Inspire dog guardians to become skilled advocates for their dogs
and thus for happy lives together
* Honesty in appraisement
* Kindness to the vulnerable
* Perseverance toward goals
* Careful, methodic treatment
Having been a college professor, I understand the nuances of adult learning and the importance of mutual respect. I am dedicated to helping you achieve peace of mind and a happy life with your dog while simultaneously working to help you ensure your dog's safety and well-being.
My work and specialty in fearful, feral, and traumatized dogs is partly a result of having run an international dog rescue, which involved intaking and working with many dogs who had been abandoned to survive on their own, sometimes after being purposely harmed so that they couldn't get back to their abandoners' homes. Often these dogs then had to survive the disdain and cruelty of myriad strangers before being rescued.
My Promise to You
Humane treatment: I will never need or want to hurt or scare your dog in order to train your dog or to implement humane behavior modification. Therefore, I will never use tools or methods designed to poke, pinch, choke, shock, or otherwise hurt or frighten your beloved companion.
Animal-human bond: I believe that part of my job is to guide you in forging a path to the happiest possible life with your canine companion. Therefore, I will always endeavor to guide you in achieving lifelong training and handling habits that tend to result not only in better behavior, but in a stronger bond between you and your dog.
Honesty: I will endeavor to be honest with you about your dog and your situation with your dog. In this regard, if ever the choice becomes one of either telling you the truth or making you feel good, I will be truthful. I will never try to win your business by telling you what you want to hear when that would be different than the truth because sometimes, in some businesses, doing so can lead to harm.
Certified Behavior Consultant, Canine (CBCC-KA)
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)
(Accreditation by The CCPDT)
Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
Certified Fearful Dogs Professional (CFDP) Instructor/Mentor
Creator of the Fear Abatement Mastery (FAM) program
Author (Books on Canine Fear, Behavior, Training, Handling, & Welfare)
Freelance Canine Behavior Columnist
Applied Animal Behavior Certificate of Excellence
(Behavior+ Works LLA program)
Aggression in Dogs Mastercourse Certificate
BA & MFA, California State University (San Jose)
Previous (partial list):
Canine Behavior Columnist, Cannon Beach Gazette & the Daily Astorian
Rescued Dog Behavior Rehabilitator,
Sighthound Sanctuary & Animal Services
Farmed Animal Volunteer, Wilder Park
Adjunct Professor, De Anza & Hartnell Colleges