Certified Service Dog Trainer, Behavior Specialist.
AKC Canine Good Citizen Trainer/Evaluator
In 2001 my life was changed after viewing an episode of “Cell Dogs” on
Animal Planet, which featured a group of dogs that were being trained at a prison.
After contacting a local Non-Profit organization; Canine Support Teams in California, specializing in Service Dogs for the disabled, I began volunteering and subsequently working with their Prison Dog Program.
In 2004, after apprenticing for three years I became a Certified Service Dog Trainer, having assisted with the training and placement of more than 80 service dogs with disabled clients.
In 2008, became the Training Director for PAL Humane Society in Apple Valley, CA and served as the President of their Board of Directors for two years.
In 2011, served as the President and Operations Director of Pathways to Hope/Cell Dogs Training Program; a Non-Profit organization focused on helping others by building prison dog programs, and training shelter dogs to become Service Dogs for Autistic Children.
In 2011, founded No More Bad Dog Training & Behavior Specialist
In 2012, founded the Paws Of Love Therapy dog program.
Currently, in addition to being the owner of No More Bad Dog Training & Behavior Specialist, I am also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Instructor & Evaluator. I also volunteer my time with Good Shepherd Services, a non profit orgainzation dedicated to helping small non profits, who specialize in animal welfare, with their business needs.
My work with the Prison dog program has included managing seven prison dog programs, the newest one at the California Institution for Women in Chino; training rescued shelter dogs to become Service Dogs for children with Autism. My roll with Sr. Pauline Quinn and Pathways To Hope has made me one of the key resources in the United States for starting and maintaining prison dog programs.
I love dogs and it's my passion to help people achieve their goals of having a well trained, balanced, happy dog that they can be proud to have as part of their family. Each time someone comes to class excited about their successes with their dog's training, I know I've made a difference in both their lives, which is exactly why I love this work!