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Welcome to the SMART DOGS website! 

We want to help you have a Successful, Motivated And Reliably Trained DOG!

(Rescue Dog, Clicker Trained, entered his first AKC Trial at age of ~8 yrs)

SD welcomes all People and Dogs including those with special emotional and special physical needs.  The Plumwood Posse's GingerPeach now requires a Rear-Support Wheelchair for mobility (due to Degenerative Myelopathy) and continues to be an Inspiration for all of us!
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Proud to be the First.  Proud to bring you the Best. 
SMART DOGS  is pleased to announce owner/trainer Mary A Gilbreth PhD, Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) is also an Operation Socialization Certified Trainer (OSCT).  

Dedicated to improving the lives of dogs & people, Mary is also a Certified Stress Management Coach (CSMC)

Mary was the 1st trainer in Arkansas to earn a CPDT a
nd is the only OSCT in ARMary's CPDT and OSCT reflect SMART DOGS' continued committment to high standards, education, positive reinforcement, and bringing you only the best information for your Canine Companions.

Certification with Operation Socialization and Membership in this excellent Organization reflects Mary's Expertise in Puppy Development, Socialization & Puppy Training.   The OS mission is in keeping with SMART DOGS' and that is to help educate Dog Owners and the Community about the importance of Early Puppy Development in order to help Prevent Behavior Problems and help raise Safe, Happy Dogs.

For more details on SMART DOGS' Puppy Class call 479.474.1825 or email mary@mysmartdogs.com.

Mary is also a Therapy Dog Evaluator, for infomation on our upcoming *new* Therapy Dog Program, see our Therapy Dogs page.

SMART DOGS' Training Center is the only facility in the Ft Smith / Van Buren area to SPECIALIZE in Dog Training & Behavior Modification
If you are searching for effective, fun, and dog-friendly PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINING SERVICES, you've come to the right place.  If you need assistance with Grooming or Boarding, we are happy to refer you to one of our excellent and dog-friendly connections who specializes in these services. 

SMART DOGS is a unique, locally owned and operated Learning Center for People & Dogs.
Yes!  We carry a selection of high quality Treats, Toys & positive-reinforcement based Training Supplies, but we are not a "pet supply store" nor are we a franchise.

The first to bring "real" Clicker Training to the Ft Smith/Van Buren area, SMART DOGS is also the first Clicker Training Center in Arkansas!

  We appreciate your continued support, your many kind referrals, and your sharing in our
love of Dogs & Dog Training! 

Open by Appointment Only 
347 W. Plumwood Road, Van Buren, AR -72956

Tel. 479-474-1825




SMART DOGS provides Professional Dog Training & Behavior Modification services in a wide range of areas for All Types of Dogs. 

We have the Knowledge and the Hands-On, Dog-Training Experience to help you with your Dog.

Whether your Dog is a Purebreed or Mixed Breed, a Puppy, an Adolescent, an Adult, or a Senior, we can assist you with his training.  Whether your Dog needs help with Basic Manners, Walking Nicely on LeashHouse-Training, or preparing for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test, a Therapy Dog test, or preparing for an AKC Rally or Obedience Competition, we can Help You with Your Training Goals. 

Perhaps your Dog is sometimes a (pardon the labels) Fiesty Fido, a Reactive Rover, or a Cautious Canine.  We can help with that, too - Mary has 18+ years of experience in the Modification of Aggressive and/or Fearful Behavior.


SMART DOGS promotes Responsible Dog Ownership and uses Force-Free, Dog-Friendly, Positive Reinforcement-based methods with an emphasis on real Clicker Training.   

SMART DOGS is located in the beautiful Arkansas River Valley in Van Buren, Arkansas, and we are proud to serve the Residents of Van Buren, Fort Smith, Alma, Greenwood, Ozark, and numerous surrounding Communities in NW and Central Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma. 

We're honored to have students from Batesville,
Bentonville, Booneville, Clarksville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale, Little Rock AR, Poteau, Sallisaw, Talequah, Vian, Wister and Wilburton OK, and appreciate them making the commute in order to learn dog-friendly methods and enjoy SMART DOGS' Training Center!

Open by Appointment Only 
347 W. Plumwood Road, Van Buren, AR -72956

Tel. 479-474-1825


SMART DOGS' Owner & Trainer is Mary A. Gilbreth, PhD, CPDT, CSMC, OSCT, CAP1

   Association of Animal Behavior Professionals
   Association of Pet Dog Trainers (Professional Member, Greeter for State of Arkansas)
   Operation Socialization (Certified Trainer)
   TAGteach International (Primary Certification)
   Judge, CRO Dance Divison

   Truly Dog-Friendly (TDF-approved Trainer)
   Doggone Safe
   Dog Scouts of America, Troop #191 (Troop Leader)
   Evaluator, AKC Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Programs

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  SMART DOGS and the Plumwood Posse remind you to Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Don't Be a Litterbug!


~  Trust ~ Leadership ~ Positive Reinforcement ~ Happy Owners ~ Happy Dogs ~ Click! ~ 


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