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Meet our Trainer Grace

I’ve loved animals ever since I was a child. I grew up around dogs, but my passion for them emerged in college when I took a summer job as a dog daycare and boarding attendant. I loved being surrounded by playful, furry friends, but it really bothered me when they wouldn’t listen! I graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelor’s degree in zoology and decided to continue my education and expand my knowledge of dogs by becoming a certified professional dog trainer. I attended The Tom Rose School where I learned various methods of training and graduated at the top of my class in 2020. My preferred method (and the method I have seen the most success with) is what is known as “balanced training” – using both positive and negative reinforcement to achieve a desired behavior from a dog.

My philosophy on training is to make it fun and simple for both the dog and the owner by tailoring the training to that specific dog’s needs, motivations, and his/her character and personality. I have experience with dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds, and personalities, and my goal is to help create a happy dog who knows its boundaries and fits well into his or her family. While at The Tom Rose School, I gained experience in general and competitive obedience, scent detection, tracking, agility, and Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International tests, and I have since begun working with my personal dog, a small munsterlander named Dreya, on initial pheasant hunting training as well.  In my free time, I enjoy working and playing with Dreya, being outdoors, spending time with my boyfriend, and watching documentaries.