About Me



Throughout my life, my family and I weren’t just a “Dog Family” but rather a “Training Family”.  This particular breed is one that a dog trainer and school teacher raises.   I apprenticed and studied under my father, learning how to work with dogs on a daily basis. At the same time I gained the knowledge on how to facilitate people into learning from my mother.  Every few weeks my father brought home a four-legged friend that would stay with us anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.  No matter the personality or possible behavior issues, they all needed to learn the rules and regulations of our Shelby Pack and I was happy to oblige.  Working with the little ones became part of my daily routine ensuring success through mutual respect and understanding. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was being groomed into a life with K-9’s.

After high school, I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Spanish and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education.  I worked in Special Education for 3 years and then taught high school Spanish for 5.  During this time, I continued to work with dogs alongside my father (a dog trainer for over 20 years), eventually taking over DogrShelby upon his retirement in 2010.(feel free to look at his site at www.dogsrshelby.com)  It was during this time that I gained a true understanding and ability of how to get people to really communicate with their dogs, and in turn how important it is to have a happy and cooperative canine companion .

I started my career here in NY but moved to Seattle for 2 years to expand my knowledge and experiences. But nothing can keep me away from the city I love and so I have recently returned to the Tri-State area.  Now that I am here I know I’m blessed that my job offers me the best of both worlds- it gives me the chance to work with dogs every day, while teaching people at the same time.  My father always loved to quote Mark Twain in saying, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”.

This is my little one

This is my little one, Foster