About Me

There has always been at least one dog in my life for as long as I can remember, and I began training dogs 17 years ago with my Golden, Tully. I started off in classes which used more traditional based training, but quickly found that she and I had much more fun with a positive, reward-based approach. We never looked back, and over the years I have participated in countless workshops and seminars focused on competition obedience, rally, agility, behavioral issues, canine nutrition, learning theories, tracking and canine massage.

DSC_0855I have taught a variety of classes at Paws4Ever in Mebane, NC, and have taught puppy classes and the Really Reliable Recall class at the Bon-ClydeTraining Center in Sanford, NC. As a member in a number of professional organizations, I continue to participate in activities, seminars and classes which enhance my training skills for both my personal and professional work with dogs.

My dogs are a huge part of my life, and I train and compete in agility, obedience and rally, where all my dogs, with the exception of the youngest who is not yet competing, have earned titles. Two of my dogs have been ranked nationally. The ribbons are wonderful, but it is the training which I love. I believe that the transition from training to play should be seamless. It energizes me to see my clients totally engaged in working with their dogs, and to see the dogs up, alert and having a great time learning!

IMG_0111Professional organizations to which I belong

Pet Sitters International, Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Golden Retriever Club of America, Tarheel Golden Retriever Club, Yankee Golden Retriever Club and K9Kindness.

Education

I graduated from Syracuse University with a major in Special Education and minor in Elementary Education. I received my MED from Cambridge College and taught for 34 years in the Newton, MA Public School System, the last 20 of which I was the Director of a program for students who were at risk for not graduating.