Pit Bull School
About Pit Bull School
THE TRAINER:   Pit Bull School classes,
workshops and seminars are taught by Mary
Harwelik, CPDT (Certified Professional Dog
Trainer). Mary has been training dogs since
approx. 1985 (yes, she started when just a
child!).  Mary has spent her entire adult life
studying the science of behavior, learning,
and the proper application of training
methods.  She is currently the trainer and
behavior counselor for RPB.

Mary stays away from Traditional-Style
Training methods which employ the use of
choke chains, prong collars, alpha rolls,
scruff shakes and other physical,
heavy-handed techniques. These old
fashioned training methods, which are sadly
still popular, use false 'psychology' to
describe dog behavior based on debunked
research done on wolves many years ago.  
Mary uses positive reinforcement-based
training, and current science is her guiding
force in dog training.  Her method of choice is
Clicker Training.

Mary is the founder and director of The Real
Pit Bull, Inc., a NJ nonprofit corporation
dedicated to breed advocacy.  

WHAT IS PIT BULL SCHOOL?   Pit Bull
School is a program offered through The Real
Pit Bull, Inc.  It offers low cost training classes
for Pit Bull guardians and  shelter and rescue
workers in Union County, NJ.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Training Method:  The training method we use is
positive reinforcement with a clicker.

Banned Equipment: choke chains, prong collars,
back-clip harnesses, chain leashes, Flexi-leads,
quick-snap collars, shock/e-collars.  DO NOT show up
to class with your dog in any of these things.

DOGS MUST BE SPAYED OR NEUTERED.

Please bring your own water & water bowl.  Please
bring poop bags and be sure to clean up after your dog!