What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A graduate of the Animal Behavior College of Valencia, CA, Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program (ABCDT). Requirement was an extensive study in the scientific principles of canine learning theory. I enjoyed interning at Animals in Distress in Coopersburg, PA for a program called "Student Save Lives" which aids in the rehabilitation and adoption of rescue dogs.
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) with the Certification Council of Professional Trainers
Certified Trick Dog Instructor with Do More with Your Dog the official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of Dog Tricks. My dog Ziva has earned her Expert Trick Dog Title (ETD).
A Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers
One of the first 100 trainers in the U.S. to become certified by the APDT as an Evaluator for C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life and Social Skills)
Charter member of the Pet Professional Guild which is a league of industry professional who are committed to force-free training and pet care philosophies practices and methods. Pet Professional Members understand force free to mean: no shock, no pain, no fear, no physical force, no physical molding, or compulsion based methods are employed to train or care for a pet.
Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the American Kennel Club.
A licensed presenter for Dog Gone Safe, Be a Tree Program. The program is a non-profit organization dedicated to bite prevention through education, and dog bite victim support. It's a fun and interactive presentation for children and parents that teaches them how to read dog body language and how to be safe around dogs.
A freelance writer and avid blogger contributing to the: Bucks County Times Herald, Free Press, Town and Country, and the Upper Saucon Patch. I'm committed to educating dog owners on how to raise an emotionally healthy and stable family dog.
An advocate against all compulsion training using prong, pinch, choke, and electric collars. I train without pain!
I propose the annihilation of inhumane and barbaric puppy mills in the state of Pennsylvania and the U.S.A.!
Thumbtack Best Pro of 2015. Was voted 2014, 2015 & 2016 Best Dog Trainer for The Upper Bucks Free Press, 2017 Penny Power, 2016 and 2017 for the Bucks County Happening List
What types of customers have you worked with?
One of the things that I love about my job is the diversity of the people I get to work with. I've worked with a Philadelphia Eagle football player to a Catholic Nun plus everything in between single adults, young couples, families with children, single parents with children and senior citizens.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Don't go to a trainer that claims they can train any dog or give you out right guarantees. We train you to train your dog. How can they guarantee you will do your homework?
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Ask lots of questions about their style of training. Ask if you can watch a class before you commit.