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 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 and Diesel high above Donner Lake

Holly and Diesel high above Donner Lake


Training Diesel for scentwork

Training Diesel for scentwork

Dot is always ready to work her sheep

Dot is always ready to work her sheep

Tilly tries dock diving and wins a blue ribbon her first time

Tilly tries dock diving and wins a blue ribbon her first time

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.

Currently Holly is the Supervisor of the Dog Obedience Training Program at Marin Humane. Previously she served as  Director of the Canine Program for Pets Lifeline, Sonoma Valley's animal shelter from 2009-2012. She has taught group training classes for a decade in various locations 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 I & II taught by 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, herding, agility, scentwork, tricks, dock diving, parkour, and freestyle.  She is a member of Norcal Working Sheepdog Assoc, Oakland Dog Training Club, and World Canine Freestyle Organization.

Holly shares her life with Diesel and Dot, both working border collies, and Tilly, a field-bred golden retriever, in addition to sheep, goats, chickens, a cat and her very patient husband and teenagers.

To contact Holly and Optimist Dog Training email info@optimistdog.com

 


CREDENTIALS

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, Bronze medal CTDI

BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

 
Tilly is ready to learn!

Tilly is ready to learn!

Topbrass Full Tilt Boogie receives her CGC at 6 months old.

Topbrass Full Tilt Boogie receives her CGC at 6 months old.