About Andrea

Hi guys, I’m Andrea. Here’s the biggest thing that sets me apart: Like you, I have been in the position of being a first time dog owner – as an adult. I’ve been through the challenge of potty training a dog while working full time, socializing a dog when you don’t have any time to socialize yourself, and stumbling, over and over, along the way.

I’d like to help you start out on a fresh path with your dog and family.

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I focus on manners for your pet, your home, and your life. This means I take the time to understand your goals and needs and can make a plan specifically for you despite your real life. I know not everyone has an hour a day to walk your dog. I can help.

I focus on using positive reinforcement to teach dogs how to make good behavior choices the first time. I believe that if a dog makes a mistake, it’s because we failed to prevent it. That’s why I will never jerk a leash or use a shock collar.

I do not use any aversive tools including  pinch collars, chain collars, or shock collars.

I’m certified (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. I have an A+ rating with Better Business Bureau and am a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and Grisha Stewart’s Building Blocks Academy. I am also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. 

Behavioral Work

I spend most of my time teaching families how to change their dogs behavior. Many of the issues I help solve include basic family manners including how to behave when guests arrive and even during your family meal. I work on behavior problems with anxious, fearful, reactive, and aggressive dogs. I can also help you through your distracted, hyper, unfocused dog as well!

 

tankleaveshotdogsWhat My Dog Has Taught Me

In 2011, I left my professional career to go back to school. So, Nick & I adopted a dog! (Dumb idea. Worlds best idea.) He was still a puppy but truly has been a perpetual teenager. I wouldn’t trade Tank for the world.

I’ve dealt with everything with this dog including separation anxiety, canine aggression, destruction, noise phobias, and more. I get it!

I worked hard to be a dog trainer. Tank made me great it!