I have been training and competing with dogs (and other animals) since I was a teenager, and for the past twenty four 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 a gaggle of little furry and feathered critters. In the past I have lived with lots of different breeds and types of dogs and other animals. We do a little bit of everything these days….agility, scent work, flyball, rally, disc dog, dock diving, tracking, barn hunt, and trick training and in the past I have been involved in earthdog, sighthound lure coursing and racing, and a little bit of confirmation showing. 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, Dr Susan Friedman, 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 2018 Grape and I were chosen to travel overseas to compete with Team USA on the 2019 AKC European Open Team and the 2019 WAO Agility Team. In 2019 we finished in 7th place overall at the European Open team tryouts and were once again chosen to represent the AKC at the 2020 European Open. We were also able to add "national champions" to our resume by winning the 2019 UKI National Finals at the US Open.
As much as I enjoy training and competing I also find teaching immensely rewarding and love to see my students excel. Many have seen success at the regional and national level, as well as the AKC Invitational and internationally too.
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)
Living and Learning with Animals, Professional Course
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 with "Do More With Your Dog"
Member of the Pet Professional Guild
Member of IAABC
Instructor at “Camp Gone To The Dogs"