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A Few Thoughts...
"Our relationship with our dogs has to be one of trust and respect. When these are given from both dog and human, an incredible bond can be built."
After finishing my Bachelor of Science at the University of Alberta in 2006 and moving down to Arizona to start working with the State of Arizona, my husband and I got our first dog as adults. Rosey was an energetic Flat-Coated Retriever and she led me to discover agility. I quickly learned I loved the sport and after absorbing as much as I could, I began teaching in 2014 at Top Notch Canines. Adopting Samantha in 2011 gave me a whole new set of skills to learn, she is a lovely people dog, but had anxiety and was uncomfortable around other dogs. It was through Samantha that I learned about behavioral rehabilitation, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, and Scent Work! Tana came into our lives in 2016 and together we have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our scent work journey!
Shortly after starting to teach agility, Rosey had an iliopsoas injury that pulled her from competition. It was through her injury that she taught me about rehabilitation, sports injuries, canine massage, and ultimately the love in competing in Scent Work. I attended the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage in Spring 2016 and became certified as a Canine Therapeutic Massage Therapist (CTMT), and Advanced Canine Massage Therapist (ACMT).
It seems that life has a way to come back in circles, it seems to have for me. While in school I studied and worked in a moth pheromone research lab, so spent my days studying how moths follow pheromones back to source. I now use this knowledge every day during canine scent work teaching and competition. I'm always excited to share my knowledge with my scent work students and am so happy to celebrate all their successes! Teaching in person and online is something I really look forward to every day.
I grew up at a dressage training facility and listened to my mother patiently teach her students. My teaching style is very similar and I often hear her voice in my head as I mark a moment of brilliance in my own students. Learning from my father, a small town physician, I learned the value of rational thought and scientific justification for my actions and beliefs. His example helped me through school and is a foundation that I value every day in my adult life. I think the teacher and patient bodyworker I am today is a big part based on the lessons I've learned from them both.
Dogs use their noses every day, it's time that we let them use their noses for fun! I teach competitive scent work based on operant conditioning and positive reinforcement. I believe that this is the quickest and strongest way to introduce odor to all types of dogs. Plus, they love it!