Animals have been an influential part of my life from the time I was born. Even at a young age, it seemed that dogs were always drawn to me, and I to them; if I look back at photos, I was far more likely to be seen socializing with dogs than with people. As I grew, that natural connection strengthened; everywhere I went, dogs seemed to follow me. Today, when I consult with owners and their dogs, people are often amazed that their dogs aren’t fearful of me or reacting aggressively like they normally would.
There was a period in my life when I lived without dogs; I worked full time to pay rent while paying my way through University, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in Psychology. I always thought that I was going to be a lawyer; in my final semester, I realized that Law was not where my heart was, and although I had a great time learning the ins and outs of human psychology, dog psychology was far more exciting. After graduating, I found a job at a dog daycare and grooming salon, and spent a brief period of time working at the local pound.
Dogs have always been my passion; I learned at a very early age what it meant to rehome a dog, leave it at a shelter, and even have it euthanized. Those were the dogs I wanted to help the most, the ones who didn’t have anyone else advocating on their behalf. So with the help of my canine sidekicks, Diesel and Buddy, I opened a dog rescue and poured my heart and soul into it, devoting every free moment to helping over 150 homeless pitbulls find their forever families. One of the saddest things I learned while running the rescue was that people will fight unbelievably hard to help animals, yet most believe in ‘death before discomfort,’ and the dogs who truly need someone to rescue them, the ones with behavioral problems and aggression issues, end up getting forgotten, left behind, or euthanized. That is where I come in.
During my time in rescue, I came across a number of dogs with aggression issues of various degrees. Through my search to find a trainer who could handle the more serious dogs and actually help to change them, I was introduced to Duke Ferguson. When I decided that my human aggressive foster dog of 8 months needed more rehabilitation than I could give him at the time, I sent him to UPK9 for a Board n Train, terrified every day that he would come back the same dog, and I would have to euthanize him. To my extreme satisfaction, he returned a humbled, happy, and confident dog, able to focus on me and ignore the distractions that once triggered him. Unleashed Potential saved my dog’s life; how could I not want to join their team? So I left my job, packed my bags, took my most recent rescue, Blitz, who had been deemed ‘too aggressive to be in society’ and headed to PEI where I trained intensely, one on one with Duke, while living in ‘the dog house.’
I currently cover The Valley, NS, serving Hants and Kings Counties, and I am looking forward to helping train you and your dogs. Whether they have aggression issues, behavioral problems, lack basic manners, and even if you would simply like to better your own knowledge, I can help. Email me now for a FREE consultation and demonstration, you will not regret it!
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