As a child, I was fortunate to be raised around dogs – my father trained his own German Shepherds. In time, I chose to pursue a career with animals, dog walking, offering daycare, breeding, showing and competing. I became a professional handler, then eventually took in overnight boarders. Through the years, I recognized that I had developed an intuitive sense with animals. I enjoyed training and exercising dogs, and when I worked with them, they gained a certain calmness – I had a knack for it. And best of all, my clients appreciated that when their dogs returned home at the end of the day, they were not high-strung or anxious.
As my reputation grew, so did my business – and my need for a larger facility. Because dog-care businesses were not permitted in commercially zoned properties at that time (with exception to veterinarians or groomers), I lobbied to change local regulations, and led the way for other doggy daycare facilities to launch. In advocating for this change, I ensured that pets could receive quality care, and this also offered reassurance for dog-owners.
I’m a Certified Veterinary Assistant, a member of the IACP (Association of Canine professionals), and a graduate of the National K-9 Dog Trainers Association, regarded widely as a leader within the fields of dog training, behavior modification, and dog trainer education. I passed my Ohio State boards, gaining my Certified Professional Trainer status, and I still take continuing education classes to stay current. In addition, I actively support many several related organizations.
After 27 years in the business, I’m still passionately involved with canine care as the proud owner of Raising K-9.
If you have questions about the care or training of your dog, you are welcome to contact me at 410.868.2275. I’ll be happy to make suggestions!