My route to specializing in dog behavior has been a little bit circuitous.I have not always wanted to be a dog trainer, but I have always loved working with animals. In fact, my original passion was Vet Med. My dog training journey didn’t even start there, however. When I was very young, I joined the Navy to help pay for my college education. During my time in the service, I adopted my first personal dog, Achilles, a Bullmastiff. Achilles was my heart and soul – he got me through everything the military threw at me and was the reason I came home. And, he is the one who led me down the path I am on today. After my contract was up and we moved back home here in SC, Achilles started showing some extreme reactivity with strangers and dogs outside the home. Working with him changed everything for me. We got into muzzle training, and through positive reinforcement, I got my dog back. I also fell in love with the process of healing problem behaviors and restoring a damaged relationship.
In Memory of Achilles:
Achilles was a loving 140lb lap dog who wanted nothing more than to be by my side and doing whatever I was doing, or eating what I was eating. He was the textbook definition of a woman’s best friend.