I graduated with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology in 1984 and then successfully passed the licensing exam to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. I had been working with a local Veterinarian all through high school and working with animals was all I had ever wanted to do. Unfortunately, the economics of the day made life difficult for a young single woman to make ends meet so I gave up the career I had always wanted and went to nursing school. Being a nurse has been very rewarding, but I always felt something was missing.
My passion to work with animals was rekindled in 2008 when I was adopted by a Yellow Labrador Retriever puppy, that I named Lily. I have always had pets, but Lily has reminded me just how strong the human-animal bond is and how rewarding it is to work towards a goal as a team. She currently holds titles in obedience, rally obedience, dock diving, lure coursing and tricks. She is a certified therapy dog and holds a certification as an AKC Community Canine. Recently we have added another Yellow Lab to our family named Willow. She was born in November of 2018 and by all indications she will be as active and successful as her sister. We also have a cat named Dodi who usually leads the trio into mischief.
I have always enjoyed sharing what knowledge I have, and teaching obedience classes was a natural expression of that. For the past several years I have taught obedience classes to include Manners, Competitive Obedience, STAR Puppy, Tricks, Rally and a behavior modification class. I am currently a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and have obtained professional trainer certification (CPDT-KA). I am a Tester/Evaluator with the Alliance of Therapy dogs. I am a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator through the American Kennel Club. I have earned certification as a Fear Free Trainer. I have also earned a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) certification with Do More With Your Dog.
I look forward to working with you and your dog!