I have been a professional member of the “Association Of Pet Dog Trainers” since 1990. The APDT is an international dog trainers organization that uses and recommends ”no force methods” of training, instead using positive motivation methods, such as food lure and reward, clicker training, behavior modification, and proper management of pet dogs.
I teach private dog training lessons. I have taught all levels of dog classes, from puppy all the way through competition classes. Some other types of classes I have taught are clicker training; beginning agility; pet assisted therapy training and fun and games.
I am also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and have held CGC classes and tests for many years.
I have been training and showing my own dogs in obedience trials since 1985. I also train and compete with my dogs in rally and agility. I also have spent many years doing Animal Assisted Therapy with my shelties and feel it is a very rewarding way to volunteer my time to a great cause.
I was a Tester/Observer for TD, Inc. for several years, and was part of the founding group of Therapy Dog Teams at Stanford Hospital and Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital.
I have spent the last six years coaching a blind handler with her guide dog to teach her formal competitive obedience so she could compete in obedience trials. She and her dog have gotten both their CD and CDX title with my help. I have been coaching and taking them to practice matches and obedience trials as well as assisting her in the ring between exercises.