I am an honors graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers, where I earned my Certification in Training and Counseling (CTC). The Academy is an advanced 2 year course of study widely regarded as the "Harvard for dog trainers."
As a staff member of the San Francisco SPCA behavior & training team, I worked with the shelter dogs in greatest need of behavior modification. I specialized in enrichment & welfare, training shelter dogs, socializing puppies, and taught ongoing classes for volunteers and staff.
I further honed my coaching skills teaching public dog training classes for the East Bay SPCA.
I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed and a full member of Pet Professional Guild.
I was once a waitress who decided I wanted to play beauty salon with puppies all day as a dog groomer. I was mainly concerned with helping the dogs to enjoy their grooming, and therefore behavior & training would become my specialty.
A lifelong animal welfare advocate, I never have and never will use pain, fear or force to train a dog.
I'm a bay area native and live in Oakland with Don Vito, my snaggletooth chiweinerpug.
To use shock as an effective dog training method you will need: A thorough understanding of canine behavior. A thorough understanding of learning theory. Impeccable timing. And if you have those three things, you don't need a shock collar." -Dr. Ian Dunbar