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Why I Train Animals

I am an educator at my core, and I believe that great training nurtures a teaching and learning relationship between humans and animals. I adopted my first rescue, Yera an Australian Cattle Dog, as a PhD student and became intrigued with training her. A few years later, I met my wife who had a rescued bully-breed with some behavior issues. We tried to integrate our dogs, but we needed professional help. Through that encounter, I found a mentor and friend who opened my heart and head to a career as a dog trainer.


I completed The Karen Pryor Academy dog foundations course, and then I graduated with distinction from the KPA Dog  Trainer professional course. Karen Pryor Academy is an international education program that administers a comprehensive assessment of a student’s technical ability and hands-on skill teaching pet owners and training pet dogs.  I am Committed to providing the most effective, convenient solutions to clients’ dog’s training needs. I avidly pursue ongoing continuing education and professional development by attending several seminars per year and keeping current on industry literature.


I have been a professional educator for over a decade with an earned PhD in Ethics and Education. By combining my expertise I am able to tailor training lessons for you and your dog.

An essential question to ask  before hiring a trainer:

“Why do you train animals?”

There are many reasons to train an animal, here are mine:

  • I am committed to training that is for the animal. Animals have general and species specific needs and behaviors.
  • At Confident Canine Academy I am committed to training for those specific needs.
  • By meeting their needs, we shape confident animals: confidence shapes dogs that are happy and secure, which leads to cherished companions and welcomed canine citizens.


My training methods and objectives focus on three fundamental needs:

  1. Training is learning, which is mental stimulation, and helps establish a strong bond
  2. Training provides physical exercise through training games like fetch, Stay/Recall
  3. Training teaches cooperative behaviors, like low stress Vet and Grooming visits, safe car rides, and house manners