I can relate to the struggles with your dog! Let me tell you my struggles before I was a dog trainer! Until now, I never had a truly obedient dog. As a kid, we had hyper dogs that we never knew what to do with and just let them "grow out of it". In the 90's, I raised a Rottweiler named A.Z. from a puppy and had no idea what I was doing! She chewed walls, carpet, furniture, SO many shoes, mouthed our arms until we were bleeding and jumped on people. She "grew out of it" but I shake my head thinking about all of the sour apple we used on her! I used a harness on Mesha because she pulled me down the street so bad she sounded like she would choke herself out! Jackson was 105 lbs and would lunge and bark at people in the street when we went for walks! Yikes! I wish I would have known then what I know now!
I'm a Michigan girl and moved to Arizona in 1992. I was a dental hygienist for 14 years prior to becoming a dog trainer. I worked for the same dentist for 13 years in North Scottsdale.
My husbands name is Robb and we have two Rottweilers, Dexter and Mesha. We own a camper and like to take the dogs to where it's cooler during the summer. Robb and I are country swing dancers and have been in two music videos. You can see them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iey2RRDUjig and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAz0vkRBsjM. We travel to Nashville often for the live music, dancing and to re-visit our wedding location! My husband is not involved in my training. He does however give me his full support, provide distractions when I need them and has fully transformed my garage into a working kennel. You can read more about that here.
I foster and train for Shelly at Rotten Rottie Rescue and am on the Board of Directors for Lost Dogs Arizona, a non-profit organization that helps reunite lost dogs with their owners. After losing Jackson, our rottweiler, to heartworm disease, I started a Facebook heartworm awareness page called Jackson's Heart.
I've been a dog trainer for over three years and have trained hundreds of dogs; all ages, breeds and sizes. I am a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals.