I have always had a love of dogs. I have explored many avenues of philosophy pertaining not only to dogs but to the entire Earth kingdom. Through this exploration my love of dogs has evolved into a love for dogs. The differences that shift brought to my life and the lives of my dogs are amazing.
I began my life with dogs in much the same way many have. I trained for control. I used harsh methods employing the “spare the rod spoil the child” mindset. It did indeed work and I had some wonderful dogs. They loved me. I loved them. But did we truly have the relationship we wanted?
In my work with horses I was building relationships built on mutual trust. In my work with dogs I was building relationships built on intimidation. When I started working with rescue Rottis I intuitively began rebuilding the dog, human relationship by gaining trust in much the same way I had with horses. Gaining and then betraying that trust with corrective training methods just seemed wrong.
In early 2005 I stumbled across an article about Animal Behavior College. Their positive training philosophy so closely matched my own that I researched them further. I applied, was accepted and graduated with honors the following year. ABC curriculum requires working "hands on" with a mentor trainer. I was extremely fortunate to have been assigned to Leslie Nelson, owner of Tails-U-Win in Manchester.
I am an APDT member and a registered Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. I currently teach a variety of classes at Tails-U-Win. I also offer private lessons and behavior consultations.
I continue my education through attending seminars, taking web courses, reading and working with my own dogs under the instruction of other trainers.
Every being has something to learn and to teach. The dogs that have chosen to share their lives with me have taught me much. I am grateful and honored. Every team I work with professionally teaches me something for which I am also grateful.
The dogs who share my life:
Zoe, the queen and a wise teacher (Rotti pictured)
Zeus, a very big dog in a small body (ChihX pictured)
Toby, the clown whose life mission is to bring smiles (PittX pictured)
Sheba, the princess who injects uninhibited energy into every situation (Rotti)
Marcus, the gentle giant (Bull Mastiff)