I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KSA) who has personally experienced many of my client’s issues: fear-based behaviors, separation anxiety, excess energy turned into destructive behavior, food guarding, house training challenges and more. As a child, I was bitten—badly—by the family dog and was afraid of him until the day he died (he was a resource/location guarder—a behavioral issue I now fix for clients). Despite that, I had wonderful relationships with the dog that followed as well as those who belonged to friends and neighbors. I have always been drawn to dogs and finding out what makes them tick. Each of my own dogs has brought new lessons and experiences to my life. And the more I’ve done with them, the more wonderfully complex our relationship and my understanding of them.
Chaser’s energy led to competitive sports training while his epilepsy and progressive heart failure began a journey with holistic veterinary medicine. Dazzle required an understanding of behavior to work with lengthy house training due to colitis and food guarding issues. With Taylor comes the merger of my love of communication with my passion for dogs. A recent surge in the study of canine cognition has opened up doors for both trainers and owners as training becomes easier when we learn to listen and then teach; listen again and refine the teaching—forging a true connection with our dogs.
My methods are reward-based and come from a combination of scientific data and practical results. Reward-based does not mean permissive—my dogs have clear boundaries and I have high behavioral expectations for each. I strive to make every training program fun, effective and personalized to meet every client’s needs and every dog’s situation. My CPDT-KSA is complemented by a Certified Coach designation, which helps me adapt to the learning styles of both dog and owner.
From puppy to senior, I believe that basic skills and involvement in sports training—either recreational or competitive—benefit every dog and enrich every dog-owner relationship. I’ve trained and competed with my Cocker Spaniels in multiple sports and registries including Rally Obedience, Competitive Obedience, Nosework and Agility. I’ve followed their noses to training in Tracking and their love of the water to lessons in Canine Water Sports.
I’m a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a member of the National Association of Canine Scent Work and the American Spaniel Club as well as a Professional Member of the APDT.
Be open to the opportunity your dog brings and enjoy the journey!