January 8, 2024

#63 - MaryKaye Kendrick: Creating Harmonious Households for Dogs & Kids

In this week’s episode, we are joined by MaryKaye Kendrick, one of our very own behavior consultants and mentors. MaryKaye is a phenomenal educator, teacher, trainer, and human with an incredible skill for empathy and compassion in each case. 
In this episode, you’ll hear Emily and MaryKaye talk about:
  • Learner-centered teaching 
  • Broadcasting body language for children
  • How to teach very young children dog skills 
  • The importance of protected contact when working with kids and dogs.

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Meet the Guest

MaryKaye Kendrick

MaryKaye Kendrick (she/her/hers), IAABC-ADT, CSB-D, Family Paws Parent Educator, is a dog trainer and behavior consultant with Pet Harmony. She enjoys working with both dogs and humans by meeting them where they are in their educational journeys. She also enjoys attending science-based seminars about animal training and behavior to advance her skills and knowledge.

MaryKaye found her way to animal behavior by first working in human mental health and teaching. She graduated from Illinois Benedictine College (now Benedictine University) with a BA in Psychology. After graduation she was a Case Manager for PLOWS Council on Aging which included assessing seniors at risk for mental health/behavioral concerns as well as aiding and advocating for senior citizens who were victims of exploitation and abuse. After her career in social work, MaryKaye started teaching preschool and kindergarten at Montessori Moppet Centre, Inc. where she stayed for 17 years and loved helping kids not only academically but also with their social/emotional growth.

MaryKaye worked and volunteered in animal sheltering since 2011. Her roles include training volunteers/staff, supporting new adopters, as well as evaluating and assessing for the behavioral health of the animals and providing behavioral interventions as needed.

MaryKaye is a Family Paws Parent Educator, an Accredited Dog Trainer & is Certified in Shelter Behavior – Dog (CSB-D) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and her dog, Fonzy, has earned his NW1 title from the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW).

Meet the Hosts

Allie pic with Oso

Allie Bender, CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA

Allie Bender is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed, and a Shelter Behavior Affiliate. She has been in the animal welfare industry since 2006 and professionally training since 2012. She is the founder and co-owner of Pet Harmony, co-author of Canine Enrichment for the Real World, and a national speaker.

While in the animal sheltering industry, Allie realized that her passion lied in helping pets with maladaptive behaviors. Specifically, she wanted to help prevent animals with rehabilitatable problems from being euthanized. She loves working with dogs and cats displaying stranger danger, resource guarding, and leash reactivity. Her favorite thing about working with pets and their people is seeing relationships grow and seeing harmonious households develop.


Emily Strong, CDBC, SBA

Emily Strong is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Shelter Behavior Affiliate. She has been in the animal welfare industry since 1990 and has been a behavior consultant since 2008. She is the co-owner of Pet Harmony, co-author of Canine Enrichment for the Real World, and a national speaker. 

Emily started working with animals at a young age and struggled with the notion that you have to hurt, scare, or intimidate animals to help them. When she discovered the behavior sciences and learned that it wasn’t necessary to do so– that we can care for emotional, mental, and physical health simultaneously– she plunged headfirst into animal behavior. Emily loves helping current and prospective behavior professionals and working with pet parents through our in-depth services. She enjoys working with all species.

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