With two children who grew up with dogs, I understand firsthand the challenges that having children and dogs can present. Juggling the needs of both while keeping everyone safe wasn’t easy, nor was deciding what information to trust when I sought support. Ultimately I decided to use all my experience with parenthood, dog ownership, and volunteering to specialize in helping other families successfully develop warm, bonded relationships with their dogs.
In order to maintain my credentials, I continue to attend annual conferences, seminars, live webinars, and teleconferences, plus follow industry publications and developments. As a Parent Educator for Family Paws Parent Education, I regularly update my knowledge of childbirth and early childhood development. I also maintain my longstanding professional membership with the Association for Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).
Perhaps my greatest teachers have been my beloved canine companions. Most recently, stray puppy Maya, the “Wild Child”, passed KPA with me – as an adolescent, no less. That said, even as a senior dog she certainly isn’t perfect (no dog is), but I love her deeply. Our newest family member, Bandit, has reminded me that adopting adult dogs is an exercise in patience and relationship-building – and that the payoff is wonderful. Learning never ends, but it is a fascinating journey! Each of my dogs has been a true testament of positive reinforcement clicker training to impact behaviors and improve the lives of dogs and their families.