Thank you so much for checking out the website and inquiring about my services.
My Approach to Working With Your Dog
Whether we are working together in our training sessions, or I am working one-on-one with your dog, each encounter is rooted in science and delivered with skill, compassion and love.
The Importance of Science in Dog Behavior
Learning the science behind behavior modification and training is the source of my education as a dog trainer. My skill is developed at seminars, workshops and through a network of professional trainers from around the world who continue to educate and inspire me to do the best job that I can for your dog. My compassion and love for training comes from the heart.
Dog Behavior and Training Certifications
I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI). I am the BAT Program Coordinator for Grisha Stewart where I oversee the BAT Certification for trainers all around the world. I am an admin/moderator for the Official BAT Facebook Group and Grisha Stewart’s Animal Building Blocks Academy FB Group, monitoring training advice and content related to dog behaviors. In addition to my private training, I am the first instructor to offer group classes on Reactivity for spcaLA – Long Beach.
Outside of private training, I am the Resident Dog Trainer for Fetch! Pet Care, the nation’s largest franchise of pet sitting and dog walking services. Look for my Fetch! monthly FB Live segments, and tips on their FB page.
Collaborating with other trainers is key to growth as a trainer. I am honored to be the 2017 co-facilitator of the Southern California Dog Trainers Forum where trainers from all over Southern CA attend our monthly presentations, and informative discussions.
Dog Training and Behavior Experience
I began my career in dog training by volunteering at the Los Angeles County Animal Shelter in Agoura Hills. It was here that I experienced first hand the tremendous variety of breeds, dispositions, and behavior issues. I also realized how just a little bit of training could have a huge impact on the dog and their future families.
Inspired by the transformations at the shelter – and most importantly from my own dog Beatrix (pictured above) – I soon began devoting my time to working with dogs on a professional level. I left the music industry after 20+ years and haven’t looked back since.
I enjoy life in the SouthBay with my partner, Tony (a 5th grade school teacher) and our dog, Skittles. Skittles came into my life five years ago as a foster dog who needed to learn how to walk. His care was funded by Healthcare For Homeless Animals and his miraculous story was featured in a short video for HHA.
Thank you for inquiring about my services.There’s a quote about having “your heart in your business and your business in your heart” and that describes me very much as a professional dog trainer. I hope we get the chance to meet!
Current Dog Training and Behavior Certifications:
Certified Behavior Adjustment Trainer (CBATI)
Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CDPT-KA)
Resident Dog Trainer for Fetch! Pet Care, the nation’s largest franchise of pet sitting and dog walking services.
Reduce Reactivity Group Class Instructor at spcaLA – Long Beach
Co-Facilitator Southern CA Dog Trainer’s Alliance
Head Trainer and Puppy Class Instructor Dr. Y’s Animal Hospital
Volunteer Los Angeles County Animal Shelter – Agoura Hills, CA