Meet Your Trainer
"Ace" is a rat terrier adopted from the Animal Foundation. He is a sweet little tri-pod who likes to sun bathe in the yard and play with squeaky toys now and then.
Our big black cat "Nitro" likes to pester Ace and also likes to pretend to be a hunter in the back yard and get covered in dirt. He's a unique and clingy cat who purrs and drools when you come anywhere near him, he LOVES to be pet.
"Kayla" was a blonde lab/husky mix who I adopted at 5 years old and was an amazing and special dog. I miss her all the time.
I have been blessed with all of my pets being sweet, unique, and adorable!
Kayla wearing a sun hat
Ace enjoying the grass
Ace and Makai having a moment
Kaylee and Kayla having a moment
Kayla taking a nap on the trail
Ace laying on the grass
Kayla wiped out from a doy of hiking in Death Valley
Nitro dirty from playing outside
Ace at the park
Ace and Nitro cuddling with their Grammy
Ace and Kayla
Fun Facts About Me!
*My favorite dog breeds are Border Collies, Brussels Griffons, Belgian Malanois and Greyhounds
*My first dog was a Yellow Lab named Max!
*I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, boating, swimming
*I love to travel!
*One of my life goals is to have a horse farm on a beach!
*I grew up in upstate New York
*I had pet guinea pigs, a cat named "Kitty Moo" and a hamster
*I love to ride horses! I just don't have the time or the horse to do so anymore
As a Certified Dog Trainer and Licensed Veterinary Technician for over 14 years I have been fortunate to have accumulated a variety of hands-on professional experience with a wide range of dogs, behavior and training services.
My Dog Training Specialties: Puppy and Companion Success Plans, Aggression, Behavior Management, Dog Life Enrichment Plans, AKC STAR Puppy and CGC, Dogs in Veterinary Settings, Therapy Dog Pre-Certification Training, Obedience
Experience: I have worked with dogs of ALL varieties in dog training and veterinary clinical settings, as well as helping shelter and rescue dogs. I am also experienced in animal emergency and am Pet CPR certified. I am able to provide hands-on training instruction and coaching in the areas of obedience, behavior modification, aggression, agility, therapy dog prep, AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluations. As well as clicker training and fear free handling (pending certification- to be completed by 2020).
Continuing Education: I seek regular continuing education yearly to keep my professional training methods relevant and in alignment with the most current studies. This ensures you and your dogs are afforded the highest and most beneficial professional standards. While some trainers rely upon outdated information that we now know is detrimental to our dogs quality of life, I strive to offer the best experience for your dog, and most effective methods of helping you achieve your dog training goals!
I find the psychology of canines to be fascinating! I enjoy the challenges that come along with figuring out what's going on in their doggie minds and shaping their behaviors to a more favorable outcome.
Bringing all of my experience to each new dog I get to work with is something I enjoy! This also means that there are many ways to resolve behavioral issues and it's my job to help you solve them.
I will encourage you and keep your pup motivated, learning along the way! Tackling difficult behaviors and having fun. I want to make it as simple as possible, and will support you along the way to your training goals!
Education and Achievements
LVT (Licensed Veterinary Technician) since 2007
ABC-CDT (Animal Behavior College) Graduate of 2007 and ABC-Certified Dog Trainer
IAABC-ADT (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) Accredited Trainer
NAVC-CPNC (North American Veterinary Community) Certified Pet Nutrition Coach
Completed "Aggression In Dogs Master Course" by Michael Shikashio
Fear Free Fear Free Certified Professional Trainer & Fear Free Shelter Certification
AKC (American Kennel Club) CGC (Canine Good Citizen), Community Canine and Temperament Test Evaluator and Fit Dog
APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) Professional Member
SVBT (Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians) Professional Member
NAVTA (National Assoc. of Veterinary Technicians) Member
IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) Professional Member
PetsMart Certified Trainer for over 3 years
PIMA Medical Institute Grad for Veterinary Technician in 2007 and Student Mentor
Training shelter dogs since I was a teenager
Offering group and private training since 2005
Offering virtual consultations, training, and coaching
US Army Veteran and military spouse
My training methods and theory
The most important aspect is to help strengthen the human-animal bond. I am here to help establish better communication and foster more positive interactions. My goals is to help you guys work together and create a positive-feedback loop of desirable behaviors.
Our pups enjoy our company and like to make us happy! (Most of the time). Once we find what motivates them, you can begin to work together to overcome any behavioral obstacles, learn new skills or refine bad habits. I will help you keep your pup engaged and motivated to learn!
Using positive reinforcement LIMA principles as the basis for my methods, this helps to build trust and encourages our dogs to cooperate with us willingly. This means we motivate them to stick with us as we teach them what we'd like them to do, then they will begin to offer the behaviors automatically! Treats, toys, praise, play-time, freedom to run around the house, going out the door, going on a walk, earning meals are ALL some examples of the many reinforcements we can use to make training fun and part of your normal daily routine.
COMMUNICATION: TRANSLATING BETWEEN HUMAN AND DOG LANGUAGE
Communicating with our dogs can seem confusing and impossible sometimes. That's what I'm here for! Non-verbal (or body language) communication is a large part of the foundations of communicating with our pups. I will teach you verbal cues ("commands") that we will practice, and your dog will eventually learn to quickly perform the cues you ask of them.
Training is not just for puppies! All dogs can benefit from training. One important factor to consider is that training is about fun, and basic obedience is a great start, but training is also about safety. Busy streets, other dogs or animals, young or old people, yucky things on the side of the road on walks, toxic foods we drop on the floor, new baby coming home soon and so on. I believe in implementing some simple "house rules" to follow with all dogs and you'll quickly see a noticeable improvement of their behaviors and healthy boundaries help everyone be safer and feel more at peace. Then, those new behaviors become the new norm (habit). Who among us couldn't benefit from a refresher on manners!
With a variety of breeds, ages, sizes, personalities and behavioral habits- I can tailor each area of training to your needs. In a group class setting this can be a bit of a welcomed challenge, but there are multiple ways of going about teaching our dogs new things so finding that success is what I love to do!
Socialization is so important! We often think of this as dogs meeting dogs and people etc. But, socialization is so much more than that and the sooner/younger we start doing it right, the better! We have to remember that dogs are DOGS trying to live in a complex, over-whelming and dangerous HUMAN world. I will help you learn to introduce new people, places, things in the best way possible to avoid reactivity or fear associated with these things. If they have already developed some reactivity, I will help you get to the root of the issue and walk you both through the path to over-coming this over-reaction.