My family "pack": I have three children whom I homeschool, one lively male APBT (aka AmStaff) we rescued from Oakland Animal Shelter, a Napoleon kitten, and two beautiful corn snakes.
As a single, homeschooling mom with a business, I understand how complex people’s lives can be and finding (oftentimes creative) ways in which to problem solve in order to make things work is, well, the difference between something working out or not working at all!
I have had a passion for animals and wildlife for as long as I can remember. And, I started dog training when I was just 16 years old. Transitioning from “old school” methods to “new school” methods quite a few years ago, I only practice positive training (which includes non force), including positive discipline, as opposed to aversive training methods (those that use or promote the idea of dominance, choke chains, etc.). My goal is to help people have a relationship with their dog (s). When there is a relationship, the dog is choosing to obey his/her human leader out of love and loyalty and the dog respects his human leader. There is no fear or pain.
I feel a strong intuitive connection with and empathy for both people and animals and these help me to both relate to and also understand both. I also have what's referred to as, “text book” knowledge (I’ve studied animal behavior out of both a fascination and also a desire to "read" canine behavior, body language). I have experience (through my own pets, clients' pets, schooling, and training). I have been a pet sitter, dog walker, dog groomer, and dog trainer for over 20 years. Lastly, I am a good listener. It is my belief that the combination of all of these allows me to not only relate to both humans and their pets but to also suggest training methods and solutions that will be both reasonable and effective.
Dog behavior and training is my passion. I find it amazing and fascinating, challenging and awesome. Many people view their pets as members of their families (I know I do) and I also know that when things aren’t going well with those pets (either between the dog and the humans or the dog and other pets in the home), it can result in a lot of stress and anxiety among the members of that family, human and non human alike. My goal is to facilitate those relationships, helping to create a functional and happy environment (ideally starting in puppyhood if possible), and maybe even being an integral part of keeping the family together (rather than placing an animal in another home or the shelter, though sometimes that is necessary).
I have experience with puppies (getting them off on the right paw!), adult dogs (yes, young or old, dogs can learn and should!), obedience training (so you have a well mannered dog with whom you can trust and communicate), tricks (just for fun!), leash walking issues (boy are these common!) and "aggression" (possession, guarding, territoriality, fear). I also have experience with dog-dog issues, with children and dogs, as well as dogs with other non canine members of the family.
I am an honest, talented, reliable person. I would love the opportunity to work with you and your canine (K9!) either through training or dog walking or both. So give me a call (or email) if you have a need and I am sure we can find a solution together.