Family Dog Manners LLC was established in 2003 by Certified Trainer Wendy MacKenzie. She strives to help the average Family Dog Owner gain a healthy, happy and well behaved family companion; all with the use of Pain Free and Force Free Methods. Unfortunately a large percentage of "Trainers" are still using "old school" painful methods and the majority of typical dog owners are not aware there are more Positive and Humane Methods. Wendy's personal motto is; "use your dog's brain - not pain"!
Family Dog Manners is family-owned and 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 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 has been working with dogs almost her entire life; as they are her true passion. From 2003 to 2005 she decided to open up her own training facility in Lapeer Mi. After this, she decided to branch out and work with her personal vet as a "surgical assistant" for 3 years. This gave her the opportunity to learn about canine health. From 2009 to 2016 she held training classes in Lapeer at the local Pet Supplies Plus; helping hundreds of dogs and their owners. Currently Wendy works for Plaza Pet Club in St. Clair; she has been helping family dog owners with their companions for 3 years now and Loves It! From 2006 to current - Wendy has also been visiting clients homes and providing In Home Sessions.
Wendys methods - Wendy chooses to strictly use pain free and force 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 between Painful Methods and Positive Methods - she has converted hundreds of dog owners in the past 17 years!
Wendy owns "family dogs"; no titles, no obedience competitions and no ribbons. They are just wonderful, well behaved, respectful "family dogs". She has done a lot of research over the years to see just what typical families need and want - and they simply want well behaved companions. So this is what Wendy does; she teaches Families how to gain a well behaved dog within the family home, while on walks, while camping etc.
What breeds is Wendy familiar with? 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).