About the Owner

I am a passionate teacher who takes pride in my students’ success. My goal is to be the best coach/teacher I can be to my students and their dogs. I believe that creativity and fun are essential to effective learning, and I strive to incorporate these elements into my teaching style.

Image SlideshowWhen working with a student/dog team, I take a triad approach. I consider the human student’s learning style, the dog’s learning style, and present the information in a way that meets the needs of both. I create lectures and videos that explain concepts in different ways to reach different learning styles.

I am process-oriented, with end goals in mind, and I make sure we have fun during the process. Sometimes the process may not look like what one would expect it to, but I won’t steer you wrong. There is always a good reason, and I’m always willing to discuss it.

At the end of the day, I’m more concerned about my students meeting their training goals and being successful with their dogs than I ever am about my own. My own Mongrel Empire dogs are titled in Herding, Tricks, Rally, Team, and Agility. I have had multiple High in Trials in Herding with multiple dogs that include pedigreed dogs and my mutt, Dori Time.

In herding, some of my recent CKC accomplishments include: My Pearl Girl achieved her CKC Herding Championship in 3 days of trialing with all her scores High in Trial & Reserve High in Trial and was awarded overall High Aggregate Scores in Arena Sheep and Stock Dog Sheep. Dori Time was the #1 CKC Top Dog mixed breed division. She has her CKC Advanced Versatility Award, her CKC Trick Dog Championship, and her CKC Herding Started Title with High in Trials and Reserve High in Trials.