Dogs have always been an integral part of my life. I spent many summers at Covy-Tucker Hill – one of the top German Shepherd breeders in the US. I helped with anything that was necessary, from daily feeding and caring for the animals to helping whelp puppies. This gave me ample opportunity to play with adorable pups.
My greatest mentors in dog training have been Toni Drugmand of Dog-On-It Dog Training (Now a Sit Means Sit franchise owner) and Anne Austin of Animal Actors. I have taught with Toni for over 20 years and when my son was born I took some time off to help concentrate on his needs. I started Search and Rescue with Anne and sadly my dog passed away and we never deployed. I am very devoted. I have instructed classes on obedience and conformation. Teaching dog training over the years has been one of my passions and one of the ways I give back to the community. I enjoy donating my time and love to help my students bond with their animals. The knowledge I share is sound and I am always open to new ideas.
I have researched and attended seminars on many techniques relating to dog training ranging from motivational, clicker training, Bill Koeler’s method of dog training and e-collar training. I am versed in all disciplines of dog training and consider myself a balanced trainer with many tools in my toolbox.
I believe that knowledge of all disciplines of dog training allows for flexibility in training that makes me more effective when working with dogs. I am a very good observer and very precise in my training. I am always looking for an easier and gentler way of training.