Mark Forrest Patrick
Camp Counselor & Trainer
Mark spent most of his career in Customer Service Management, but his real passion was his love for animals, particularly dogs. Mark has a great gift for taking an ill behaved, sometimes aggressive dog and turning him into a big old teddy bear.
Mark created the Tuxedo’s K-9 Training Camp for that very purpose. He wanted to help dog lovers in the Rochester NY area, learn how to care for and really enjoy living with their K9 companion. He uses a positive reinforcement approach to building a long lasting relationship between owner and dog. Through this training method your K9 companion learns that good behavior will be positively rewarded. His business slogan reads “Training for you…. Training for your dog!” He teaches the dog, but he also teaches the owners and their family members how to interact with their pet so that they can be comfortable and happy with their furry companion.
Mark is a writer and contributor for the Rochester Woman’s Magazine and Pet Palooza Extra. The publication is a free publication distributed in the Rochester, NY area monthly. Mark’s articles are based on behavior, nutrition and safety for your canine companion.
Mark has also been an advocate for animal rights and involved with the Beverly Animal Shelter in Waterloo, New York, Verona Street Animal Shelter in Rochester, NY and the Cracker Box Palace a large animal rescue shelter in Alton, New York.
Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer & Vet Assistant
Mark is a graduate of Animal Behavior College (ABC) with a certificate in Dog Training and Veterinary Assistant. As a graduate of ABC his training philosophy is based on positive motivation and conditioning, in order to build a long lasting relationship between man and his best friend!
Member of International Association of Canine Professionals
The International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) is an organization established to maintain standards of professional and business practice among canine professionals.Its aim is to provide support and representation for all professional occupations involved with any aspect of canine management, health, training and husbandry.
Canine Good Citizen
The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program, established in 1989, is an American Kennel Club program to promote responsible dog ownership and to encourage the training of well-mannered dogs. A dog and handler team must take a short behavioral evaluation of less than half an hour; The evaluation consists of ten objectives. Dogs who pass the evaluation earn the Canine Good Citizen certificate, abbreviating it as CGC; for example, “Fido, CGC”. Mark is an Evaluator 66603 for this program.
Member of The Association of Animal Behavior Professionals
Association of Animal Behavior Professionals goal is to build a community of animal behavior professionals who are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in professionalism and are dedicated to non-aversive methods. The AABP is a community of professionals with a particular interest to maintaining high standards in ethics and professionalism, and have a very strong commitment to animal-friendly methods. The AABP takes a strong stand against aversive methods and encourages creativity and high levels of competence in order to avoid aversive stimulation. Another characteristic of the AABP is that we promote a behavior analytic approach to changing behavior, as opposed to a medical-model (diagnosis-treatment) orientation. The AABP is dedicated to the science of behavior.