Shortly after I earned a PhD in English and American literature at Harvard University, I decided to explore a lifelong passion and dedicate myself to learning everything I could about training dogs.
This career choice was a surprise to many, from my family to my professors, but after three years apprenticing in medicine and behavior at animals shelters in New York City and Austin, Texas, I earned a Certificate in Training and Counseling from The San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers and never looked back.
My 15 years of experience include:
- Director, Manor Animal Rescue
- Trainer, Taurus Training
- Trainer, PetSmart
- Trainer, Paws 4 Liberty Service Dogs
- Training Director, Obedience Training Club of Palm Beach County
- Training Coordinator, New Horizons Service Dogs
My education and diverse background have given me a unique perspective on how dogs and people can work together to change lives.
I’ve competed with my personal dogs in AKC obedience and rally, and have performed therapy dog work and certification for many years. Presently, I am becoming certified through the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) to teach nose work. I love nose work because dogs from many backgrounds blossom while performing this sport.
If you want to know more about me, I have had the privilege of being featured in several magazines such as Sidelines, Wellington: The Magazine, Sun Sentinel, American Kennel Club and The Mercury News.
- Graduate, San Francisco SPCA Academy for Professional Dog Trainers
- CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed)
- Certified Professional Dog Trainer through CCPDT
- AKC CGC Examiner
- Therapy Dogs International Examiner
I love helping dogs integrate seamlessly into their families with a practical, positive basic obedience program.
I am equally passionate about introducing people to the sport of nose work – scent detection for pet dogs. I started learning about nose work several years ago, and I’m hooked on watching my poodle and border collie use their noses at home, at the barn, and at nose work trials.
Having ridden since the age of seven, I am also passionate about horses. If you’re here for the winter show season, don’t hesitate to be in touch.
I love my job as a training coordinator with the New Horizons Service Dogs Prison Pups program, in which I work with inmate service dog trainers at two area prisons.
New Horizons Service Dogs is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that partners trained dogs with the disabled, mostly in the areas of wheelchair and mobility assistance. Founded by Executive Director Janet Severt, New Horizons Service Dogs may be reached at 386-456-0408.