Suzanne was strictly a “cat person” until that day she and her husband donated some old blankets to a dog shelter and came home with their first dog Snitter. Thus began her fascination with dog behavior. From understanding the basics of “why does my dog do that” to helping her second dog Sprocket overcome and manage his fears, Suzanne has been learning about dog behavior, fearfulness, reactivity, and aggression. This spring she attended Kathy Sdao’s seminar “What Not to Err: Training Mistakes that Create Headaches for Dogs.” She has been accepted into the Applied Animal Behavior certificate program at the University of Washington starting fall 2017. She is also working toward her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) certification.
In addition to dog behavior, Suzanne is also interested in relationship-building between dogs and humans and canine fitness. She enjoys spending time with her own dogs River and Zoey doing tricks, parkour, and nosework. River recently earned her Intermediate Trick Dog (ITD) title and has also earned her AKC-CGCA title (advanced Canine Good Citizen). Suzanne is completing the requirements to become a CTDI (Certified Trick Dog Instructor) so that she can help others bond with their dogs through tricks. Furthermore, Zoey’s many orthopedic surgeries have lead Suzanne to earning her Canine Conditioning Coach (CCC) certification through Do More with Your Dog.