I have always been an "animal person" to my core, and learned important lessons about communicating and understanding dogs early on in life. For as long as I can remember, I was always surrounded by dogs. Through the years there's been Rocky the Mutt, Brutus the Rottweiler, and Angel the Lab mix, each taking turns as the beloved family dog. My dad’s parents had Digger the Shepherd mix and Whiskers the tiny mix of who knows what. My mom’s parents had Rhiannon the Lab mix. I fondly remember countless other friend and neighborhood dogs. To me, having a dog in the household seemed as necessary as a bed or a fridge.
Coming of age with a bruiser such as Brutus taught me something important. This dog outweighed me for most of his life, meaning he could have easily ignored my requests. But if I was holding a treat he would, quite literally, jump through hoops to earn it. Sooner or later he would do whatever I said, whenever I said it, treat in hand or not. We developed a working relationship and we became an unstoppable team of tricksters.
Being around all these wonderful animals through my formitive years gave me respect and love for dogs, but I never dreamed of being able to spend time with dogs as a career path.
Instead, I grew up, tried, and succeed at a litany of jobs, never finding true happiness. It was only when I left a more corporate job to start working as a dog handler with Georgia, the Bed Bug sniffing Beagle, that things started to come together. In our past few years working together, Georgia and I have conducted thousands of inspections, and have experienced a lot. We rely on each other fully and are a powerful team. It is this relationship that transformed my understanding of how powerful a dog/owner relationship can be.
Later, we decided to bring another loving beagle into our lives, Lola, who was rescued from a high-kill shelter down south. While her path was not void of rocks, Lola taught me true patience and the rewards that come from rehabilitating an abused dog. Read more about their stories here.
In late 2010, I decided to follow my dreams of working with dogs full time, while also accomplishing something I had always aimed to do - work for myself. I began my training as a Positive Reinforcement Dog trainer by enrolling in the renowned Animal Behavior College Dog Training Certificate Program. In this program, I applied my knowledge from being a dog handler and my love of dogs, to the taught craft of dog training. I was later able to apply the techniques I learned about through a rewarding mentorship with an established trainer. It was then when I realized my relaxed and informative approach resonanted with both dogs and people alike. I had found my calling and path.
As a Long Island Native, a former-Brooklynite and now a long-time Jersey City resident for over a decade, it seemed appropriate to launch my business in these backyards. I'm proud to have been servicing NYC and NJ communities for some time now, and look forward to helping you and your dog on your training journey. Let's play and accomplish together.
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