Born, raised and educated on the East Coast, my future husband and I moved to California in the mid 80’s. For more than 30 years I worked as a regulator, managing the Hazardous Materials Program for the City and County of San Francisco. I’ve been blissfully retired since 2014.
We acquired our first Shetland Sheepdog in 1985 but it wasn’t until 2001 that I began agility training and quickly became hooked. In all, 7 Shelties have been part of my family and I brought my mother’s Shih Tzu from Florida to join the pack a few months ago.
Through the years I have learned that each dog is different and there is always more than one way to successfully train a behavior. It is the handler’s job to find the best way for the dog that is by their side ON THAT DAY. My “recipe” for dog training includes lots of positive reinforcement, well placed re-direction when necessary and mutual respect between dog and handler. Add to that a huge amount of FUN and you have the makings for a truly rewarding relationship with your dog, whether or not you take it to the competition ring.
I currently train and compete in several dog sports including Obedience, Rally, Agility and Scent Work. Both of my current Shelties have earned their Novice Trick Dog titles and have been recognized by AKC as Achiever Dogs. I’ve had the extreme privilege of putting the following titles on Shelties, past and present:
AKC Master Agility Champion 2 (MACH2) (2009)
AKC Master Agility Champion (MACH) (2007; 2009)
CPE Agility Trial Champion (CATCH) (2009; 2010)
AKC Master Excellent FAST (MXF) (2010; 2011)
AKC Master Gold Agility (MXG) (2011; 2012)
AKC Master Gold Jumpers with Weaves (MJG) (2011; 2012)
AKC Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) (2017)
AKC Companion Dog (CD) (2014; 2016)
AKC Beginner Novice (BN) (2014)
AKC Rally Excellent (RE) (2017)
AKC Rally Advanced (RA) (2016)
AKC Rally Novice (RN) (2007, 2007, 2016, 2018)
NACSW Nose Work 2 (NW2) (2014; 2017)
SDS Excellent (SDS-E) (2017)