I was always around dogs when I was growing up. Living in a beautiful part of California, I started training dogs when I was still a kid. My mother mentored me in that way, and when I was 9, she let me raise my own guide dog puppies, a big step for me. She had been training guide dog puppies herself from the time that she was a teenager, so it had turned into something of a family tradition for us. From age 9 to my 20s, I raised ten puppies in total, all the while my passion for dog training growing.
After graduating high school, I enrolled at Chico State University, where I earned my BA in Agriculture and Animal Science. I knew even then (long before then) that I was going to make a career out of dog training, and at Chico State, I got to learn about professional training and stock dogs and did one summer internship at Guide Dogs and another with a dog sledding kennel here in the Yukon. During the Yukon internship, I met my husband, we fell in love, and I adopted an Alaskan husky puppy.
The Yukon was my home for 14 years where my two precious children (ages 8 and 10) were born, we welcomed a new black lab puppy and then sadly had to say goodbye to our husky. My family has since made a big move and now make our home in Cochrane, Alberta. Since moving in we have adopted a bearded dragon and a new kitten, it's definitely a full house!
I have completed a certification course through Animal Behaviour College, and I am also a Licensed Family Paws Parent Educator. I am also in the process achieving another certification through the Karen Pryor Academy which I will complete in the Spring of 2023.