Family Dog Manners LLC was established in 2003 by Certified Trainer Wendy MacKenzie. She strives to help the average Family Dog Owner gain healthy, happy and well behaved family companions; all with the use of Science Based - Pain Free Methods. Wendy's personal motto is; "use your dog's brain - not pain"! She does what she does to save dog's lives and keep them within the family home! if she can just save one dog from being relinquished to a shelter or euthanized; it's all worth it!
Family Dog Manners is operated in St. Clair County MI. Since opening in 2003, we’ve treated every customer like they were a part of our family. Other companies may offer similar services, but our services come with a personal touch. Wendy started her business in Lapeer Mi, opening up her own Training Facility from 2003-2007. After this she took some time off from group classes to work for her local vet as a surgical assistant; this was to gain knowledge in canine health (which she has a huge passion for). From 2010 to 2018 she offered group classes at a local Petstore to help her local community. After moving to St. Clair County in 2017 she began working for Plaza Pet Club as their Group Class Instructor (and loves it!). 2003 - 2020 she has offered Private In Home sessions to Family Dog Owners.
Wendy Mackenzie is a proud member and Certified Professionally through Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She has assisted and rehabilitated thousands of dogs and owners in the past 17 years!
Get to know Wendy:
Wendy's methods - Wendy chooses to strictly use Science Based - pain free methods. The sight of a dog wearing a "prong collar" or "shock collar" almost puts her to tears. She strongly believes those types of painful methods are rarely needed and can actually make a dog fearful, reactive or aggressive. Luckily, every chance Wendy has, she takes the time to explain the difference and potential consequences and implications between Painful Methods and Positive Methods - she happily has converted hundreds of dog owners in the past 17 years!
Wendy owns "family dogs"; no titles, no obedience competitions and no ribbons - that's not her specialty! She specializes in and focuses on Family Dogs and their behaviors. She doesn't care if her dog can down/stay for 30 minutes, walk in a straight line by her knee, compete in obedience competitions. Wendy just has wonderful and well behaved "family dogs". She's done her research on what typical families need and want for their companions. The answer is: well behaved dogs within the family home, while on walks or while camping. Dog's that listen. Dog's that don't chase and nip the kids ;) Dog's that just don't pull the owners arm out of socket ;) Dog's that don't bark and bark and bark! So this is what Wendy does; she gives families several options to fulfill their needs and wants - all at affordable prices!
What breeds is Wendy familiar with? Virtually almost all of them! At this point during her 17 years of training; she has worked with most breeds and mixes and she loves them all ;) During her life she has owned - Chihuahuas, Chihuahua/Chinese Crested Mix, Siberian Huskies, Great Dane and a big old Lab/Pointer mix. She tends to choose the rescues or the more difficult to own breeds (she likes a challenge).