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Dr. Mary Burch

Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
and Author
Dr. Mary Burch has more than 25 years of dog experience and is one of less than 100 Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists in the United States. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, has trained dogs to the advanced levels of obedience and is considered an international expert on the topic of therapy dogs. Dr. Burch is the author of fifteen books, more than 200 articles, and has been a lobbyist on legislation pertaining to dangerous dogs and responsible dog ownership. She is frequently interviewed as an expert by newspapers, radio and magazines for articles related to all aspects of animal behavior and responsible dog ownership.

Media Appearances:
• Martha Stewart Living
• Animal Planet
• Video—AKC Dog Care and Training
• Leader of Ladies Home Journal “Ask The AKC Expert” message board 
• Animal Behavior Expert for AOL's Pawnation

Quoted expert:
• Newsweek
• U.S. News & World Report
  • Reader’s Digest 
  • MSNBC 
  • Prevention Magazine 
  • National Geographic

    Professional Experience/Education/Awards:
    • Winner of the Maxwell Medallion-Dog Writer’s Association of America
  • Dog Writers Hall of Fame
    • Founding member of the Animal Trainer’s Forum in the Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies - Animal Behavior Trustee
    • Invited presenter on canine behavior throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe


Tip from AKC Expert Dr. Mary Burch

Plush toys are soft, stuffed toys. These can be good for playtime with you. Some dogs like to carry a stuffed toy around, and they will go years without chewing single hole in the toy. Other dogs see stuffed toys as prey whose stuffing and squeakers should be removed. As with any toys, you should know how your dog plays with individual toys and provide supervision when necessary.

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Tip from AKC Expert Dr. Mary Burch

"Puzzle toys are usually filled with small bits of food. The purpose of puzzles is to encourage the dog to work in order to get the food. Puzzles can improve your dog’s memory as well as teach her to attend to a task for a period of time. Puzzles can provide both a mental exercise and leisure activity for when you are not at home."

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AKC Expert Dr. Mary Burch says....

"They may look like simple tricks such as “rollover” and “shake hands,” but there are many benefits to teaching your dog to do tricks. Trick training improves a dog’s concentration, memory and confidence. Some tricks, such as walking on a barrel, improve the dog’s balance, flexibility, and muscle tone.  Trick training is positive, and can make a good trainer out of a beginning trainer. And, trick training is fun!"

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Tip from AKC Expert Dr. Mary Burch

"Playing with your dog is an activity that you should do every day. Play provides exercise, intellectual stimulation, a break from training, and a way to teach your dog problem-solving skills. Through play, you can develop a bond with your dog that will last a lifetime."

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Tip from AKC Expert Dr. Mary Burch 

"Taking your dog for a walk is a great way to provide exercise, not only for your dog, but for yourself as well. Walking your dog provides opportunities for socialization and teaches your pup about the neighborhood. If pulling on the leash is a problem, start by using a toy or treat to get your dog’s attention. Then reward the dog for not pulling."

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