“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 2 dogs: Dani Joy, (Sheltie); & Skippy, (Italian Greyhound). The third Sheltie pictured on the right is Patrick Ryan (he passed away a few years ago).
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 with Cari Bowe of Shasta Dog Training teaching classes in: AKC STAR Puppy, Basic Obedience/Family Manners, AKC/CGC, Intermediate, Obedience, Agility for Fun, Rally Obedience and other fun classes.
Four of my dogs have obtained the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizenship Award. My Chocolate Lab, Megan & 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. 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 graduated with honors from 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 Canine Good Citizenship 4 Dogs CGC Certified
- Flyball Dog 3 Dogs titled in NAFA & U-FLi, FD, FDX, FDCh, TF
- AKC Rally Obedience 2 Dogs titled RN, RA
- Obedience 1 Dog titled AKC Companion Dog (CD)