Theresa is part of a pack including six dogs. Her training technique is based on a unique combination of canine behavior, canine & human psychology, human social relationship theory, and human/companion animal theory. Theresa trains using methods empirically shown to produce results without harsh punishment. She does not use choker chains or pinch collars. While other trainers focus exclusively on the canine or on the owner, Theresa focuses on all aspects of the family system to develop a family-specific program. Theresa believes in realistic home training rather than strict obedience training, though she is willing to show families that desire strict obedience how to accomplish this without harsh punishment techniques.
Theresa is a member of various professional and paraprofessional organizations including the Animal Behavior Society, Animal Society Institute, the American Sociological Association’s Animals & Society Section, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Theresa also is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator. In addition to training experience, Theresa has a Master of Science degree in Sociology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology.
Theresa has been training since 2003. She has trained hundreds of dogs including mixed breeds, designer breeds, and purebred dogs ranging from Chihuahuas to Irish Wolf Hounds. She has dealt with various canine issues including aggression, separation anxiety, fearfulness, hyperactivity, and obsessive disorders. She has also dealt with everyday issues such as potty training, counter surfing, and door dashing.