I have been working professionally with dogs since 2006 when I began my own dog walking and boarding service. I enjoyed walking and hiking with my canine companions but the more time I spent with them, the more I wanted to learn about dog behavior and training. I enrolled in a Dog Training Program with Animal Behavior College and graduated in February 2012. I often declined to walk dogs because they were unable to walk politely on leash or they were uncomfortable with other dogs. Now I could offer dog training services that would eventually allow many of these dogs to join the group walks and hikes I was providing. Living in a high-density neighborhood, I saw many of my clients walking their dogs in the local parks and I was often peppered with dog training questions. Seeing a need in the community I began providing group dog training classes in the local parks, along with in home training services.
Relationships are built on understanding and communication. Dogs and people are different species and we don’t speak the same language, often resulting in confusion and frustration for both species. I practice Positive Reinforcement Training, a method that allows us to communicate with our dogs in a non-threatening, clear, rewarding way, resulting in a pleasurable learning experience for canines and humans.
In my spare time I enjoy Rally Obedience and Agility classes with my two Australian Shepherds, or attending Conferences, Seminars and Lectures to further my education.
I am very excited to be working for Pawsitively Canine. Lisa Davies is a talented dog trainer and behaviorist and I can learn a lot from her many years of education and experience. I’m looking forward to providing owners and their puppies and dogs with the knowledge that will be conducive for a harmonious life together.