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Gryphon - Rough Collie, Cricket - Affenpinscher x Chihuahua, Lisa,
Luka - Giant Schnauzer x Standard Poodle

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

I have worked with thousands of dogs and their families, competed in conformation and agility, taught child safety programs in schools, worked with Prison Dog programs and trained both Therapy and Service Dog candidates.  I have trained for stores like PETCO and currently offer group classes through Tractor Supply in Bluefield, WV.  I was located in NC before moving here in 2014 and operated Pawtential Unleashed.

PRINCETON TIMES NEWSPAPER STORY

I am registered with the AKC as a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator, a member of the Pet Professional guild, a mentor trainer for the CATCH Academy and have spent many years working with rescue groups and fostering dogs.

My training methods are a combination of verbal marker and clicker training.  Training is an evolving art and I keep up to date with the latest research, follow a great group of positive trainers on Facebook and continue to learn every day.

As a positive reinforcement trainer, the key is to focus on what a dog should do instead of what it shouldn’t. For example, instead of teaching a dog not to jump, teach them to do something else like sitting and giving eye contact.

It’s about looking for opportunities for the dog to succeed and get the dog excited about learning instead of waiting for him to fail, do the wrong thing and correcting that.

Much has changed over the years but one thing remains the same - we love our pets and want the best for them - and that's why I am here to help...build better bonds with your pets - just click til it sticks!


  

BACKGROUND

Dogs have been an integral part of my life since I was little.  I was more often found with a dog in my lap or in a dog house than anywhere else.  I was raised with my Dad's Dobermans and my first pup was a Cocker Spaniel mix - Cracker Jack.



I got involved in dog training from an early age - participating in and then becoming president of our 4H Dog Training club, including winning with a presentation on Pit Bulls for a state competition at 16 yrs old. 

I knew leaving school I wanted more, and I was given the opportunity to study under Stacie, an Ohio PD K9 trainer in 1993. After a two year internship - this confirmed that training is what I wanted to be doing and here I am - over 20 years later still doing it! I started the way most trainers started 20 years ago - with check/pinch collars and ecollars.  

I remember thinking after a few years that there had to be a better way - I mean it's not like you can force an Orca to do what you want with a collar...and this led me to discover positive reinforcement and clicker training.  I've never looked back!

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