My love for animals was instilled in me from a very young age by my wonderful mother. When walking to and from elementary school, we would frequently find dogs. My mom would use her belt to make a slip leash and we would go on a search for their owners. I even started wearing a dog leash as a belt for such occasions!
I fell in love with dog training when I was finally allowed to get my own dog in 6th grade. I did practiced and competed in agility with my dachshund/poodle, Spencer, throughout junior high and high school. When I went to college for Zoology, my parents wouldn’t let me take him with me because he was the best dog they had ever had.
In college, I got my Shiba Inu, Dublin. She is my heart dog. The dog I thought I got because I wanted her, but really got because I needed her. She has taught me so much about myself and made me a better person. I live in debt to her, constantly trying to fix the mistakes I have made and give her the life she deserves.
I have a phrase I say a lot: “Dog trainers are people too”. I make mistakes every day. But here’s the good news: Mistakes are how we learn! So I am constantly learning from my mistakes and trying to be the best version of myself I can possibly be.
MY GOALS IN DOG TRAINING ARE
- To help my students form an amazing bond with their dogs through training. To help them get what I know is possible thanks to my own dogs.
- For my students to enjoy their lives with their dogs more. To be able to incorporate their dogs more into their daily lives because their dogs can make good choices!
- To help dogs be more fulfilled. Teaching my students when and how it’s appropriate to allow dog to just be dogs. Fulfilled dogs are happy dogs, and happy dogs are good dogs!
- To motivate and teach dogs to make good choices on their own, not need to be micromanaged.
CERTIFICATIONS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- In Progress: Canine Resistance Training Certification
- Workshops and Seminars attended:
- 2017 – IACP Conference
- Visited Nate Shephard (Rediscover Your Dog)
- Visited Margaret Earl (Purpose Driven K9)
- 3D Workshop with Heather Beck (K9 Lifeline) and Jason Vasconi (Transform My Dog)
- Visited Tecla Walton (Tecla’s K9 Academy)
- 2019 – IACP Conference