Shikashio's Aggression in Dogs certificate of completion photo.

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