I graduated from Muskingum University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. A love of animals then sparked an interest in pursuing veterinary medicine. In 2008, I graduated from Columbus State Community College with an Associates of Applied Science, specializing in Veterinary Technology. I have been a practicing Registered Veterinary Technician at Avery Animal Hospital since that time, although my career at Avery started in 2006. During my employment at Avery Animal Hospital, I have attended many behavior workshops and seminars, including Purdue’s Dogs! Course. Through this continuing education, I recognized my desire to help people and dogs through training. In 2015, I graduated from Karen Pryor Academy’s (KPA) Dog Trainer Professional program and am now a KPA Certified Training Partner (CTP).
Currently, I am working to become certified as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior, as I continue to help our practice owner with his behavior consultations. I live in Hilliard with my husband, two children, two dogs, and one cat. I am passionate about creating healthy environments for all dogs and their people, especially children, by involving the entire family in training sessions.
I am currently offering adult dog classes and private training sessions that can be conducted in your home or at our office. My service area is the Hilliard, Dublin, Upper Arlington area. Working with me, you and your pet will receive a detailed training plan, handouts, and updated feedback as your pet progresses. I offer help with specific training issues (puppy training, house training, pulling on walks, barking, jumping, etc.) and behavior modification (help with separation anxiety, fear of people and places, general anxiety, etc.).
I love using positive-reinforcement-based training methods. These methods are founded in science and force-free. Clicker training is fun for your dog and will strengthen the bond between you and your pet. I do not support the use of punitive, dominance-based training.