Owner | Head Trainer
I grew up with animals and always had a love for them. My family and I never went looking for dogs, but they always seemed to find us. My favorite dog from my childhood was a German Shepherd who liked to chase our horses and cars. As a teen, I knew little about dog training or how to fix the problem, so I hired a trainer who introduced me to a shock collar which somewhat curbed his desire to chase all the things. However, my desire to learn about dog training and, more specifically, balanced dog training didn’t develop until more recently when 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 as she had no energy to respond. But once she recovered, her aggression became apparent. I had no idea how to handle her and I did all the wrong things: I babied her, I carried her away from situations she disliked, I gave her love and attention when she was scared, etc. 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. 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. It started with simple things and soon enough, I was helping them train 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. 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. 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.
Learn more about Sadie's story, here!