A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME
Located on our acreage in the Ozarks of Missouri, I began a life of training, love, and companionship with dogs 20+ years ago.
As an AKC Bronze Breeder of Merit, I breed for health, temperament, working ability, conformation (structure), and type. Titles in my dogs' pedigrees include Schutzhund, French Ring, Mondio ring, KNPV, herding, etc.
I believe a balanced dog earns titles at both ends. I have produced dogs with AKC Championships and International Championships, in addition to the titles at the other end of their name in obedience, protection, tracking, herding, etc. Every dog is examined to see where it might contribute to the breed and where it needs compensated for (with the appropriate mating). Some dogs will be bred, some dogs will be neutered and pulled from our program. Every litter is bred to work (police, narcotics, herding, sport, etc), but we occasionally have lower drive, more social, less aggressive dogs that do well as farm dogs, service dogs, and active companions.
I began competing with my dogs in 2005. I began officially offering classes to the public in 2008 after assisting other instructors at a dog training club for a few years. I became an AKC CGC evaluator in 2009, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) in 2013, an AKC Farm Dog Judge in 2018, an AKC Temperament Test Judge in 2019, and an AKC FIT Dog Instructor (Level 1). I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology and work in Community Mental Health. My Bachelor's degree was in Biology, Psychology, and Sociology. I have a Master's degree in Counseling. I have been an active member in multiple dog clubs/organizations over the last nearly 20 years. I value continuing education as a breeder and trainer and am especially interested in conducting and reviewing dog related research!
My dog related CV is available here.