I have trained, shown, and groomed dogs for both 4-H and American Kennel Club (AKC) shows since 14 years of age. I competed in all levels of obedience, showmanship and agililty in 4-H. Through 4-H, I became interested in showing a dog in the AKC sport of conformation. I competed for years with my 15-inch Beagle, Ch. Skyline's Sunrise At Ba'ku "Geordi" in junior showmanship and the breed ring. Later on, I competed with my Brittany, Paris, in competitive obedience trials.
I took a break from the dog world to focus on my education, and earned my B.S. in psychology from Wayne State College in 2012 and my M.S. in experimental psychology from Emporia State University in 2016. During my time as a graduate student, I studied ways to increase someone's willingness to adopt a shelter dog, and the science behind reward-based dog training. I earned my Karen Pyror Academy-Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP) in December of 2016.
Currenty, I work as a trainer for Hands Full Dog Training in Wichita, KS where I teach Puppy Manners Class, Family Dog Manners Class, and a Tricks class. I also design and give presentations to local veterinary clinics on topics ranging from dog training, canine ethology, puppies, and fear-free vet visits through our Behavioral Wellness Program. I plan to work toward earning my Applied Animal Behaviorist (AAAB) certification through the Animal Behavior Society in the near future.
I share my life with my 10-year old retired obedience dog named Paris, a 6-year old cat named Neelix, and a recently adopted Treeing Walker Coonhound named B'Elanna (Lanna). Lanna and I are hoping to make our debut in the Rally ring in the coming year.