I’ve always had a passion for animals and it always seems that animals are in my life one way or another. From owning my own, volunteering for a Farm Rescue organization, working as a vet tech and now as a dog trainer.
In 2005 I decided to become a volunteer for a local Farm Rescue organization. I was with them for 5 years. I started by just helping with clean up around the farm. Quickly it turned into hosting fundraising events, tour guide, volunteer coordinator and even being a guest on their weekly radio show. I assisted the field vet when he came out. I would restrain animals if needed. He taught me how to give injections for vaccines. I also assisted The farrier when he came to trim hooves. The best part for me though was spending quality time with animals. Especially the farm pigs and the goats. We even fostered a couple of farm pigs, adopted a duck and a goat.
In 2013 I became a vet tech at a local clinic. I worked for 2 amazing veterinarians. Both taught me so much. From working in the surgery room, to working the front office and my favorite in the clinic. I have a strong understanding how some behavioral issues can also indicate a possible medical issue. This is a useful tool for training.
Now I’m focussing on my dream career as a dog trainer. But how did I get to this decision? It all started while I was out on my routine structure walk with ZeeNa, my Belgian Malinois. I was approached by someone from Paws & Prayers rescue. She asked me if I trained dogs. Well I had trained ZeeNa, but that was about it. She explained the rescue was in need of someone who could do behavioral evaluations, help foster homes with her foster dogs and train dogs when needed. I told her I would think about it. While dog training was never a thought in my mind, a week later I sat down with Paws & Prayers and Pawsitive Results Training was born.
As a trainer I find it very important for you to get the 1 on 1 attention you and your dog deserve. That is why I come to your home. The other reason being when I was in training with ZeeNa I had an issue that could not be recreated at the training facility and the trainer was not really able to help me the way I needed. I knew that when I was ready to start training dogs I was going to come to the dogs environment where they’re going to be more of who they truly are. So if you’re having an issue on a walk, we can take that same walk and work on that issue together. So you’re having an issue at the vet’s office I could even meet you there and work through the problem as it happens. I want to see what is happening and where it is happening so that we can fix it together