I started training dogs at the age of four. My first memory of training dogs was with a white boxer that my father saved from being put to sleep because of her color. Soda was her name, and she was my best friend.
During my childhood, we had a total of 30 dogs and 27 cats. We basically ran our own rescue shelter, but when they came to live with us, they were permanent family members. I was always obsessed with teaching them. There were real commands and ones I made up so my dog would only listen to me.
By the age of 7, I knew every breed of dog, what they were raised for, and what their personalities were like.
I wanted to be a veterinarian and worked towards that goal until I was actually working as a vet tech waiting to go to vet school. I loved the work, but hated the negative aspects such as putting a dog to sleep or helping the veterinarian with surgery. Basically, I couldn't stand to see them suffer... I loved them too much!
I majored in correctional science in college to work with troubled kids and found very rewarding work in that field but I discovered that the system is corrupt and I couldn't change it, so again I was very disappointed.
It was then in 1978 that I heard about a school for dog trainers and I got very excited. I enrolled in the school and lived there as I learned about all the different aspects of dog training. We raised German shepherds for police work, we did in-kennel training, we did group classes, we did a lot of written work and I was in Heaven. I graduated 98% and above and continue to love this work where I'm able to help so many people and their dogs.
My approach is effective and my clients tell me they see improvement immediately.
I have done therapy dog training, basic and advanced obedience, problem solving and protection training.
In California, I had the pleasure of working with a lot of famous people and their dogs.