SF SPCA certified trainer working with dogs of all ages


This photo shows me with 3 daycare friends.

If you click on the photo, you'll be taken to the Reno News and Review page.

I graduated from the San Francisco SPCA's Academy for Dog Trainers in 2001. After graduation, I stayed at the SF SPCA for a 2-month internship.

I worked with trainers on their behavioral rehabilitation cases involving dog-dog reactivity and resource relinquishment before moving to Reno. 

In Reno, I worked as a trainer at the SPCA of Northern Nevada.

I worked with shelter dogs, taught dog training classes, provided assessments, new volunteer orientation, and recorded adoptable dog segments for the local news.  

I currently care for a few dogs at a time in my home. This gives me the opportunity to live with and observe different types of dog behavior first-hand. 

I am a lifelong learner and participate in continuing education in order to maintain and enhance my knowledge. 

I've audited Living and Learning with Animals professional course 

one to two times per year from 2014 through February 2021.

This is an 8-session course with live lectures and access to questions and answers from class participants and teaching assistants.

Natural Encounters, Inc. offers 1-week TEC talks which I discovered in 2020 -

2020 NEI TEC talks

2-3 sessions per topic: Least Intrusive Principle; Prompts; Shaping; FOCUS on Raptors; Trust; Control; Motivation 


Living and Learning with Animals taught by Susan Friedman, PhD

Graduate November 2013   

Chicken Camp with Bob Bailey

Hot Springs, AR 2004

San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers with Jean Donaldson

Graduate May 2001 

BA Art History 1993

University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

Florence, Italy study abroad program with the University of Connecticut

Fall 1991 to Summer 1992