As a child, I was fortunate to be raised around dogs – my father trained his own German Shepherds. In time, I chose to pursue a career with animals, dog walking, offering daycare, breeding, showing and competing. I became a professional handler, then eventually took in overnight boarders. Through the years, I recognized that I’d developed an intuitive sense with animals. I enjoyed training and exercising dogs, and when I worked with them, they gained a certain calmness – I had a knack for it. And best of all, my clients appreciated that when their dogs returned home at the end of the day, they were not high-strung or anxious.
As my reputation grew, so did my business – and my need for a larger facility. Because dog-care businesses were not permitted in commercially zoned properties at that time (with exception to veterinarians or groomers), I lobbied to change local regulations, and led the way for other doggy daycare facilities to launch. In advocating for this change, I ensured that pets could receive quality care, and this also offered reassurance for dog-owners.
I’m a Certified Veterinary Assistant, a member of the IACP (Association of Canine professionals), and a graduate of the National K-9® Dog Trainers Association, regarded widely as a leader within the fields of dog training, behavior modification, and dog trainer education. I passed my Ohio State boards, gaining my Certified Professional Trainer status, and I still take continuing education classes to stay current. In addition, I actively support many several related organizations.
After 25 years in the business, I’m still passionately involved with canine care as the proud owner and manager of Club Pooche, and our affiliated training facility, Raising K-9.
If you have questions about the care or training of your dog, you are welcome to contact me at 410.730.2275. I’ll be happy to make suggestions!