Raised in the farmland of New Jersey, I shared my childhood with cows, chickens, peacock, cats, ducks, geese, quail and of course, dogs. When I discovered dogs would work for food, I spent many evenings entertaining family (and anyone else who would watch) with dog-training acts. When I entered the workforce in high school, my first job was as a caretaker and field handler for a professional guard dog training organization. After college, I ultimately went on to pursue a legal career, but maintained my roots in dog training through volunteer service at animal shelters. In the 1990’s I discovered reward-based training and applied these principals toward the development of a formal canine training and enrichment program for a local shelter. I eventually came to sit on the Board of Directors and was later appointed Director of Training. This experience was the life-changing catalyst that ignited my desire to teach professionally and ultimately led to my departure from the legal field. In 2004, IT’S YOUR DOG School for Dogs was founded and full-time dog training became my life.
Dog training is an unregulated industry, with no licensing requirements or regulatory oversight. Dog training is also a science. For these reasons, ongoing education is at the forefront of my commitment to humane, science-based training practices. In 2005, I earned the designations of Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Associate Certified Animal Behavior Consultant. The certifying organizations (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants), validate professional knowledge and skills and demonstrate a level of distinction in the field. See attached listing of continued education achievements.