About

I can't imagine there ever being a day without a dog or two or more in my life. Growing up with the usual dogs, cats, birds, horses, guinea pigs, and rodents of all kinds, it was the dogs that always captured my heart. We now love, and share our lives with two dogs: the mischievous Tilly, our 4 year old boxer, and Gertrude, our boston terrier puppy. I love being with dogs, watching dogs, talking about and advocating for dogs, and I LOVE working with humans and their dogs! What better way to do this than to teach them how to have fun and train their dog at the same time! Then in 2011, after years of taking classes, attending workshops, reading, assisting and coaching classes, apprenticing under and co-training with Trainer Jeni Grant, B.A., CPDT-KA, Small and Tall Dog Training was born. What they're saying...


What is Positive Training? Positive reward based dog training is a way to bond with your dog in ways that don't happen with the outdated punishment or "balanced" training methods. We never use shock, pinch, or choke collars, intimidation, yelling or force of any kind. Using only positive reward reinforcement such as treats and play, we teach your dog what you want them to do. Not punish them for what you don't. It is a way for your dog to learn to trust you and vice versa. It is a way for you to see a side of your dog that you generally wouldn't see without the benefit of positive training. Once you've learned the basics and developed the skills, you can take it as far as you'd like to go.

Experience and Training:

  • Teach Puppy Kindergarten, Puppy First Grade, Basic Manners I & II, Canine Good Citizen Prep, Out & About

  • Teach Confidence Building, and Fearful Dogs classes

  • Teach Pet Tricks, Play and Games for Small Dogs, Agility Games

  • Coach for Reactive Dog class

  • 2020 Licensed Family Paws Educator

  • How To Live With Your Adopted Dog workshop presenter held at Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center

  • Advice for Adopters Workshop presenter at Your Dogs Friend

  • Member of the training team for the Foster Dog Alliance

  • Assisted with Foundation Skills for Dog Sports class

Affiliations

  • Member of The Pet Professional Guild: The Association for Force Free Pet Professionals www.petprofessionalguild.com

  • Full Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers www.APDT.com

  • Member of Mid Atlantic Association of Professional, Positive Pet Trainers

  • American Kennel Club Approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator #88365

Continuing my education in the world of dogs and training is of the utmost importance. I am continuously attending workshops, webinars and reading.

Me and Jeni Grant with Ken Ramirez at his "Training From Core to Complex" workshop.
Me and Kathy Sdao at her workshop "So Many Choices!"

Special thanks to my mentor and friend Jeni Grant of Train Your Best Friend, I will always be grateful for her willingness to pass on her endless knowledge, skills and guidance. And to Debra Ekman, founder of Your Dogs Friend, who pointed me in the right direction and gave me the nudge I needed.