I've been training dogs for more than 10 years, and I have been officially certified since 2017. Training dogs has always been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I started my first attempts at training at a young age. I found it was so fun that I probably spent more time with dogs than I did with other kids! As I grew older, the passion for dogs never left me, but I did face challenges and roadblocks pursuing that passion.
I knew that I wanted to be part of a career that centered around dogs, but I didn't know exactly what it would be or how to pursue it. I told my family that I wanted to train dogs, but they laughed at the idea. They said that there was no money in dog training, and that I should become a vet tech instead. Ultimately, I felt I wasted four years doing what other people wanted me to do and I never did get that degree. I wasn't happy, so I knew it was time for me to figure out what I really wanted out of life- and not what other people wanted from me.
I decided to take a break from school to do some soul searching. At this point, I had children of my own and they needed me to provide for them. I worked and worked, but I still felt lost, like there was a hole in my life. Then, slowly, that old passion came back. I found myself training my new dog to do all types of tricks. They were getting clothes out of the dryer, fetching my keys, and even going to get my son when he was too far away to hear me calling.
I felt so thrilled and challenged by this return to training. This time, I was determined not to let anyone stand in my way. I knew this was what my career was going to be, and the best part is that my son has inherited the passion for training and become my assistant. Now he wants to be a dog trainer and an inventor- when he's not playing video games, that is! I’m here to support those dreams, as we train dogs and create new games together.
All this to say- at this point, if I didn’t truly love dog training, I wouldn’t be here. I’m 100% for
following your passion wherever it may take you, and putting the work into it. My fervor for the job gets me through even the toughest days and helps me reach stubborn dogs with a range of methods and motivations. That’s the kind of love and hard work that Mecole’s Mobile Dog School is founded on.