My journey to becoming a dog trainer began in 1995 when I adopted my first dog from Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue located in the San Francisco Bay area. Jordan was a sweet 2-year-old yellow Labrador. He became my constant companion, but, while he excelled in obedience classes, he barked fiercely when people came to our front door.
Jordan's behavior was beyond my control and understanding. I felt frustrated and embarrassed. I needed help. I felt as if I opened Pandora's box when I tried to find a trainer. There were so many different approaches and attitudes. Bottom line: I loved my dog, but I didn't want to bully him into submission. I wanted to work with him to become his guardian and leader. Turns out what he needed most was guidance and leadership. Obedience followed naturally using this approach. I began researching and meeting with trainers from across the globe to learn everything I could about dogs for Jordan's sake. I used my new found knowledge to begin helping friends and family with their dogs. I gained further experience as a volunteer at the Humane Society in Novato, and All About Canines was born.
My personal education as a dog trainer continues, thanks to on-going webinars and conferences available worldwide, as well as dogs and dog owners I meet through my work. Just like training your dog never ends, neither does my desire to increase my knowledge, so I may help the next dog I meet using Positive Reinforcement, Force Free training.