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Dave Putman began his career with dogs over a decade ago when he adopted a goofy little Pit bull from the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter. After a few weeks with Roland, Dave knew he was in over his head. Unsure of how to deal with the issues, Dave sought professional help.


Upon completing a series of private lessons; Dave knew this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. A former City of Buffalo English Educator, Dave's eloquent instruction and passion has become a staple in all programs at The Art of Dog.


Dave's personal pack includes Roland the wonky eyed Pitbull and Oakee de Loucyn the Belgian Malinois.



Lead Trainer

After graduating Daemen College with a degree in animal behavior, Marisa started out in animal care/dog sitting full-time before becoming interested in training. She attended Conifer Canine's Dog Trainer College in 2021, where she became certified as a Service Dog Trainer and started working independently as an obedience trainer before joining the team at The Art of Dog. Growing up with and loving Silky Terriers, Marisa's current pack consists of two beloved huskies, Zaszi (white) and Miszka (sable). Like her pups, she loves to explore and be in nature, though also enjoys other hobbies like crafting, cooking, and playing badminton. We (as well of all our training dogs) here at The Art of Dog are lucky to have such a talented, passionate, caring, and bubbly member of our team!




Bio coming soon!



Liz first discovered her love for dog training during the pandemic when she had all the time in the world to be with her dogs. Having fallen down the rabbit hole of watching trainers online, she began working with her dogs often! Fast forward a few years, she enrolled in an animal science program through her school where she was given the opportunity to be an intern here at The Art of Dog. After impressing us enough with everything she learned, we couldn't just let her go and had to add her to our team. We are excited to watch her continue to grow into the amazing trainer she's becoming! Liz currently has two pups of her own, Hero (right), and Daisy (left). In her free time Liz loves taking her dogs on hikes, reading, listening to music, and going to concerts.