CCS (2007): I am certified through the Seattle School of Canine Studies, the only dog training degree program certified by the State of Washington. This program focuses heavily on the science of canine behavior and animal learning theory. Curriculum includes both hands on training and behavior evaluation experience. Graduation is contingent upon attendance throughout the rigorous two-month program and the passing of a 3 hour comprehensive final exam.
CTP (2010): I am certified through the Karen Pryor Academy, a national dog training program that is rooted in force-free training methods (commonly known as clicker training). Course work includes extensive online curricula, hands on training with dog guided by curricula, as well as in person workshops attended by student/dog for assessment of skills by certified Karen Pryor representatives. Graduation is contingent upon successful completion of all on-line course work and assessments, written assignments, training journals, workshop training assessments, a final on-line exam, a final 10 part chain performed by student and dog, and a final training assessment of a group class. This work is completed over the course of the six month program.
Adoption Counselor Seattle Beagle Rescue (2001-present): My role is to help match our foster dogs with their forever home. In addition, I work with our foster dogs and newly adopted dogs on any behavior issues that might arise.
Various Roles Humane Society for Seattle King County (2001-2009): kennel worker, dog washer, cat cubbies, Santa Pet portraits, summer dog washes, Teen Humane Club, and various other roles over the years.
Dog Safety/Education/Career Opportunities: I absolutely love anything that brings dogs and kids together. For this reason I am called in to work with various school related programs and tailor each presentation to the needs of that group.
Beyond formal education I continue to attend seminars in hopes to further understand what makes our four-legged family members tick.
Member of Puget Sound Positive Trainers: This membership creates a network of industry leading Washington State based trainers sharing the same philosophy.
Member of BEN: The Behavior Education Network (BEN) provides science based education and information about dog and cat behavior, behavior evaluations, and behavior training and management, to pet professionals who want to stay at the leading edge of their field and provide outstanding behavior care and services.
APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers): This annual conference brings together some of the top industry experts from all over the world. Over 5 days each share the most updated information in their area of expertise.
Karen Pryor Clicker Training Expo: This annual conference is organized by the Godmother of clicker/positive reinforcement training, Karen Pyror. This experience offers 50 insightful educational sessions in addition to several hands on training opportunities guided by the top trainers within the industry.
Various other 1 and 2 day seminars held throughout the U.S.