I started training dogs over 30 years ago with my first dog, a border collie mix. I trained her in obedience, agility, any trick I could think of and we made regular visits to the nearby nursing home. She was heeling off-leash at 8 months of age. She was my best friend and built a passion in me that would later lead to helping others.

I have been training professionally since 2008. I am a balanced trainer, focusing on the owners/dogs needs.  I teach dogs life skills and to problem solve, make choices and put their natural instincts to use.  I do use a variety of training tools including treats, toys, prong training collars, electronic collars and praise to help them fully understand what we expect of them.  I teach owners how to stop unwanted behaviors through corrections, pack leadership with easier ways to communicate to their best friends. My initial training formula is 20% corrections and 80% reward training. Once the dog understands the new behaviors then the formula changes to 10/90.

Over the last 20 years I have rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed 600 plus dogs and numerous cats. I had previously volunteered with a local rescue group, Save the Pets since 2008. This included fostering dogs, temperament testing, dog intros and assisting at adoption events. I have since started Connecting with K9s Rescue as of March 2016. I have seen a need for training/rehabilitation of many dogs being rescued, to prevent unnecessary returns. This being said, all my rescues go to their forever homes after completing my 2 week board & train program. If you are looking for a dog, please check out petfinder or rescueme websites to find the perfect fit for your family. http://www.petfinder.com , rescueme.org

I am a single mom and share my home with my children on our 2 acre farm in Creswell, Oregon. We have 6 personal dogs, 2 cats and chickens, all with a history. I generally have 6-8 foster dogs and 2-3 board & train students here at any given time. We’re active in our church where we use our God given talents when possible.

If you are at your wits end or just need your best friend to learn manners, please fill out an online questionnaire or contact me and I’d love to show you how to better connect with your canine. Contact me today: connectingwithk9s@gmail.com or leave a message at 541-514-6804.

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