Shelby Marlo (CPDT)
Professional Dog Trainer and Animal Behavioral Specialist
Shelby Marlo is a charter member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers,
a professional organization of individual trainers who are committed
to becoming better trainers through education. Founded in 1993 by
Dr. Ian Dunbar as a forum for trainers to meet and discuss
topics of mutual interest, their focus is on humane training methods
for dogs. Membership has grown to over 3000, and the APDT has become
a voice for pet dog trainers worldwide.
A former board member
of the West Los Angeles Obedience Training Club, Shelby was a member
of the Top Dog team, who showed Lotte, her Smooth Collie, in competition
during the 1990s. Lotte was the first Smooth Collie to win "High-In-Trial,"
the highest honor from the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills and The
Collie National. Lotte is now in the history books for her record-breaking
accomplishments and was the top ranked obedience collie in America.
Shelby and Lotte competed in both the Gaines Regional and the Gaines
Classic Competitions by invitation only. They received the prestigious
Dog World Award from Dog World magazine.
Co-founder of the
L.A. Dog Trainers meetings, which are held on a monthly basis at
Shelby's home in Los Angeles, the brightest minds in the Los Angeles
dog training world come to exchange ideas and information. Having
studied the methodologies of many of the most progressive people
in the field, including Dr. Ian Dunbar of the Center for Applied
Animal Behavior, the late John Fisher, Michael W. Fox, Karen L.
Overall, John Rogerson, Karen Pryor, author of Don't Shoot the
Dog, the bible of dog training, Shelby combines her innate knowledge
of animal behavior with positive reinforcement and behavior modification
techniques. As she says, "I take constant pleasure in seeing difficult
animals turn into marvelous family members. This is the true joy
of my work."
Dog training is
not an accredited field, which is why Shelby works constantly to
upgrade standards and legitimize the specialty, traveling constantly
to study and update her skills in all areas that apply. She teaches
group obedience classes on a weekly basis (kindergarten through
agility and advanced training) and has thousands of individual clients
For more information
read Shelby's training philosophy