Training/ Behavior

Marissa is a veterinary technician, trainer, and behavioral counselor at Oakcrest Pet Hospital.  She earned her technical degree at Colby Community College in 2005 and then pursued her certification in dog training from the Animal Behavior College.   Over the years, she has continued to further her education in animal behavior and recently became certified in Fear-Free Handling.  You will see her working with pets around the hospital to make their visits less stressful 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 a great option 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. Marissa can help you work one-on-one with your pet to correct or control these troublesome behaviors.


Basic Classes*

Basic classes are designed for dogs 24 weeks and older.  They are held in a group setting with approximately 3-6 dogs.  They meet once a week in the evenings for six weeks at Oakcrest Pet Hospital.  Marissa will help you train your dog to properly walk on a leash, sit, stay, lay down, and other basic commands.  Please call for availability.

Puppy Classes*

Puppy classes are designed for puppies 10 weeks to 15 weeks old.  They are held in a group setting with approximately 3-6 dogs.  They meet once a week in the evenings for four weeks at Oakcrest Pet Hospital.  Marissa will help you train your puppy on basic commands and socialization with people and other dogs.  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

class graduationClass photo             giant schnauzer puppy sitting             man telling puppy to sit   

*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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