Create That Program

You love the pet industry, but

  • You’re Burnt Out

    Working long hours with no boundaries and unappreciative clients. You know who get’s you. Other pet professionals.

  • It’s physically hard on your body

    You wonder how much longer you can groom. Your shoulder hurts, your back hurts, your wrist hurts.  I can go on. You know when my shoulder stopped hurting and I could sleep at night: 3 weeks after I retired from grooming.

  • Speaking of retirement

    You know you have an expiration date, but love the profession. You know what else you have? A load of knowledge floating around in that brain of your.

But What If You Could Do Something With All That Knowledge Floating Around In Your Head

You Would Love To Share Your Knowledge, But

  • You’re Not tech savvy

    In fact, you may even refer to yourself as Tech Stupid. I get that, because at one point, I couldn’t even put a pet first aid class on my website. Never mind create supporting learning materials, powerpoint, and a website. It’s simply something you haven’t learned yet.

  • No one wants to listen to me

    Ah yes, imposter syndrome. You know what, you are capable, caring, and filled with knowledge. I will help you get over yourself.

  • I‘ve tried, but it didn’t work out for me

    There are many ways to fail. The wrong platform, not marketing correctly to your audience or accounting for different learning styles. It’s not your fault that you didn’t know what you needed to know.

  • You don’t know where to start

    That’s what I’m here for. Let me help you take that first step.

  • You can’t make money teaching full time in the pet industry

    12 years ago, I was told this over and over again. You’re not a competitor. You will still have to groom. Last year, I made more money as a full time instructor than I did as a mobile groomer.

It would have been nice to short track this process from 12 years to a couple of months. And while I didn’t have one program to get me to the finish line, you do.

One program to fast track you from dream to reality.

Why Create That Program

Imagine ONE program that would cover:

  • Mindset and organization

    Learn how to instill confidence in yourself.  I will teach you how to organize and accomplish your tasks with templates and checklists.

  • Teaching techniques

    Learn how to flesh out and create programs that any style of learner can benefit. The pet industry attracts a higher percentage of the neurodiverse community. Have confidence that your programs will reach everyone who wants to learn from you.

  • Technology

    What platforms and other services do you really need. There are so many options out there. Not everything is a good fit and this area can be quite expensive if choosing poorly.

  • How to create supplemental learning materials

    Materials that take into consideration all learning styles while enhancing your programs.

  • How to attract the right students for your program

    Life isn’t the field of dreams where you build it and students magically appear. Learn to identify who your students are and being able to reach and inform them of your programs.

  • Understanding that this is a business and how to price accordingly

    Like any business, it must be sustainable in order to prosper. Learn how to price your program so that it succeeds.

  • Accountability to keep you on track

    In between trainings, there will be group calls before you can move forward.

  • Approachability and responsive when you got stuck

    You have me. I’m successful when you’re successful. I am here to help you move through the program, so that you can achieve success.

  • Networking with other students navigating the same waters as yourself

    Join like minded professionals in a private Facebook group who are on the same path as you.

  • Learning the difference between learning a skill and knowing when it’s out of your wheelhouse and hire someone

    We can’t be good at everything. Knowing when and who to hire out to help you through this life changing process will be priceless.

Six training modules, six group calls, 3 one-on-one calls, workbooks to organize your journey, loads of checklists, and ME. An industry recognized (numerous Barkleigh Honor nominations and Cardinal Crystal Award) educator who knows exactly where you are now and where you want to be. Last year I made as much money as I did as a mobile dog groomer JUST TEACHING.

Who Am I?

I’m Mary Oquendo and I’ve been in the pet industry for over 20 years. I started out as bather, then started my own mobile grooming business. My foray into teaching began when Binngo, a 9 year old maltese with a known heart condition had a heart attack on my table and died. It was the most helpless I’ve felt in my life. But it prompted me to begin training on how to teach pet first aid to my fellow pet professionals.


From there it just snowballed. I started teaching everywhere. From professional pet educational conferences to local pet grooming shops. Next thing you knew, I was writing for Groomer To Groomer magazine, three books, 2 podcasts, and coaching.

But then, I wanted more. I wanted to retire from the physical aspect of the pet industry. You know from the exhaustion and pain. I wanted to teach full time. So, I  launched Pawsitive Educational Training back in 2011, I was hell bent on succeeding. I mean how could I not. I was offering a service that was needed.


But I was told over and over again that I could not make a living teaching in the pet industry. And you know what, they were correct. That is, they were correct 12 years ago when I lacked most of the skills I needed to be successful. At one point I was beginning to believe they were right. And believe me I tried everything including zooming in Facebook groups, websites with private pages, cheap prices, the list goes on. Or so I thought tried everything.


