The professional dog training team at Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center is highly educated in dog behaviors, reinforcement techniques and non-verbal body language. Our team stays current on training certifications and technique by attending the latest conferences, seminars, and even other dog training classes with their own dogs.
Mary Ellen Costanzo:
Mary Ellen joined the Holiday House team in February 2020 as a daycare teacher. That summer, she became a member of the training center team. Mary Ellen is also involved with Puppy Social Hour and teaches group training classes. Mary Ellen spent 30 years as an expanded-functions dental assistant with a pediatric dentist. When the practice was sold, she took time off to care for Summer, the family’s Goldendoodle. Mary Ellen also started volunteering at the Women’s Animal Center in Bensalem, walking and feeding the dogs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mary Ellen and her family began fostering Lucy, a Coonhound mix, for the shelter and officially adopted her in January 2021. Working with dogs has been Mary Ellen’s true dream job, and she loves seeing the progress of her training students. Mary Ellen is married and has two sons.
Mark joined the Holiday House Pet Resort training team in December 2021. He brings decades of experience in a wide range of dog training and canine behavior to the team. Mark learned the finer aspects of improving communication and instructing owners & their dogs under world-renowned author, trainer, and judge Jack Vollhard. Mark is an avid Doberman Pinscher enthusiast and has been a competitor in AKC obedience, tracking, and the working dog sport of Schutzhund which includes tracking, obedience and protection work. Over the years Mark has earned multiple placements in national and regional K9 events. Mark's training approach is flexible and adaptive as he believes dogs differ in their personalities, drive levels, and genetics, so an adaptive approach is a great asset. Mark currently resides in Doylestown with his Doberman, Lena.
Laura began working at Holiday House Pet Resort in May 2019. She joined the dog daycare team soon thereafter and was a dog daycare supervisor before moving to the training team. Laura adopted her first rescue dog, Goose, during her senior year of high school. After graduating from the Solebury School in 2020, she adopted another rescue dog,Oriole, that summer. Laura discovered a passion for training while raising and training the dogs on her own. She joined the training team in December 2021, and hopes to earn her Certified Professional Dog Training (CPDT) certification soon. Laura is also learning about dog psychology.
Trainer & Daycare and Training Programs Director
Cheryl joined Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center in August 2018 and became a member of the training team in February 2019. In December 2020 she joined the resort full time as the daycare and training programs director. Cheryl leads Puppy Social Hour and also teaches group training classes. Cheryl enjoys helping pet parents better understand their dog and giving them the communication tools to make life more harmonious. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and adopted terrier-cattle dog mix, Kira. When she's not at work, Cheryl enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, kayaking, or going to the beach.
Why do we believe our training methods are better?
Our trainers are members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. The professional training team at Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center uses positive reinforcement methods for lasting results. Through the 3 “P”s — practice, persistence and patience —most any dog can learn using positive reinforcement.
Clear communication fosters confidence and creates a positive relationship. Teaching basic obedience establishes a language your dog can understand and sets expectations for good behavior.
No two dogs are the same. To achieve effective training and long-term success, the dog as a whole must be taken into consideration. Breed characteristics, personality, and overall energy level are evaluated in order to tailor a program that will connect with your dog. For example, herding breeds may have a different response to learning certain commands. Puppies may need extra time to learn so breaking down the process into easier steps is helpful.
A training program should be designed to fit the dog. It’s not as simple as giving a tasty treat when the dog does something good. Training should be physically and mentally engaging for the dog. Giving the dog the ability to think and problem solve are key elements to effective learning.
Positive reinforcement training is about teamwork and clear, consistent communication.