Jeris Pugh - Owner/Creator

Jeris Pugh with Balancing Border Collie

Jeris Pugh has been studying canine behavior through practice, publications and live seminars for the past 10 years. He's attended lectures from veterinary behavior experts like Dr. Ian Dunbar, founder of Associations of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and Dr. Lynn Seibert, President of The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB). However, it was his experiences beyond the canine world that were instrumental in creating The Martial ARFS.

 

He learned how to create behavorial programs based on structure, technique and discipline while teaching martial arts at Tiger Schulmann’s MMA Centers (the largest martial arts franchise in the North East).

 

He studied & trained under Dr Michael Colgan PHD CCN, creator of The New Power Program, which provides functional athletic training for professional, Olympic & recreational athletes.

 

After years of training dogs privately for obedience and competing in disc dog competitions throughout the northeast, he realized there was something lacking in the dog training world. He set out to create a program that would not only improve dog's behavior, but give them an outlet for their excess energy, and improve their ability to perform their sport or maintain an active life.

 

He utilized his experience to combine the concepts of behavioral improvement and the physical outlet that comes along with a disciplined martial arts class. He used the principles of functional training for human athletes while substituting canine rehabilitative exercises, canine balance, coordination and body awareness drills, and canine sports activities in order to create the Martial ARFS.

 

However, a one of kind a dog training program is only as beneficial as someone's ability to reach people with it. So in 2013 he opened the first Martial ARFS facility in Carle Place, NY (Long Island). After 3 years of success, he's now expanding The Martial ARFS brand with additional facilities and online training so that people throughout the US and the world will be able to benefit from The Martial ARFS

Eve Pugh DVM, CVA, CCRP – Veterinary Advisor

Her passion for holistic and preventive medicine led her to the realization that a dog with an active healthy lifestyle can prevent the vast majority of conditions that need to be treated with veterinary medicine.

 

She graduated from Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior, she attended Arizona State University where she received Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemistry and Zoology, Summa Cum Laude.

 

She was certified in Veterinary Acupuncture through the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State.

 

She attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine's program and received advanced training in Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy and is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.

 

She was North Shore Animal League’s Chief Medical Director and was their Lead Veterinarian during their rescue efforts immediately following Hurricane Katrina.

 

She started Progressive Pet Therapy which specializes in alternative therapies for companion animals and canine athletes including Acupuncture, Physical Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Laser Therapy.

Carrie Santare DVM, DACVIM/Neurology - Veterinary Advisor

Dr. Santare has genuine desire to give back to the pet community at large. She brings excitement and enthusiasm for sharing knowledge with not only The Martial ARFS, but pet parents as well.

 

She is a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and is a board-certified Neurologist.

 

She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk and Shelton, CT.

 

She then pursued a specialty internship at the Gulf Coast Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery in Houston, TX.

 

She completed her residencey at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital.

 

She has a special interest in surgery, specifically atlantoaxial subluxation stabilization, intervertebral disc disease and seizure management.

 

She is the head of the Neurology Department at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury.