Victoria’s love for dogs started at just two-years-old when her father brought home a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy, Max, who became her best friend. Growing up she had many pets such as cats, guinea pigs, fish, hamsters, hermit crabs, and of course, always a family dog. From a young age, Victoria started pet sitting and dog walking, which continued to teach her how to work with animals of many different temperaments.
Victoria’s first experience with behavior modification happened after she met her partner’s dog, Ghost. A deaf Aussie/Pit mix, Ghost had developed fear reactivity towards people, resulting in a few bites. Feeling that he needed help, Victoria found Koru K9 and signed him up for their 3-week board and train program. After Ghost returned home, Victoria became passionate about continuing his training and realized she wanted to do this for the rest of her life.
Victoria found a position as a Dog Trainer Apprentice and quickly began learning as much as she could. She participated in two, week long seminars focused on e-collar training, took classes on clicker training, and continued to read and research different methods in her free time. After advancing to Dog Training Manager, Victoria decided she would like to grow her knowledge in balanced training and was excited to find the Balanced School for Dog Trainer’s through Koru K9. Since completing her mentorship program she has been greatly enjoying doing both board and trains and in home training. In Victoria’s free time she enjoys training her personal dogs for both Agility and Mondio Ring, hiking (with dogs of course), and camping.