From home drop ins, AKC approved puppy training, and vet tech level medical care to epic K9 day adventures, backpacking trips, and teaching K9 WFA classes... I have a lifetime of experience with hundreds of our 4-legged friends.
Your dog is in the best of hands.
Hi there! I am a Colorado native who has found her home and am overjoyed to be surrounded by the incredible people and animals of Telluride. I have over 15 years of paid, professional animal care experience, during which I've provided reliable and excellent dog-sitting services, training, hiking adventures and in-home care to hundreds of clients. This is on top of living on a farm of horses and other animals for since I was born. My approach with dogs is a unique blend of consistency, calmness and compassion. From pack adventures to private training sessions, your dog will love their customized program and all the adventure that is to be had here in our mountains and canyons.
Your dogs will be delighted to join my pack because I am truly passionate about animals. As a canine behavioralist, I work with your dog's true nature and help them develop their best personality 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've found that dogs learn best when they are exercising and have a balance of "calm brain-state" and "excited brain-state."
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 currently working on my EMT-B cert, am a FAWM candidate for the Wilderness Medical Society, and ride enduro for Fezzari biycles.
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 AED/BLS, 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