Then, I started to drop money, lot’s of it, on  programs that were supposed to help me achieve my goals, that always seemed to fall short, but were always willing to add some additional coaching at a premium price to “help me understand” what was in their program. Then it was the tech programs $$, the copy programs $$, the branding programs $$. Need I go on.


I was beginning to believe what everyone was telling me that I couldn’t earn a living in the pet industry just teaching. I was wasting money and time on programs that were not helping me. But I plugged at it and even though it took me years, here I am ready to shortcut your path to making a living teaching.

Let’s Take A Peek At The Program

Program Will Begin In February

Session 1

This session is all about getting started on the right foot. There is a great deal of work that goes into setting up any type of program. Just as you would not build a house on a shaky foundation, preparation and organization is key to your success.

  • Let’s Get Your Head In The Right Place

  • Then we work on your time management

  • Define Your Goals and vision

  • Identify Your Best Clients

  • Dive deeply into what your skills are and how to incorporate them into your program

Session 2

Your group coaching call.

  • We’ll Go Over Your Workbook

  • Answer Any Questions You Have

  • Help You See Your Vision

  • Start Formulating Your Plan

Session 3

You will learn all the different styles of learning (auditory, visual, verbal, logical, and Kinesthetic)  and how to incorporate them into your program to account for both neurotypical and neurodiverse students, as well as how to set up your students for success.

  • Dive into all the ways students learn and how to accommodate into your program

  • how to set expectations for your students

  • create learning materials that that in account all the different learning styles

  • become the expert that your students will respect

  • begin the process of designing your program

Session 4

Your group coaching call.

  • We’ll Go Over Your Workbook

  • Answer Any Questions You Have

  • Help You See Your Vision

  • Start Formulating Your Plan

Session 5

It’s more than creating content for your programs. You need a way for your students to consume your material. You will get a better understanding of what technology you need and what will work for you.

  • Choose the right platform for your students to access your programs

  • Pick a payment portal that won’t screw you over

  • how to make your life easier with automation

  • Narrow down and choose and how to use supporting technology

  • Picking your hardware

Session 6

Your group coaching call.

  • We’ll Go Over Your Workbook

  • Answer Any Questions You Have

  • Help You See Your Vision

  • Start Formulating Your Plan

Session 7

Let’s discuss setting your brand messaging. Even if you decide to outsource and hire a marketing or copy professional, this module will help you decide what your messaging is and who it reaches.

  • How to get your brand message across

  • targeting your market based on their awareness of your program

  • Setting your core message

  • How to take your client on a journey your program will them on

  • How to frame out your program

  • The importance of color and fonts

Session 8

Your group coaching call.

  • We’ll Go Over Your Workbook

  • Answer Any Questions You Have

  • Help You See Your Vision

  • Start Formulating Your Plan

Session 9

This session is all about the tangibles. Those items that supplement and complement your educational material.Everything from powerpoints to manuals and everything in between. You’ll learn how to create and utilize:

  • Workbooks and manuals

  • checklists and templates

  • slide decks

  • videos

  • close captioning and transcripts

  • group and one on one attention

Session 10

Your group coaching call.

  • We’ll Go Over Your Workbook

  • Answer Any Questions You Have

  • Help You See Your Vision

  • Start Formulating Your Plan

Session 11

All about the business side of educational. Run this new opportunity for you as a business. One that makes money. Learn how to set pricing to accommodate your expenses and provide a living.

  • Understand why financial planning is important

  • Create an easy SWOT analysis

  • Writing a simple business plan

  • setting a budget

  • Create a start up budget

Session 12

Your group coaching call.

  • We’ll Go Over Your Workbook

  • Answer Any Questions You Have

  • Help You See Your Vision

  • Start Formulating Your Plan

Plus 3 One On One Coaching Calls

Let’s take what you’ve learned and create YOUR first program.

The Sky’s The Limit

Maybe you want to change the face of the pet grooming industry by offering certified rabbit grooming programs, while teaching at large grooming venues such as Atlanta Pet Fair and Hershey like Anjie. Maybe create a Rabbit Grooming Book. Or how about being nominated for the Brian Stopa Congeniality Barkleigh Honors Award!

In January of 2019 I was fortunate enough to have begun my path to becoming a speaker at grooming trade shows. I didn’t realize that’s what I was doing. I was taking Mary Oquendo’s “Create a Program”. I learned not only how to put a class together, but how to deliver it in a polished fashion. I had no idea at the time how much my life would change over the next three years.


