Growing up in an animal loving family, I had many childhood experiences with all types of animals including dogs, horses, reptiles, birds and more, so I had a solid foundation for animal training from the start. Throughout high school I spent my free time out at the barn, starting young horses, training horses with behavioral issues and riding my own horse for the high school rodeo team. Additionally, I raised puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind and have graduates working with their blind partners all over the US and Canada.
I continued on to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in Agricultural Sciences and Education, with a concentration in Animal Science. There, I continued my training career by taking courses on animal behavior modification and working as the dog trainer for Petco. I quickly became a Mentor Trainer and began to expand by not only training the animals, but teaching other people how to become trainers as well.
Now, I own and operate Pawsitively Trained, LLC which has been growing and thriving for many years. I have spent time working with shelters and rescue groups, veterinary clinics, daycare facilities and dog walkers, grooming salons, breeders, other trainers, and, primarily, pet owners. I believe it takes a village to raise a good dog! Having an educated village is the easiest way to streamline the process of adding more well-behaved canines to our community.
My true passion lies in teaching other people how to communicate with their animals effectively. Over the years I have been teaching numerous group classes and private sessions, consisting of dogs of all different ages and breeds, and covering everything from basic obedience to agility to preliminary service dog work. I am fully confident that I can work with you and your dog on behavioral challenges that you may face or simply help you reinforce positive behaviors; no matter your need, I can help you take your dog to the next level of training.