Rated one of Florida's Top Dog Trainers by The New Barker Magazine 2016
Throughout my life I have been blessed with the ability to work with animals and I believe that my purpose is to change the way humans view the Canine Companion Connection. I attended National K9 School For Professional Dog Trainers and completed the Master Trainers Course in March 2014, where I became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPT). National K-9 gave me the knowledge and ability to help your dogs achieve great success. During my education at National K-9 I lived in dorms for 6 weeks, and worked with all types of breeds and sizes of dogs. I have hands on experience in on & off leash obedience, behavior modification, puppy development, aggression issues (with large & small breeds), and Police K-9 & Personal Protection, Scent detection & Tracking/Trailing. The semester at National K-9 helped me get to where I am today so that I can use my skills to help you and your dog achieve wonderful goals.
I have my veterinary assisting certificate, an AA degree in liberal arts and veterinary technology. I attended University of South Florida from 2008-2010 and obtained a B.A. Degree in Psychology specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis. I have a strong ABA background, as well as 3-6 years experience interning with PhD's who worked with Pervasive Developmental Disorder patients, Mood Disorder Patients, and patients with other physical & mental disabilities. Through this experience I developed an understanding for the patients need to have access to service canines.
In 2014 I put my Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis on hold so that I could pursue Dog Training and get The Refined K9, LLC off of the ground. I am dedicated daily to pursuing balance between humans and their canine companions. I believe that match of a breed with a families lifestyle is just as important as the training that follows. When choosing a canine as a companion it is vitally important to make sure that the temperament of this dog is a good fit for your lifestyle: i.e., a very energetic dog would not be a good fit for a person who enjoys hours on the couch, etc. Having the background in animal sciences as well as my background in human behavior provides me with a balance in communication when working with dogs and their owners.
I am sincere in my pursuit to help provide impeccable canine service companions for our citizens with disabilities that are in need of daily assistance. I look forward to digging deeper into the human animal connection and utilizing this knowledge during my career while I'm working with handlers and their K9s. I will be attending seminars and association conferences to gain CEUs in the following years to come. I look forward to seeing many of my colleagues there as well as SHOT show every January.
I look forward to working with your dog and getting to know you and forming a solid professional relationship founded on the expectations you deserve. Please let me know if there is anything else I can assist you with during the training program, don’t hesitate to ask questions. This should be an exciting learning experience and I hope to provide a positive guidance for you and your dog through the program.
Thank you for choosing The Refined K9, LLC for your dog training experience.
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPT)
Master Trainer Course Completion/Graduation
Basic & Advanced Obedience, Off-leash, Service Dog, Therapy Dog, Retrieval, Puppy Development, Puppy Preschool, Utility Training, Breed Identification, Behavior Modification, Assistance Dogs, Tracking & Trailing, Police K-9, Personal Protection, Scent Detection, Search and Rescue, & Kennel Management.
BA in Psychology, 2010
Human-Animal Interaction, Applied Behavior Analysis, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, PTSD, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, & Counseling
Magna Cum Laude/Psi Chi Member
AA in Liberal Arts, 2008
Veterinary Assisting & Technology Certificate
National K-9 Association for Dog Trainers (NK9ADT)
International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP)
The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
American Psychological Association, Division 17 Section 13 (Human-Animal Interaction)