“If you want to understand the Creator, seek to understand created things.” – St. Columbanus
Positive, Calm & Assertive.
Diverse Abilities, Techniques & Professional Expertise
Serving Your Individual Needs
with Honesty, Integrity & Simplicity
Currently I am owned by 1 dogs: Skippy, an Italian Greyhound. The Shelties pictured are both passed away now: Patrick Ryan and Dani Joy.
I take a positive approach to dog training that’s based on a deeper understanding of canine behavior. I’m here to help you communicate with your dog in order to stop bad habits and develop good behaviors. Group training sessions encourage socialization and success. Private lessons are also available for those unique sessions that require that one-on-one attention. Positive dog training techniques are used and yet, I make sure I have a “trainers tool box” full of ideas and time-tested techniques that will give you and your dog confidence.
I have owned a variety of dogs throughout my life including many Big Dogs, Small Dogs, Mixed Breeds, Coon Hounds, German Shepherds, Labs, Dobermans, Poodles, Hounds,Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties) and an Italian Greyhound. I began training my own dogs in the mid 90’s and shortly thereafter became a trainer with the Nor Cal Dog Training Club and offering private lessons.
I have mentored under many of the best professional dog trainers in the Northern California region. For three years, I worked as the Certified Dog Trainer for Petco offering classes, seminars, and one-on-one private sessions. I now work as an independent contractor. I also offer classes in: AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Manners & Socialization, Basic Obedience/Family Manners, AKC/CGC, CGCA, CGCU Classes & Title Testing, AKC/Trick Dog Classes & Title Testing, Intermediate & Advanced Obedience, Agility for Fun, Rally Obedience, Flyball for Fun, and other fun classes. I often will have guest instructors and upcoming student apprentice dog trainers.
Four of my dogs have obtained the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizenships Award/Titles. My Chocolate Lab, Megan and both my Shelties, Patrick Ryan & Dani Joy have earned titles in the dog racing sport called Flyball. Patrick Ryan & Dani Joy have earned titles in AKC Competition Rally Obedience. Megan earned her Novice Obedience Title through ASCA. My Italian Greyhound has earned all his CGC Titles and his Trick Dog Titles up through Advanced. I have trained my dogs in obedience, rally obedience, agility, flyball, beginning tricks, clicker training, & beginning tracking.
I am a member of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers). I am an AKC/CGC Evaluator & Trainer. I am an AKC Trick Dog Evaluator. I graduated with honors and am a mentor for the Animal Behavior College. I continue my education and training experiences in a wide variety of classes, seminars and other learning opportunities.
Accomplishments, Titles, Awards:
- AKC Rally Obedience 2 Dogs titled RN, RA
- AKC Canine Good Citizenship Titles: 4 Dogs CGC Titles, 3 Dogs CGCA Titles, 2 Dogs CGCU Titles
- AKC Trick Dog Titles: 1 Dog TKN, TKI, TKA
- NAFA & U-FLi Flyball Dog Titles: 3 Dogs titled in FD, FDX, FDCh, TF
- ASCA Obedience Title: 1 Dog titled CD
If you want to learn more about my dog Skippy, his story and accomplishments follow the link to his page: Sir Skips-A-Lot