Help people bring out the best in their pets.
I only use methods that are pain-, fear-, force-free, and that help build the relationship between pet and their human.
I’ve always loved dogs. When I was around 7 years old, I took our family dog (Auction) through a town obedience class. The final week was an obedience competition which was open to the public. I came in second to a man with a German Shepherd who had already earned multiple obedience titles. To me, coming in second was just as good as winning.
Fast forward many years, many dogs, many tricks taught. I hadn’t thought of becoming a professional dog trainer. Then my sister found a puppy on Craig’s List that ‘had to be gone by tonight’. It quickly became clear why. The puppy was very active, energetic, and needy. My sister liked how well behaved my dog was, so turned to me for some training tips. I started to think about the previous owner, and how if she had someone to turn to, she wouldn’t have been frantically listing the puppy on a risky website, desperate to find the puppy a new home in the middle of the night.
That was the start of my journey to becoming a dog trainer.