CPDT-KA, Ohio Dog Trainer
& Certified NLP Life Coach:
Before becoming a professional dog trainer in June of 2006, I had been training dogs for about 17 years. During that period, for about 5 years, I joined dog 4-H and attended many obedience and showmanship shows with my Shetland Sheepdog and Border Collie. I also apprenticed with an Aurora, Ohio dog trainer named Denny Mentessi. I supported her in teaching Ohio dog training classes. I also attended many reward-based Ohio, dog training seminars and absorbed myself in many professional dog training books and videos.
After graduating from high school, I attended Ohio Wesleyan University and received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, with an emphasis in animal learning I also received a minor in zoology. During and after college I trained numerous exotic animals and performing in educational shows at three public zoos. These zoos included the Cleveland Zoo, the Columbus Zoo and the Utah Hogle Zoo. When I was younger I also volunteered at the Akron Zoo. I absorbed myself in a variety of books, seminars and videos that focused on reward-based training.
A few years after graduating, I moved to Utah and began my professional dog training career. Here I became a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), an international organization supporting humane dog training. I also became a Certified NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Coach. After receiving my NLP certification, the results I created with the owners and their dogs drastically increased. I was able to teach them to overcome blocks that were preventing their success. This included teaching them to be more conscious of their thoughts, emotions and energy while performing dog training. These and other coaching techniques enabled me to help dog owners change their present state to their desired state, which led to faster manifestation of their doggie dreams.
After living in Utah for about 12 years I moved back to Ohio and continued my dog training career. I am now serving Northeast Ohio dog training in the following locations: Garrettsville, Hiram, Kent, Ravenna, Freedom, Streetsboro, Rootstown, Hudson, Bainbridge, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Ravenna, Twinsburg, Solon, Aurora, Chagrin Falls, Akron, Warren, Parkman, Newton Falls and much more!