I am a trainer based in Washington State and I roam from Seattle to Ocean Shores. I have always had a love affair with dogs, and have had them in my life since I was a child. I worked as a dog walker and basic manners trainer in San Francisco, CA and it remains one of the best jobs I ever had.
I left the world of dogs to pursue my art and became a well known photographer and world renowned dancer. After my successes there I wanted to return to a place where I found true joy, the world of dogs.
I am passionate about learning, teaching, and behavior change for both people and animals. I wanted to work with dogs again, and I wanted to understand the science behind behavior, behavior change, and help people gain a better understanding of this as well. With understanding comes love, compassion, and a stronger bond. I knew I could help bring people and their companions closer together.
In 2017 I went back to school and in 2019 earned my CTC (Certified Trainer and Councilor) from Jean Donaldson's prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers . In 2020 I earned my Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification, my CPDT_KA, I studies with Dr. Susan Friedman, as well as completed Michael Shikashio's Master course on Aggression in Dogs.
In 2019 I began working full time in the world of dogs, this time with behavior, behavior modification, and helping to strengthen the bond between pups and their people.
I come to you with the understanding that you love your dog, and you are doing the best you can with the education you have, I'm just here to help you go a little further.
Did you know dog training is an unregulated field?
That means anyone can do or say anything they want and if they hurt your dog, or make them worse there is nothing you can do about it. Let that sink in for a bit.
It is important to know what you are getting when you hire a trainer.
Make sure to ask:
*What exactly will happen to my dog if my dog gets it right?
*What exactly will happen to my dog if my dog gets it wrong?
*Are there less invasive/aversive alternatives to what you propose?
If you don't get clear, concrete answers or are at all uncomfortable, keep shopping!
I'm passionate about what I do, I love dogs, people, science and behavior. I have a big heart, a lot of patience, and compassion. I work to create a bridge that can connect you and your dog and strengthen your bond. Why else did you get a dog if you weren't looking for a best friend?
I believe that you and your companion are doing the best you can with the education you have. Sometimes we all need a little (or a lot) of help in our lives, that's where I come in. I am educated in my field and continue to rigorously pursue my education so that I can provide the most efficient, effective, and least aversive training that I can possibly give.
Please let me know how I can help.
It is unethical to guarantee behavior change, but I promise I will be with you every step of the way. To help bridge the gap in understanding your dog so you and your companion can live your best possible lives.
I promise if I can't help you I can connect you with someone that can.
*2020 - Present
Trainer, counselor, and consultant Woof Wisdom
*2020 - Present
Volunteer trainer at HART
Assistant trainer at DogEvolve
Assistant trainer at Bravo!Pup.
Volunteer behavior modification trainer at EBSPCA
Volunteer at Family Dogs New life rescue
Off leash, play group walker/trainer at DogEvolve
Certified Fear Free trainer
Completion of Aggression in Dogs Master Course
Certified Trainer and Councilor, Academy for Dog Trainers
Living&Learning with Animals, Dr. Susan Friedman certificate.
A weekend with Daniel Mills
BCSPCA Animal Behavior Science Symposium