Marni Bellavia, Owner
At HumaneK9 Dog Training, we feel very strongly that a successful relationship is created between dog and human by building trust and mutual understanding. We believe in and use humane training methods that enhance the communication between handler and dog.
We teach our classes using positive-reinforcement based training and encourage the use of humane "people empowering" techniques in our classes. We do not employ or tolerate harsh and inhumane punishment-based methods, as we feel that this type of punishment breaks down the relationship between dog and handler and in itself, escalates aggression.
Marni is the owner and trainer for HumaneK9 Dog Training. She has worked with the Humane Society of Broward County for the past 24 years and currently continues her dedicated work there. As part of the staff at the shelter, she has had the opportunity to work with and train a wide variety of dogs of all breeds. It is with this knowledge and other forms of education that has prepared her to excel in the field of dog training.
Marni is also the Manager of the Animal Assisted Therapy Program (pet therapy) at the Humane Society of Broward County. In this capacity Marni trains, evaluates and certifies all people and pets interested in volunteering with the Humane Society of Broward County's Animal Assisted Therapy Program.
As a member of several professional dog training organizations, Marni is consistently on the cutting edge of new dog training methods such as but not limited to: clicker training, target training, Rally Obedience, behavior modification as well as others.
Additionally, Marni is a certified American Kennel Club (AKC) Title Recognition Program Evaluator and conducts classes to prepare people and dogs to take their Canine Good Citizen test and Trick Dog test.