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MEG IRIZARRY - Master Trainer

My interest in professional dog training was sparked over 19 years ago when I first began to raise puppies for The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ. During the time I was raising, I began to search for kinder, gentler and more effective ways to train. I also developed an insatiable desire to understand how dogs learn and function. Positive training methods, based on the science of behavior, were just beginning to emerge and I knew it was exactly what I was looking for.
In addition to being the trainer at Fulcrum Dog Training, I am currently the satellite trainer for Susquehanna Service Dogs, a school that trains dogs to assist people with physical and developmental disabilities.  I am proud to be a full member of the Pet Professional Guild, promoting force free training. Previously, I taught group classes at Positive Motional Dog Training in NJ, worked for 7 years as an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, and was an endorsed member of NADOI, the National Assoc. of Dog Obedience Instructors.
I have studied under Pam Dennison, author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Positive Dog Training and have contributed content and assisted in editing her second book, How to Right a Dog Gone Wrong. I have attended numerous seminars given by such notables as Ted Turner and Patricia McConnell, Bob Bailey, Parvene Farhoody and Kathy Sdao, to name a few and have completed a Canine Behavioral Seminar at Cornell University. In 2013, I attended a very comprehensive, three day exposition in Connecticut and had the pleasure of attending lectures by some of the most respected and skilled trainers, behaviorists and scientists in the canine world. Karen Pryor, Ken Ramirez and Kay Laurence, were among the presenters and lecturers. Having completed a seminar given by Kellie Snider on using the Constructional Aggression Treatment (CAT) method for dealing with aggressive and reactive dogs, I am very excited about the increased success in rehabilitating previously human and dog aggressive dogs.  I have given numerous behavioral seminars at high schools as well as Rutgers University and Johnson Technical College.


CHRIS WARRINER (Trainer/Owner) & KAREN VALES (Owner)

We would like to introduce ourselves and give you some background information on how Fulcrum Dog Training   came about.  Our names are Karen Vales & Chris Warriner and along with owning Fulcrum Dog Training, LLC, we also own  Camp KCS, Inc here in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. 

Through our careers we have seen our fair share of dogs and their behaviors and while not all behaviors are undesirable, some can be.  We have worked with many trainers and have been in the animal care field for over 23 years.  The reason for creating this dog training business is to properly inform dog owners on how to understand their dog and to train them in a way that you will both enjoy.  We found that positive reinforcement engages your dog to more often exhibit the desirable behaviors you crave.

Karen graduated high school in New York City and then pursued a career as a laboratory technician at Advanced Career Training. She then went to work at Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey for 2 years as a laboratory technician. Then she moved to Pennsylvania where she worked for 8 years as a veterinary technician at Creature Comforts Veterinary Service. Karen has two children and a tremendous love for animals and always has their best interests in mind. After 8 years at Creature Comforts, She decided to open up a business catering to animals, where she has been for the last 16 years and with her knowledge of animals and their behavior; she can easily read them and know what they want.

I went to school in Philadelphia and pursued many job interests. I then decided moved to the Poconos where I discovered what I really enjoyed doing, was working with animals. With no knowledge of veterinary medicine, I started working at Pocono Lake Animal Hospital which taught me many skills. After working with Dr. Miller for two years I had the opportunity to further advance my emergency medical skills by working for Creature Comforts Veterinary Service where I stayed for six years and then decided to pursue opening Camp KCS, Inc, and I am still currently working for a veterinarian as well.

I really enjoy learning and teaching pet owners how to understand their dogs. While I have known Meg our head trainer for over 20 years, it wasn’t until recently that we approached her about joining forces to create a business that could help all dog owners.  We are all enthusiastic about this journey and hope that we can pass on the knowledge we all have acquired over the years.   In Addition to this, I have completed my CDTI (Certified Dog Trainer & Instructor) at Penn Foster and will continue to learn and develop my knowledge of animal behavior.

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