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Mary Kalista Jackson,
1419 North 2nd Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220
Phone: 920-682-1185 | Cell: 920-242-2930

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26 Comments on “Contact Mary

  1. My wife had a stroke 3 weeks ago and has mobility and visual issues . . . doctor suggested a service dog. Since we have a 7 month old German Shepherd (Imported Working Line from Germany) we are hoping to find someone able to train her to be my wife’s service dog. Is this something you could do

    • Dear Mr. Hannemann,
      I am sorry to say, but I do not train service dogs. You might try to Google for information. Service training usually takes awhile, depending on what your wife would all need help with.
      I wish you luck on your search.

  2. We just recently adopted a 3 year old min pin/chichuahua/and some other med to large breed mix from the shelter. She immediately bonded with my husband and I and was the sweetest dog. Now no one can even come into our house without her barking, growling and snapping. I had her out in the yard today and the neighbor came over to talk to me and she attacked her and almost bit her. I don’t know any history except that she was a stray. She is very lovable with us but I am afraid she is going to hurt someone else. Do you have classes that will help address this problem? We have only had her a few days but she was aggressive enough today to really worry me.

    • We would have to start with a consult so I can see the problem and figure out the training needed to correct the situation. Most aggression are done through private sessions.

  3. I have six dogs…three female, three male…the two brother dogs FIGHT all the time lately…they were born Aug 2010…I can’t even leave them together anymore…is there anything I can do besides getting rid of one???

  4. Hello Mary. I have had several friends recommend you to my family. We have recently gotten a very handsome Dalmatian puppy. He is now 11 weeks old and proving to be a stubborn Dalmatian, being difficult to housebreak. We are also having a little issue with him chewing on our 5 year old. He’s not necesarily aggresive, it is more of a playing issue, but either way, we would like it to stop. Is this something you can help us with?

    • Congratulations on your new puppy. It sounds like he is just being a puppy. For house training remember that whenever they wake up, eat, drink or play puppy’s will have to go potty. And it happens just that fast. When you take him out make sure he is on a leash and stand still. Then wait for him to go. When he pees or poops praise him and give him a treat. If he won’t go put him in his crate for 5-10 minutes and try again. You can put a bell on the door and ring every time you go outside. You would say potty, or outside every time you ring the bell.
      Your puppy needs socialization and beginners training. He needs to learn bite ambition, how to play, and basic cues.
      You can email at or call me at 920-682-1185 with more questions or to find out about classes.

  5. I will like to how I can do to help my dog not to be aggressive with new people he is almost a year old sense he went o the vet he snaps and barks and try to bite please help I will hate if I have to put him down or if he hurts somebody with us he is a sweet heart

    • Hi Kathy,
      We would need to start out with a consult. I would need more information about your puppy. First of all what breed is he? Has he had any socialization? Has he had any formal training? Please call me at 920-682-1185, or 920-242-2930, or you can email me at I would be more than happy to set up a consult and see what we could do to turn your dog around.

  6. Hi Mary,

    I have a Lhasa Apso that has a possessive personality. He has bitten me three times and has also bit a few of my other family members. He collects socks from around the house and gets aggressive about food. He is a real sweetheart 99% of the time but, it’s that 1% that scares me. He is 4.5 years old and I don’t want to lose him. Do you think you could help him?

    • Hi Maddie,
      There are some things you can change around to help him. Has he had formal training? Does he know that you are head of the house, or does he run the house? By changing things around and giving him rules, might change a lot. To know what is really going one we would need to do a consult. There are more questions to answered and I need to see how he acts. You are welcome to email me at, or call me 920-682-1185, or 920-242-2930. I would be more than happy to set something up and help you with your dog.

  7. We have an 11 month old yellow lab who has got tremendous energy. I know he is still puppy but we need to be able to somehow channel some of this energy. He seems to have a bit of separation anxiety, also. Can you PLEASE HELP US!!! You were referred to is by a friend

  8. I have a pamphlet from the vet and your prices are scratched off. What do you charge for a session. Renee

  9. Hi Mary,
    We have a 9 week old Boxer Puppy and would like to enroll in Puppy Classes with you. I saw on your web site that you just had a puppy socialization class last Saturday. Are you offering any more classes for puppies? (Our puppy is up to date on all vaccinations but has not yet had her rabies shot)
    So I assume we will have to wait until she has been vaccinated before we bring her to you. Is this correct?

    • Hi Tracey,
      You most certainly can still join us in Puppy Socialization classes. As long as you puppy is healthy and is up-to-date on the vaccinations it is suppose to have, you are fine. Please register on my website or email me at mary@k9perfection so I write you in and get all the paperwork together.

  10. Interested in private training for our one year old chocolate lab. He is so strong I have difficulty leash walking him. We live on 110 acres and would love to have him off leash in front yard that is not fenced but nervous about him running off. Also have issues with him getting overly excited with visitors or taking him to the vet.

  11. Dear Mary, After getting a new knee, I need a dog ( dogs ) walker for about a month. Can you recommend such a person for half an hour per day, must have own transportation? Thank you, Florence Hanson. P.S. I adopted the Pom I talked you about, and just love him! 920 905 0885. 😊

    • I know of two pet sitting services in Manitowoc. I don’t know of anyone who dog walks. But, there is Home Alone Pet Care and Best Friend Sitting Service in Manitowoc,, but I don’t know the people. I’m not sure if they walk dogs or just go into homes to dog sit.

  12. Hi Mary, we have a 13 year old cockapoo who has bad knees and our vet doesn’t want him to do steps or ramps so we’re needing to re-train him to go to the bathroom on an outdoor carpet in an area of our large deck in our backyard. This is going to be a permanent situation moving forward, surgery might improve the stability of his knees (and to repair a partially torn CCL in one of them) but he will always have to stay on a level surface. We’ve tried spraying the rug with training spray and have put some of his poop on it, we’re giving treats when he sniffs and looks interested in the rug to make it a positive experience but he’s just not doing his business. We need to have him re-trained for this new potty area before he can have his knee surgery and also before my husband has surgery on January 6th as my husband will no longer be able to lift him do to lifting restrictions. I’m not sure if you’re doing in-home training now due to COVID, we would be interested in some help – any help – that you could provide. With the temperatures getting colder, this task is getting more and more difficult for him and us. Thank you!!

    • Good Morning Jennifer. I hope you received my email this morning with an option on what to do. I most certainly can set up a private session at your home if you wish. Please email me back at mary@k9perfection.

  13. I have a 5 year old English Cream Golden Retriever and a 3 years old Golden Retriever. Last weekend, I tried to bring home a mixed breed puppy and my 3 year old attacked him twice. He was growling, barking, lunging, biting, obsessed, air biting, foaming, teeth cackling, and seem possessed. Puppy is now gone and he’s back to normal. We are heartbroken we couldn’t rescue a pup from a shelter. We need help with our 3 year old. He is a bully to the 5 year old but doesn’t hurt him. 🙁 Can he change? Accept another dog? We have big hearts and room to love another dog.

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