Throughout my childhood, my most fond memories include Cuppy, a doxie/terrier mix. At three years old, Cuppy became my constant companion. We would go for walks, perform tricks (safety commands), dance and love on each other. I remember being proud of my dog as I took her to show-and-tell in the third grade. She did an excellent job following my commands. And when a hard day presented itself (as it does very early in life!) everything melted away and I became relaxed when petting and talking to her. Cuppy was almost 13 years old when she passed away. I encountered the benefits of pet therapy before I knew what it was. Unconditional love at its best! She played a major influence in my life-long passion for animals.
Starting as early as elementary school, I took care of many different breeds of dogs as if they were my own. I would get up early and rush home, so excited to feed, let out, and play with the dog(s). By taking care of my own dog and other people’s pets at an early age; I learned the value of being a responsible pet owner. I wanted to be a vet when I grew up. But God had a different venue for me. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business – Finance back in 1992.
May of 1999, I chose my puppy, a beagle named Alec. I now had the pleasure and challenges of owning and training my own dog. He liked to bolt out the door, run away when I called him to ‘come’, steal my belongings, and jump on people to greet them. And since he’s a hunting dog breed, he’d get on the scent of a bunny or squirrel and pull so hard on the leash that I was scared for his safety. So I decided to do something about it! In 2006, I started preparation to become a full time Professional In-Home Dog Trainer.
While attending Vet Tech School at Cedar Valley Community College, I studied animal behavior, physiology, anatomy, and care of pets. My dog training career started with an apprenticeship with K-9 Achievers. Hands-on training (up to 10 hours each day) for five months provided me time to learn what would be the foundations of my obedience programs. Alec, at seven years old, was trained during this time to perform at an Advanced Obedience level. He no longer bolts out the door, he quickly adapts to our moves, comes when called, walks on a loose leash, and is proficient in obedience. A dog is never too old to learn.
Pawsitive Focus LLC trained its first clients in February 2007, in the N. Dallas, TX area. Schedules are hectic and dog owners like you need help. That’s why you’ve searched for a Professional In-Home Dog Trainer in the Houston and Pearland areas. Helping alleviate people’s fear and frustrations with their puppy or adult dog(s) is my vision. Using hands-on creative and customized in-home dog training, people now can experience life to the fullest with their family pet. Also, effective in-home dog training enables you to learn quickly and have fun spending quality time with your dog. We will work together “because your dog's focus should be on you” especially when you need it most. Distraction training at parks, other neighborhoods, and shopping centers, etc. is used in the 10STOP. Go places with your dog! Pawsitive Focus can get you there.
Moving to the Jacksonville, NC area in September 2009 with my husband, an active Marine; I had the opportunity to start-up Pawsitive Focus once again. The dog industry and military community produced wonderful word-of-mouth clientele. Partnering up with Semper Fi Fund, Pawsitive Focus LLC helped to provide Assistance dog training to our military’s best friends after they returned from combat. My clients as well as their dogs are from all over the world as people learn to help them adapt quickly. My first therapy dog was tested using TDI guidelines and passed with flying colors in 2011. I cherish having excellent mentors (The Educated Dog, Gentle Canine, and If Dogs Could Talk…) to learn different techniques for safety obedience training and puppy manner over the years. Seminars by Dr. Ian Dunbar, the founder of Association of Pet Dog Training (APDT), have also provided guidance and personal assistance in improving the performance and success stories of many dogs Pawsitive Focus In-home Dog Training in the North Carolina and Houston areas.
September 2012, we were relocated to the Houston area. Building relationships with some of Houston’s Pet Industry business owners help me refer to local businesses with confidence and respect. Establishing relationships with other trainers is welcomed, not seen as competition. Referring you to an aggression behaviorist; if needed so your dog gets the right training; is imperative.
We, as owners, are able to teach our pets what's acceptable and unacceptable in our homes. Sometimes, we fail to do that and create confusion, but there is a solution. Seeing changes at the first session with Pawsitive Focus means you’re on your way to a healthy, well-behaved dog. Imagine keeping the door open without fear of your dog racing out the door. How about sitting automatically when someone approaches? How about having people want to come to your home because your dog is the best? Behaviors can be instilled to your dog and become your reality.
Clients continue to tell about the love, time, and dedication I give to them and their dog is priceless for safety obedience and puppy manners in-home training. Each dog is an extension of my family.
Helping you to create YOUR family dog. Safety. Peace of Mind.