Animal training and behavior has always been a passion.
My career with animals began in the horse industry, which I have been involved in for most of my life. I have trained and competed in multiple disciplines on various show circuits and previously managed all aspects of a large-scale equestrian facility.
I began working with dogs in a professional capacity at the San Diego Humane Society & SPCA. It was here, in a shelter environment*, where my interest in dog training progressed into the desire to focus more specifically on behavior modification.
Although I have a special interest in working with reactivity and aggression cases, I offer services for a wide range of behavior problems, as well as obedience training for dogs of all breeds and ages. In addition to offering private training sessions and day training services, I also offer web-based distance coaching for clients who may be out of our immediate service areas.
I have a strong background in Psychology, and a certificate in Applied Animal Behavior. I love to learn, and do my best to continue my education in a variety of ways, including attending training seminars and workshops throughout the country, and networking with other professionals worldwide.
*Additional previous shelter-related experience:
Irvine Animal Care Center – Behavior Consultant and Trainer for shelter animals, performed behavior assessments, implemented behavior modification and training programs, trained shelter staff and volunteers on canine behavior, body language, and learning theory.
spcaLA – contract as Trainer on set to assist with and monitor welfare of animals during filming of private TV production.