My whole life I have had a passion for dogs. I have always had some kind of pet in my life but dogs have always provided me with a source of happiness, which lead me to volunteer at local shelters early on.
In September 2006 I had to make a choice in my life that would take me away from my passion to help our country. I wanted to join the military as a K9 Handler but there were no slots available. Instead, I joined as a Combat Engineer. A year and a half into my first duty station, a Sergeant Major came to our company looking for soldiers to go to Mine Dog School, I jumped into action.
In March 2009 my whole life changed. I was living my dream working with K9's and helping our country. One of the greatest things to come out of that training school was a dog that will forever hold a special place in my heart. Her name is MWD Raja.
After getting out of the military I knew undoubtedly what I wanted to do for a living. I started a training program in Saint Robert, MO called K9 Manners. I worked with shelters like Waynesville, MO Animal Shelter and Saint Robert, MO Animal Shelter. After my time in Missouri, I moved to Harker Heights, Texas and started United K9 Academy. I dedicate a few hours of my week to almost every local shelter, assisting them place dogs in their forever homes. In addition, I volunteer my time to help these dogs achieve success at remaining in their new home upon adoption.
I also work with TADSAW (Train A Dog Save A Warrior), working hand in hand with Vets With PTSD and TBI. A Great benefit of working with the TADSAW Program is getting to help veterans find compatible canine companions from the shelter system. Win-win for both the Vet and the newly adopted dog.
I love working with aggressive dogs and helping owners to understand ways that they can effectively gain the behaviors they are seeking from their dog.
Training is a passion of mine and I look forward to sharing my years of hands on experience with you.