I have always had an extreme love for animals, especially dogs. Growing up, I spent all my free time volunteering for various rescues, as well as at the Humane Society.
I was thrown into the world of dog training when I adopted a border collie mix named Belle, who was unfortunately pulled from her mom and littermates too early. As a result, Belle had zero social skills and was fearful and very reactive - and at the time, was a bit overwhelming for me! I did training classes with her immediately after adopting her, and was a client of Angie Neal's for multiple years before becoming an apprentice. I lost Belle in November of 2017 to cancer, but without her, I wouldn't be where I am today. She is the reason I ended up discovering a love for dog training, and was my push to go down this path!
My dog training adventures started started for earnes in 2013 when I joined the apprentice program ran by Angie Neal, CDBC, where I trained rescue dogs, assisted in classes, and began attending educational seminars to learn about dog training. In 2015, I became a trainer's assistant, and in 2017, began teaching my own classes. I also became a certified trick dog instructor in February of 2017 through Kyra Sundance’s ‘Do More with Your Dog!’ program. In December of 2017 I graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Services. I am hoping to combine my degree with my love of dog training, and would like to get involved in Animal Assisted Therapy work, and possibly some service dog work.
In December of 2017, I opened my heart a little more, and brought home Onyx, the border collie. I plan to have her work as my assistant during classes, and am excited to see what the future has in store for her and I!
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