I am a retired Certified Dog Trainer living in Huntington Beach, CA. I’m keeping this website active but just help train friends’ dogs for fun and personal enjoyment these days.
Did you adopt or acquire a cute canine, and are now thinking “What have I done? This untrained, unruly dog is too much for me!”
I have a passion for helping large shelter dogs and their new families adjust to each other. Another passion is helping puppies grow to become calm, well-adjusted dogs that will not embarrass their owners or subject them to lawsuits!
Is he running uncontrollably around the house? Jumping on everyone and everything? Biting you, growling, or grabbing your kids’ stuff? Won’t go in his crate? Embarrassing you by barking at others when walking on leash? Piddling in the house– even though you just took him out?? Does he pull your arm out of its socket, leaving you exhausted, when all you wanted was a quiet, friendly stroll in the cool of the evening?
I can help! I just moved back to my beloved home state of California, after living in Dallas, TX for thirteen awesome years. While in Texas, I enjoyed walking and working with some of the most unruly dogs at Operation Kindness, a No-Kill Animal Shelter in Carrollton, TX. Prior to that, I volunteered at Dog Adoption and Welfare Group (DAWG) in Santa Barbara, CA. I love dogs and puppies, enjoy being a Dog Trainer, and helping people solve their problems and understand their pets. I’ve attended seminars by the best trainers in the nation on Aggression, Aggressive, Reactive, and Fearful Dogs, Behavior Modification, Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT), Puppy Socialization, and Understanding Canine Body Language.
I have worked with shelter dogs for over fifteen years. I have a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara and embrace a scientific, humane, positive, modern approach to dog training. I rely on my own intuition and experience with dogs, and use lots of treats! I am certified by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, which entails passing a 250 question, standardized test, 300 hours of professional dog training, and endorsements by a veterinarian, a fellow dog trainer, and a client. I am a graduate of the Animal Behavior College for formal dog training, and am a Professional member of the Association of Profession Dog Trainers. I constantly attend seminars on dog training and behavior to keep abreast of the most modern, positive techniques. I have a lovely pack of four rescue dogs of my own. Nothing makes me happier than when a deserving dog finds a great forever home. I love visiting dogs in their new homes, and helping the owner learn to communicate with them and teach them how to become a good family member.
I have owned numerous dogs- pitbulls, dobermans, terriers, and Heinz 57s. I enjoy multi-dog households and can help you with yours.
I can help you learn how to become the Leader of your Pack and achieve Harmony and Happiness within your home.