I received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, which concentrated on animal behavior and neurobiology from the Lyman Briggs College. Lyman Briggs is a specialized, science-focused residential college at Michigan State University (MSU). During these years, I worked as a research assistant at one of the best research facilities at MSU.
I also pursued my Master of Science in Human-Canine Life Sciences at Bergin University of Canine Studies (BUCS). BUCS was founded by Dr. Bonita (Bonnie) Bergin, who invented the concept of the Service Dog in 1975. During this experience I had the opportunity to work alongside Bonnie as a mentor and professor, which taught me invaluable knowledge about training service dogs.
After BUCS, I was hired as a professional dog trainer at a dog training business that specialized in obedience training. During this time, I attained my certification as a professional dog trainer. After working for this company for about a year, I accepted a position as the head trainer and manager. For the next 4 years, I heavily focused on gaining hands-on experience with dogs of every breed, age, size, and gender. And in my opinion, some of the most difficult and most rewarding dogs in Colorado. It was in this process that I sharpened my skills in dog training, found my stride, and gained the confidence needed to start my own business.
Dog training is a never-ending process of learning. While we have a good understanding of dogs, we have only scratched the surface. I’m very grateful that I’m in a field that is always learning and offering research, seminars, webinars, podcasts, and literature that keep us up to date on this process.
One of my favorite seminars to date was when Zahra and I received our certification at the Ford K9 CSDT Seminar.