My Background with Hounds
I have been a canine enthusiast since a young child. With 15 years of experience, a psychology degree, and professional certification through the International School for Certified Dog Trainers, my skill set is well diversified. I have volunteered for local shelters training and fostering all types of dogs and engage in ongoing continuing education from other highly skilled trainers such as Victoria Stilwell. My training style is to employ force free methods through positive reinforcement. While I enjoy working with all dogs with all types of issues, my specialty is puppies. You never get a second chance to make a first impression on puppy development.
My current dog (Dewey) gained his Trick Dog Novice Title at only 5 months of age and his Trick Dog Intermediate Title at 12 months. He is my assistant serving as a therapy dog for shelter dogs due to his confidence and advanced social skills from my training. This is a remarkable accomplishment due to his need to overcome a high degree of anxiety in his early development.
In the past few years, I became quite zealous for adding a holistic dimension to my practice being an eyewitness to the vast number of benefits. This resulted in pursuing additional education in canine massage, veterinary homeopathy, and canine nutrition. These modalities allow me to add a unique approach to my overall services with canines. In short, a dog who doesn’t feel well, doesn’t train well.
My Background with Humans
I have worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2002. My interest in natural health was cultivated after improving from my own issues such as gallstones, arthritis, GI complications, and sleep disturbances using natural modalities. I was told I needed my gallbladder removed but that ended up not being necessary after natural treatment. That positive experience served as a springboard of research, study, and education. I began to learn about the harmful ingredients contained not just in our food supply but cleaning agents, personal hygiene products, and pharmaceuticals. These agents not only impact our physical health but our mental health as well. I became an experienced label reader and studied nutrition, herbs, natural cleaning products, detoxification, supplements, and natural personal hygiene products. My current pursuit is studying homeopathy with both humans and animals. My practice involves integrating natural modalities as part of a comprehensive approach to address not just mental health but the whole person.
Certified Dog Trainer
Pet Food Nutrition Specialist
Canine Massage Practitioner
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Integrative Mental Health Provider
Certificates of Completion in Homeopathy and Veterinary Homeopathy
BA - Psychology
MA - Counseling
Current Student - British Institute for Homeopathy International