Dogs and the People Who Love Them

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.

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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.

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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