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Arizona Doggy Dude Ranch located near Tucson is the Southwest's premier dog training program.  We train dogs from all over the southwest including the greater Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and New Mexico areas, as well as dogs from all over the United States. We offer a holistic, ForceFree Method™ approach to dog training, and our training includes Basic Obedience, Behavior Modification, and advanced working dog services.  By offering a range of dog training options from dog boarding school, to puppy school, to private dog training lessons, we have a dog training option that will work for you and your dog, whether you are located in Tucson, Phoenix, or beyond.

talesMaryna has relaunched "Tales From the Sonora" a blog about life lived in dog on a small ranch in the Sonoran region of Arizona. Life here is measured in earth time, night sky time, dog time, and horse time. The juxtaposition and collision of those "clocks" with every day modern life is for me, a never ending source of inquiry and reflection. Read More

Arizona Doggy Dude Ranch Four Foods™ Strategy

All dogs need four "foods" to flourish: nutrition, touch, movement and mental complexity. Here at Arizona Doggy Dude Ranch, we are proud to be at the forefront oftraining strategies that build dogs who are balanced mentally and physically, as well as obedient, and a joy to live with.

Nutrition Food  pawprint Touch Food  pawprint  Movement Food  pawprint  Brain Food

Brody, 5yrs here, was trained at 5 months of age and has grown up in a rich and complex off leash world with his family. The best life I could wish for any dog.

Nutrition food - All dogs need balanced age appropriate nutrition with high quality assimilable proteins without the ingredients and additives that severely affect health and behavior.

Touch food - All dogs are tactile creatures. With others of their kind they are constantly bumping into, nose touching, or curling up on, near, or with another dog. They crave and need hands on affection from us that mimics the constant tactile stimulation they would get were they living in a group of dogs. 

Movement food - All dogs are social creatures whose culture is based on movement. Movement serves as language and commentary, as well as cultural history and context. In addition, dogs live in a neurological context in their bodies which demands movement stimulation for their well being – what we call proprioception. 

Brain food - All dogs require mental complexity to avoid self destructive behaviors ranging from mildly bored and digging in the back yard to somewhat neurotic, all the way to extremes of anxiety, fear and/or aggression. Dogs without mental stimulation will always channel that need into noxious behaviors. 


Mind & Body

"Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan watches as Maryna and Diane Gallagher demonstrate their holistic, Kinaesthetics system of bodycare for dogs.

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Food For Thought

Better food CAN lead to better behavior! Feed your dog's body and soul with Flint River Ranch Food. It's made with Human Grade Ingredients and slow baked to preserve nutrition.

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The Art of Raising A Puppy

Maryna, reknowned animal behavior innovator is one of a select group of trainers whose work was incorporated into the new, revised The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete

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AZ Doggy Dude Ranch Dogs..

Arizona Doggy Dude Ranch Dogs Learn To:

  • Come when called every time...on or off leash!
  • Sit or down when asked...for as long as you want!
  • Walk like a gentleman or lady on a loose leash!
  • Pay attention when you need them!
  • Be wonderfully well-mannered pets inside and outside the home!


Shellie Ferguson

hot-dogHi there -

Thought I'd send a quick pic and an update on Brody since he has hit his one year anniversary from "boot camp" already.



AngelsThe girls were so good in the car and also at the rest stop....

What a wonderful, exhilerating, educational, awe-inspiring experience we had with you.  You certainly exceeded our expectations with the girls.


Marc Goldberg - CDT

Marc GoldbergMaryna has an amazing touch with both dogs and people. Rarely does one dog trainer ever permit another to work with his dogs. Dog trainers are very particular about how their pets are handled. Maryna has worked with my own dogs at my request.
Even though I have been training dogs for over 30 years, in just a few moments, Maryna taught my pets a few new tricks, calming them significantly and quickly. What pleased me most was how gentle and loving Maryna treats dogs. They respond to her very quickly with trust and love.



EmmaJust a note to let you know that Emma (and I !!) are doing very well....we walk every day and she does a great job in sitting and staying...and quite well at heeling....


Deb Tollefson

Deb Tollefson, Retired
Veterinary Technician
Office Manager, Co-owner--Veterinary Clinic
I am sharing something with you that you may or may not be interested in, but I was so impressed yesterday at what I observed that I just couldn't sit on it.
My friend Maryna, who has been keeping my neck and back healthy for years, has a home full of her own very well-behaved dogs. I was always impressed that they never tried to jump on me and always responded so well when given commands. Mostly, if they were in the house they just looked up from their appointed resting places, and then ignored me.

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