I am Colorado native who has been skijoring for over a decade, starting with my German Shorthair pointers. I now share the trails with my Border Collies (Linus and Lucy) and my rescue dogs ReRun who is a Border Collie Whippet mix and Charlie, our newest member adopted from Western Border Collie Rescue. All of my skijor dogs have been first and foremost companions, best friends and family members.
I started teaching skijoring about 10 years ago with the emphasis on a fun, recreational winter sport that people can enjoy with their pet dogs. My dogs and I teach workshops throughout Colorado and have shared this sport now with hundreds of human/canine teams! We have been featured on the Weather Channel, Channel 2 Fox news, Channel 31 Fox news, Channel 7 news in Denver as well as in the Summit Daily News, the Crystal Valley Echo, and the Denver Post.
Teaching skijoring led to teaching other dog sports such as agility, rally and canicross. While teaching sports, I have always emphasized using positive reinforcement based training techniques and have seen how powerful and motivating these can be for both dogs and humans. These techniques are not only valuable in teaching a dog to do various sports, but also are very effective in training obedience and in modifying behavior. I became a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA), and expanded my business to include real life based obedience classes and private consultations.
I am proud to have been hand selected by Victora Stilwell to be a part of the Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training TM global network of professional dog trainers. (Summit Daily article). Victoria Stilwell is a world renowned dog trainer and host of the popular Animal Planet series “It’s Me or the Dog”. From this platform she educates the public about the power of positive reinforcement dog training techniques as well as the dangers and ineffectiveness of traditional dominance based philosophies. As a team, all of the VSPDT trainers promote humane force free methods of dog training which result in a human/dog relationship based in mutual respect and trust. As a VSPDT team member, I am able to offer my clients safe, effective, humane, and up to date positive reinforcement based dog training.
For the past few years, I have had the great opportunity to partner with the Town of Frisco Recreation Department to develop and implement a year round dog sports program as part of the recreation offerings. This is unique and powerful in that it is one of the first recreation departments in the country to recognize the importance of dog/human sports as part of a complete recreation program.
Additionally I am honored to be a trainer at the Aspen Animal Shelter where I offer private dog training lessons and consultations.
I am also a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a member of the Pet Professional Guild of Non-Force Trainers, and a volunteer with Western Border Collie Rescue . I have been certified in Pet First Aid through the American Red Cross.
Mostly, I am passionate about using positive reinforcement based training and continuing to learn about how dogs perceive, feel, learn and relate to each other as dogs and to us as humans. I believe that training and sports, when done in a fun and positive way, enhance and deepen the relationship shared between dogs and their humans.