I have been working as a Dog Trainer and Canine Behavioral Consultant since 1999, training dogs and teaching people the skills necessary to make living with their dogs positive, productive, and fun! Working with dogs was an early calling for me, starting as a kennel assistant at a local veterinary hospital when I was in my early teens. I continued to work with dogs as a veterinary technician, a kennel manager, and a teacher of obedience classes and private in-home sessions. When I look back, I'm amazed to find that I have been working with and around dogs for over 30 years!
I specialize in crate training, housebreaking, leash walking, basic obedience, clicker training, and behavior modification.
I have been helping people raise puppies for over 20 years, have shown and handled my own dogs and others in the AKC conformation show ring, and have taught AKC Canine Good Citizen classes and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes. I am also a Professional Member of APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers).
I assisted in raising dogs to live “as family” in Nursing Homes as part of a bigger nationwide effort called “The Eden Alternative,” with a mission to improve the lives of older adults lacking close family support.
Dogs are living, thinking, feeling beings that give us companionship, loyalty and love. Training your dog is all about relationship and communication. Dogs already know how to sit, come, lay down and stay and, they want more than anything to please you and know where they fit in your pack. When you learn to develop the relationship and utilize the communication skills and tools I teach you, your dog will want to do these behaviors at your discretion. The joy I get from seeing happy dogs and happy families is immeasurable.
APDT Professional Member #82669