MEET YOUR TRAINER
After training dogs for many years in Blacksburg, VA, I moved here to Wilmington, NC in late 2019 to begin a new chapter! I ended up in the dog training world very unexpectedly after many years of avoiding dogs at all costs. The story begins way back in 1989 when I was just two years old. I was trampled by several excitable blue tick hounds who had gotten out of their pen. They were just wanting to play, but my two year old mind didn't quite understand that. And so began a phobia that lasted about twenty years.
Fast forward to 2008... I was in my early twenties and was still terrified of dogs! I was so tired of being scared to walk down the street out of fear that a dog might be loose. I was finally ready to do something about it, and so I began by doing walk-throughs at the local animal shelter. I would go two or three times a week and walk up and down the aisle with dogs barking on both sides. I was intrigued by a scared looking pitbull all the way in the back of the shelter. After months of regular visits to the shelter, the staff informed me that the pittie in the back would be euthanized that weekend if she wasn't adopted.
I took the plunge and adopted this scared little pit bull and named her Monroe. That's where the fun really began. Monroe started to show all kinds of complicated behavior issues soon after settling in. I would come home to an impressive amount of destruction and quickly realized that Monroe had severe separation anxiety. She also began to show fear related aggression towards people and other dogs. Walks felt nearly impossible and I was at a loss. While looking for help online, I came across information on becoming a certified dog trainer. And this is how it all began!
I received my dog training certification in 2010 with Penn Foster. I then began training dogs in my home town of Blacksburg, VA. Over time as I gained experience working with dogs of all breeds and ages, I began specializing in behavior modification. I've helped hundreds of families train their dogs to work through problematic behaviors including more complicated cases of separation anxiety and fear aggression.
In 2017, I began working alongside a wonderful non-profit group called Friends of Animal Care and Control (FACC) at Montgomery County Animal Shelter. I performed dozens of behavior assessments on the dogs in the animal shelter to help determine the best home environments for them. I also provided training for staff and volunteers to create a more safe and relaxed environment for both the employees and the dogs.
In 2018 I began teaching dog training classes to help the dogs there become more adoptable and less likely to be returned to the shelter. I simultaneously trained the dogs as well as staff and volunteers so that they could carry on training when I wasn't there. I continued working with FACC at MCAS until December, 2019. In the three years that I was there, I was so grateful to see many dogs find their forever homes.
One of these dogs was an adorable pitbull named Bear. He came home with me the night before I moved to Wilmington. He loves to help in sessions with dogs who are nervous so they can build confidence around other animals. Since moving here to Wilmington, Positive Outcomes Dog Training has gone through a beautiful evolution. We're so excited to bring a whole new training experience to Wilmington.
We'd love to hear all about your dog. Contact us today to get started on your dog training journey!