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I have been professionally training family dogs since 1997, and currently provide training in the Newtown, CT area.  We have ongoing classes for therapy dog foundation work, and therapy dog handlers courses.  I also occasionally offer puppy kindergarten and family manners classes.  A summary curriculum vitae as it relates to dogs and dog training:

Ann Marie Cioffi.  E-Mail:


B.S. in Education

M.A. in Applied Psychology

Dog Trainer Credentials:

*Professional Dog Trainer of Family Pet Dogs since 1997

*Trainer and Evaluator for The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.

*Director of and Trainer for the Newtown-Strong Therapy Dogs

Family Dog Training Study/Education: 

  • Attended several intensive one-week trainers’ camps throughout the Northeast, over a three year period

  • Apprenticed with two separate positive/motivational professional dog trainers

  • Attended numerous one-, two- and three-day seminars given by some of the top professional dog trainers in the country, using positive/motivational training techniques and methods


     I provide ongoing therapy dog training, including Foundation training (basic obedience) for older dogs, and private training for puppies and dogs of all ages.   Also provide occasional PuppyKindergarten, Manners I and Manners II classes.            

 *Have been training my own dogs as therapy dogs since 1997. 

*Have been training and competing with my own dogs in several AKC venues since 1997 and have titled my own dogs in the following:  AKC Obedience, Agility, Rally, and Tracking.  I also show my dogs in Conformation.

*Breeder of Cayberry Golden Retrievers,

Dog-Related Memberships:    I am an active member of:

  • The Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA)

  • The Hudson Valley Golden Retriever Club (and on the Board of Directors)

  • The Obedience Dog Training Club of Waterbury

  • The Port Chester Obedience Dog Training Club

  • The Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Non-Dog-Related Background:

*Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Twelve years in Washington, DC working as a headquarters supervisor for the FBI, and then a few years with a private company before moving back home to Connecticut.

*Therapist/counselor:  VITAM, a rehabilitation facility for young people.  Two years.

*Conair Corp./Cuisinart:   Vice President/Officer.  18 years

VP of Human Resources and Administration. 

Provided corporate training in Interpersonal Skills, and Listening & Communication Skills. 

I am now retired from the professional work environment, and focus on foundation training, therapy dog training, therapy dog work, and AKC competition with my own dogs.




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