“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
I have been training dogs for over 25+ years. Currently I have one dog: Skippy, a 13 year old Italian Greyhound. The Shelties pictured are: Patrick Ryan and Dani Joy (both passed away now).
I take a unique, individualized 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 replace them with good behaviors. I train each dog taking into account the dog breed traits, the dog’s history of socialization & environment as well as my clients skills & expectations. I believe that each dog has their own unique temperament & personality, so I do not ascribe to a “one size fits all” method of training. I follow the LIMA (Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive) philosophy as outlined by APDT. Positive dog training techniques are used and yet, I make sure I have a “trainers tool box” full of ideas, time-tested techniques and current scientific evidence based methods that will give you and your dog confidence helping you build a bond that will last a lifetime.
As a professional dog trainer, it’s important to have a balanced approach to dog training. It is of utmost importance to keep current on the latest scientific evidence based learning theories in dog training and not get “stuck” on outdated or disproven learning theories. I also recognize that there is much to learn from old training methods and to not “throw the baby out with the bath water” so to speak. Animal Behavior Psychology is a constantly evolving field of learning. I continue my education and training experience in a wide variety of online seminars/workshops, traveling to conferences, books, subscriptions/memberships magazines, online email groups, and other learning opportunities.
Group training sessions encourage socialization and success. I offer numerous classes of Dog Training from Puppy Training and Basic Obedience/Family Manners, AKC Competition Obedience Classes. I also offer classes & testing/evaluations as an AKC/CGC Evaluator & Trainer in: AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Manners & Socialization, Classes & Title Testing for AKC/CGC, CGCA (Community Canine), CGCU (CGC Urban). I am an AKC Trick Dog Evaluator and an AKC Farm Dog Certification Judge. Throughout the year I also offer classes for: Beginning Tricks, AKC Rally Obedience, Agility for Fun and Flyball for Fun and other fun classes. I often will have guest instructors and upcoming student apprentice dog trainers.
Education and Background
I graduated with honors and am a mentor for the Animal Behavior College. I am a Professional Member of APDT (The Association of Professional Dog Trainers). I have mentored under many of the best professional dog trainers in the Northern California region. I was a member and Dog Trainer for 13+ years with the Nor Cal Dog Training Club (no longer exists). I was Petco Dog Trainer for 4+ years. I was a dog trainer at Shasta Dog Training and Boarding (offering Board & Train services as well as classes on premises) for 8+ years. I am still active in the Dog Training community and participate with the non-profit group Shasta Dogs. I have worked with several dog rescue groups & dog shelters in training/evaluating dogs, training foster dog parents, and fostering/rehabilitating rescue dogs.
My Personal Background
I have owned a variety of dogs throughout my life including many Big Dogs, Medium Dogs, Small Dogs, Mixed Breeds, Coon Hounds, German Shepherds, Labradors, 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.
All of my dog have earned a number of dog titles in a variety of dog sports & activities. Five of my dogs have obtained the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizenships (CGC) 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 and Skip have earned titles in AKC Competition Rally Obedience. Megan earned her Novice Obedience Title through ASCA. Skip, my Italian Greyhound has earned his CGC, CGCA, CGCU Titles and Trick Dog Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Titles. At 13 years old, Skip also earned his AKC Rally Novice Title and received the AKC Achievement Award Certificate. In addition to the variety of dog sport activities previous mentioned. I have trained my dogs and taught classes in agility, beginning tricks, canine musical freestyle, heel work to music, clicker training, & beginning tracking
Accomplishments, Titles, Awards:
- AKC Rally Obedience 3 Dogs titled RN, 1 Dog Titled RA
- AKC Canine Good Citizenship Titles: 5 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 Italian Greyhound, Skippy, his story and accomplishments follow the link to his page: Sir Skips-A-Lot