My dog changed my life. No really. I had no clue what I wanted to do until I met her. I was a young mom by day, waitress by night. And then I ended up with an absolutely gorgeous German Shepherd.
She was terrified of men, random objects, and spent a decent amount of time hiding and trembling in the corner of our bathroom. I knew I had to find a way to help her.
Her name is Jojo. She became My companion and one of my greatest teachers in 2012. She’s my soul dog. When you see those window decals and mugs that say “who rescued who?” they’re actually just talking about me and her.
She led me to dog training. I knew I stumbled upon something different than my past jobs. Something that I truly enjoyed and was passionate about. So I quit my waitressing job, applied for a job at an animal shelter, and started my professional journey with animals.
From the moment I got Jojo I read everything I could on about positive reinforcement training, learning theory, behavior modification, and all things dog. I went to seminars and learned from people who were more knowledgeable than me (and still do).
But the best thing I could ever have done to learn about dogs was to be around them 40+ hours a week at animal shelters for over 6 years.
I soaked up everything I could in the shelters I worked at, and worked in many different positions. I've done everything from customer service and caring for the animals, to management, but mostly behavior and training.
You see a lot of behavior issues in shelters. You see endless dogs who need help through training and behavior modification, and I learned effective and creative techniques to help them.
I’ve met thousands of dogs. I’ve worked with dogs who guard possessions, dogs who don’t know that a human’s touch can feel good, dogs who were unruly and wild. Many with bite histories, and many who were at risk of euthanasia due to their behavior. I am proud to say that fewer were euthanized through my efforts.
I wrote and executed training plans, ran large scale playgroups, and acquired skills to handle dogs of just about any size and temperament.
Helping new adopters or people who were thinking of surrendering their dog due to behavior issues was always one of the most fulfilling parts of sheltering, and ultimately showed me how important it is to teach people to teach their dogs.
I earned my CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed) from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in Fall 2017, and formed Train Your Dog LLC in June of 2018.
My goal is to help you keep your dog happily living in your home, and out of the animal shelter. If you are having behavior issues, or just want to work on basics, I'm here to help!