I started at PetSmart in 2008 and was blessed to get to know and train over 800 dogs and their parents in two years’ time. This start led me to do an internship with the late Lee Mannix who studied with and was endorsed by UK expert behaviorist John Roberson. It was one of the richest 9-month experiences I’ve had to date.
I received my CPDT-KA (Certified Pet Dog Trainer) in 2010. Lee encouraged me to start my own business helping pet parents with their dogs. He always said, “watch and listen to the dog and encourage the dog that shows up that day”!
After my internship with Lee I studied scent work for 6 years years under the late Ron Gaunt who was a cofounder of the NACSW (National Association of Canine Scent Work).
Over the last 12 years I have attended and continue to attend dog training seminars to include reactivity, aggression, separation issues, impulse control and enrichment.
My training also includes becoming an evaluator for Pet Partners; a national pet therapy organization where I oversee certifying future volunteer teams.
My 30-year background in natural horsemanship has been invaluable in my learning and training of pet dogs. A background in nutrition and event coordinating helps me set up management protocols for families that are easy to follow with proven solutions.
It would be my pleasure to introduce a fun, friendly and organic way to train your dog.