Head Trainer and Founder


For as long as I can remember, I have loved all animals. I have been training my own dogs since the age of ten, and have been committed to using force free methods since 1998. When I discovered the thrill of teaching dogs and other creatures with the clicker, I became involved in dog rescue and then in teaching others how to develop harmonious relationships with their dogs through positive reinforcement training.  


I began teaching dog training in 1999 as an apprentice, and started an independent training business in 2005. I have participated with my dogs in service and community education projects and group activities with Dog Scouts of America, and enjoyed making nursing home visits with a certified therapy dog.  I have honed my training skills through workshops with Bob and Marian Bailey, Sue Ailsby, Steve White, Kathy Sdao, Turid Rugaas, and Dawn Jecs. I became a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) in 2013. As part of this experience, I added cat training to my repertoire.  I obtained my CPDT-KA certification (Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed)* in 2019. With a Ph.D. in biology, I am employed in biomedical research in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.  I enjoy the synergy between my training in biological science and the science-based approach to pet training that I learned through my studies in Karen Pryor Academy.


I live in Lexington with Mystery, a Golden Retriever-Australian Shepherd mix, Juni, a (perhaps) hound-Blue Heeler mix, and three cats, all rescued from local shelters. 


Learn more about why I train the way I do on the Training Style page. 

*The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers is the only independent certifying organization for the dog training profession.


Continuing Education

2014: Puppy Start Right for Instructors - Kenneth Martin and Debbie Martin

          Webinars:  Improving behavior in the veterinary clinic - Melissa Spooner

                            Kitty Kindergarten: Creating the New Improved Cat with Early Socialization - Sophia Yin


2015: Clicker Expo - 3-day conference 

          IAABC 2-day National Conference

          Webinars: Consulting and Teaching Skills - Ken Ramirez

                           Managing Dogs in a Group Setting - Kathy Sdao

                           The Biology of Socialization - Jessica Hekman


2016: Clicker Expo - 3-day Conference

          Online course: How to Work Aggression Cases A-Z - Mike Shikasio

          Webinars:  Feline Destructive Scratching - Francine Miller

                            Quality of Life for Cats and Dogs - Patricia McConnell, Amy Marder and Stephen Zawitowski

                            Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive Approaches - Jean Donaldson

                            Training for Health Care - Laura Monaco Torelli

                            Complex Tools and Behavior Chains - Ken Ramirez

                            The Cat Behavior Continuum - Dr. Margaret Slater


2017: IAABC online course in Cat Behavior Consulting - Katenna Jones

          Webinars:  The Power of Choice - Irith Bloom

                             How to Organize a Kittengarten - Paula Garber

                            Trauma in animals - Patricia McConnell

                             Psychological Trauma and PTSD in Dogs - Dr. Franklin D McMillan

                                  Cat Behavior & Cognition: Using science to increase cat welfare and strengthen the human-cat bond

                                 - Kristyn Vitale Shreve

2018: Workshops:      Shaping with PORTL - Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz and Mary Hunter

                                   Your PORTL to Stimulus Control - Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz and Mary Hunter

          Online course:  Concept Training - Ken Ramirez

          Webinars:         Exploring Canine Attachment Behavior - Lauren Thielke MS 

                                   Advances in TAGTeach - Theresa McKeon                          

2019: Certification:     Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed     

          Conference:      Clicker Expo - 3-day Conference

          Online course:  Aggression in Dogs Master Course - Michael Shikasio

          Webinars:         "But my Dog is Not Food Motivated" - Kathy Sdao

                                    Conversation on Sound-sensitivity - Jessica Hekman DVM Ph.D., Deb Jones, Ph.D., Amy Cook

                                          Ph.D., Jennifer Summerfield DVM

Professional Affiliations:

Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Whether you have a puppy or a senior, an only dog or a pack, our passion is to help you and your dog understand one another so you can enjoy the best possible relationship.

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Banner photos: Jeremiah Mullins.