specializing in Finding what works for you and your dog.
Holly McArthur is a Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant
who has studied animal behavior, training and learning theory for more than twenty five years. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) through the Council for Professional Dog Trainers and holds a Professional membership in the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Widely respected and recommended by local veterinarians, Optimist Dog Training is committed to providing practical solutions to client's dog training needs.
Holly avidly stays up-to-date on the latest training techniques and theory through courses and conferences every year. She has attended seminars, workshops and conferences with nationally recognized trainers and authors (See list below.)
Holly's particular strength is in puppy and adolescent development and training. She created a unique puppy curriculum that focuses on the foundations of raising a sound and healthy puppy while helping families teach their puppy good manners. In addition to specializing in all things puppy and basic pet manners training for dogs of any age, Holly regularly works with shy dogs, has a special fondness for border collies and loves teaching tricks.
Holly has served as Director of the Canine Program for Pets Lifeline, Sonoma Valley's animal shelter and Supervisor of the Dog Obedience Training Program at Marin Humane where she led efforts to revamp the training facility, update curriculum and improve training for instructors and behavior consultants. She has taught group training classes for more than a decade and has volunteered for many canine-related organizations including Guide Dogs for the Blind and 4H. She is a graduate of the Canine Behavior Academy with nationally recognized trainer Trish King. When not helping people live happier lives with their dogs she enjoys hiking and training with her own dogs, horseback riding and, of course, observing animal behavior at every opportunity.
Holly trains and/or competes her own dogs in obedience, rally, USBCHA herding, agility, scentwork, barn hunt, tricks, dock diving, parkour, and freestyle. She is the Secretary of the Norcal Working Sheepdog Assoc. and a member of the Oakland Dog Training Club.
Holly shares her life with Diesel and Dot, both working border collies, and Tilly, a field-bred golden retriever, in addition to a small flock of sheep, pygmy goats, chickens, a cat and her very patient husband and teenagers.
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Certified Professional Dog Trainer CPDT-KA #2102463
Association of Professional Dog Trainers Professional Member #75862
Certificate in Canine Assessment & Counseling, CCAC from Trish King's CBA I & II
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator #46053
Certified in Pet CPR & First Aid
Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Silver medal CTDI
BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison