I grew up with animals and always had a love for them. However, my desire to learn about dog training and more specifically, balanced dog training, didn’t develop until my family and I fostered a rescue from Bosnia.

Sadie was near death when we got her. Strangers and new situations didn't bother her in the beginning because she had no energy to respond. But once she recovered, her aggression became apparent.


  • I babied her.

  • I carried her away from situations she disliked.

  • I gave her love and attention when she was scared.

  • And continued to choose the wrong response over and over again...

She continued to worsen even though we worked with several trainers. They all told me they couldn’t help with Sadie’s aggression. I was worried about her future and my ability to control her.

At one point when I was looking for a place to board Sadie, someone told me I should just take her to the vet and have her put down. This was absolutely not the answer I was looking for and I'm here to let others know, it definitely doesn't have to be the answer for anyone.

Then I found Sean O’Shea of The Good Dog online. His videos and blogs made perfect sense to me. Sadie needed major behavior modification. With the help of Sean O'Shea and Jeff Gellman's (Solid K9 Training) free online content, I started to implement balanced training with Sadie and finally saw improvement.

My friends and co-workers started noticing how much Sadie had improved and they started asking me if I could help with their dogs. Sadie's Rules K9 Training took off from there.

I want to continue to be a resource for families in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia area. Given the struggle I had, I want others to know there is hope and they don't have to be stuck with a dog they can't take to the park or walk down the street.

There are options and even if I don't train your dog, I can help answer your questions or get you the help you need so please don’t hesitate to reach out.


“We never thought he’d be at that point.”
- Kate L. & Ralph H. -

“Bear enjoyed some off-leash time near our office in downtown DC. He did so well despite various sunbathers and dogs being walked nearby. We never thought he’d be at that point. Your training was the best decision ever!”



Sadie is the namesake for Sadie’s Rules K9 Training. She was taken off the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina and was given her ticket to life thanks to the Puppy Rescue Mission and The Tanzie Project, Inc.  

Sadie's curse is that she does not look aggressive and is actually really beautiful, so people want to interact with her. Even when she was previously out in public with a muzzle on, random people would attempt to pet her. I had to learn quickly to be her advocate, and tell them "no."

In doing so, I learned that the more I advocated for her, the less she needed to advocate for herself--which she would often do in inappropriate, aggressive, and dangerous ways.

Now when out in public, Sadie chooses to ignore what stresses her out. Balanced training has enabled me to not worry about her on a daily basis. I can go on trips and board her at a facility--something which I previously could not do.

Sadie has come so far that she now helps me socialize dogs that come in for our board and train programs and need help learning how to be around other dogs. She is so patient with them and it’s so amazing to see her so confident.


Balanced training not only changed her life, but ultimately saved it.

 To learn more about all of the organizations that saved Sadie and many like her, please click on the pictures below!