About me

I have been a dog training
instructor since the mid-1980s.
In the early years, I was a student
under Roger Abrantes in Denmark.
That lead to working as an instructor
for a small, private dog training business.

Later I was certified as a Danish Kennel
Club instructor and ran classes for them
before I moved to the US.

At the University of Copenhagen I
majored in General Psychology and
Developmental Psychology with an
emphasis on the interaction of dogs and

For many years, I have volunteered at the
Idaho Humane Society with some of my
roles being dog evaluator, play group
lead, and foster parent. I fosters dogs with
mild to severe behavior issues, and also
work with problem dogs at the shelter.

Through the years, I have taught
volunteer classes on general dog behavior,
breed specific behavior, handling, and

I advise foster parents and adopters about
a variety of topics.

I am a strong believer in continued
education and consequently read books
and websites, watch videos/CDs, and
attend seminars.

Some of my favorite authors are:
Suzanne Clothier, Ian Dunbar, Jean
Donaldson, Terry Ryan, Ali Brown,
Patricia B. McConnell, Pat Miller, Brenda
Aloff, Karen Prior, Pamela Reid.
I believe in treating dogs with kindness and respect, and emphasize being a
trustworthy l
eader and head of family who provides good things and positive
experiences but also guidance and boundaries. Building good dog-owner
are key. I don't believe in treating all dogs the same but treasure and
take into account the personalities of individual dogs.

Well-timed rewards and reinforcements are central to my training.
Treats are only
one albeit a major part of this.

Dog owners are showered with myths about dog behavior from well meaning
strangers friends, and family members. Many of these myths stubbornly persist in
spite of overwhelming support for their inaccuracy from and modern trainers, and
many of them can be downright harmful. In my lessons, I help you sort fact from
fiction so you can get a grip on what you really need to know.

Here are some common
myths I help you work away from:
 If you comfort your dog when it’s afraid you reward its fear.
 You should never allow a dog to growl or it will become aggressive.
 Playing tug will make the dog more dominant.
 If you give a dog chew toys it will learn to chew everything.
 You can’t change a dog’s behavior – it is born with that personality
 The dog will learn a word/command faster if you say it often and get it used to
hearing it.
 If you let dogs exit doorways ahead of you or walk in front of you,
you’re letting them be dominant and in charge.
 Rewards, especially treats, are bribes and may ruin your leadership.
 Dogs should obey “because I say so”.
 In multi-dog households, you support the hierarchy by first giving
the presumed dominant animal food, patting, attention etc.
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