For many years, Deb’s passion for teaching led to a career with humans from infants to adults. It included teaching, coaching, and assisting parents, teachers, and school administrators. Having grown up in rural upstate New York for the first 9 years of her life, Deb was always in the outdoors with animals of one kind or another, including family dogs.
Her love for dog training began several years ago as Deb and her family launched a quest for a new family dog. Piper joined the family, and Deb investigated the dog-training field. Inspired by a class at Canine Assistants, an organization that trains service dogs, and by the constant praise she heard for Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) and clicker training, she switched her focus to dog learning and training.
In addition to clicker training Piper and Charlee, who also joined the family, Deb volunteered at Panhandle Animal Shelter as a doggie playgroup supervisor and dog-walker. She also volunteered with Second Chance Rescue, working with dogs that needed one-on-one attention and basic manners to increase their adoptability. Deb also started Home Boarding (Four Paws Pet Lodge).
In 2014, Deb’s formal training began with Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Foundations course; in 2015 she enrolled in Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Professional program. Deb and Charlee, a female yellow Lab, are proud to have graduated and to be qualified as a KPA Certified Training Partner (CTP).
Deb still is called to the outdoors and surrounded by the animal world, both domestic and wild. She lives with her husband, Rich, their two Labs, Piper and Charlee, and resident kitty, Abby. They all enjoy the pristine beauty of North Idaho and the five acres that they call home in Sandpoint, Idaho.