Like many dog professionals, I began my path as a dog trainer by training my own dogs, all of which had "behavioral issues": jumping, fear, aggression (dog and human), separation anxiety and more. My 20 years of experience of dog sitting, volunteering at shelters & rescue organizations, and training other people how to train their dog refined those skills. I have worked with a huge range of individual dogs of all breeds, backgrounds and behaviors. I trained my first two service dogs. More often than not, we are leading a pack of 4 or 5 dogs at a time in our home.
I'm a knowledge junkie: if something is interesting to me, I will research, read and study everything I can get my hands on. Stacks of books, scholarly articles, dog professional websites, documentaries, dog science and health news, blogs, videos ...the list goes on and on. I am constantly searching for the new tips and tricks to train your dog.
Plus, I have the cutest study buddy ever!
Proof is in the paper: I hold a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed certification. The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers is the only independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. They also hold high standards for professional conduct and require continuing education for certificate renewal every 3 years.
I am a Professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. The APDT creates and maintains superior industry standards and provides continuing professional education.
Most of my clients figure out in the first session or two that I am not training their dog, I am teaching the human! With a background in human education, language, and psychology, I translate the fancy dog trainer lingo into easy-to-understand examples. I am sensitive to the individual learning style of my clients, and customize training for those who learn differently.
University of Arizona 2010
Bachelor of Arts in English,
Minor in Education
Across Diverse Cultures
I have used just about every tool out there: Regular old leashes, clickers, flirt poles, long lines, head halters, body harnesses, slip leads, martingales, pinch collars, e-collars and more. I will be the first one to tell you that there is no magic tool. Some dogs respond beautifully on just a plain collar. Other dogs, and some humans, need a stronger tool. I explore tools that match you AND your dog to find the gentlest and most effective tool.
We do not need to use e-collars, pinch collars, slip leads, "leash pops" or other not-so-nice methods to teach our fur kids. I will show you how.
Boy oh boy, I have quite the list of experiences with dog health and medical issues! I can administer oral or injected medications, provide post-surgical and wound care, and administer basic pet first aid. I always invite my clients to ask me "Should I be worried about...." (and I always defer to your veterinarian!).
I also have human CPR certification and Wilderness First Aid certification, just in case. Let's do the "blood, sweat and tears" part, but without the blood, please!
We carry professional and general liability insurance through Business Insurers of the Carolinas, a partner of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
There is no licensing for dog trainers, but we are registered with the State of Utah and South Salt Lake to conduct business.
Lil Lavender's Song:
Lil' Lily Lavender
Sweet as a pea
Just as smart as she can be.
Pretty as a pansy
Tougher than a rose
We all won the puppy lottery!
Lil is an Australian Shepherd muttly mutt. We adopted her at 8 weeks old from Rescue Rovers. We just happened to bring her home the week of Coronoapocalypse (didn't plan that!). She loves her 78 talking buttons (and counting!) , running 20mph next to the bike, and "Play Eat" (a.k.a. training!).
Feisty ferocious Finn
Just a little yelpie Kelpie
Watch him crouch and pounce
with just a little bounce
Feisty ferocious Finn!
Finn is a Kelpie muttly mutt. We adopted him at 4 months old from Best Friends Animal Society. He had a rough start in Colorado, dropped off as a stray at only 6 weeks old. His first adopter brought him back because "the dog bit him when he tried to put on his collar" (hardest eyeroll ever). He took a road trip to L.A., another to the Sanctuary in Kanab, UT, and another to us in Salt Lake City! Finn loves to be a wild wolfie in the woods, chase his big sister everywhere, and get all the cuddles from the humans.
Libby's wife, Mia, prefers to stay behind-the-scenes, but she is an essential part of Superhero Dog Academy. She helps with walks and daily care for our board and train dogs.
Mia also provides valuable feedback on training plans and sessions.
We are proud to be a local, queer and woman(ish)-owned business. We support Black Lives Matter, People of Color, and strive for racial justice. We adapt our methods to support people with disabilities. If you are an open-minded person, you are always welcomed into our “pack”!