I started my personal training experience doing traditional obedience with a bullmastiff and agility with a fearful Shar-Pei.  My Shar-Pei led me (as with many people) to research and learn a tremendous amount about dog training.  I started training professionally with an established business in 1998 but left there after two years and returned to my "regular” job.   I've been doing puppy, dog manners and agility classes in the Hanover area since 2003.  I also compete in agility with my two golden retrievers and border collie and do traditional obedience, Rally and field with my two golden retrievers.











           (photo by Jim Poor)












I've been a member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) since 1998 and passed the CPDT (Certified Professional Dog Trainer) exam in 2002.  I’ve attended seminars by some of the top names in the field and work closely with a local behaviorist. 


Due to my experience with my own and foster dogs with fear and stress issues, I have become very aware of how our expectations effect our dog’s behavior.  In my classes, I will help you learn to “read” your dog to prevent these issues from occurring.  We’ll simulate real life situations to help your dog cope with real life.

To further my desire to help fearful and stressed dogs, I’m very pleased to add Nose Work and tricks classes to My K9 Buddy. Both these classes help tremendously with giving dogs a way of coping with stressful situations.  In 2013, I completed the requirements to become a Certified Nose Work instructor (CNWI) and a Certified Trick Dog instructor (CTDI).



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