I became a first-time puppy parent in 1997, and knew that I wanted to use the most gentle and compassionate methods to communicate with my puppies, Attila and Fly. At that time, the dog training industry was starting to transition from forceful, punishment-based training methods to a more force-free, positive reinforcement training model. A job layoff as a result of 9/11 put me on the path to a career change, and I became one of the few trainers in the Baltimore area completely dedicated to a purely positive, force-free training approach. I founded my company, You Silly Dog, LLC in 2006, and served the Baltimore metro area until 2021. I’ve since relocated to Pasadena, Maryland.
Certification and Associations
I continue my education through animal behavior seminars and workshops. I’m recommended by rescues, veterinarians, pet sitters, trainers and other pet professionals—and most importantly, by satisfied clients (read what they have to say here).