BS Wildlife & Fisheries Science Texas A&M University
I have been training animals for 40 years. It all started with training my Mother's chihuahuas at the age of five. Horses were a big part of my life growing up and my first taste of competition. I competed in youth rodeo from the age of 9-19 and then competed on hunter jumpers while in college. After college, I was a zookeeper at Hogel Zoo in Salt Lake City where I worked with small mammals, birds, zebras, hippos and giraffes before becoming a full time cat keeper. Hogel Zoo is where I discovered operant conditioning and I haven't looked back as an animal trainer. I believe in creating a thinking animal when training.
I started competing in agility in 1999 with my field Labrador retriever. I have trained and competed with two labs and three border collies. I do not subscribe to a single handling system. Instead, I pull from 18 years of experience and from the many great handlers I have trained with over the years. I become more addicted to the sport the more scientific it becomes!
I am a certified veterinary technician and a certified canine massage therapist with a masters in immunology. Before becoming a canine massage therapist, I was a surgical research technician for a cardiovascular medical device company, an orthopedic surgical veterinary technician and a developmental biology research associate.
Squid Vicious (Border Collie)
Grit (Border Collie)
Buca (Field Labrador Retriever)