My goal is to create a strong bond between owners and their dogs through training. This gives me great pride.
Who am I
Maybe like you, I found the early days of having a puppy very challenging. When I first rescued Sushi at 5 months from Ozark Homeward Bound, she was very shy. Sushi was afraid of noises, unable to climb stairs and timid in her new surroundings.
I was frustrated trying to understand how to work with this sweet, scared young puppy until I realized that training was the answer.
Through training, Sushi became more responsive, happy, confident and free. Sushi and I discovered a whole new world.
With my eyes opened to this new world I decided to change my career.
I enrolled and completed The Karen Pryor Academy training, a leading positive reinforcement and science based dog training method with a worldwide reputation for having great success.
I completed 6 months of intense training, which included workshops, videos, exercises, homework, assignments, quizzes and different tests.
While taking the classes I also volunteered with the nonprofit organization, Your Dog's Friend in Rockville, MD, as an assistant dog trainer and with
Since completing my training I have continued to volunteer while starting my business, Sir Doggie.
While living in South Africa, I was involved with the Guide Dogs Association and volunteered as a trainer and supervisor. During this time, I am most proud of raising Oslo.
Oslo is now a Service Dog in Capetown.
I am back in the DC area and I'm volunteering with the
Once again I am also assisting with classes for puppy Kindergarten, basic obedience and agility at Your Dog's Friend.