My qualifications include:
*Certified Professional Dog Trainer CPDT-KA
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
*CNWI Certified Nose Work Instructor in K9 Nose Work™ for NACSW™
*Professional member of APDT, Association of Professional Dog Trainers #82011
*Pet Partners (formally Delta Society) therapy dog team(s) 2000 - 2019 #32725 (3 German Shepherd Dog)
*Pet Partners evaluator 2001- 2019 #32725TE
*AKC Canine Good Citizen Instructor and Evaluator #87266
*Founding Board, evaluator, instructor and team with
AD, THD, CGC, TT,
Novice & Intermediate Trick Dog
Retired Pet Partner therapy dog (passed)
photo credit Nina Sage
Gisa and Issy, following in Loki's paw prints, were registered therapy dogs with Pet Partners.
Gisa was my training partner. She passed in January of 2019. just short of 12 years of age. She was demo, puppy trainer, having had 2 litters of her own, and all around neutral dog.
Issy was 12 when she passed in January of 2020 and has taught me a lot about training dogs. She is that dog that every dog trainer has sometime in their life. They teach us how to be a better trainer. She was retired from the sport of K9 Nose Work™, which has taught me a lot about her and about reading dog behaviors. It's helped tremendously with her reactivity and environmental sensitivity.
I currently have a adolescent German Shepherd who's call name is Trini. She is 2 years old and is teaching me a different set of skills. She is currently learning how to be my partner in classes. She is competing in K9 Nose Work™. She is learning Tracking, Agility and Obedience. Our goal is to title in the German ring by getting her BH (Companion Dog test) which is intended to demonstrate the dog's intelligence and utility, or in other words, testing for the abilities known for the breed. She is starting work in protection training to be able to compete in IPG (Schutzhund) sport competition.
I have recently expanded to K9 Nose Work™ instruction and some behavior modification. I have been active in K9 Nose Work™ with my own dog(s) since 2013. This training is an invaluable way of developing a real bond with your dog
Working with dogs is my passion in life.
I started Cold Noses Warm Hearts Dog Training in 2007 with a plan to train dogs in life skills and specializing in the many aspects of Animal Assisted Therapy/Interventions/Crisis Response. It's grown to provide basic life skills and manners for puppies and adult dogs. All of these skills are the foundation to develop a great therapy dog or in home companion dog. Sport dogs need this same foundation.
CGC, CGCA, CGCU
NW1, NW 2, NW L1C, NW L2C, NW L1E, NW L1I, NW L2 I, NW3-C, NW L1V, ORT
Retired Pet Partner therapy dog
photo credit Nina Sage