(DVM, Tag Teach Level 3)
Owner & Lead Instructor
Having trained dogs for behavior problems and competitively for over 30 years, I have a strong foundation in the science cognition and am able to work with all breeds. I have competed with my own dogs (Rottweilers, Flat-coated retrievers & Border collies) in obedience, agility & field trials.
In veterinary medicine, I have a passion for animal behavior and am knowledgeable about sporting dog injuries as well as treatment. I believe in the ethical and compassionate treatment of all animals and as a veterinarian I work towards low-stress, & minimal fear veterinary care.
I am a positive reinforcement trainer, working to instill joy and positive emotions into canine and human learners. Children and their dogs are very special to me and I truly enjoy working with them. I have had the pleasure of teaching kids from 3yrs old and up into their teens, when they are able to progress into adult classes.
(CPDT-KA, CGC )
My husband and I have 2 dogs, 2 horses, 3 cats and 2 children together.
I have been in the animal training field for 30 years and during this time, have worked with many different zoo species and continue to consult and pass on training skills to fellow colleagues.
This past year, I completed the Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT – KA) program in 2019. I have also continued to expand my knowledge base & experience with my personal labs as students in agility, rally, obedience, scent work & dock diving.
When training with clients, I take so much joy in helping people develop their relationship with their animals through positive reinforcement techniques and enrichment activities.
AKC Fit Dog Instructor
I have been involved in the sport of dogs for over 30 years with my primary focus for the first 23 years being on confirmation. I am a licensed AKC judge as well as Junior Showmanship, which I thoroughly enjoy!
In 2013 Emmy, a Belgian Sheepdog, pranced into my family’s life and changed it forever! Initially, she was my son’s junior showmanship dog, but soon hooked me on many different performance venues with the most exciting being in agility. Our other furry family members include 2 more Belgian Sheepdogs named Macy & Skye. At One Smart Dog, I will be teaching agility beginner level classes as well as Conformation training and run thrus. I strongly believe in positive reinforcement training since it is so important for your dog to think that you and what goal your striving towards is the best thing EVER!!
(CGC, AKC Trick Dog)
I am passionate about helping people and their dogs become confident & happy partners. I’ve spent my time since 1999 with my very first dog, observing and learning dog behavior, teaching my own dogs, fun and interactive tricks.
I have competed in several different venues, putting titles on my own dogs.
Soon after my dogs began earning their upper-level titles, I became a certified AKC trick dog instructor as well as completing certification through Do More with Your Dog Canine Conditioning and Fitness.
My father and grandmother fueled my love of animals and dogs in particular. They taught me the importance of building trust and investing time in training. I learned early on that the reward is unconditional love! After a career spanning more than 20 years as a Human Resources executive where I coached corporate executives to effectively develop leaders, I began the journey of preparing my puppy, Sweet Basil, an American Bullmastiff, for therapy dog certification. It was during this journey that I relied upon my coaching skills; applied my knowledge of dog behavior; and also began to train and motivate other dog owners to effectively develop dogs with good manners. This is my true passion and I have Sweet Basil to thank for giving me the courage to follow it! I adore puppies! And, I enjoy providing new owners with the skills necessary to ensure a smooth transition when adding a puppy to their family. Developing a dog with good manners is my goal.