Trainer Profile
APDT Member Since 2016

Plucky Paws, LLC

As a KPA-CTP and CPDT-KA certified trainer, I provide private in-home pet training with specializations in behavior modification, adopted dogs, and family-friendly services. As a Certified Humane Education Specialist with fifteen years of teaching experience, I use the arts to teach children of all ages about important topics like responsible pet ownership, dog bite prevention, and companion animal welfare. My two rescue dogs, Marmalade and Butterscotch, visit a variety of community locations as the official Plucky Paws Therapy Dogs.
Certifications: CPDT-KA
Designations: CHES,KPA-CTP
Job Title: Dog Trainer & Humane Educator
Training Equipment: As a relationship-based clicker trainer, I do not use punishing equipment or techniques. I advocate for use of regular flat buckle collars, body harnesses, head halters, or martingale collars.
Training Philosophy: I use modern, progressive methods based in behavior science. I take pride in utilizing family-friendly methods that are safe for everyone in the household to practice, including young children.
Locations Served: Story, Polk, and Boone Counties
I hold an Honors BFA in Acting from the University of Utah and an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. As an actor and as a trainer, I must carefully observe and thoughtfully interpret behavior. Both fields encourage me to solve problems creatively and to view a given situation from multiple perspectives. Training is a highly physical skill requiring spatial awareness and precision, and my abilities as a dancer prove very useful. I have fifteen years of experience working with children, including private nannying, parent-and-child classes for infants and toddlers, performing arts classes for ages 3-12, workshops and story times at libraries, theatre summer camps, arts integration in elementary classrooms, and directing, choreographing, and performing in children's productions. In Massachusetts I held a state teaching license as a theatre instructor. My work with children prepared me to apply my knowledge of development and learning theory to the enrichment and education of our canine friends. I am passionate about companion animal welfare, and I regularly provide training for adoptable shelter dogs as a volunteer at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. I spent four months as a Dogtown intern at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in my home state of Utah, where I adopted my sweet cockapoo Butterscotch. Butterscotch and his sister Marmalade are official mascots as the Plucky Paws Therapy Dogs. I owe a lot to Miss Marm--our therapy visitation initially inspired me to pursue a career involving dogs and kids.
Services Offered
Behavioral Consultation
Clicker Training
Fun Games
In-Home Training
Private Lessons
Private Training