Every dog trainer enters the industry for the same reason: we want to help dogs. However, our stories are all different.
As a child you could always find me wherever the animals were- outside in the mud, sitting by kennels or snuggled on the floor. Obviously this meant I was supposed to be a veterinarian, right? Well…almost. It’s true, I am finishing my third year of veterinary school right now. But, I don’t want to specialize and become a board certified behaviorist. Rather, I’d like to combine my medical degree with my behavioral knowledge and certifications to offer affordable behavioral and medical services to all.
I utilize the LIMA principles (least invasive and minimally aversive) to offer humane training to clients. But, I firmly believe that my methods have to reasonably work for both the dog and the owner. If I create a plan that isn’t functioning or isn’t achievable, I’ll develop a new one. Adaptability is essential to success.
I’m also deeply invested in continuing education. Currently, I'm over halfway done with veterinary school, and I hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and a Bachelor’s of Art in Spanish language. I’ve attended the Lemonade Conference hosted by Denise Fenzi and have an extensive reading list. When I don’t know the answer to something, I’ll head home to research it and speak with other professionals.
My certifications include the following:
Kim Brophey’s Family Dog Mediation/LEGS course
Certified Trick Dog Instructor
Canine Enrichment Technician course
Michael Shikashio's Aggression in Dogs course
Fear Free Shelters/Fear Free Certified Professional/Fear Free Avian/Fear Free Equine
Finally, I believe in the open-minded approach. The dog training world is rife with conflict and anger. I take no part in this. Dog owner’s shouldn’t be bullied for their training choices, and we should instead form a community built on education and kindness. Dog’s are the only ones who can truly decide what works and doesn’t work for them. Education, compassion and understanding will move the dog world forward.
My 3-legged, wild-child: Margo. The smartest dog I’ve ever met, and sometimes the most problematic! I adopted her at 10 months old, missing a leg and severely anxious. She ate through a majority of the house before we were able to safely crate her and start treating her anxiety. She was also severely dog reactive and under-socialized. Now, she has minimal anxiety, is way too confident for her own good, and is learning to manage her reactivity. We’re not perfect. She still reacts sometimes. It’s always a work in progress. But, she’s also learned amazing service dog tasks, knows over 100 commands and helps me rehabilitate other dogs. If you choose to work with me, the chances are high you'll meet her- she makes a good assistant.