Meet The Trainer
As a hotel manager, Sunday school teacher, parent of two children
and caregiver to several dogs throughout the years, providing an environment that is nurturing, inspiring, and encourages trust and respect has always been her passion. Susan is a certified dog trainer through Animal Behavior College and has earned a certificate in training shelter dogs. This training program required text book work as well as 16 weeks of hands-on training with force-free trainer
Leah Roberts and 10 hours of volunteer work at a local shelter.
During the past several years Susan and her dog, Willow, have completed basic and intermediate levels of obedience training, off leash training, dock diving, search and rescue, and all levels of Scent Work classes. Susan and Willow are members of the National
Association of Canine Scent Work and currently are
practicing for their first trial next year. Willow has
received her Canine Good Citizen Certificate.
Susan also works as activities coordinator at
A Little Pet Inn, a doggie daycare for pets under
40 pounds. She is fully certified in Pet CPR
and First Aid by Pet Tech.
Meet The Inspiration
Willow was adopted from Houndhaven Rescue when she was fifteen months old. She was not socialized as a
puppy, so the world was, and still is, a scary place
for Willow. She is a very curious dog with a
high food drive and will try almost anything
if there is a chance she will be rewarded.
Willow loves to swim at the doggie beach at
Ft. Desoto Park. Once Willow decides
she can trust you, she will shower
you with chin nibbles and wet lab
kisses! When not at home, Willow can
be found on her float in her Grandma
and PopPops pool!