I’ve always had a fascination with the human-dog bond…
So much is possible if we are open to hearing what they are communicating to us! It’s my passion to help humans and their dogs learn to coexist in a way that builds a lasting and trusting bond. I’m committed to using positive training techniques that are based in science to do that.
I’ve worked with a range of dogs with varying needs: families with new puppies learning that the modern world isn’t a scary place; adolescent dogs whose humans are having a hard time with their teenager transitioning into adulthood; and reactive dogs who need help working through their emotional trauma. With each of these situations, I’m always amazed with how much we can learn from our dogs by learning to read their behaviors. I strive to teach the human half of the relationship the tools to understand this language so that they can offer their dogs help, give gentle guidance, and build a fulfilling relationship.
Meet My Dog
CATAHOULA LEOPARD DOG
Leo is a sweet, silly, wiggly giant. At about 110lbs he’s got a lot of weight behind him but he mostly just uses it to wiggle his whole butt when saying “Hi”. He’s picky about his group of people and dog friends but once he gets to know you, you’re a part of his inner circle who gets the wiggle butt and the toothy smile/snarf greeting every time. He’s a treat fiend and will do pretty much anything for a piece of hot dog. His love of food has been a blessing in disguise while we’ve worked on some issues that he has with reactivity. He’s gotten to eat little pieces of pizza after disengaging from other dogs, shredded bits of chicken for checking in on walks in new places and little cubes of cheese during introductions to new people. He’s a foodie, for sure.
Hobbies: Tug-of-war, chasing squirrels, swimming, sleeping on the couch, chewing sticks..