Mary Hunter earned a master of science in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas in 2013. She has trained a wide range of species, including dogs, horses, cats, rats, raccoons, Patagonian cavies, macaws, and more. Mary is interested in how behavior analysis can be used to improve human-animal interactions, as she believes that an understanding of the science of behavior can help us find smarter and more humane ways for training our animals.
Mary currently serves as the president of The Art and Science of Animal Training, a non-profit organization based out of Denton, Texas. The organization provides educational programs for both pet owners and animal training professionals. Mary also owns and operates DogTrainingology, which provides training and consulting services to dog (and horse) owners in the north Texas area.
In addition to training animals and their owners, Mary is involved in research about animal learning. Her main interests include studying the process of shaping and developing better methods for teaching people to train animals. She also shares regularly about her training adventures and about the science of training on her blog, StaleCheerios.com.