For over 20 years, I have been professionally dedicated to the training, rehabilitation, and rescue of dogs, all of which has been a large part of my life since I was young. I have been involved in rescue for almost 20 years and have fostered and trained over 500 dogs in my home (and yes, a couple became foster failures). I have testified as an expert against dog abuse as well as on behalf of dog owners.
A lifetime love and passion and the goal of my professional career is to educate people regarding responsible dog ownership, building a stronger bond, and exposing the fabulous journey of training and fun with your beloved canine.
I provide private training programs, either face to face or via virtual coaching, for a variety of behavioral concerns, K9 Fitness programs for sport, working and companion dogs, and K9 Nose Work®.
I am a nationally sanctioned Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) and Certifying Official (CO) through the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) and Certified Canine Athlete Specialist (CCAS) / K9 Fitness Instructor through Northeast K9 Conditioning. I also hold training seminars/workshops as well as national K9 Nose Work® trials/competitions.
My philosophy on training utilizes shaping behaviors, body language, voice commands, developing & establishing a positive & healthy relationship between owner and dog and always setting the dog up to succeed while stretching their knowledge and abilities. I feel & advocate that although there may be some basic training for all dogs, training and rehabilitation is not across the board & not every technique works or is appropriate for every dog and family as each are unique, my training methods are designed to address the different family/dog situations & the various living styles of each.
When I am not training my own dogs, Ziva and Bocelli, both working Belgian Malinois, and/or teaching, I enjoy gardening, reading, exercise, jazz and classical music, and spending time with my family and friends.