MEET OUR STAFF
I started Happy Tails Dog Training in 1980, and I have been teaching classes for over 40 years. I have competed in obedience, conformation, herding, agility and nosework.
I have raised English and Irish Setters, Border Collies, and now enjoy breeding, training, and trialing with Papillons. My dogs and I have acquired trophies, championships, titles and have enjoyed the ride; but the relationship with my dogs is my most valuable accomplishment!
Young Puppy Pre-School
I have been an animal lover since birth! Dog and horse crazy. I became interested in dog training while in High School, attending the local Kennel Club’s annual dog show and obedience trial. It wasn’t until one summer break in college that I took our family Labrador cross, Hudson, through an obedience training class. I was hooked! I continued taking classes at Happy Tails and training Hudson to eventually show her in obedience, agility and rally obedience. During that time, I fell in love with another breed – the Spinone Italiano. I’ve had the privilege of owning 5 of them and in addition to obedience, we’ve ventured into the conformation ring and bird field.
I started assisting a good friend and fantastic trainer with Puppy Kindergarten classes at Happy Tails over 15 years ago. When she moved away, I took over and other than a couple breaks to have my kids, I’ve been teaching the puppy classes since then. I always say, puppy class is the best of both worlds – I get to play with puppies every week, but I don’t have to potty train them!
In addition to my husband and our 2 boys that keep me busy, I have 3 Spinoni, 2 barn cats and a few chickens. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician at a local vet clinic and have additional training in Canine Massage.
CGC, Rally and Advanced Obedience
Bio and picture coming soon!