About

After graduating from business school, I worked in various marketing roles in consumer packaged goods and for the largest advertising agency in the world.  Although I loved my work, my passion has always been training my dogs.

In 2007, I was accepted into the San Francisco SPCA’s Academy for Dog Trainers, a program that has earned the reputation of “The Harvard for Dog Trainers.”  The Academy was designed and run by Jean Donaldson, who changed almost everything I know about a dog.

I am also certified by The Karen Pryor Academy and by the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers.  I am a TagTeach Instruction (Level 1).

My approach to training is evidence-based, and uses positive reinforcement training.  The use of corrections and punishment in training a dog demonstrates an imperfect understanding of how dogs think and learn.

My awesome dogs have titled in CKC and AKC competitive obedience, rally and agility.  Torin has been a Top 10 Poodle in Rally Obedience in Canada, and Emma has been a Top 10 Miniature Schnauzer and Terrier in Agility, Obedience and Rally Obedience in Canada.

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Schnauzee’s Emma’s Gonna Getcha – “Emma”
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Ch Cantope’s Too Good 2B Tru – “Torin”
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“Gabby”