Hi there! I am a Colorado native who found her home here with the incredible people and animals of the Telluride region. I have been professionally caring for animals since 2004, during which I've provided reliable, compassionate, next-level dog-sitting services, training, behavioralist consulting, hiking & outdoor adventures, and in-home care to hundreds of clients. Even before then, I lived on property/ranches raising horses and other animals since birth. My approach with dogs is a unique blend of consistency, calmness and compassion, facilitating learning and growth through the many adventures to be had on mountains, in canyons, and everywhere between.
Your dogs will be delighted to join our pack and grow to their full potential. As a canine behavioralist, I work with your dog's true nature and help them develop their best personality traits while training for the obedience that allows them to live safely and freely in our human world. Bonus- you will love to come home to a tired, happy and well-behaved dog!
I have current & ongoing training in Advanced K9 Medic, am an instructor for Canine 1st Aid & CPR as well as Canine Wilderness First Aid, Equine Emergency 1st Aid & FEMA rescue certified, and am a member of Professional United Pet Sitters Assc. I teach and certify for all levels of AKC Canine Good Citizen programs. I have great relationships with our local vets and am always staying current on animal medical training and behavior training to provide the absolute best care for your animals.
In addition to animal care, I am a WFR, EMT & FAWM candidate for the Wilderness Medical Society, and serve as a full status volunteer on San Miguel Co Search & Rescue since 2018.
First Responder discounts available
My Additional certifications/qualifications:
-Advanced Canine CPR & 1st Aid [K9 Medic]
-Certified to instruct courses in: Equine Emergency Aid, Pet First Aid & CPR, Canine Wilderness First Aid
[Pet Emergency Education]
-FEMA Equine & Pet responder
-Wilderness First Responder [NOLS]
-Human ALS/AED/CPR for Providers [American Red Cross]
-American Kennel Club Evaluator for S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, Advanced CGC, Trick Dog- all levels [AKC]
-Member of Wilderness Medical Society; FAWM candidate
-5 years of part-time equine veterinary technician experience in WA & OR states
-11 years in 4-H leadership, competing in equine husbandry, behavior, horsemanship, veterinary sciences, and more
-American Herbalist Guild member
-Graduate of Rosemary Gladstar's Herbalism course
-Volunteer experience walking and socializing dogs and working with "Red Line" dogs (last chance, aggressive dogs) at Southwest WA Humane Society, Oregon Humane Society, and Larimer Humane Society.
-15 years of paid, professional horse training work
-8 years of professional dog training work
-Graduate of Dr. Ian Dunbar's SIRIUS® 4 day Dog Trainer Academy
-2 year internship with Mary Ann Simonds in Wild Horse Behavioral Ecology