My Method and Certifications

My goal is to help owners, whether new or seasoned, develop a solid relationship with their dog through obedience, socialization and behavior management.

I am a Balanced Trainer. My training process is TEACH, REINFORCE, PRACTICE.

I use the tried and true training philosophies of operant and classical conditioning. I work hard to develop the dog’s attitude towards training early on through positive reinforcement. Not only does this create a dog who is willing and excited to work, but also develops a bond between dog and handler. I do this through the use of the dogs motivators, which can be food, toys, and praise.

We believe in being fair with our dogs, which means that before we add any form of correction we ensure that the dog knows exactly what is expected of them. We can see when a there is a lack of effort vs a lack of understanding on the dogs part. If there is a lack of effort, we use fair and consistent corrections to prevent disobedience.

Lastly, the dog is put through constant and consistent practice. With all of these factors working together the result is an engaged dog who is compliant and loves to work.


My Certifications

Catch Canine Trainer’s Academy – Dog Training & Behavior – Basics Pro

Canine Body Language, Basic Obedience, Potty Training, Crate Training, Puppy Training, Exercise, Socialization, Leash Walking, Barking, Digging, Chewing, Humping, Begging, Inappropriate Elimination, Jumping on guests and furniture, Rough Play.

Catch Canine Trainer’s Academy – Certified in Dog Training Knowledge CDTK – Master Class

Advanced Obedience, Operant & Classical Conditioning, Agility, Dog Aggression, Human Aggression, Possessive Aggression, Anxiety, Therapy Training, Nutrition, Training Tools, Dog handling safety, Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Temperament Testing.

Puppy Steps Training

Trainer for 3 years including head trainer, Over 1500 logged training hours, Trained hundreds of puppies of different breeds

Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

Puppy Development, Obedience Intensive, Motivation, Management, Advanced Obedience 1, Advanced Obedience 2, Proper Use of the Electric Collar, Fundamentals of Detection Sports 1, Fundamentals of Detection Sports 2, Protection 1 – Theory, Protection 2 – Decoy Skills, Protection 3 – Training Sport Exercises. Pet Business Management, Dock Jump Fundamentals, Canine Good Citizen, and other various dog sports.

The dogs that have been through our program have been awarded over 70 ribbons in different sports including hunt tests, field trials, and dock diving.