From the day I was born, my life has revolved around dogs.(No, really! My dad stood outside the hospital with my childhood Rottweiler when we got released!) I had a wonderful advantage with animals; having parents who ethically bred in the AKC, and a grandmother involved in animal rescue, whom helped me get started as young as I could - caring for animals and assisting behaviorists with socializing dogs in preparation for new homes. As a teenager, I began shadowing reputable trainers while volunteering at dog care facilities, and soon advanced to a full time training position at a boarding facility in Southern California, where I obtained the experience and knowledge in canine behavior to proudly pursue this path! I am still actively involved in rescue, training foster dogs in preparation for their forever homes, as well as expanding my knowledge in dog sports and other avenues with the help of Liz Snider and Taylor Made Working Dogs. To this day I have trained multiple service dogs for individuals with disabilities, have had dogs featured in television episodes and concert performances, as well as solved problem behaviors in dangerous dogs to give them a second chance at life. Dogs are my passion, and I strive to ensure every dog is capable of reaching their full potential.
In my free time, I enjoy showing my Belgian Tervurens, participating in competitive dog sports with them, and spending quality time with my husband and two children!
*AKC CGC & ATT Evaluator*
I have always had a love for animals of all sorts, learning their place and purpose in nature and how to coexist. That love found itself actualized when I got my own dog, Ghost, a large lab/bull breed mix that had great foundations set but also a few reactivity issues. Using the internet to learn positive methods and my own intuition I was able to maintain his basic commands and manage his reactivity. At 20 I met Ashrae, who showed me the technical and theoretical processes of training dogs, training the dog in front of me as an individual and finding motivation. Since then I have used balanced methods to train psychiatric service dogs for myself and others, fostering and training to set rescue dogs up for success, and setting foundations for competition level dogs. I then expanded my knowledge apprenticing under Kris Taylor and Liz Snider at Taylormade Working Dogs, who taught me about training high drive, high energy breeds for bite sport, behavior modification and management for aggressive dogs, and developing my technique and approach of dog training. During that time I also had the pleasure of learning under David Pletka, owner of K9Clarity, who taught me how to instruct owners in relatable and realistic exercises to maintain and build the training their dogs have received along with building a dog's confidence and ability to make correct choices. My area of focus is behavior modification and management, competition level obedience, bite development, and building confident dogs with strong bonds to their owners.