Doggie Good Manners
Training on the road or in your home

I use positive methods to train dogs. These are scientifically based in operant conditioning, using unconditioned reinforcers (things they love and will work to earn) and conditioned reinforcers (the sound of the clicker or quick one-syllable word or sound that tells them, “Yes, you did what I want and there is a reward coming.”) It is important to know what motivates your dog, be it treats (in tiny, tiny bites), toys, pets, time with you, or freedom.

I've learned that punishment is not necessary to train your dog -- good communication is. I will teach you how to effectively communicate with your dog, helping you shape your four-legged buddy into a true Doggie with Good Manners.

My dog training journey

Ever since I was a little girl I have had pets...usually dogs. As a result of lots of work (and not a little luck), I trained my dogs myself and really enjoyed the experience. Along the way I took a couple of my dogs to “obedience” school and thought to myself “I can do that...I’d love to do that.” Of course, some dreams have to be put on hold while we deal with life’s other needs.
When I retired from my full-time hospice work and moved to San Diego County, I decided to use my retirement to help other folks learn to enjoy their dogs as much as I do mine. As my first step, I enrolled in the Animal Behavior College’s (ABC) Certified Dog Trainer program. I participated in a several-months-long externship with one of San Diego County’s top dog trainers, Jamie Bozzi. After my externship, I enrolled in the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) to continue my education and to become a KPA Certified Training Partner.
I am a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the premier professional dog trainers’ organization.http://www.animalbehaviorcollege.comhttp://www.animalbehaviorcollege.comhttp://www.smrtdog.comhttp://www.karenpryoracademy.comhttp://www.karenpryoracademy.comshapeimage_6_link_0shapeimage_6_link_1shapeimage_6_link_2shapeimage_6_link_3shapeimage_6_link_4

My unique skills and experience

My dog training philosophy

I have a number of skills which, I believe, uniquely qualify me as your dog trainer. In addition to my formal education, these qualifications include:

Where I Volunteer

My certifications

  1. BulletSpecializing in helping RVing dogs and their families -- as we travel in our RV, we provide training at each RV camping site where we stop. If you have special issues with your “kid” on the road, stop by our coach if you see our sign...I’ll always be happy to help. Of course, I’ll also be happy to come to you most anywhere in San Diego county when we’re not on the road ourselves.

  2. BulletMasters degree in Counseling -- specialization in communications disorders

  3. BulletRegistered Nurse (RN) with extensive hospice experience -- pets, like people, have special end-of-life needs. I have been involved with hospices for many years, and offer your pet the same loving end-of-life care as we offer our human loved ones. Read more here...

  4. BulletGrief support services -- before, during and after the loss of your pet. Read more here...

  5. BulletExcellent with children and their pets

  6. BulletExtensive experience with hearing impaired individuals -- I am proficient in sign language, and can work with you to teach your dog non-verbal instructions

My professional affiliations