Terence loves dogs and is seldom seen without a dog by his side. With the creation of My Dogs Mind over a decade ago, Terence has been fortunate to do what he loves on a daily basis and pass his knowledge and enthusiasm on to hundreds of dogs and their owners.
Terence is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (member no. 1468). He has apprenticed and trained under some of the most renowned dog authorities including Jenifer Vickery of The Pawsitive Dog Training Center (multiple Best of Boston awards winner) and nationally recognized trainer and speaker, Brian Kilcommons.
In addition to maintaining a rigorous schedule of self-education, you’ll find Terence in attendance at several professional training workshops and seminars throughout the year. He is qualified and well-versed in a variety of training approaches and philosophies. In addition to his work at My Dogs Mind, Terence donates his time and resources to the evaluation and placement of sheltered dogs in the New Hampshire seacoast area.
When he is not busy dishing out praise n’ treats in class, Terence can be found at home or on-the-go with his wife Sandy and their three children. The Kirby’s have an elusive cat Dreton and two dogs, Sweat Pea and Bavo, who often earn their keep by volunteering as class stand-ins or comic relief in the parking lot.
A true New Englander and a lover of nature and the outdoors, Terence enjoys fishing and surfing on a year-round basis. He treasures being part of the tight-knit New Hampshire seacoast community where he can contribute to making life more enjoyable for dogs and humans alike.
Margaret started off as a student in 2002 and joined the MDM team a few years later. Since then, she has racked up some serious training hours and credentials. We don’t know where she finds the time and energy but she does, every day. Margaret is an accomplished Agility competitor/instructor with over 10 years of experience as a New England Agility Team member and as a Certified White Mountain Agility instructor. She is a CPE (Canine Performance Events) member and has titled Canine Good Citizen and Therapy dogs.
Margaret is a recent graduate of UNH with a double major in Health and Human Services. As an undergrad, she refined the Therapy Dog program at York Hospital.
Margaret embraces the mulitdog household philosophy and currently has a pack of two in tow. Her extended family includes the hundreds more she has overseen and/or has worked with in MDM day school as well as group and private lessons. Currently, on her time off, you will find her pursuing competition obedience and agility with her new pup Pye. Sleep is for the weak.
If you open the door at day school and see 20 off-leash dogs in down-stays quietly staring back at you, chances are Kelly is around the corner. Kelly has been with MDM since 2011. She lives a double-life as both a manager and trainer in the MDM day school program at 52 Tide Mill Rd, as well as teaching private lessons and conducting evaluations at the 102 Tide Mill Rd.
Looking for more experience? Kelly’s got it. She is certified in dog training from Animal Behavior College. Here at MDM, she continues to study under Terence Kirby.
Kelly has volunteered at NEAS in Salem, MA helping to train dogs for adoption and placement. She has attended seminars at The Pawsitive Dog in Boston. Kelly is also quite a fine groomer.
Kelly is rarely ever seen without her 3 year old rescue, Zombie. Who entered the picture as a very fearful husky hybrid with an unknown history. Zombie now spends her days bouncing around between facilities with Kelly or lounging on a dog bed at day school. Let’s not forget Nita, her 5 year old yorkie mix. She is Kelly’s go-to “demo dog” when she gets the chance to show what her training chops can produce.