Background and credentials
From an island in Maine... to clicker junkie... via the South Pole
It started with horses. From the age of 10, I was hooked on them. When I was 13, I was given a colt to raise and train and in the nearly 30 years I had with Diablo, I learned about the futility of force and the power of cooperative learning.
After graduating as valedictorian from Deer Isle-Stonington High School in Downeast Maine, I studied Equine Science at Lake Erie College in Ohio but after a year switched majors and colleges, graduating with honors from SUNY Purchase with a BA in Language and Culture. I speak fluent French, some Spanish and a dollop of several other languages. I spent nearly 2 years in France as a student, au-pair, traveler, employee and photographic assistant.
From 1994 to 2001, I worked for the United States Antarctic Program at the Geographic South Pole, holding a variety of jobs including heavy equipment operator, radio operator, supervisor of logistics, inventory specialist and housing manager.
Back home in Maine in 2001, it was high time to get a dog. I’d always loved and wanted dogs and when my husband Drew and I finally found ourselves in the same place for a while, the moment had come. We found Dory, a lovely Standard Poodle puppy, at Crabapple Downs Standard Poodles in Colebrook, NH.
I grudgingly signed Dory up for classes. It was unnecessary in my opinion, but the breeder required it. I felt that I knew how to train a dog. After all, I trained a horse, didn’t I? How hard could it be?
After just a few minutes in that very first class at Tails-Up! with Leslie Whitney, my world was blown apart and it was clear I had a lot to learn and unlearn. I was simultaneously deflated and enthralled.
From that point on, I ravenously consumed all the information I could get. I started my own successful pet sitting business in 2004, took classes, assisted Mallory Hattie, CPDT, in her training classes at Planet Dog, went to seminars, workshops, read, got lots of hands-on experience and worked towards getting my certification as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. When I reached my goal in 2006, I was just the 7th CPDT in Maine (there are presently 25).
I have turned into a veritable Student of Dog. I live and breathe dog training.
“No matter what you think you already know, what you have yet to learn will surprise you.” Diana Logan
Continuing Education is not only important to me, but required by my certification board. I am committed to learning as much as I can on an ongoing basis. I’m surprised at how much more we are still learning about canis lupus familiaris.
APDT conferences (5-days): Portland, OR 2007; Louisville, KY 2008; Oakland, CA 2009; Atlanta, GA 2010; San Diego, CA 2011
Clicker Expo (3-days) Providence, RI 2007
Maine & NH seminars/workshops with: Dr. Patricia McConnell; Dr. Nicholas Dodman; Leslie Nelson; Brenda Aloff; Pia Silvani; Kathy Sdao; Sarah Kalnajs; Chris Bach; Debbie Jacobs; Jean Donaldson; Emma Parsons, Carolyn Scott and more..