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Training/ Behavior

Marissa is a veterinary technician, trainer, and behavioral counselor at Oakcrest Pet Hospital.  After earning her degree at Colby Community College, she went on to graduate from the Animal Behavior College and receive her certification in Fear-Free Handling.  You will see her working with pets around the hospital to make their visits less stressful and more enjoyable and helping clients tackle troublesome behaviors with their pets.   In addition to her work with the patients, she offers group classes and private lessons to help people better communicate with their dogs. Below you will find information about her services:

1Pre-purchase Counseling

Pre-purchase counseling is great for individuals and families that are looking to get a new furry family member but are not sure what breed, sex, or age to get. Marissa can walk you through the process so you can narrow down the list, increasing the chances that you will get the type of dog you want.

Private Lessons

Canine behavior is very complex. Some issues are easily fixed, while others take time and can never be fixed (just managed). Problem behaviors include anything from jumping on people, running out open doors, barking, resource guarding, inter-dog aggression, and storm/noise phobias. If you have questions about a your dog's behavior, please give us a call and set up a private lesson. The earlier we can work on these problems, the better the outcome will be.

Basic Classes

Basic classes are for dogs 24 weeks and older.  Classes are held once a week at Oakcrest Pet Hospital for six weeks.  Marissa works on leash walking, sit, stay, down, and other basic commands.  Please call for availability.

Puppy Classes

Puppy classes are for puppies 10 weeks to 15 weeks old.  Classes are once a week at Oakcrest Pet Hospital for four weeks.  Marissa will work on basic commands and puppy socialization.  Please call for availability.

If you are interested in joining one of these classes or need a private lesson for your dog, call Oakcrest Pet Hospital and ask for Marissa!

(316) 722-4828

Some of the recent graduates from Basic Class and Puppy 2 Class


*For the protection of all the students, we require dogs have current Rabies, DHPP, and Bordetella vaccinations (administered by a veterinarian) and must be free of external parasites including fleas, ticks, and mites.


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