Philosophy and Training Method
My training and behavioral guidance methods are based on science based positive-reinforcement techniques, providing you and your dog choices rather than limitations. Rewarding your dog for a desired behavior will not only increase the likelihood for that same behavior to occur again, but will also strengthen the trust and confidence in your dog instills in you. Positive-reinforcement utilizes the problem solving region of the brain in a non-confrontational way, which is incompatible with negative feelings and behaviors, helping your dog achieve self-control, tolerance, and predictably when faced with everyday obstacles of the human world.
No matter what stage you and your furry companion are at with your comfort and learning level, I recognize that each situation is different and I invite you to let Tails of Dog guide you as you continue your journey. I never discriminate based on breed or age of your dog. I look forward to working with you!
Education and Credentials
Early beginnings: My love for horses and years spent around them opened my eyes to the sensitivities of animals. After volunteering at my local animal shelter and veterinary clinic, I started to explore the world of dog training and behavior. I became captivated with the work of many positive dog trainers, and witnessed how gratifying it can be to figure out ways to teach your dog how to navigate our human world through rewards, play, and encouragement. Throughout high school and within my psychology major at Bates College, I took several animal learning electives and read the most up to date studies on animal cognition. My college thesis was a literature review on the effects of dog therapy in various areas, and I went through extensive research on the history of the domestication and brain development of the dog.
Current work: After graduating with distinction from the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior, I have helped owners and their dogs with training and behavioral issues, while at the same time continuing to spread awareness and educate on the benefits of positive training. Bringing my passion for animal learning, training, and behavior, mixed with my background in acting and psychology, I hope to continue to forge the bond between humans and their companions.
I look forward to meeting you!