Elaine grew up on a farm in Southern Oregon where she began her relationship with an assortment of animals. Four years of training pigs for 4-H projects during school years created a serious interest in animal behavior.
During college years, Elaine and her husband were live-in attendants at a local veterinary hospital in Oregon. This launched Elaine’s 25-year career as a veterinary tech. Later experience at an animal shelter gave her further exposure to dog behavior specifically. Elaine taught the shelter's beginning trainers some of the foundation skills needed to work with at-risk dogs. The shelter experience inspired Elaine to acquire the additional techniques needed for positive reinforcement dog training.
In 2013, Elaine enrolled in the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Dog Trainer Professional program and graduated in March of 2014. During the summer of 2014, Elaine opened up Treat It, LLC, in Kitsap County in order to offer quality dog training in Poulsbo and the surrounding area. (Since then, Elaine's business name has transitioned from Treat It, LLC, to Start Here Clicker Training, LLC.) In March of 2015, Elaine completed Karen Pryor Academy's Puppy Start Right Course.
As a KPA CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner), Elaine enjoys working with clients to experience the joys and pride of a clicker trained dog.
Elaine also teaches piano and flute, instruments that both of her rescue dogs enjoy. Teaching music in the public schools and at the college level for the past 54 years has helped Elaine master the skills and techniques necessary for group classes and private instruction.