Dogs have been a passion of mine since I was a young child, being raised with them all of my life in the Bay Area/Northern California.
I started training my own dogs when I was 12 years old through training books at my local library, before computers. My 1st dog was a Boxer/German Shepherd mix. He was my constant companion for 10 years. Since then, I have raised & trained my own dogs including a German Shepherd, Siberian Husky, and a German Shepherd, Border Collie, Australian Cattle Dog mix. All of them rescues.
Throughout the years, I have continued taking dog training classes, online classes, webinars, and seminars, reading books to strengthen my knowledge in dogs and using reward-based training. As I retired as a Custom Dance Competition costumer after 35 years, I knew where passion had led me. It was to become a dog trainer to help their owners realize the joy and companionship their pet can bring.
Currently, I am a member and serve on the Board of Directors as their Treasurer at the Mt. Diablo Dog Training Club. I have also volunteered at a few of their matches, learning even more.
At Mt. Diablo Dog Training Club, I was the Tricks, Agility & More Instructor & currently the Family Dog 1 & 2 Instructor & Puppy Head Start Instructor.
I rescued my current dog, Zoee, a German Shepherd, Border Collie, American Cattle Dog Mix a few years back from certain death. She came with extreme fear reactivity to anything that moved. Through patience, lots of tears, researching, love, and understanding, I am proud to say, she is the best companion that I have ever had. We have a bond like no other. Her reactivity, a thing of the past.
Zoee is registered with AKC Canine Partners, NASDA, NACSW, & Barn Hunt Assoc.
We are currently training and competing in Barn Hunt, Nose work (Scent Work), Rally, Tricks, Urban Locating, Trailing & Locating, and Lost Item Recovery. Zoee also trained in Bio-Detection.
Zoee currently holds Titles in:
AKC Virtual Home Manners
AKC Rally Intermediate
AKC Barn Hunt - Open
AKC Scent Work Handler Discrimination Excellent
AKC Scent Work Advanced (all Elements)
AKC Scent Work Excellent Interior
AKC Scent Work Excellent Container
She has Legs in AKC Scent Work Excellent Buried & Exterior, and Master’s level Interior & Containers
NASDA: Virtual Lost Item Recovery Title – Level 1
Urban Locating, Level 2 Title
Lost Item Recovery Level 2 Title
Ranked #3 in Nation for Lost Item Recovery Level 3
Trailing & Locating Level 2