I grew up in Massachusetts in the Connecticut River valley. Its rich and fertile farmland attracted many migratory birds and also held perfect cover for pheasants. I was fortunate enough to have a father that took me out hunting. My uncle often came out with us, and he would bring his trained retriever. I just loved watching his dog work - little did I know that these trips out with my dad and my uncle would lead me to someday own one of these magnificent working animals, and to a second career as a trainer!
It is thirty years later and my first career as a Correction Officer is now behind me. I can follow a lifelong dream to work with and train the retriever breeds.
As a correction officer, I was lucky enough to be able to work with dogs, securing a position on the K-9 unit handling, training, and certifying both a narcotic detection dog with the Boston Police Department and a patrol dog with the MA Department of Corrections.
During this time of my life, I also became the proud owner of my first retriever. I sought out the guidance and expertise of a professional trainer, and got addicted to the retriever world! I now have three Labrador Retrievers, who are currently running at the Master Level of the AKC Hunt Test circuit, one of which qualified for the Master Nationals. I hunt with all my dogs during the season.
I have developed a business to help other retriever owners attain their goals of having a well trained retriever. I believe in the absolute importance of a structured learning program and I have a personal desire to work with and teach handlers and dogs of every level. My program is geared toward developing a polished performance of both dog and handler in the AKC Hunt Tests. This program also provides a superior foundation for developing a great working relationship with your lifelong hunting companion.