rita tretter, csmt, ccft

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How do you serve precious pets?

  • Pet Training

Which training type do you employ to encourage paw-sitive behaviors?

  • Pet Behavior Modification
  • Dog Obedience Training

What part of the animal kingdom do you serve?

  • Dogs

On a scale of snail to elephant, what size animals do you work with?

  • 20-39 lbs
  • 40-79 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
  • under 20 lbs

Pet Certifications

  • American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Approved Evaluator (AKC CGC)
  • Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT)
  • Certified Canine Massage Therapist (CCMT)
  • FitPaws Master Trainer (FP-MT)

Cat-astrophes happen! What is your cancellation policy?

  • Flexible

Which part of the country do you serve pets?

Twin Cities & surrounding communities, Minnesota

How did you hone your craft?

My very first word was "Doggie!" and that set the stage for the rest of my life! Dog Training has been a lifelong passion and wonderful experience for me and I have devoted most of my life to learning as much as possible about dogs in general and about the specific problems people encounter when training their dog. I am always involved in continuing education through seminars, webinars, classes, books, and online learning. Please feel free to check out all my 5-star reviews on my website: CanineRevival.com. I am also certified in Canine Fitness Training, Canine Massage, and I'm a FitPAWS Master Trainer.

What tip would you give pet parents for working with animals that you've learned as a pro?

Always work with the dog in front of you. Don't make generalizations about dogs or certain breeds of dogs. While most dogs have a few things in common, each dog is an individual :)

What is one thing you want pet parents to know about you? It can be whatev-fur you'd like!

I started working with dogs at the age of 11 as a volunteer at the Humane Society in St Paul. By age 13, they offered me a job as the Saturday adoption desk lead employee. From there, my life and passions have revolved around dogs! In the veterinary field, I've been a vet tech, surgical assistant, treatment tech, and xray tech. I am certified in Canine Massage & Canine Fitness and am a Professional Dog Trainer and FitPAWS Master Trainer. I am also an AKC-approved Canine Good Citizen trainer & evaluator and I work with Veteran's through an amazing organization called Train a Dog-Save a Warrior, helping veteran's train their own service dog!