CPDT-KA, CTDI, CCDT
I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), and a Catch Certified Dog Trainer (CCDT) with over 16 years of experience with different training techniques, all kinds of dog breeds and ages, and even training experience with other species beyond dogs. I have always had a passion for animal behavior and training and in 2022 received my Master's in Anthrozoology, the study of human-animal relationships, with my focus on service dogs and their human partners, especially those with invisible disabilities.
I am also a service dog partner myself. I am on my third service dog, having both of my previous service dogs retired early for various reasons. I am hoping to bring all of my knowledge and experience to this blog so that I can help share with others and hopefully increase the understanding and acceptance of service dog partners. I also want to advocate for those who struggle to stand up for themselves.
Perseus "Percy" Titan
Active Service Dog
Percy was born in Sept. 2018 and brought home at 7 weeks old. He has been trained almost completely by me, though other trainers have also participated in his training. He is currently trained in grounding, DPT, finding exits, interruption, and retrieval to aid me, though he's in the process of learning more as he continues to grow.
Hero was born in Nov. 2018 and was originally with another family while I acted as their trainer. Unfortunately, Hero has a bad dander problem and his main handler started developing terrible allergy problems, so they had to rehome him. We took him in, hoping that he might be able to continue his training as a service dog, but it was decided that he should be washed out due to his skin problem, so he now lives a comfy life as my spouse's dog.
Passed Away 2022
Orion was born in July 2015 at a service dog training facility I was working at. He learned quickly and was briefly a service dog before being retired while young due to bad hips and knees. We unfortunately lost him suddenly in July 2022, just weeks after his 7th birthday, but he is still remembered with love.