I'm a wife and a mother - I love my family! I'm currently homeschooling the most amazing teenager in the world who is way smarter than me! We love hiking and camping and you'll often find us stomping around the Manassas Battlefield with our dogs and any dogs that are at the house for residency training.
I dream of the day when I have the time, the land and the perfect Friesian horse to ride. I collect Breyer model horses, beach sand, bookmarks and postcards from everywhere, often receiving them from clients and friends.
And while you will never see me drive a Harley, I love riding on the back of my husband's bike and going anywhere with him. You'll probably see him at our lessons as he often comes with me just to hang out between dogs. He is the love of my life.
I am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism where my alter ego is a Welsh/English trader's daughter in the middle ages. I love shooting my English longbow but could seriously use more practice time. Pennsic tends to be our big family vacation every year and about the only time I don't have any dogs. In case you're wondering it's at the end of July and the first two weeks of August (www.Pennsicwar.org).
I've sailed around the Chesapeake a great deal in my youth as a Sea Scout and I miss it - one day, time will allow me to enjoy it again. In the meantime we might just build a small boat in the basement if my husband has his way.
I was also a den leader and cub master for many years for our local cub scout troop and scouting is still close to my heart. If you have a pack or even a troop that would like a small dog related demo please contact me. I'm also really good with knots.
I am an avid reader with at least a 1000 books floating around the house, mostly science fiction and fantasy or young adult fiction, but also historical fiction, reference, personal improvement, and inspirational. Don't even get me started on my dog books or my veritable library of children's books. I also like adventure and puzzle video games - after all one has got to have a sedentary hobby when the residency dogs are doing really long down or place commands. ;)
And, yes, I am also a Mormon - life is good.
I have always loved dogs and began working with them shortly out of high school. However, working with them was not enough, I wanted to know more. So I went to dog training school and in July of 1996 I graduate from the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Trainer. I have been training professionally ever since. I feel extremely blessed with the opportunity to get up every morning to do something I love and to do it well.
I continue to seek new information about every aspect of dogs, including training, diet, behavior and structure by continued reading, participation in professional associations (National K-9 Dog Trainers Association and the International Association of Canine Professionals), email groups, seminars and other continuing education opportunities. During my career, I have worked with area vets, groomers, and rescue groups, done therapy work with the Delta Society (now Pet Partners), participated in AKC obedience and rally competitions, taught agility and trained several service dogs.
I believe that each dog is an individual and that each family is unique. I enjoy personally evaluating your goals, desires and needs in order to customize training to your family. I have worked successfully with all sizes, ages and types of dogs, with all kinds of problems.
My goal is to help you reach your goals. I am particularly talented with explaining things in plain English so that what I do and why it works makes sense to you, making it easy for you to succeed.
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