After giving the class I had worked to prepare I realized that not only could I actually do this, I had the knowledge to do it. I began creating classes and giving them online during the days of COVID in 2020. I had 32 years of experience grooming, but the speaking realm was new to me. Each class I gave Mary helped me refine and polish not only the class, but my delivery as well.


This year in March I gave two of my PGC approved courses at the Atlanta Pet Fair. The student evaluations were great, and I gave them with the confidence that I had gotten knowing that Mary had taught me everything I needed to know to be successful. I’ll be speaking at more upcoming trade shows this year, as well as online. And I’m getting ready to launch a Rabbit Grooming Certification program complete with a rabbit grooming book. If not for this program I never would have begun this journey. It was a goal that seemed out of reach, but with Mary’s help it went from a dream to an amazing reality.

Anjie Coates

Maybe you want to train the next generation of groomers and open up a grooming school in the Fall, specializing in training neurodiverse groomers like Stephenie.

I wanted to open up a grooming academy, but didn’t know where to even begin. With mary’s guidance, not only will I be opening my doors this fall, but she made me see that specializing in the neurodiverse community is where my gift lies.

Stephenie Calhoun

Maybe the sky is the limit and there’s no telling where Tami will end up doing as she now has the skills to take her where she wants to go. But you can already see her at the Teton Grooming Show and on Pawsitive Educational Training debuting her 5 hour Prep Program.

Mary’s Create That Program opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me. As most of us that have been grooming very long know it is very hard on the body. I am a die hard groomer and can not imagine doing anything else. Over the years I have gone from 10-12 dogs a day to 5-6. I was beginning to worry about how I was going to continue in the industry I love.


After completing Create that Progam I now feel confident that I can create online educational programs, write a grooming curriculum or put together any program that I choose (maybe even write a book!) . The methods and tools I learned and the support in creating that first program will ensure that I can continue on in the industry as long as I choose, as well as share my hard won knowledge with others. Mary is a great mentor and I feel confident I can do things that were terrifying and overwhelming just a short while ago.


Had I tried to figure this out on my own it would have taken forever! Shortening the learning curve of expanding my grooming career into education was priceless!

Tami Vornbrock

Maybe you want to take the years of experience you have creating several successful grooming shops and create a program to help shop owners learn how to hire and keep happy employees like Denise. How about being nominated for Up And Coming Speaker Barkleigh Honors Award!

I contacted Mary with this “crazy” idea I kept having pop into my head. I am so glad that I did! Create That Program is a step by step guide that has helped me organize my thoughts and ideas in an extremely productive way. The details within the content are impeccable as is but then you add in Mary’s accountability and coaching. With her years of expertise and guidance I am achieving goals and that I never dreamed I could do! Create That Program was one of the best investments that I have made in my career! That “crazy” idea is now a reality and want to thank Mary for allowing me to see that I could.

Denise Heroux

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Happens When I Sign Up?

    You will get immediate access to the workbooks and a pre-recording of the first module, as well as an invitation to join our private group. You will also receive an email with your information. If you don’t see this email within 5-10 minutes and it isn’t in your spam or “other” folders, please reach out to us. Sometimes your email address was entered incorrectly or there was a payment issue or technical hiccup.

  • Is This Program Refundable?

    No, you have immediate access to all learning materials, including pre-recorded trainings.

  • Will This Course Be Offered Again?

    There is never a guarantee I will offer any program in the future.

    If you want to sign up now but are thinking about waiting, I invite you to dig into the question behind this question. After working with thousands of people around the World over the past 15 years, I find the real questions include things like:

    “Am I ready to commit to doing the work to get the results I actually want?”

    “Do I believe in myself enough to step up and invest in myself?”

    “Am I ready to overcome excuses, self-doubt, and fears?”

    “Am I willing to face the hard Truths and make choices and decisions about what I really want for my life?”

    You might want to spend some time journaling, meditating, and praying about these deeper questions.

  • How Long Will I Have To Watch The Recordings?

    You will have one years access to any recordings and six months for any one on one sessions.

  • What If I Can’t Attend Any Of The Live Trainings?

    The recordings will be available within 24 hours.

    You can either email any questions to me or tag me in the private facebook group at least 24 hours in advance of any live session.

  • I Am Hearing Impaired Or ADHD. Do You Make Accommodations?

    Yes, live trainings and support calls are close captioned and transcripts provided for the recordings. If you’d like a transcript in a language other than English, it  can provided upon request.

  • Do You Accept Paypal Or Other Payment Options?

    No. My payment system is a secure processor that accepts all major credit and debit cards.

  • Still Have More Questions?

    You can send a message to and I’ll get back to you personally.

Your future is in your hands. If you’re ready to invest in yourself and your future, then don’t hesitate. Class size is kept small for more personalized attention.