I have been passionate about dogs for as long as I can remember. It must be in my genes, my grandparents on my father’s side were both veterinarians. In fact they built and ran Green Mountain Animal Hospital during the 1960’s. My grandmother on my mother’s side was a well-known dog lover. Her photo albums are filled with more pictures of her dogs than of her human family!
In 1997, while in college at the University of Florida, I began working as a cashier at Petsmart. Very quickly a manager suggested I begin their training program to become a dog trainer for them. I devoured the materials and began teaching right away. I appreciated the training that Petsmart provided but I wanted to learn more so I found the most knowledgeable positive trainer in Gainesville and asked if I could work with her. Dee Zurburg took me under her wing and gave me the opportunity to submerge myself in the dog training world. After a year of learning with Dee I took my knowledge base to Wilmington, NC where I was hired at the most well-known training school in the area, Dogtrain, Inc. I worked with Dogtrain for three years.
While teaching classes and private lessons at Dogtrain I began to open my own business, a doggy daycare called Dogs At Play. After almost a year of searching for a location and then convincing the city to give me a permit, Dogs At Play finally opened in 2001. In 2003 I opened a second location and in 2006 I closed both of those locations to open our third location where we have been ever since. In 2010, with a solid staff in place, I began the move back home to Vermont. Over the years my staff at Dogs At Play has grown stronger and stronger so I spend more and more time at home in Vermont.
Over the past six years I have offered my Super Dogs training classes throughout the area, mostly at the Humane Society of Chittenden County. Vermont Dog Club is the product of almost twenty years of my experience with the dog world. I have felt for quite some time that the traditional six week training classes, while effective, don’t give dogs and their humans everything they need. For many years now it has been a dream of mine to open a facility that offers regular education, lots of time for practice, and encourages understanding and support of the special relationship we have with our dogs. Vermont Dog Club offers all this plus a whole lot of fun! I look forward to seeing you at the club!