My training philosophy

Training should be a positive experience for both dogs and their people. I use current, science-based methods that are dog-friendly and effective. After many years of experience and working with hundreds of dogs, I can tell you that each dog is different. This is why I don’t believe in “cookie cutter” training techniques. It’s important to understand your dog’s personality and what motivates him. Using a variety of methods that are based on the psychology of how dogs think and learn, you and your dog can obtain the best training results. The result is a mutually beneficial relationship based on respect and trust.

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About me

Since 1994, I’ve been helping pet owners to train and understand their dogs. I was born with a love of animals, and as a girl would care for neighbors’ pets when they were away. After working in the corporate world, I realized that it wasn’t my passion and began studying and working toward a career in positive-reinforcement dog training.
In 2002, I was one of the first 140 trainers in the United States and Canada to become nationally certified. In 1995, I joined The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, whose mission is to "Promote caring relationships between dogs and people by educating trainers in canine behavior and emphasizing professionalism and reward-based training."

Experience and education

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed
  • Member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers
  • American Kennel Club Approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Master of Arts Degree in Human Behavior
  • Volunteered with the San Diego Humane Society, including regular local television appearances with adoptable pets
  • Operated a professional pet sitting business and an in-home boarding business for dogs, including boarding and training