Maggie was born and raised in Westminster, Massachusetts and grew up on a small farm. She moved to Madisonville, Tennessee after graduating from high school and began her career as a dog trainer. She first started working as a kennel assistant at Cobra Canine, a police canine kennel located in Sweetwater, TN. After observing the training of these canines, she wanted to pursue something further and began observing owner and founder, Jeff Franklin. Jeff became her mentor in the field, pushing her to do better and molding her into the trainer she is today.
She learned how to train detection canines, and also began teaching obedience to the public. She has worked with many dogs with many different types of personalities and behavioral problems; from problems such as jumping and leash pulling, to various types of aggression. She enjoys working in this field and teaching owners how to best communicate with their dogs to better their relationship.
Maggie has always loved the outdoors and being around all animals. She has saved everything from baby mice, to birds, to stray dogs and believes that everything deserves a chance. She loves being outside and exploring new locations. She enjoys music, hiking, the company of her family and friends and of course her two pups Elvis and Faith. She also has a cat named Henry and a horse named Dallas.
Maggie’s long term goal is to be able to train pet dogs as well as police canines, and do more work with shelters to be able to help dogs in need. She hopes to be able to make a difference for many more dogs and owners, and to continue learning and building her experience as a trainer.
When she first moved to Tennessee, Maggie knew she was going to be alone a lot of the time. Maggie had dogs her entire life and never wanted to live a life without one. She started doing some research, wanting an active dog that she could take on hikes and rides and do some exploring with; this is when she found Faith.
Faith is a 3 year old Australian Cattle Dog mix. She loves being outside, camping, exploring and most of all - cats! Maggie found her through a rescue out of North Carolina where she had been in foster care for almost a year. After bringing her home, she found that there were many underlying issues she was not aware of. Faith was extremely fearful of people and would lash out if she felt threatened. She was also extremely aggressive toward other dogs. It was nearly impossible to take her anywhere and be able to handle her. Her choice was to either give her up or somehow help her. Maggie knew if she gave her up she would have ended up in a worse situation, so she decided to take it upon herself to do whatever she could to make her better. Maggie then found Cobra Canine, where she met owner and founder Jeff Franklin. She was able to not only help with Faith’s problematic behaviors, but also began her career in the dog training world. She learned that her behaviors were not stemmed from true aggression, but rather she was reacting out of fear.
After being consistent with her for several weeks, Maggie started seeing amazing progress in not only correcting her aggression but building her confidence. She now uses her as part of her training with clients as a distraction for their dogs and also an example of hope for other dogs and owners.
Elvis is a 2 year old Belgian Malinois who Maggie has had the pleasure of raising since he was 10 weeks old. He comes from working bloodlines as he is a grandson of KNPV champion, Big Roy. He loves hiking, swimming, rides in the car, and playing ball.
Maggie used him as a 'project' in the working dog field. By raising him from a puppy, she was able to teach him all of his obedience and life skills and go through all of his canine training with him. He is trained in Explosives Detection, Tracking and Protection. Elvis is Maggie’s first personal working dog and she is extremely proud of all the work they have accomplished together.
Elvis is also used as a distraction for a lot of Maggie’s training because he is so energetic and driven. To be able to watch him grow from a puppy and learn all the things she has taught him is so rewarding to her. She often jokes about how it’s hard for her to take all the credit for training him because he is so smart.
Introducing Maggie Neff
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