You have plans for your post grooming career for the future, but you don’t know where to start.

 Does your goal include enjoying work, earning more while working less hours?

Imagine if you could stay in the professional pet industry:

  • Without the physical pain of grooming

    Waking up every morning without popping Advil or slathering on the Icy Hot.

  • Leave the industry better than when you first started

     Knowing you made the right decision when you see the faces of excited groomers eager to implement what they just learned from you. 

  • While making a living not grooming

    Earning more than you’ve come to expect from grooming, and deciding on your own terms, when you’ll retire.

  • Have a life outside the grooming table

    Setting your own schedule that allows you to spend quality time with your family and activities that bring you joy.

This is what the Create Your Program monthly membership can do for you!

I’m Mary, and teaching and coaching is not a side gig for me. I’m not looking to cover my expenses to go to a trade show or hoping to be an ambassador for a company. While those are nice, it doesn’t pay the bills. This is my business. One that sustains my lifestyle full time. And if you’re like me, you want to stay in the professional pet industry and make an impact on the next generation of groomers.

I’m 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 more money than I did as a mobile dog groomer JUST TEACHING.

I retired from grooming at 57. It took me 3 weeks to stop missing grooming. Why 3 weeks? Because that’s how long it took for my shoulder to stop hurting. I had been planning for over 12 years to make the transition from grooming to teaching, but I still struggled with making the leap.

What Took So Long?

  • I wasn’t tech savvy

    In fact, the term tech stupid probably had my photo on the Wikipedia page. I depended upon my son-in-law to keep up my website.  There was so much I had to learn. While technology improves in leaps and bounds, you still need to know which technology works for you and how to use it effectively. These days I am the go-to person for all things tech.

  • Why should you listen to me?

    I was told over and over again that I couldn’t make a living in the professional pet industry as an educator even if I was an open level competitor groomer. I wasn’t. I had to silence my inner critic  and believe my experience was valuable and I had much to offer.

  • I didn’t know where to start

    As a result, wasted so much money on programs that were not helping me. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to quit.

But here I am, 12 years later, making that 6 figure income I was used to as a mobile groomer because I didn’t give up. I had a dream, and all I really needed was the guidance to see it through. Guidance that shortened up those 12 years would’ve been nice. Only I didn’t have the expertise from a full-time educator in our field.

But You Do!

All In An Affordable Monthly Membership.

First 10 Members Get A Special Price Of $197 A Month

You have all this knowledge floating around in your brain you’d like to share. Let me help you make your dream a reality by giving you the skills like:

  • Choosing and setting up a course platform

  • How to handle payment processors effectively and efficiently

  • Filling your courses with qualified students

  • And so much more

Create That Program monthly membership contains a library of pre-recorded workshops so that you can move at the pace you want, workbooks to organize your journey, loads of checklists, and ME.

Monthly membership includes 17 Recorded Workshops That Covers:

  • Mindset and organization

    Learn how to have confidence speaking to a camera or at a podium, whether there’s 1 student there or 1000. 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 so 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

    Learn which platforms and services are truly needed to succeed. Pet educators’ needs are different from the average coach’s.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 to be 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.

  • 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.

And accountability to keep you on track.

  • Monthly live ‘Hot Seat.”

    We’ll turn your thoughts into an organized plan of action.   

  • Approachability And Responsiveness When You Get Stuck

    You have me. I’m successful when you’re successful. I’m here to help you move through the program and achieve success.

  • Networking With Students Navigating The Same Waters As You

    Meet your future collaborators in a private Facebook group who are on the same path as you.

Create That Program monthly membership contains a library of pre-recorded workshops so that you can move at the pace you want, workbooks to organize your journey, loads of checklists, and ME.

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.

Let’s Take A Peek At The Program

Live Online Monthly Hot Set Or Expert Training Coaching Calls

  • Receive And Give Feedback

  • Network With your colleagues

  • Define Your Goals and vision

  • Give you the push you need

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

Access To Workshop Workshop

  • Start Formulating Your Plan

  • 4 pre-recorded workshops

  • its own workbook

  • Think of this as your Create That Program cheat sheet

Core Create That Program

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.

Mindset And Organization Recordings 1 and 2

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

  • Start Formulating Your Plan

  • Instill Confidence In your Abilities

  • Organization tips to make time and space for your dreams

  • Group Coaching Call

Core Create That Program Recordings 3 and 4

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

  • Coaching Call

Core Create That Program Recordings 5 and 6

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

  • Group Coaching Call

Core Create That Program Recording 7 and 8

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

  • Group Coaching Call

Core Create That Program Recording 9 and 10

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

  • Group Coaching Call

Core Create That Program Recording 11 and 12

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

  • Group Coaching Call

Not sure? These are just a couple of Create That Program alumni.

Let’s start with me.

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.

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 recordings, 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. However, you can cancel the membership at any time.

  • How Long Will I Have To Watch The Recordings?

    For as long as you have an active monthly membership.

  • 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.

  • 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.