Ever since I was a child, I chose to surround myself with animals knowing I wanted them to be a part of my future. Growing up, I trained our family dog and dreamt we would take home first place on the talent show Pet Star. Years later, I was fortunate enough to attend an agricultural high school, where I began my formal education around animals. I learned about basic kennel operations, positive dog training methods, grooming and medication administration.
When I was diagnosed with a chronic illness in college, my recovery involved using a service dog, named Joy, to assist me in every day life. We completed two years of extensive training until she officially graduated to a medical response service animal; and she changed my life forever. Going through that journey with her inspired me to further my education by attending Catch Canine Trainers Academy. I completed the program and became a Catch Certified Dog Trainer (CCDT) and received a certification in pet CPR.
I am so excited to be working for Escape the Crate, and I look forward to helping you strengthen the bond between yourself and your pet!