I love animals, and working with people of all ages and abilities. But my passion lies in dog training and behaviour. My goal is to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and to work training service dogs for the disabled.
I grew up with a “problem dog” in the family. Kita was a rescue dog, and my family and I were first-time dog owners.
I didn’t just want a pet, I wanted a partner. And I could tell Kita didn’t want to be a problem; the tough girl image was just a charade, a reflection of her difficult past. Underneath, she was a “solid” dog: intelligent and loving, with an incredible work ethic and a sense of humor.
With plenty of help and hard work, years later our partnership became a reality. Both of us learned from and grew with each other throughout the process.
Learning, growth, communication and behaviour. These areas of interest are undeniably important (and fascinating) all on their own. But add in the inter-species element and everything gets taken to an entirely different level of possibility and consequence.
Kita is the reason I became a dog trainer. The ongoing process of learning and growth is what inspires me to continue working in this field, helping dogs and the people who love them create lasting partnerships*.
*This is my original phrase, which later became the motto for On Q K9 Training