From a young age, I always knew I wanted to work with animals, but I wasn’t quite sure in what capacity. High school came and went, and I was in a full panic as I watched all of my friends choose to pursue what I viewed as “safe” careers: nurses, accountants, teachers. At the time, I had a job working in a veterinary office and while I loved working with all of the animals, something still didn’t feel right. In 2012, I adopted my first puppy: Nemo. I was in way over my head; I had absolutely no idea how to raise a puppy, but I tried my absolute best. Fast forward a year, I was living in Virginia and picked up my second dog: Bandit, a husky, and the epitome of a nightmare. Constant accidents, screaming in the crate, eating everything in sight were daily occurances.
*Spoiler Alert: They’ve both turned out to be wonderful dogs.
I continued to work in the veterinary field and although I was falling in love with it, I wanted MORE. I came across Starmark Academy in Hutto, TX and the rest is history. I graduated Starmark Academy in 2016 as a Certified Canine Trainer and Behavior Specialist. Upon graduating, I continued to work at the veterinary hospital holding group classes and working closely with the doctors and kennel staff on establishing a dog handling protocol. In 2017, I moved back up north and accepted a position as a head trainer for a company in Westchester. Throughout my two years there, I was able to help strengthen the bond and enrich the lives of so many dogs and owners.
Realizing I craved the freedom to truly help dogs and owners in need to the best of my abilities, I decided to go out on a limb-and Northern Bound K9 was born.