I started at PetSmart in 2008 as pet dog trainer. I was more than 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 learn how to heighten communication, promote harmony, obedience, and enrichment with their dogs. He always said, “watch and listen to the dog; 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 14 years I have attended and continue to attend dog training seminars to include reactivity, aggression, separation issues, impulse control, nutrition and enrichment.
It would be my pleasure to introduce a fun, friendly and organic way to train your dog.
Socially awkward dogs are very interesting to me and I want to expand their possibilities by providing guidance toward more mental and emotional fitness in their homes. I recently completed in 2021 the Master Aggression course with the famed Michael Shikahio CDBC.
This course along with Michael’s mentoring program will provide my me with the tools to provide more support, insight, prevention, and management of aggressive behaviors.
One of my most revered accomplishments in my training career included certifying three rescued pit bulls to a complex status with the nationally recognized animal assisted/pet therapy program Pet Partners. I started as a volunteer team and then went through the training for Pet Partner® Evaluator’s program so I could include that perspective into the training of future candidates for therapy and public access dogs.
My dogs and I specialize in volunteering for hospice work; I love every precious moment with my clients. I feel all people would benefit from the love and company of a dog as they transition home.
It is a joy to train dogs, and it would be my pleasure to share my fun, friendly, and positive ways; all with proven solutions.