410-200-0091 / Easton, MD

ABOUT SUSAN

Pawsitive Fit trainer and behavior consultant Susan Sarubin began her study of learning theory and animal behavior at Boston University, where she received her B.A. in Psychology. After years of training her own dogs for AKC titles in the conformation ring and in field trial competition, she decided to commit to her love of dogs with a career change from the health club industry to training dogs professionally.

Susan studied extensively with internationally renowned positive trainer, author and behavior consultant Pat Miller, at Miller’s Peaceable Paws training facility in Hagerstown, MD. She completed a year-long trainer apprentice program in 2006, and began teaching Good Manners classes for puppies and adult dogs at Peaceable Paws. Since 2006, Susan has attended five week-long intern academies with Ms. Miller in canine behavior and training, behavior modification, advanced behavior studies, aggression, and canine cognition, and attends national dog behavior conferences and seminars annually. Pawsitive Fit, LLC, was founded in 2007, offering private, in-home training and behavior consultations in the Greater Baltimore area for three years prior to relocating to Easton, MD, in 2010.

A CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) since 2009, Susan was awarded the designation of CBCC-KA (Certified Behavior Consultant Canine- Knowledge Assessed) in 2015, through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, becoming only the second behavior consultant in Maryland to achieve this certification. In addition, Susan is a Pat Miller Certified Trainer (PMCT3), a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), a member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Positive Professional Pet Trainers (MAAPPPT), and is certified in Pet First Aid & CPR by the American Safety & Health Institute. As a freelance writer, she contributes articles on dog training to local and national publications including The Whole Dog Journal. Susan served as Maryland State Coordinator for Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, Inc. from 2004 to 2014, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Dancing for the Dogs, an annual fundraiser since 2011 benefiting shelters and rescue organizations on the Mid Shore of Maryland, and on the Board of Directors of Talbot Humane, Talbot County’s animal shelter.

Susan lives in the Easton Village neighborhood of Easton with her husband and three Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

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