ABOUT THE COMPANY
Wishes and Wags, LLC was founded in 2017. The Company offers Puppy School, private dog obedience training, and behavior modification. There are many benefits of private training. One of the primary benefits is that basic obedience foundation skills can be easily applied to manage real life problem behaviors in the dog's own environment.
The Company is devoted to helping dogs with complex behavior problems. Aggression and anxiety can be devastating for humans. We understand that. While complex behavior issues cannot be "cured", we work very hard to help pet parents learn management and dog training techniques to improve behavior. Shelter and rescue dogs need special care in many cases to overcome their difficult past. We want to help pet parents understand canine behavior, and help the dogs stay in their forever home.
In addition to dog training, pet sitting services are available. We love helping pet parents that cannot board or do not desire to board while they are away!
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ABOUT THE OWNER
First let me say - I LOVE MY JOB! I started my life on a ranch. Animals of all shapes and sizes have always been an important part of my life. I spent many years in Corporate America. In 2017, I made the decision to change careers and work with animals full time. In 2018, I obtained my first dog obedience training certification - ABCDT. In, 2019, I obtained my second certification - CPDT-KA. After I obtained my second dog training certification, I became very interested in canine complex behaviors such as aggression and anxiety. I obtained a Masters in Aggression from Michael Shikashio. I understand complex behaviors well. Most of the dogs in my life have been rescues. Several suffered from a variety of behavior issues, including complex behavior issues. I have used many of the same management and training techniques I share with clients in my own life. I am absolutely passionate about helping humans understand canine behavior and helping dogs have a wonderful life.
Education is so important to me. I am a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. I am always searching for new techniques to use in my training program as well as new information to pass along to my clients. In addition to continuously finding ways to increase my training knowledge, I also love helping humans become new trainers! I am currently mentoring students working toward their ABCDT certification.
If you are wondering where our name comes from - In 2011, my mother suffered a stroke. Her journey impacted my decision to found Wishes and Wags (as well as the name). Over the years, she told me many times how much she wished for a pet. Due to my long work hours, I was unable to grant my mother's wish when I worked in Corporate America. Many times, an assisted living resident is required to have the physical ability to care for a pet without assistance from staff. She was not able to care for a pet on her own. I hope I will have an opportunity to help a family member grant their loved one's wish by providing assistance when possible - whether through obedience training or pet sitting.