About Us

Our Team

There are no laws to regulate who can call themselves a dog trainer. However, there are professional organizations with strict standards and current education based on the latest science of dog behaviors that with study and applied knowledge, people can attain credentials. Our instructors are in the latter category. We have earned our credentials through the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the American Kennel Club and more (see our Resources page). Just like you wouldn’t want someone to operate on you because “they had that operation once before,” you would probably rather have a licensed professional who has performed that procedure multiple times. Working with a credentialed dog trainer brings that voice of expertise into your situation with your dog.

Let’s meet our team.

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Mary Green - Instructor/Trainer

Mary Green has been training and competing with her dogs for over 30 years. She and her dogs have earned advanced titles in obedience, rally, conformation, agility, scent work, and dock diving. She is a guest expert on The News on 6 (KOTV) noon news and writes for Tulsa Pets Magazine. Mary also serves as a volunteer on the board of directors for the Tulsa SPCA.

Credentials and professional affiliations:

  • CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) Certification Council for Dog Trainers
  • CDBC (Certified Dog Behavioral Counselor) International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
  • AKC ACT Judge
  • NADD (North America Diving Dogs) judge
  • Professional Member, APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers)

Kim Sykes - Instructor/Trainer

Kim Sykes became a dog trainer largely because she owned a dog and human aggressive border collie. Kim and her border collies compete in obedience, conformation, rally, herding, agility, scent work and dock diving. In addition to being a preservationist breeder, Kim has rescued and fostered many dogs.

Credentials and professional affiliations

  • CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) Certification Council for Dog Trainers
  • AKC Breeder of Merit (border collies) under the Bordertown kennel name
  • Professional Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen, and Trick Dog evaluator
  • AKC Farm Dog Judge
  • AKC ACT Judge
  • NADD (North America Diving Dogs) judge
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K9 Manners and More Mary Buck

Mary Buck - Instructor/Trainer

Mary Buck (also known as Buck) is a retired special education teacher, whose second career is dog trainer. Mary trains and competes with her dogs in obedience, rally, agility and scent work. Mary is a Family Paws Parent Educator providing support and resources for families with dogs.

Credentials and professional affiliations

  • CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) Certification Council for Dog Trainers
  • Professional Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • FPPE Family Paws Parent Educator (Family Paws Education)TM
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen, and Trick Dog evaluator
  • NADD (North America Diving Dogs) judge

Cathi Morris - Instructor/Trainer

Cathi trains and competes with her dog, Marli, in Agility, Rally, and Dock Diving. Cathi is an AKC Canine Good Citizens Evaluator. Cathi is a retired school teacher who now enjoys teaching pet owners how to better enjoy their pets!. Cathi handles much of the daily administrative tasks for K9 Manners.

Credentials and professional affiliations

  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Professional Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers
K9 Manners and More Cathi Morris

Frances

Frances - Instructor/Trainer

Frances trains and competes in Agility, Rally, Scent Work, and Dock Diving with her border collies, who are known for their lightning speed! As an agility instructor, Frances loves to see students get hooked on agility and just have a blast with their dogs. Frances is a Professional Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Therese

Therese - Instructor/Trainer

Therese trains and competes with her dogs in Agility, Rally, and Scent Work. She has a particular passion for rescued dogs. We are also lucky that Therese takes care of our IT problems!

Marty

Marty - Instructor/Trainer

Marty trains and competes with his dogs in Agility and Dock Diving. He particularly enjoys working with the “agility newbies” and serves as admin for the newbies facebook group.

Becky

Becky - Instructor/Trainer

Becky trains and competes with her dogs in Agility and Dock Diving. Becky is retired military and enjoys traveling, hiking and kayaking with her dogs. We love that she gets our building organized every time we mess it up!

Amanda

Amanda - Instructor/Tainer

Amanda teaches Swimming, Dock Diving and Disc. She has competed with her dogs in Obedience, Rally, Flyball, and Disc competitions and grew up in the dog world. Her other passion is her aquarium. Amanda is a NADD judge and the team captain of Tulsa Area Toss N Catch disc league.

Jackie

Jackie - Trainer

Jackie is a busy mom with a dog training passion. She has a natural connection with animals (including our resident cat and parrot). Jackie loves teaching the day train pups to do new things like agility and tricks. She is the keeper of the day train schedule to keep us all organized. Jackie is a Professional Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Susan

Susan - Trainer

Susan is a client-turned-teammate. She has been actively training and competing with her dogs in Agility. Susan has a big heart for rescues and usually has a foster dog at her home. She also trains her horses with positive reinforcement and enrichment.

Mequell

Mequell - Trainer

Mequell came to K9 Manners as a student-intern through the job shadowing program at her high school. She is pursuing dog training as a career path. She doesn’t have a dog of her own but our day train dogs all claim to be hers.

Gerard

Gerard - Trainer

Gerard is our training intern. All the dogs love him and it’s great to have a tall guy around to socialize the pups. He has a quiet calmness that all the dogs respond to.