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My dog training career began in 2006 in rural Ohio, volunteering for the local humane society, to work with their “unadoptable” dogs, to help them become ready for homes and their lives beyond the shelter. It was there I started to realize my passion not just for working with dogs, but with the change in dogs that happens throughout training. After becoming immersed in training as much as I could in Ohio, I made the long journey to Arizona, to really kick off my career.
There is so much more to dog training than teaching behaviors or tricks. Training is a way of life. Training a dog can, and does change lives. Although I hold numerous certifications, I continue to study, attend seminars, and further my skills on a constant basis. Training is a field that is constantly evolving. Trainers must continue to enhance and further their skills. I strive to stay up to date with the most recent research, and accurate information available to me.I have been fortunate enough to see that change first hand, not just with my work with service and therapy dogs, but throughout work with my personal dogs.
I am the proud owner of several Rotten-weilers, including my main demo dog and sidekick, Aero the Rottweiler. Aero has been on the front door of major pet retailers, in several commercials, dozens of print ads, and on a major television show. My dogs and I compete in numerous venues and perform well. But no ribbons or accolades in the world mean anything without a good relationship.
We have all seen the owners, or competitors who may have "well trained" dogs, but the relationship is broken. Their dog is working, not because of the excellent relationship between dog and its human, but because the dog feels it has to. That's not okay. Instead, each owner, each competitor should strive for an exceptional relationship together. Strive for a dog who not only understands implicitly what you are asking of them, but performs beautifully because they want to. Because they are a team.
With every dog I work with, my focus first and foremost is relationship and trust. Without that, there is no point.
I consider it an honor to work with each dog who's leash passes through my hands. Thank you, for trusting me with your dog. It's my honor to help you on this dog training journey.