Originally from East Texas, I grew up around animals. Living in the country, I learned to ride Arabians, played with German Shepherds, bottle fed calves, fished, hunted, and farmed. I joined the USAF right out of high school, travelled throughout the world, attended college and graduate school in Maryland, and embarked on a 20-year career in Public Service and Enforcement. My undergraduate and graduate work was in Applied Psychology, and over the past several years I have built on that knowledge base and its application to canine training and behavior modification through ownership, fostering, boarding, and training dogs with a wide range of medical and behavioral management issues. I graduated the Koru K9 Balanced Trainer Academy Master Class and am currently a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals. My husband and I share 5 personal dogs and are currently working toward competitive obedience and protection sports. I believe the best training outcomes for both dogs and their families are achieved through a wholehearted commitment to understanding each dog’s unique genetics, needs and environment, appropriate application of scientific methodologies, and the consistent and appropriate use of a wide range of available canine communication tools.