I have been training and competing with dogs (and other animals) since I was a teenager, and for the past twenty years have been heavily involved in dog training, dog sports and dog activities of all kinds. Agility has been our primary sport and the dogs and I have traveled all over the country, competing and teaching. Currently I am owned and loved by a Border Collie, two awesome little sport mixes, a lurcher, Jetty, the pony, and Bird, the dove. In the past I have lived with lots of other breeds and types of dogs. We do a little bit of everything these days….agility, scent work, flyball, rally, disc dog, dock diving, tracking, drafting, barn hunt, FAST CAT, dryland mushing, and trick training and in the past I have been involved in earthdog, sighthound lure coursing and racing, and even some field work. I love competition and challenging myself to be a better trainer and handler, but more than that I love that these sports and activities have helped me build incredible bonds with my dogs.
I was very lucky early on to have a wonderful mentor, Diane Bauman who helped me learn everything dog. Along the way I’ve also had opportunities to work with many other great trainers including Bob Bailey, Ken Ramierez, Susan Garrett, and many others. In 2012 I graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy and thrive on bringing the world of positive reinforcement dog training to my students.
In 2019 Grape and I were chosen to travel overseas to compete with Team USA on the AKC European Open Team and the WAO Agility Team. In 2020 we finished in 7th place overall at the European Open team tryouts and were once again chosen to represent the AKC at the European Open.
When we are not teaching or competing you can usually find the dogs and I out in the woods trail running, hiking or out riding the trails with the pony, Jetty.
- Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP)
- Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)
- FitPaws Master Trainer (FP-MT)
- Professional Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
- AKC Canine Good Citizen/AKC Trick Dog Evaluator
- Certified Trick Dog Instructor
- Member of the Pet Professional Guild
- Instructor at “Camp Gone To The Dogs”
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