Along with teaching families how best to lead, communicate, train, and live in harmony with their canine friends, I serve as Instructor/Trainer/ Consultant for Glencoe Animal Hospital and behavior consultant on the Columbus Dog Connection Rescue and Golden Retriever Rescue. I work with other Veterinarians from other Hospitals and am available for training and behavior consulting to anyone needing it. I gained Professional Certification with CCPDT and am a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CCBC-KA) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). Along with those I am an approved AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (#14204), Professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (#67358), a Supporting Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a Professional member (#264) of The Association of Animal Behavior Professionals. All of these associations bring Animal Care Professionals together giving us a forum for discussion on many behavior topics. I recently earned a Certificate of Excellence in a class on Applied Behavior Analysis given through LLA (Living and Learning with Animals) by Susan G. Friedman, PhD. I am currently continuing with these studies learning how to better change unwanted behavior in companion animals.
I have loved and felt a strong connection with our canine friends throughout my life. As a young girl I started looking for stray dogs, bringing them into my home, washing them, training them, and finding them good homes. In addition to the dogs, I cared for my many other pets including cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters and fish. My formal work career started at a local store that had a pet department. Subsequently I went on to work at The Green Road Animal Hospital in Cleveland Heights, Ohio as a kennel helper and Veterinary Assistant. I also worked with Thoroughbred horses at Thistledown Racetrack. I acquired my Veterinary Technician license and became registered with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association in 1975.
After moving to Columbus, I adopted a homeless dog from the Shelter and took him through the basic obedience class with Columbus All-Breed Training Club. We did well and received first place in the class. I decided I wanted to formally learn how to train, instruct and go further in that field. I received an apprenticeship after completing the training/instruction classes and went on to instruct formal obedience classes for two years with Columbus All-Breed Training Club. During that same time I competed heavily in Obedience Trials, winning a “High in Trial”, CD, CDX, UD, Dog World Awards, and putting many titles on my own dogs as well as numerous dogs owned by other people. I also trained and competed in Field work earning “Working Certificates” on my retrievers. I was accepted for a job at The Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital and worked there in many capacities from 1975-1980. I was in the first group who tested for and passed (which “Grandfathered” me in) as a Registered Animal Health Technician. I also took numerous classes at Columbus State related to the field. In 1980 I was hired by Dr. J.M. Cornwell at Glencoe Animal Hospital in Clintonville (Columbus, Ohio). I assisted in surgeries and treatments and served as Office Manager. While employed there I conducted group training classes for clients at two different veterinary hospitals.