5.0 (20)
19 hires on HomeGuide
2 employees
10 years in business

About this pro

I decided many years ago to become a dog trainer, and figure out a way to connect dogs to their owner, in a positive, Happy manner.  I opened the ORIGINAL SIT Happens Dog Training after.    I offer private in home training, with emphasis on canine behavior.  I proudly teach you to be the trainer, so your future needs are determined by you!  First (and usually only) session will result in sign language and verbal obedience from your little buddy.  My main goal is to create a positive relationship between you and your dog.  Once you compare my pricing to services, and the competition, you will find that I offer equal if not more for MUCH LESS pricewise then other trainers.  I always offer a complimentary phone consult, and often times, many issues can be handled over the phone, without training - Free of charge.  All follow up calls after training are at no charge.  In person is only 50% of original cost!

I love dogs, I love people, and I love seeing the two connect.  My beloved dog Sugar is the reason I am a trainer.  Look for her on my facebook page.  I am the original SIT HAPPENS DOG TRAINING in the Greater Tampa Bay area.  I have positive experiences in my training, and you will be amazed at the immediate results!  I think most training can occur in one session, and once i see my clients move forward on their own, becoming the trainers, I am overjoyed!

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St. Petersburg, FL 33713
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20 Reviews


  • Deanna Garrity

    Mart Ellen was very professional, personable! She spent time assisting me with training my puppy and was very patient and knowledgeable.

  • Brenda Shor

    AMAZING Mary Ellen is incredible. She was able to capture my golden’s Lenny focus so well and helped keep him calm (he can be super anxious outside. She’s super compassionate and is always here to help me. I feel more confident in my dogs training now than ever before and I can’t wait to reach back out to her. Please check out sit happens you won’t regret it best decision ever!!!

  • Susan Mortensen

    I was so worried that I had a manic puppy, but Mary Ellen proved me wrong. Mary Ellen trained both Mandy and myself and I was delighted with the results. Mary Ellen was excellent with both me and my little fur baby.. I had such an enjoyable experience, and will tell anyone that needs training for their pet to call her...

  • Lo Obenauf

    Mary-Ellen is super personable and knowledgeable about dogs. She basically provides the right tools to get your dog back in check. She explained how a dog functions and works with positive reinforcement which was very important to us. Very happy to have found her!!

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I always offer a complimentary phone consultation.  Often times, many problems can be fixed over the phone, at no charge.  Once we determine the issues, I am able to design a special training session for both pet and parent.  All sessions are guaranteed.  I can usually accomplish what you need in one session.  There are many other trainers out there, some even with the same name, but I am the "original" SIT Happens in the Tampa Bay area.  

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a Certified Dog Trainer in the state of Florida, for six years. I was trained by the head trainer of a large corporate entity, who now trains dolphins and the like at Clearwater Aquarium.  In addition, I have studied canine ethology and animal behavior to better understand issues that your dog may be having.