Most would say I'm a dog trainer, but really I'm a motivational coach who gives hope and relief to stressed out dog owners. I work with families struggling with their dog's challenges through a proven method that reconnects your relationship with your canine companion. I have been professionally training dogs and coaching their owners in the DC area for 13 years and have worked in the professional pet care industry for 20 years. Over the course of my career, I have taken on many clients who have not had much success with previous trainers and are looking for a last hope. I believe that with a committed owner, every single dog can be helped. I understand that each dog and owner team learns differently and the key to any successful dog training is about finding the most effective program for both human and canine.
Education - - Bachelor of Science, Psychology – 2003 - Virginia Tech - Canine Behavior & Training Specialist – 2004 - Starmark (Triple Crown) Academy - Certified E-Touch Remote Collar Trainer with Martin Deeley - Certified ForceFree Method Remote Collar Trainer with Marc Goldberg - Multiple Working Dog Seminars including Debbie Zappia, Ivan Balabanov, Butch Henderson, Jogi Zank, and John Soares - Pack to Basics Seminar with Chad Mackin - Training Cesar’s Way Graduate with Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan - T3: Train the Trainers with Jeff Gellman and Sean O'Shea - Working with Aggressive Dogs Seminar with Ted Efthmyiadis - Obedience and Behavior Foundations & Leash Reactivity Courses with Tyler Muto - Leerburg University - Master the Remote Collar Seminar with Tyler Muto - Relationship Based Behavior Modification Seminar with Nelson Hodges - Resolving Conflict in Human/Canine Relationships Seminar with Mark McCabe - Dealing with Difficult Dogs Seminar with Heather Beck and Jason Vasconi
Member - International Association of Canine Professionals - American Working Malinois Association
Accomplishments - Top Graduate of Triple Crown Academy School for Dog Trainers (Now Starmark Academy) - Featured in the Washingtonian and Angie’s List Magazines - Represented the United States at the 2009 FMBB IPO World Championship in Roudnice nad Labem, Czech Republic and selected to participate in the 2010 DVG Championship in Germany - 2009 DVG KG North Regional Champion - Ranked as the #1 trainer/dog team in the USA through DVG America – Fall, 2009 - Owned, Trained, and Handled her malinois Wyatt Earp de mon Coeur, SchH3 on a national level - Regularly attends seminars and workshops to stay up to date on the latest dog training techniques