Matt Tuzzo, CTC, CPDT-KA, ABCDT – Owner/Head Trainer

Dog Trainer with RIN TIN TIN

Matt with world famous canine legend RIN TIN TIN XII in the JSD booth at the 2012 H.H. Backer trade show in Atlantic City, NJ.

Matt started his dog training business after realizing many dog trainers fail to relate to the dog owner. He founded Jersey Shore Dogs on the belief that dog training should be offered from the owner’s perspective – empathizing with the owner AND dog (not just the dog). Approaching his training methods from this standpoint, Matt ensures owners feel comfortable and confident during training sessions, and that both owner and dog have a positive, fulfilling experience.

Matt’s education includes a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University. He received his CTC (Certificate in Training and Counseling) certification from The Academy for Dog Trainers, mentoring under world-renowned dog trainer Jean Donaldson, author of The Culture Clash. He also holds CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) and ABCDT (ABC Certified Dog Trainer) designations, is a member of the Pet Professional Guild (the association for force free pet professionals), and is listed on Truly Dog-Friendly.

Matt’s ongoing success in solving behavior problems, in dogs of all ages, led to him being published in a variety of dog related publications. Additionally, he attends yearly educational workshops and seminars, while staying up-to-date with the most accurate research findings on animal behavior. Matt worked as a volunteer dog trainer at Woodbridge Animal Shelter in Woodbridge, NJ, and is currently the recommended dog trainer at Husky House Rescue in Matawan, NJ, and Dogtopia of Old Bridge, in Old Bridge, NJ.

Matt is the proud owner of three border collies – Motley, Dazzle, and Chase. Read more about the Border Collie Crew here.

Credentials/Certifications

  • CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) #1133175
  • CTC (Certificate in Training and Counseling)
  • ABCDT (ABC Certified Dog Trainer) #ABC25858
  • Member, Pet Professional Guild #7033842
  • Member, Truly Dog Friendly
  • Published expert source for a variety of pet dog related articles (including Dog Fancy, Keep the Tail Wagging, NJ 101.5 FM radio, the Jersey Dog blog on NorthJersey.com, Care.com, Tails Magazine, CityDog Magazine, FIDOFriendly, and Dogtipper.com).
  • Head dog trainer for Husky House Rescue (Matawan, NJ)
  • Head dog trainer for Dogtopia (Old Bridge, NJ)
  • Extensive shelter/rescue experience
  • Graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers
  • Graduate of Animal Behavior College
  • B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University

Awards

  • “Best of the Best” Pet ServicesAsbury Park Press 2016 Readers Choice Awards
  • “Best Dog Training”Monmouth Health & Life 2016 Best of Monmouth Readers Choice Awards
  • “One of the Best” Pet ServicesHome News Tribune 2014 Readers Choice Awards
  • “Best of the Best” Pet ServicesHome News Tribune 2012 Readers Choice Awards

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