My Life with Dogs
I have trained my own dogs to obedience, tracking, and agility titles. I have dabbled in training herding and protection, done ground work training for field trial dogs and am currently exploring the new sport of Canine Nosework.
I also trained and handled a Search and Rescue dog, my Australian Shepherd, Mackay, but am most proud of having had the privilege of training a service dog for a private client, Bear, owned by Paul Knott.
I began teaching dog obedience classes for novice dogs and handlers for Davis Dog Training Club in 1977, then went private in the late 90’s, when I also began to do in-home behavior consultations. I continued to work “regular jobs” fitting classes and consults into free time until 2009 when I decided to make owner education my full time occupation.
Shelter and Rescue Work
In 1988, I was hired by the Yolo County SPCA as their liaison within the Yolo County Animal Services Shelter. Besides doing adoption counseling and various administrative duties, I developed and implemented that shelter’s first temperament test for dogs going up for adoption.
In 2004 I renewed my relationship with Yolo County Animal Services by assisting in a major hoarding case. [http://www.friendsyoloshelter.org/collies.html] From impound to new homes, myself and several other volunteers cared for, evaluated, trained and ultimately placed over 60 collies. This case also led to the formation of The Road Home K9 Rescue, [http://theroadhome-dogs.org/] of which I am president.
In 2005 my perspective on sheltering and rescue issues was enriched by a brief stint working as an animal control officer for Yolo County Animal Services. I have since offered my services as a volunteer at that shelter and the county shelter in Carson City, Nevada, working with the dogs to improve their adoptability.
It is my hope that educating owners and training dogs keeps dogs out shelters and rescues.