About Go Rogue Dog Training
Go Rogue Dog Training Center LLC is two trainers who have come together to offer dog training and behavior consulting to the Rogue Valley. At Go Rogue Dog Training our trainers are experienced, educated, and passionate about what they do. For more information on the trainers see below.
Philosophy and Methods: I believe that having a good relationship with your pet is crucial in training because it provides a solid base to build on. Work with the animal you have in front of you at that moment; focus on helping them learn and gain confidence by utilizing things they find rewarding. I think that you are never done learning as a trainer; there is always something new or different to try because behavior is mutable.
Education/Experience: I have been drawn to animals my whole life. I started off my animal career by being the "tamer" of the small animals that would become part of my mother's classroom. My formal education started at Oregon State University; where I graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science, Major in Animal Science, Minor in Equine Science. It was here that my interest in behavior and training was sparked. Watching my classmates use “traditional” training methods with the horses and seeing the disconnection caused by those methods, I began to look for better ways to train. During my last year at OSU I was part of a team responsible for helping the mares foal and working with the new babies doing foal imprinting. After graduating, I worked as the barn manager at a local horse facility. My journey continued when I applied to and was accepted into the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at America’s Teaching Zoo in Moorpark, California a few years after graduating from OSU. During my two years in the program I trained and cared for a variety of exotic species including spider monkeys, a hyena and a turkey vulture. I had to work with most of the animals using limited or no contact; this was my introduction to force free methods of training and using a clicker. My time in the EATM program was absolutely amazing! Not only did I get to bond with the wonderful animals, I was able to work at local zoos, do educational shows and participate in projects at facilities like the Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species at the San Diego Zoo. I graduated in 2001 with an Associate of Science in Exotic Animal Training, an Associate of Science in Zoo Keeping, an Associate of Science in Wildlife Education and an Associate of Arts (I call it my buy 3 get 1 free degree). Unfortunately the effects of 9/11 on the animal industry made jobs hard to come by, so I worked a number of years in the Veterinary field after graduation, working in both a day clinic and an emergency hospital. Missing Oregon and a new opportunity called me back from California; in 2007 I started working at Dogs for the Deaf as an Assistant Trainer. I was offered a spot in the Apprentice Trainer Program in 2008 and gained the title of Certified Assistance Dog Trainer in 2011. As rewarding as it was to train Assistance Dogs, I came to realize that my journey needed to be on another path. After leaving Dogs for the Deaf in March of 2013, I began the steps to starting my own business. I was doing business as Rapport Pet Training before coming together with Carrie to form Go Rogue Dog Training Center LLC in 2015. I am currently owned by two dogs (Tomahawk and Aardwolf) and seven cats (Jonny, Diva, Texas, Dexter, MeiMei, Terri Jo and Dobbie)
Influences: I have been lucky to attend lectures and workshops with some really amazing trainers! Brenda Woodhouse, Suzanne Clothier, Kay Laurence, Denise Fenzi, Jay Jack, Tyler Muto, Patricia McConnell, Ian Dunbar, Alexandra Kurland, Sophia Yin and Grisha Stewart are a few the trainers I have been able to learn from.