I have been professionally training family dogs since 1997, and currently provide training in the Newtown, CT area. We have ongoing classes for therapy dog foundation work, and therapy dog handlers courses. I also occasionally offer puppy kindergarten and family manners classes. A summary curriculum vitae as it relates to dogs and dog training:
Ann Marie Cioffi. E-Mail:
in Applied Psychology
Dog Trainer of Family Pet Dogs since 1997
and Evaluator for The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.
of and Trainer for the Newtown-Strong Therapy Dogs
Dog Training Study/Education:
several intensive one-week trainers’ camps throughout the Northeast, over a
three year period
with two separate positive/motivational professional dog trainers
numerous one-, two- and three-day seminars given by some of the top
professional dog trainers in the country, using positive/motivational training
techniques and methods
I provide ongoing therapy dog training, including
Foundation training (basic obedience) for older dogs, and private training for puppies
and dogs of all ages. Also provide occasional PuppyKindergarten, Manners I and Manners II classes.
been training my own dogs as therapy dogs since 1997.
been training and competing with my own dogs in several AKC venues since 1997
and have titled my own dogs in the following:
AKC Obedience, Agility, Rally, and Tracking. I also show my dogs in Conformation.
of Cayberry Golden Retrievers, www.cayberry.com
Memberships: I am
an active member of:
Valley Golden Retriever Club (and on the Board of Directors)
Dog Training Club of Waterbury
Chester Obedience Dog Training Club
Association of Professional Dog Trainers
of Investigation. Twelve years in
Washington, DC working as a headquarters supervisor for the FBI, and then a few
years with a private company before moving back home to Connecticut.
*Therapist/counselor: VITAM, a rehabilitation facility for young
people. Two years.
*Conair Corp./Cuisinart: Vice
President/Officer. 18 years
VP of Human
Resources and Administration.
Provided corporate training in Interpersonal
Skills, and Listening & Communication Skills.
I am now retired
from the professional work environment, and focus on foundation training,
therapy dog training, therapy dog work, and AKC competition with my own dogs.