Our Training Methods
Meet the Trainer
Marge Crane is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Certified Wag It! Games Instructor, an A.K.C. Approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).
Marge has over fifteen years experience working with people and their dogs in a group class setting and on a one-on-one basis. She has been involved in various dog sports and many different types of classes as a student. This gives Marge a unique insight into the position of her students and an empathetic mindset towards their situation. Her enthusiasm shows in her teaching style and love of the subject matter. Marge demonstrates a genuine interest in both the client’s and dog's progress. She values the importance of making learning a fun experience for both the client and their dog.
Marge's canine education consists of a multitude of seminars, workshops, and self-study, to stay current on research and updates in the field of canine behavior. She believes in continuing education to stay abreast of the latest dog training techniques and is forever a student.
She lives in Hamlin, NY, with her very understanding husband, Ralph. They share their home with two German Shepherds, Reaba and Sammie, and a few felines who are part of their pack.
Recent Continuing Education
Suzanne Clothier: Trainers Workshop, June 2012
Suzanne Clothier: Madness to Maturity Seminar, May 2013
Suzanne Clothier: Trainers Workshop, June 2013
Ian Dunbar: New Concepts for Treatment of Dog Aggression Seminar, April 2014
Steve and Jennifer White: Raising the BaR , Taking your training to the next level, April 2014
Shelly Volsche, E-Training for Dogs: Teaching Canine Scent Work Certificate, June 2014
Kathy Sdao: So Many Choices Seminar, July 2014
Denise Fenzi Academy: Nose Work Games, Sept. 2014
Suzanne Clothier: Advanced Trainers Workshop, August 2014
Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference, October 2014
Debbie Jacobs, Understanding Shy and Fearful Dogs, October 2014
Ken Ramirez, Reinforcement Strategies and Implementation, February 2015
“My dogs and I have worked with Marge Crane for two years. I own several Havanese and we have participated in her Wag It classes as well as private instruction for obedience and competition. Marge utilizes techniques that increase both my dogs’ focus and attention. She stays current in her knowledge as a trainer and puts those skills into practice, helping me be a better handler/owner. I can count on her to provide personalized strategies to ensure success for myself and my dogs.”
Kathleen F. - Hamlin, NY
“Marge is a very patient, knowledgeable instructor, she will say to you what you are doing well and also will suggest changes on what you are doing to get a better response from the dog. She takes the time to explain what is going on when the dog is having difficulty with a training exercise and why certain things get certain reactions from them. She listens to you if there is something in particular you want to focus on, or something that you need to work on or a goal to work towards (Such as behaving better on the leash or needing to pass a canine test). I highly recommend taking any of her classes whether your dog is just starting down the path of training or you have a well-trained dog with just a couple specific areas to work on.”
Tammy V. - Rochester, NY
“My dog loves Wag It Games! She has transformed from shy and retiring to confident and outgoing as a result of participating in Wag It Games classes at Southfork Acres. Her new attitude shows in her improved performance in agility competition as well as how she approaches new situations in her daily life. Thank you Marge Crane!”Nancy M. - Hilton, NY