I came to Petlandia with a passion for both animals and people. I grew up in Texas with dogs as well as horses, and always loved working and interacting with them. After college, I worked in the wine business for 12 years and had to travel extensively for my job. This obviously kept me away from my partner and my dog, Baraka. Finally, I took the plunge and left my wine career to do something more meaningful and to fulfill my desire to work with animals. My years of business experience ingrained in me the skills necessary for efficiently leading teams of people and treating every job with the same strong work ethic. I am a certified Tellington TTouch Practitioner and focus on working with animals in ways that reduce the anxiety they feel in our human environment. I am an Associate Nose Work Instructor throught the National Association for Canine Scent Work. I also completed the Foundations Course in Clicker Training at the Karen Pryor Academy and I enjoy volunteering with Fences for Fido on the weekends.
I have a huge respect for animals and humans alike and I am truly passionate about helping animals and their people be the best they can be! I began training dogs in 2006 and have worked with animals professionally for 20+ years doing walking/exercising/structured playdates and group hikes. I enjoy using positive reinforcement with verbal instructions and hand signaling and I have completed Clicker Training Certification through Karen Pryor Academy. I am also a certified Tellington TTouch Practitioner. TTouch is a technique that helps dogs overcome anxiety and fear, and provides a unique learning opportunity using specialized equipment, groundwork and touches. In addition, I am a certified Matrix Energetics practitioner which allows me to use energy to help shift dogs. I also volunteer with dogs at the Oregon Humane Society.
I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), a Canine Good Citizen evaluator and instructor, and member of International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP). I started serving the animal kingdom through wildlife rescue over 20 years ago. In 2009, I began training service dogs for PTSD, diabetic alert, seizure alert and autism. I am very passionate about helping develop healthy communication between animals and their human counterparts.
Need help with dog training? Contact us! Some tips to remember:
- A good dog is a tired dog. Even sniffy exercise is stimulation.
- If you don’t have your dog’s eyes, you don’t have your dog’s attention.
- Make your dog work for everything. Dogs are happiest working for humans.
- Make the “Come Here” command a party in your feet!
- Dogs pick up your anxiety, so learn to fake it.
- Dogs can learn as many commands as you can teach them.
- Walking with a tight leash promotes aggression. Loosen it up!
- Tooth brushing is essential to your dogs overall health.
- Tethering your dog to you helps you remember to observe them and reward desired behaviors.
- Massaging your dog promotes body confidence and helps with veterinary visits.
Would you like to help a pet in need?
According to the Humane Society of the United States, six to eight million pets enter shelters every year. About half of that number are adopted and the others are euthanized. To help manage the overpopulation of cats and dogs in addition to spaying and neutering, consider adopting from a shelter. If a pure-bred is what you want, check with your local pure-bred rescues. There are many up for adoption and they cost a lot less!