Even though I am a lifelong dog owner, formal training was never important until I adopted a dog in 1999. Dale presented challenges my previous pets had not. I began training using more traditional methods but felt uncomfortable with the techniques. With research, I found training methodologies rooted in scientific facts with data to support them. I found these methods are more effective and remove the focus from conflict to communication.
This knowledge helped me repair my own dog and gave me the desire to help others. I like to train dogs to be great pets and wonderful companions. I also like the connection facilitated by competing in dog sports. Thanks to Dale, I became interesting in canine agility. I titled Dale and an assortment of other dogs of all breeds and sizes in AKC, USDAA and CPE agility.
After 15 years of agility, I decided to try a dog sport that was less strenuous and found canine scent sports. I started competing just 2 or three years ago. I’ve trialed with 2 of my dogs in several venues with some titles and a lot of fun.
Competing doesn’t necessarily make a good dog trainer. It gives you goals to achieve. What does make a good trainer is knowledge. I hold 3 psychometrically sound certifications-
Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed
Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge and Skills Assessed
Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed
These certifications require continuing education to maintain them. I regularly participate in online and in person educational opportunities to stay current on the latest research.
I am an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. I was the behavior manager at an open admission shelter for 2 years. I served on the board of directors of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and helped develop the testing for 2 of their certifications. My broad base of knowledge helps me find the best way to help you with your dog.