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I have always had an interest in working with dogs, and knew I couldn’t handle working at a desk all day long. My career working with dogs started at the age of 14 when I volunteered at Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge, IL. I continued to volunteer throughout high school until I started working for a doggie daycare and boarding facility. After dealing with so many misbehaved dogs day after day, and hearing their owners complain about their "bad" dogs, I just wanted to help them be better dogs. I spent most of my time watching and observing the dogs’ body language, behaviors, and interactions with one another. My daycare pen quickly became the pen that other workers threw their “problem” dogs into because I didn’t let them get away with bullying the other dogs around. I was able to stop fights before they were initiated and the dogs seemed to respect me. This is when I realized that I wanted to be a trainer. After graduating from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I made the best choice in enrolling in the Tom Rose School for Professional Dog Trainers.
This is where I learned how to be a trainer in the competitive working dog world. Attending the Tom Rose School was a challenging experience but has proven to be a very rewarding one. While attending TRS, I spent six months learning all different aspects of canine training, including basic through advanced competition level obedience, Schutzhund, AKC agility, narcotics detection, tracking, personal protection, and puppy imprinting. As students at TRS we conducted group obedience classes on a weekly basis, as well as held private lessons with clients and their canines to address more specific behavioral issues. Also, we were responsible for handling board and train dogs, in which we trained dogs staying at the boarding kennel for approximately 2 weeks before handing them back to their owners. These dogs usually had behavioral issues that we worked through and then taught the owners how to deal with and maintain the training.
Whether you are interested in having a well-behaved pet for your home, or you are looking to compete in AKC obedience or in protection dog sports (Schutzhund, PSA, Ring sport), I cater to each individual dog so that training is effective, reliable, and fun.