Dae’s dog-training career began 16 years ago when she decided to train her first puppy, a boxer. Together, they learned the power of clicker training, eventually earning CGC (Canine Good Citizen certification) and a therapy dog title. After her first dog-training experience, Dae became increasingly interested in animal behavior, enrolling in college classes as well as reading various books and articles on the subject. After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a major in psychology, she decided to pursue both of her passions: psychology and animal training. This decision led Dae to boarding, training, and daycare facilities where she gained knowledge under the direction of other positive, skilled, and reward-based trainers. Through these various employment opportunities, Dae honed her observation skills and benefited from hands-on experience with many different dogs. She also assisted with many group-training classes and board-and-train experiences, learning more about basic obedience and service-dog work.
In 2009, Dae moved to Erlanger, Kentucky. In 2011, she opened Dog-Abilities. Dae felt there was a need for more positive dog training in the area, and also had a strong desire to help more owners with their dogs. Each day she strives to guide and educate owners solving obedience and behavioral issues using reward-based methods, learning theory, and relationship-building skills.
Dae is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through Council of Certified Professional Dog Trainers, and a FitPAWS Master Trainer. Currently, she lives with three dogs and a house rabbit. Dae and her dogs are involved in search-and-rescue, therapy dog work, animal-assisted crisis response (HOPE), agility, nosework, and tricks. When Dae is not participating in dog activities, she enjoys hiking and photography.