Some of my favorite things to do are therapy work with Glacier, my Newfie mix, dog scootering, hiking, camping, and dog sledding. One day I would like to attempt skijoring. My favorite place in the world is Ely, Minnesota! I love its peaceful wilderness, the welcoming town, and the opportunities for research and volunteer work with both wolves and bears.
I love problem-solving dog behaviors in order to enhance the relationship between dogs and their families. My goal is for everyone to “just get connected." I have attended many training seminars, including Super K-9, a three-day dog training workshop led by Trish King, Sue Sternberg, and Brenda Aloff. This workshop specialized in dog aggression, dog behavior, temperament testing, working with local shelters, dog training techniques using massage therapy, and connecting with your dog using body language. I also attended a workshop entitled The Art and Science of Animal Training, sponsored by the behavior analysis department of the University of North Texas. This workshop was an open panel discussion featuring six top trainers. The panelists talked about enhancing the lives of animals and their guardians through behavior analytic research, and informing the public about these discoveries. The panel members included Bob Bailey, Steve White, Ken Ramirez, Kay Laurence, Alexandra Kurland, and Steve Martin.
I am currently on the Board of Directors of Delta Hearts of Gold Therapy Dogs, and am a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). I own a Reading Education Assistance dog and launched a R.E.A.D. program at Texas Christian University's Starpoint School. Currently, I am working on the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).