Director of Online Service Dog Training
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My love of animals started very early on. Growing up, I spent many hours with horses and dogs- learning about animal behavior, training, and exploring the human-animal bond. I first began intensive study into the benefits of service animals for individuals with disabilities in 2010 and grew my skills working with a small service dog program in Oregon. Those skills were put to use with my own dogs when I became disabled. While I pursued my personal interest in dog training, I graduated with a BA in Psychology from UNC Asheville and also earned a Masters in Information Science from NCCU. I love continuing to expand my knowledge of training and dog sports as a student of the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy and the Service Dog Training Institute. For fun, I compete in AKC conformation shows and dabble in Rally.
Service dog training is my passion and my training specialty. I love teaching dogs how to perform helpful tasks and helping individuals with disabilities build a strong partnership with their dogs. I know just how much a well-trained canine partner can open up the world to people with disabilities!
Science-based training gives us an ethical and kind way to communicate with the dogs that share our lives. When taught good manners and obedience skills dogs can easily be successful in our homes. Teaching owners how to work with their dogs makes it possible to turn frustration into understanding, cooperation, and appreciation.
My service dog Jake and my retired service dog Saphira have given me much of my independence back and led me to my career of working with dogs! When I’m not training, my husband and I love to cook, hike, and enjoy Colorado’s natural beauty.