The Canine Cure, LLC owner and trainer Mary Jean Alsina has spent years educating students. Her career began in a traditional classroom as a public-school teacher, honing her ability to relate to students and write the alphabet in perfect order. Eventually, she left the bells of public school behind to focus her teaching talents on furrier students, showing both pets and owners how to curb unwanted habits. Mary Jean prefers to keep both pup and parent comfortable during her sessions by hosting lessons in owners’ homes, where they feel relaxed.
Sarah and Krista, the lead trainers at Elite Equine Group, help students develop confident horseback-riding skills during lessons and nurture comfortable relationships between humans and horses. The teaching duo takes into account each rider’s variables⎯including experience, age, abilities, and hat gallon number⎯as they teach students within the two indoor rings or one outdoor arena.
With a focus on safety, the instructors typically start young riders out in 30-minute lessons, while older students partaking in hour-long lessons that teach grooming, tacking, and groundwork.
At Lead-N-Succeed, Master Certified dog trainer Maria Ruvio improves communication lines between pooches and owners with hands-on behavioral modification and positive reinforcement. Working with all breeds, sizes, and ages, Maria molds pups into positive members of society, teaching them how to properly walk on a leash, how to deal with separation anxiety, and how to hail cabs without growling at others. Maria also offers coaching in verbal commands, and provides dog-walking services in half- and full-hour intervals.
Make An Impression forewoman Stacy Lawrence draws upon a photographic, entertainment, and floral-based background—including more than 20 years of New Jersey party-planning experience—to help create attractive invitations and memorable party arrangements. Dazzle a neglected rolodex with holiday cards or wedding announcements styled with hand-written calligraphy or robot-scribed caligra-binary. If you plan on showering your baby, send out cute, personalized invitations, and gussy up the party with fun favors, such as crystal pacifiers and baby-bottle candles. Make an Impression can help create a family photo montage for a reunion or even draft a speech for an anniversary. If you live farther away or have a fear of traffic cones, feel free to shop online or over the phone.